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2022 TAYSHAS Reading List Announced

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We’re excited to announce the new TAYSHAS Reading List! TAYSHAS takes its name from the Caddo Indian word meaning “friends or allies.” Written as texas, texios, tejas, teyas or tayshas, the word was applied to the Caddos by the Spanish in eastern Texas, who regarded them as friends and allies against the Apaches.

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. Students in grades 9 – 12 are encouraged to read books for pleasure from the list which includes fiction and nonfiction titles.

There are a wealth of wonderful titles on this list, including Neal Shusterman’s Game Changer, the story of a boy who travels between different dimensions where race and gender relations are different than our own; and Tess Sharpe’s The Girls I’ve Been, about the daughter of a con artist who is taken hostage in a bank heist and must use all the skills she’s learned to survive. Enjoy!

**Top Ten

10 Truths and a Dare Elston, Ashley
A Breath Too Late Callen, Rocky
A Complicated Love Story Set in Space Hutchinson, Shaun David
A Cuban Girl’s Guide to Tea & Tomorrow Namey, Laura
A Pho Love Story Le, Loan
Admission Buxbaum, Julie
All Boys Aren’t Blue: A Memoir-Manifesto Johnson, George M.
All Eyes On Her Flynn, Laurie Elizabeth
Amelia Unabridged ** Schumacher, Ashley
Blackout ** Dhonielle Clayton, Tiffany D. Jackson, Nic Stone, Angie Thomas, and Ashley Woodfolk
Blazewrath Games Ortiz, Amparo
Burn Ness, Patrick
Cast in Firelight Swift, Dana
Charming as a Verb Phillipe, Ben
Crownchasers ** Rebecca Coffindaffer
Dear Universe Gonsalves, Florence
Every Single Lie Vincent, Rachel
Everything I Thought I Knew Takaoka, Shannon
Fifteen Hundred Miles from the Sun Villa, Jonny Garza
Find Layla Elison, Meg
Firekeeper’s Daughter ** Boulley, Angeline
Furia ** Méndez, Yamile Saied
Game Changer Neal Shusterman
Hard Wired Vlahos, Len
Harrow Lake Ellis, Kat
Heiress Apparently Ma, Diana
House of Hollow Sutherland, Krystal
I Hope You’re Listening Ryan, Tom
In the Shadow of the Fallen Towers: The Seconds, Minutes, Hours, Days, Weeks, Months, and Years after the 9/11 Attacks Brown, Don
In the Wild Light ** Zentner, Jeff
Indivisible Aleman, Daniel
Influence Shepard, Sara and Lilia Buckingham
Instructions for Dancing Yoon, Nicola
Just Our Luck Walton, Julia
Legendborn ** Deonn, Tracy
Living Beyond Borders Longoria, Margarita (editor)
Lore Bracken, Alexandra
Luck of the Titanic Lee, Stacey
Malice Dunn, Pintip
My Eyes Are Up Here Zimmerman, Laura
Nameless Queen McLaughlin, Rebecca
No True Believers Lumbard, Rabiah York
Notes from a Young Black Chef: A Memoir (Adapted for Young Adults) Onwuachi, Kwame, Joshua David Stein
Off the Record Garret, Camryn
Once Upon a Quinceanera Gomez-Hira, Monica
Parachutes Yang, Kelly
Poisoned Donnelly, Jennifer
Prepped Mangle, Bethany
Pudge & Prejudice Pittman, A.K.
Punching The Air ** Zoboi, Ibi and Salaam, Yusef
Roman and Jewel Davis, Dana L.
Rules for Being a Girl Bushnell, Candace & Cotugno, Katie
Rural voices : 15 authors challenge assumptions about small-town America Carpenter, Nora Shalaway (editor)
Shine Jung, Jessica
Sidelined Bietz, Kara
Sixteen Scandals Jordan, Sophie
Somewhere Between Bitter and Sweet Kemp, Laekan Zea
The Summer of Broken Rules Walther, K. L.
Super Fake Love Song Yoon, David
That Weekend Thomas, Kara
The Assignment Wiemer, Liza
The Black Kids Hammonds Reed, Christina
The Cousins McManus, Karen
The Crossroads at Midnight Howard, Abby
The Girls I’ve Been ** Sharpe, Tess
The Initial Insult McGinnis, Mindy
The Ivies Donne, Alexa
The Loop Oliver, Ben
The New David Espinoza Aceves, Fred
The Princess Will Save You Henning, Sarah
The Project Summers, Courtney
The Ravens Kass, Morgan & Danielle Paige
The Seventh Raven Elliott, David
The Truth Project Medema, Dante
These Violent Delights Gong, Chloe
They Went Left Hesse, Monica
This is Not the Jess Show Carey, Anna
Time Will Tell Barry Lyga
Up All Night Silverman, Laura (editor)
Version Zero Yoon, David
Watch Over Me LaCour, Nina
What  I Carry ** Longo, Jennifer
Where the Road Leads Us Reul, Robin
White Smoke Jackson, Tiffany D.
Yesterday is History Jackson, Kosoko
You Have A Match Lord, Emma
You Should See Me In A Crown Johnson, Leah