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A high school reading list for the State of Texas.

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 livelong 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.

2020 Nominations

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2019 List

2019 Tayshas Final

2019 Tayshas Annotated


Titles in bold indicate a TAYSHAS Top Ten Book. Top Ten books are selected from those which received a unanimous vote in the committee’s initial voting process.

Author Title
Abawi, Atia A Land of Permanent Goodbyes
Acevedo, Elizabeth The Poet X
Adeyemi, Tomi Children of Blood and Bone
Ahmed, Samira Love, Hate & Other Filters
Anderson, Laurie Halse and illustrated by Carroll, Emily Speak: The Graphic Novel
Anderson, M.T.; Donnelly, Jennifer; Fleming, Candace; Hemphill Stephanie; Hopkinson, Deborah; Park, Linda Sue; Sandell, Lisa Ann Fatal Throne: The Wives of Henry VIII Tell All
Arcos, Carrie We Are All That’s Left
Bagieu, Penelope Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World
Bailey, Em The Special Ones
Bayerl, Katie A Psalm For Lost Girls
Bennett, Jenn Starry Eyes
Benway, Robin Far From The Tree
Bowman, Akemi Dawn Starfish
Caletti, Deb A Heart in a Body in the World
Carter, Ally Not If I Save You First
Charleyboy, Lisa and Leatherdale, Mary Beth (edited by) #NotYourPrincess: Voices of Native American Women
Christo, Alexandra To Kill A Kingdom
Ciccarelli, Kristen The Last Namsara
Clayton, Dhonielle The Belles
Creedle, Laura The Love Letters of Abelard and Lily
Crowder, Melanie An Uninterrupted View of the Sky
Crutcher, Chris Losers Bracket
Davis, Dana L Tiffany Sly Lives Here Now
Firestone, Carrie The Unlikelies
Flores-Scott, Patrick American Road Trip
Garber, Stephanie Caraval
Goo, Maurene The Way You Make Me Feel
Graudin, Ryan Invictus
Hawkins, Rachel Royals
Harper, Jordan She Rides Shotgun
Honeybourn, Jennifer When Life Gives You Demons
Ireland, Justina Dread Nation
Jackson, Tiffany D Monday’s Not Coming
Judge, Lita Mary’s Monster: Love, Madness, and How Mary Shelley Created Frankenstein
Kaczynski, Heather Dare Mighty Things
Kiely, Brendan Tradition
Kisner, Adrienne Dear Rachel Maddow
Krosoczka, Jarrett J. Hey, Kiddo: How I Lost My Mother, Found My Father, and Dealt with Family Addiction
Kwitney, Alisa Cadaver & Queen
Lauren, Christin Autoboyography
Leveen, Tom Mercy Rule
Ludwig, Benjamin Ginny Moon
Lyga, Barry Bang
Marshall, Kate Alice I Am Still Alive
McCullough, Joy Blood Water Paint
McEwen, Scott Camp Valor
McGhee, Alison What I Leave Behind
McKinney, L.L. A Blade So Black
Menon, Sandhya When Dimple Met Rishi
Millard, Glenda The Stars at Oktober Bend
Ng, Celeste Little Fires Everywhere
Nye, Naomi Shihab Voices in the Air: Poems for Listeners
Orange, Tommy There There
Pan, Emily X.R. The Astonishing Color of After
Partridge, Elizabeth Boots On The Ground: America’s War in Vietnam
Pollock, Tom This Story Is a Lie
Prout, Chessy with Abelson, Jenn I Have The Right To: A High School Survivor’s Story of Sexual Assault, Justice, and Hope
Reck, Jared A Short History of the Girl Next Door
Reynolds, Jason Long Way Down
Ribay, Randy After the Shot Drops
Rissi, Anica Mrose Always Forever Maybe
Saedi, Sara Americanized: Rebel Without a Greencard
Sanchez, Erika L I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter
Schaeffer, Rebecca Not Even Bones
Slater, Dashka The 57 Bus
Spalding, Amy The Summer of Jordi Perez (And The Best Burger In Los Angeles)
Stamper, Vesper What the Night Sings
Stork, Francisco X Disappeared
Strasser, Todd Price of Duty
Swanson, James L. Chasing King’s Killer: The Hunt for Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Assassin
Thomas, Kara The Cheerleaders
Wang, Jen The Prince and the Dressmaker
Westover, Tara Educated: A Memoir
Zoboi, Ibi Pride







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