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2020 Young Adult Round Table Reading Lists Announced

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It’s an exciting time in young adult literature (books aimed at 6th to 12th graders, ages 12-18.) Whether preteens and teens are looking for a new fantasy world to explore, a contemporary read addressing a current political situation, a historical tome, a coming-of-age novel or a blossoming romance, there’s something for everyone in this year’s crop of excellent YA reads.

From the enchanted land of Brigid Kemmerer’s A Curse So Dark and Lonely to the joyful story of friendship in Jen Wang’s Stargazing, the many titles on these lists will be a pleasure for any YA reader to discover.

You can find the 2020 YART lists here.

The Young Adult Round Tables (YART) brings together Texas Library Association members who are interested in the reading habits of teenagers and young adults. YART promotes improved library service to these individuals.

Public and school librarians in Texas made their selections for 2020 after combing through hundreds of titles in a wide variety of genres. Here are the lists readers can choose from:

Lone Star: A reading list for grades 6, 7 and 8 to encourage recreational reading.

Maverick: Recommended graphic novels for grades 6-12.

Spirit of Texas (SPOT): Literary works of and about Texas and Texans, for grades 6-12.

TAYSHAS: For grades 9-12. The goal of the TAYSHAS reading list is to motivate young adults to become lifelong readers and to participate in the community of readers in Texas. The list includes fiction and nonfiction titles.