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Past SPOT Lists

The Spirit of Texas (SPOT) Reading Program hopes to encourage a greater understanding of what it means to be a Texan, and to develop an appreciation for the literary works of and about Texas and Texans.


Cliff Burke

An Occasionally Happy Family

Adrianna Cuevas

Cuba in my Pocket

The Total Eclipse of Nestor Lopez

Lisa Fipps


Darcie Little Badger


A Snake Falls to Earth

Margarita Longoria

Living Beyond Borders: Growing Up Mexican in America

Joya Goffney

Excuse Me While I Ugly Cry

Sabina Khan

Zara Hossain is Here

Samantha Mabry

Tigers Not Daughters

Jennifer Yen

A Taste for Love


Saadia Faruqi

A Place at the Table

A Thousand Questions

K.A. Holt

BenBee and the Teacher Griefer

Julie Murphy

Dear Sweet Pea

Christina Soontornvat

All Thirteen: The Incredible Cave Rescue of the Thai Boys’ Soccer Team

A Wish in the Dark

Monica Hesse

The War Outside

Katharine McGee

American Royals


Kim Johnson

This is My America

Jeff Abbott



Balcarel, Rebecca

The Other Half of Happy

Kelly, Lynn

Song for a Whale

Ogle, Rex

Free Lunch

Acevedo, Sylvia

Path to the Stars: My Journey from Girl Scout to Rocket Scientist

Thomas, Sherry

The Magnolia Sword: The Ballad of Mulan

Hill, Will

After the Fire

Lai, Thanhha

Butterfly Yellow

Young, Cheyanne

The Last Wish of Sasha Cade


Berquist, Emma

Davils Unto Dust

Creedle, Laura

The Love Letters of Abelard and Lily

Geiger, A.V

Follow Me Back

Hunter, C.C.

This Heart of Mine

Kaczynski, Heather

Dare Mighty Things

Leech, Caroline

Wait for Me and In Another Time

Baratz-Logsted, Lauren

I Love You, Michael Collins

Blumenthal, Karen

Bonnie and Clyde: The Making of a Legend

Cervantes, Angela

Me, Frieda and the Secret of the Peacock Ring

Crowley, Suzanne

Finding Esme

Johnson, Varian

The Parker Inheritance

Lupica, Mike

Lone Stars


Bietz, Kara

Until I Break

Cagan, Kayla

Piper Perish

Honeyman, Kay


Mathieu, Jennifer


Roe, Robin

A List of Cages

Stork, Francisco X.


Applegate, Katherine


Campbell, Isaiah


Dairman, Tara

The Great Hibernation

Holt, Kimberly Willis

Blooming at the Texas Sunrise Motel

Merchel, Michael

Revenge of the Star Survivors

Noble, Diana

Evangelina Takes Flight



Cooner, Donna

Can’t Look Away

Lindsey, Mary

Shattered Souls & Fragile Spirits

Linn, Laurent

Draw the Line

Mabry, Samantha

A Fierce and Subtle Poison

Ormsbee, Kathryn

Lucky Few

Swendson, Shanna

Rebel Mechanics

Fox, Janet

The Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle

Liss, David


Paulsen, Gary

This Side of Wild

Rogers, Tom


Scott, Victoria

Fire & Flood

Salt & Stone

Sonnenblick, Jordan

Falling Over Sideways

Curveball: The Year I Lost My Grip




Deebs, Tracy


Lu, Marie

The Young Elites

Murphy, Julie


Perez, Ashley

Out of Darkness

Rabb, Margo

Kissing in America

Restrepo, Bettina


Allen, Crystal

How Lamar’s Bad Prank Won a Bubba-Sized Trophy &

The Laura Line

Baldwin, Kathleen

The School for Unusual Girls

de los Santos, Maria

Connect the Stars

Holt, KA

House Arrest

Loftin, Nikki

Nightingale’s Nest

The Sinister Sweetness of Splendid Academy

Wish Girl

Mealer, Brian

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind



Caine, Rachel

Prince of Shadows

Felbaum, Beth

Big Fat Disaster

Mathieu, Jennifer

The Truth About Alice

McCall, Guadalupe Garcia

Summer of the Mariposas

Thomas, Sherry

The Burning Sky

Tintera, Amy

Rebel & Reboot

Bajaj, Varsha

Abby Spencer Goes to Bollywood

Fry, Michael

The Odd Squad

Harrington, Karen

Sure Signs of Crazy &

Courage for Beginners

Hoover, PJ

Tut: The Story of My Immortal Life

Johnson, Varian

The Great Greene Heist

VanWegenen, Maya

Popular: Vintage Wisdom for a Modern Geek




Libba, Bray


Clarke, Cassandra

Assassin’s Curse

Cooner, Donna


Howard, AG


Long, Mark

Silence of Our Friends

Saenz, Ben

Aristotle and Dante Discover Secrets of the Universe

Bacon, Lee

Joshua Dread

Catmull, Katherine

Summer and Bird

Halls, Kelly Milner

Alien Investigation: Searching for the Truth about UFOs and Aliens

Honeyman, Kay

The Fire Horse Girl

Levinson, Cynthia

We’ve Got a Job: The 1963 Birmingham Children’s March

Nichols, Travis

Matthew Meets the Man



Clement-Moore, Rosemary

Texas Gothic

Giles, Gail

Right Behind You

Hunter, CC

Born at Midnight

Leitich-Smith, Cynthia


Perez, Ashley Hope

What Can’t Wait

Zeigler, Jennifer

How Not to Be Popular

Archer, Jennifer

Through Her Eyes

Barton, Chris

Can I See Your ID?

Blumenthal, Karen

Bootleg: Murder, Moonshine, and the Lawless Years of Prohibition

Goldbach, Veronica

Deep in the Heart of High School

Westerfeld, Scott


White, Andrea

Windows on the World


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