TAYSHAS Reading List Top Ten 2023

The TAYSHAS Reading List is produced annually by a Texas Library Association committee, with the goals of motivating students in grades 9-12 to read for pleasure, to become lifelong readers, and to participate in the community of readers in Texas. The TAYSHAS Top Ten is a subset of titles from the TAYSHAS list that received a unanimous vote in the committee’s initial voting process. The current TAYSHAS Top Ten titles are shelved on a special display in LPL's Teen Point.

Updated August 9, 2023
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Abuela, don't forget me
Ogle, Rex
In his award-winning memoir Free Lunch, Rex Ogle's abuela features as a source of love and support. In this companion-in-verse, Rex captures and celebrates the powerful presence a woman he could always count on--to give him warm hugs and ear kisses, to teach him precious words in Spanish, to...
Vickers, Elaine
When a high school basketball star goes missing, a town's secrets are exposed in this edge-of-your seat, addictive read. At 8-53 pm, thousands of people watched as Jake Foster secured the state title for his basketball team with his signature fadeaway. But by the next morning, he...
Full flight
Schumacher, Ashley
* One of Kirkus' Best Books of 2022 * * A Top Ten 2023 Texas Tayshas Reading List Pick * "Full of humor, whimsy, and heartache, Full Flight explores the many notes of grief and love and the happiness found in the soft moments between. Schumacher's...
How Moon Fuentez fell in love with the universe
Vasquez Gilliland, Raquel
"Breathlessly atmospheric...A gorgeous, hopeful book." --Rachel Lynn Solomon, author of Today Tonight Tomorrow The Hating Game meets I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter in this Pura Belpré Award-winning novel that's an irresistible romance starring a...
Letters to a young athlete
Bosh, Chris
A legendary NBA player shares his remarkable story, infused with hard-earned wisdom about the journey to self-mastery from a life at the highest level of professional sports Chris Bosh, NBA Hall of Famer, eleven-time All-Star, two-time NBA champion, Olympic gold medalist, and the...
I must betray you
Sepetys, Ruta
#1 New York Times Bestseller and winner of the Carnegie Medal! A gut-wrenching, startling historical thriller about communist Romania and the citizen spy network that devastated a nation, from the #1 New York Times bestselling, award-winning author of Salt to...
I must betray you
Sepetys, Ruta
The silence that binds us
Ho, Joanna
"A grieving teen fights Asian hate by finding her voice in this complex, timely story." --Kirkus (starred review) "With a layered, sensitive voice, Ho's weighty novel delves into themes of racism, classism, loss, and healing." --Publishers Weekly (starred review) ...
Tonight we rule the world
Smedley, Zack
From the critically acclaimed author of Deposing Nathan comes an explosive examination of identity, voice, and the indelible ways our stories are rewritten by others.In the beginning, Owen's story was blank . . . then he was befriended by Lily, the aspiring author who helped him find his voice....
We can be heroes
McCauley, Kyrie
Kyrie McCauley, author of the William C. Morris YA Debut Award winner If These Wings Could Fly, delivers a powerful contemporary YA novel about the lasting bonds of friendship and three girls fighting for each other in the aftermath of a school shooting....
The weight of blood
Jackson, Tiffany D.
* AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * INDIE BESTSELLER * JUNIOR LIBRARY GUILD SELECTION * KIDS' INDIE NEXT LIST PICK * NPR BEST PICK * KIRKUS BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR * New York Times bestselling author Tiffany D. Jackson ramps up the horror and tackles America's history and...

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