In case you haven't heard, the TLA has announced the 2017 Lone Star Reading List. (http://www.txla.org/groups/lone-star). These books are new books that librarians across the state of Texas have picked for the best recreational reading for kids in grades 6-8).
So far, I've read Ghost by Jason Reynolds and Mayday by Karen Harrington. Both were great books and I'm excited to keep reading from this list. Have you read any of the new Lone Star books? If so, leave a comment telling us the book and what you thought of the book!
2017 Lone Star Reading List
A Week of Mondays-J. Brody *
Simon Thorn and the Wolf's Den-A. Carter*
Choosing Courage: Inspiring True Stories of What It Means to Be a Hero-P. Collier
Longbow Girl-L. Davies
Hour of the Bees-L. Eagar*
Court of Fives-K. Elliot*
Zero Day-J. Gangsei*
Code of Honor-A. Gratz*
Wolf by Wolf-R. Graudin
The Girl I Used to Be-A. Henry*
Max Helsing and the Thirteenth Curse-C. Jobling*
The Forbidden Wish-J. Khoury*
The Magic Mirror: Concerning a Lonely Princess, a Foundling Girl, a Scheming King and a Pickpocket Squirrel-S.H. Long*
Shadows of Sherwood-K. Magoon
The Blackthorn Key-K. Sands*
Love and Gelato-J.E. Welch*
*Books that can be found in the Martin Middle School library
After the tragic death of his grandfather, Jacob goes on trip to Wales to find out more about the home his grandfather grew up. He discovers Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar children is more than just an abandoned home and wild fantasies invented by his grandfather. There is much more than meets the eye about the children that have been banished to this home. Not only is this book the first in a trilogy, but it has inspired a new movie by Tim Burton.
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These are the last 2 books in the Shadow and Bone trilogy. I really liked reading these books because it took me to another world. Ravka is a country that is divided by a dark place called the Fold. The Fold was created hundreds of years ago by a powerful Grisha (magical person) known as the Darkling. The main character, Alina, must choose to fight him and risk her life and the lives of others, or not live up to her true potential and settle for life under dark times.
Biddy and Quincy are mentally disabled, and refer to themselves as "Spedies" short for Special Education. They have been mentally and physically abused their entire lives by family and classmates. Upon graduation, the girls move into a garage apartment and begin working for a an elderly lady named Elizabeth. Unused to being treated kindly, Quincy is full of attitude and rudeness. Will she, Biddy, and Elizabeth be able to work past their differences and come to a place where Biddy and Quincy can truly believe girls like them deserve to be treated with respect and kindness?
This book is dually narrated by both Quincy and Biddy. It is the first book I have read from the perspective of a person with a mental disability. This book is an important lesson in how to treat people and get past assumptions and stereotypes. Girls Like Us was nominated for the National Book Award for Young People.
Scott Westerfeld is coming to the Texas Teen Book Festival, and I had never read the Uglies series... So there went the first two weeks of summer break! Set in a dystopian society where every is considered ugly until they are transformed through plastic surgery at 16, Tally Youngblood can't wait to be a Pretty. Pretties live in a beautiful city (Pretty Town) and play and party all day and all night. Then Tally meets Shay, another Ugly, who offers her a whole new perspective on what it means to be Pretty.
I read Shadow and Bone when I was camping in the Rocky Mountains. Each day after a long hike on pine forested trails line with waterfalls and crystal clear lakes, I would sit down to read Shadow and Bone. The setting is a country called Ravka that is divided by the Shadowlands. The Shadowlands are pitch dark, filled with terrifying creatures that attack humans, and nearly impossible to cross. The main character Alina may hold the secret (magic powers?) to ridding Ravka of the Shadowlands forever, but will the mysterious Darkling help or lead her astray?
This was my favorite read of the summer, and I can't wait to read the second book in this trilogy, Siege and Storm (I've already bought it!)
Jay Asher's Thirteen Reasons Why is one of the most requested books in the library. I even had to order 3 more copies this year. I decided to read it this summer to see what all the buzz was about. I knew the book was dark; the main character, Hannah Baker and primary narrator is a high school girl who has committed suicide and left 13 audio recordings on cassette tapes for 13 of her peers to listen to. Each peer (some friends, some not) had a role in Hannah's suicide. I wasn't prepared for what a page turner this would be. No wonder my students like it. High intensity and emotional investment will keep you reading this book late into the night to find out who each of the 13 characters are and what they did or didn't do to help Hannah. And like all good YA fiction these days, it's going to be a movie. Click here to see the trailer.