Category Archives: TX Lone Star List 2016 Nominee

The Boys Who Challenged Hitler: Knud Pedersen and the Churchill Club

The Boys Who Challenged Hitler: Knud Pedersen and the Churchill Club by Phillip Hoose About: At the outset of World War II, Denmark did not resist German occupation. Deeply ashamed of their nation’s leaders, a group of teenagers resolved to … Continue reading

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Jackaby by William Ritter

 Jackaby by William Ritter About: Newly arrived in New Fiddleham, New England, 1892, and in need of a job, Abigail Rook meets R. F. Jackaby, an investigator of the unexplained with a keen eye for the extraordinary–including the ability to see … Continue reading

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The Truth About Twinkie Pie by Kat Yeh

The Truth About Twinkie Pie by Kat Yeh  About: Take two sisters making it on their own: brainy twelve-year-old GiGi (short for Galileo Galilei, a name she never says out loud) and junior-high-dropout-turned-hairstylist DiDi (short for Delta Dawn). Add a … Continue reading

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Ink & Ashes by Valynne E. Maetani

 Ink & Ashes by Valynne E. Maetani  About: Claire Takata has never known much about her father, who passed away when she was a little girl. But on the anniversary of his death, not long before her seventeenth birthday, she finds … Continue reading

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Undertow by Michael Buckley

Undertow by Michael Buckley  About: Sixteen-year-old Lyric Walker’s life is forever changed when she witnesses the arrival of 30,000 Alpha, a five-nation race of ocean-dwelling warriors, on her beach in Coney Island. The world’s initial wonder and awe over the Alpha … Continue reading

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Trust Me, I’m Lying by Mary Elizabeth Summer

Trust Me, I’m Lying by Mary Elizabeth Summer  About: Julep Dupree tells lies. A lot of them. She’s a con artist, a master of disguise, and a sophomore at Chicago’s swanky St. Agatha High, where her father, an old-school grifter with … Continue reading

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Sekret by Lindsay Smith

Sekret by Lindsay Smith  About: Yulia knows she must hide her thoughts and control her emotions to survive in Communist Russia. But if she sometimes manipulates the black market traders by reading their thoughts when she touches their skin, so what? … Continue reading

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