2013 Texas Lone Star List

The 2013 Texas Lone Star Reading List has been announced!  The 20 titles represent a marvelous mix of genres and interests.  Try one today!

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
Every Other Day by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Almost Home by Joan Bauer
Steve Jobs: The Man Who Thought Different by Karen Blumenthal
How They Croaked: The Awful Ends of the Awfully Famous by Georgia Bragg
Planet Tad by Tim Carvell
Outlaw: A Novel by Stephen Davies
Bewitching by Alex Flinn
Insignia by S.J. Kincaid
Keeping the Castle by Patrice Kindl
The Lions of Little Rock by Kristin Levine
Legend by Marie Lu
Under the Mesquite by Guadalupe Garcia McCall
Cinder by Marissa Meyer
An Elephant in the Garden by Michael Morpurgo
The False Prince by Jennifer A. Neilsen
Wonder by R.J. Palacio
Ripper by Stefan Petrucha
Curveball: The Year I Lost My Grip by Jordan Sonnenblick
Smart Girls Get What They Want by Sarah Strohmeyer


  1. Jill,

    I need to start by expressing my appreciation for all you and your committee do to come up with an all-encompassing and appropriate list. However, I need to express a few frustrations. I'm not sure you're the person I should aim these toward, but, if not, perhaps you could help me find the correct Powers That Be.

    I look to the Lone Star list as a source of new titles, things I might not discover on my own. I went through the list you posted yesterday, and I was unfamiliar with only 4 of these books. I already own the majority of the titles and have been booktalking many of them since last school year.

    The list you posted is for 2013-14, but many of the titles are from 2011 or early 2012. Where is the new fiction (in particular)? Why aren't publishers sending you ARCs of upcoming titles that will be published before next school year? Most concerning of all, why are these lists made so far in advance? Especially since a huge amount of exciting and fresh fiction is published in the spring? Even the Caldecott and Newbery don't choose their titles until at least January. Why must we have the lists in November, nearly a year before we present it to our students? Nothing makes us look less relevant in a teen's eyes than being OLD, and these title, many of them, are already way past their shiny and new stage. Not to say they're not great books, but I can hear the cries of "I already read all of these!" even now.

    If you could help me understand, I'd be very thankful. And if it's a case of "that's just the way we do it," what can I do to help change that?

    Thank you for your time,
    Jennifer Powers
    jpowers @ stjohnsschool.org

  2. These are great questions and comments, Jennifer. According to our policies, each list can contain titles published that year or the preceding year. So, each list is a mix of titles from two years of publication. I, too, like when the list has the very latest titles. But we try to consider anything that has been published since the cutoff of the former list.

    I understand your frustrations and will write more to you directly through email. I also commend you, as I can tell you work hard to stay up on the latest literature.

    Thanks for your interest and questions. - Jill



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