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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 6-12 in a professional review source.

2021 Nominations

2020 Suggestion Form 

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2020 Authors

2020 – All Programming



Recommended for Middle School

Rebecca Balcárcel

The Other Half of Happy

Lynne Kelly

Song for a Whale


Rex Ogle

 Free Lunch




Recommended for both Middle School and High School

Sylvia Acevedo

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

Sherry Thomas

The Magnolia Sword: A Ballad of Mulan



Recommended for High School

Will Hill

After the Fire

Thanhhà Lai

Butterfly Yellow

Cheyanne Young

The Last Wish of Sasha Cade


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