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Texas TAYSHAS Reading List 2018

The object of the Tayshas project is to motivate young adults to become lifelong readers and to participate in the community of readers in Texas. The Tayshas High School Reading List Committee coordinates activities associated with the Tayshas program, a reading incentive program designed for young adults in Texas, grades 9–12, who are encouraged to read books for pleasure from a selected reading list prepared by the Tayshas Committee.
*Designates TAYSHAS Top Ten Books

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      Waste of Space

      by Stuart Gibbs

      Aug 2018

      Mystery/Adventure Elementary Plus

      There's a murderer loose on Moon Base Alpha again. And Dash is charged with finding out who it is.

      Akata Warrior

      by Nnedi Okorafor

      Dec 2017

      Fantasy/Science Fiction Middle Plus

      Nnedi Okoraformerges today's Nigeria with a unique world she creates.Akata Warrior blends mythology, fantasy, history and magic into a compelling tale that will keep readers spellbound.
      Sequel to Akata Witch.

      Midnight at the Electric

      by Jodi Lynn Anderson

      Oct 2017

      Young Adults Plus

      While their stories span thousands of miles and multiple generations, Lenore, Catherine, and Adri's fates are entwined in ways both heartbreaking and hopeful.

      The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue

      by Mackenzi Lee

      Oct 2017

      Mature Young Adults Plus

      Henry Montague was born to be a gentleman, but even the finest boarding schools in England haven't been able to tame his roguish passions for gambling halls, late nights spent with a bottle of spirits, or waking up in the arms of women or men. Author's note on historical accuracy.

      Genuine Fraud

      by E. Lockhart

      Oct 2017

      High-Interest High Plus

      Here is a masterful new psychological suspense novel—the story of a young woman whose diabolical smarts are her ticket into a charmed life. But how many times can someone reinvent themselves?

      Eliza and Her Monsters

      by Francesca Zappia

      Sep 2017

      Young Adults

      Eighteen-year-old Eliza Mirk is the anonymous creator of Monstrous Sea, a wildly popular webcomic, but when a new boy at school tempts her offline, everything she's worked for begins to crumble. Black-and-white illustrations.

      Ramona Blue

      by Julie Murphy

      Sep 2017

      Sports High

      Ramona is not your typical heroine in many ways—and proud of it. She is over six feet tall; she is one of the few out lesbians in her small town; and she lives in a trailer.

      Words in Deep Blue

      by Cath Crowley

      Aug 2017

      Mature Young Adults Plus

      In this beautiful love story two teens find their way back to each other in a bookstore full of secrets and crushes, grief and hope—and letters hidden between the pages.

      Crossing Ebenezer Creek

      by Tonya Bolden

      Aug 2017

      History High

      Award-winning author Tonya Bolden sheds light on a tragic moment of the Civil War in a searing, poetic novel about hope and freedom.

      The Upside of Unrequited

      by Becky Albertalli

      Jul 2017

      High-Interest High Plus

      Seventeen-year-old Molly Peskin-Suso knows all about unrequited love—she's lived through it twenty-six times.


      by David Elliott

      Jun 2017

      High-Interest High Plus

      David Elliott turns a classic on its head in form and approach, updating the timeless story of Theseus and the Minotaur for a new generation. Author's notes about the myth of Theseus and the Minotaur and the poetic forms used.

      We Are Okay

      by Nina LaCour

      May 2017

      Mature Young Adults Plus

      This achingly beautiful YA novel is about grief, the enduring strength of friendship, and the healing power of kindness.
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