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2023 TAYSHAS List Announced

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We’re delighted 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 insightful titles here. In The Silence that Binds Us by Joanna Ho, young May Chen is heartbroken when her brother, just admitted to Princeton, dies by suicide. The book explores mental health, racial stereotypes and relationships in a sensitive and honest way. In Vincent Tirado’s Burn Down, Rise Up, two young women work to solve mysterious disappearances in the Bronx. In 14 Ways to Die, by Vincent Ralph, Jess seeks to solve her mother’s murder from a decade before. High school students are sure to find a favorite from this list.


*Top Ten

14 Ways to Die Ralph, Vincent
A Year to the Day Benway, Robin
*Abuela, Don’t Forget Me Ogle, Rex
Ace of Spades Àbíké-Íyímídé, Faridah
After the Ink Dries Gustafsen, Cassie
Ain’t Burned All the Bright Reynolds, Jason; artwork by Jason Griffin
All My Rage Tahir, Sabaa
All of Us Villains Foody, Amanda
An Emotion of Great Delight Mafi, Tahereh
And We Rise Martin, Erica
Aristotle and Dante Dive into the Waters of the World Saenz, Benjamin
Ashfall Legacy Lore, Pittacus
Being Mary Bennet Peterson, JC
Better Than the Movies Painter, Lynn
Between Shades of Gray: The Graphic Novel Donkin, Andrew
Blade of Secrets Levenseller, Tricia
Bluebird Cameron, Sharon
Burn Down Rise Up Tirado, Vincent
Concrete Rose Thomas, Angie
Dark Room Etiquette Row, Robin
Dead Flip Farizan, Sara
Demon in the Wood Bardugo, Leigh, and Dani Pendergast
Donuts and Other Proclamations of Love Reck, Jared
Eat Your Heart Out Devos, Kelly
*Fadeaway Vickers, E. B.
Fat Chance, Charlie Vega Maldanado, Crystal
*Full Flight Schumacher, Ashley
Galaxy: The Prettiest Star Axelrod, Jadzia
Girl on Fire Keys, Alicia
Heartbreak Symphony Kemp, Laekan Zea
High Sullivan, Mary
Hollow Fires Ahmed, Samira
Horror Hotel Fulton, Victoria, and Faith Mcclaren
*How Moon Fuentez Fell in Love with the Universe Gilliland, Raquel
How Not to Fall in Love Firkins, Jacqueline
How We Ricochet Gardner, Faith
Huda F Are You? Fahmy, Huda
I Kissed Shara Wheeler: A Novel McQuiston, Casey
*I Must Betray You Sepetys, Ruta
Iron Widow Zhao, Xiran Jay
Kiss & Tell Khorram, Adib
Lawless Spaces Haydu, Corey Ann
*Letters to a Young Athlete Bosh, Chris
Lock the Doors Ralph, Vincent
Long Story Short Kaylor, Serena
Love & Other Great Expectations Dean, Becky
Love in English Andreu, Maria
M is for Monster Dutton, Talia
Mere Mortals Lange, Erin Jade
My Last Summer with Cass Crilley, Mark
Nothing More to Tell McManus, Karen
On the Hook Stork, Francisco X.
Once Upon a Broken Heart Garber, Stephanie
Once Upon a K-prom Cho, Kat
Punching Bag Ogle, Rex
Ride With Me Keating, Lucy
Serendipity: Ten Romantic Tropes, Transformed Meyer, Marissa, editor
Seven Dirty Secrets Richards, Natalie
Six Crimson Cranes Lim, Elizabeth
Some Other Now Everett, Sarah
Squire Alfageeh, Sara, and Nadia Shammas
Sunny G’s Series of Rash Decisions Dhillon, Navdeep Singh
Tahira in Bloom Heron, Farah
The Agathas Glascow, Kathleen, and Liz Lawson
The Anthropocene Reviewed Green, John
The Awakening of Malcolm X Shabazz, Ilyasah with Tiffany D. Jackson
The Box in the Woods Johnson, Maureen
The Cost of Knowing Morris, Brittney
The Counselors Goodman, Jessica
The Dead and the Dark Gould, Courtney Nichols
The Lesbiana’s Guide to Catholic School Reyes, Sonora
The Lost Dreamer Huerta, Lizz


The Mary Shelley Club Moldavsky, Goldy
The Most Dazzling Girl in Berlin Wilson, Kip
The Name She Gave Me Culley, Betty
*The Silence That Binds Us Ho, Joanna
*The Weight of Blood Jackson, Tiffany D.
The Words We Keep Stewart, Erin
These Deadly Games Urban, Diana
These Hollow Vows Ryan, Lexi
They’ll Never Catch Us Goodman, Jessica
This Poison Heart Bayron, Kalynn
Together We Burn Ibanez, Isabel
*Tonight We Rule the World Smedley, Zack
Vampires, Hearts, & Other Dead Things Fuston, Margie
Vespertine Rogerson, Margaret
Vinyl Moon Browne, Mahogany L.
Walls Elliott, L. M.
*We Can Be Heroes McCauley, Kyrie
Welcome to St. Hell: My Trans Teen Misadventure Hancox, Lewis
When You Get The Chance Lord, Emma
Where I Belong Mickelson, Marcia
Why Is Everybody Yelling?: Growing Up in My Immigrant Family Russo, Marisabina
XOXO Oh, Axie
Year on Fire Buxbaum, Julie
You’d Be Home Now Glasgow, Kathleen
You’ll be the Death of Me McManus, Karen
You’ve Reached Sam Thao, Dustin