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SPOT Authors and Programming Resources

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 6-12 in a professional review source.

Past Authors

2021 Authors

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Recommended for Middle School

Author Saadia Faruqi

Author K.A. Holt


Author Julie Murphy

*Photo Credit: Christy Archibald

Saadia Faruqi

A Place at the Table

A Thousand Questions

K.A. Holt

BenBee and the Teacher Griefer

Julie Murphy

Dear Sweet Pea

Recommended for both Middle School and High School

Author Christina Soontornvat

Author Monica Hesse

Christina Soontornvat

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

A Wish in the Dark

Monica Hesse

The War Outside


Recommended for High School

Author Katherine McGhee

*Photo Credit: Chris Bailey Photography

Author Kim Johnson

*Photo Credit: JBOY Photography

Author Jeff Abbott

Katharine McGee

American Royals


Kim Johnson

This is My America

Jeff Abbott



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