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The Spirit of Texas Reading Program-High School is intended for recreational reading, not to support a specific curriculum. Due to the diversity of this age range, Texas librarians should purchase titles on this list according to their individual collection policies. Each author featured on the list has had at least one book favorably reviewed for grades 9-12 in a professional review source. *Past authors and lists for both Spirit of Texas Reading Lists will be posted sometime in the future on a separate page.

2020 Authors (pictures to come)

Recommended for High School

Hill, Will                     After the Fire

Lại, Thanhhà               Butterfly Yellow

Young, Cheyanne       The Last Wish of Sasha Cade


Recommended for both Middle School and High School

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

Thomas, Sherry           The Magnolia Sword: A Ballad of Mulan


Recommended for Middle School

Balcárcel, Rebecca     The Other Half of Happy

Kelly, Lynne               Song for a Whale

Ogle, Rex                    Free Lunch


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