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Ambassador of Nowhere Texas by Holt, Kimberly Willis 

BTSB Prebound(Holt, 2021)

BTSB #: 461198 Available

Dewey: FAges: 8-12   
Lexile: 740

Genres: Family Life

Subjects: Best friends - Fiction Friendship - Fiction Family life - Texas - Fiction Texas - Fiction

Summary: In 2001, seventh-grader Rylee Wilson and new student Joe, whose father was a New York City first responder on 9/11, decide to find Zachary Beaver and reunite him with Rylee's father, Toby.

21.38 *

Big game by Green, Tim 

BTSB Prebound(Harper, 2018)

BTSB #: 395680 Available

Dewey: FAges: 8-12   
AR: 4.4 MG RC: 5.2 6-8 Lexile: 670 HL

Genres: Sports Family Life

Subjects: Football - Fiction Junior high schools - Fiction School stories Literacy - Fiction Counseling - Fiction Father-son relationship - Fiction Family life - Texas - Fiction Texas - Fiction

Summary: Danny Owens is dedicating his seventh-grade football season to his recently-deceased father, an NFL legend, but the pressure to succeed is magnified by his inability to read.

21.38 *

Boxcar Children collection. Volume 20 by Warner, Gertrude Chandler 

Audio Book(Findaway World, LLC, 2015)

BTSB #: P03046 Available

Dewey: 808/SAges: 7-12   

Subjects: Orphans - Fiction Siblings - Fiction Mystery fiction Texas - Fiction Alamo (San Antonio, Tex.) - Fiction Outer space - Fiction

Summary: A collection that includes The Mystery at the Alamo, The Outer Space Mystery, & The Soccer Mystery.

56.99 *

Calling my name by Tamani, Liara 

Paperback(Greenwillow Books, 2018)

BTSB #: 871710 Available

Dewey: FAges: 14-18   
AR: 5 UG

Genres: Multicultural Family Life

Subjects: Bildungsromans Family life - Texas - Fiction African Americans - Fiction Texas - Fiction

Summary: Taja Brown, growing up in a conservative and tightly knit African American family, battles family expectations to discover a sense of self and find her unique voice and purpose.

9.01 *

Can't look away by Cooner, Donna D. 

Audio Book(Findaway World, LLC, 2014)

BTSB #: P02663 Available

Dewey: FAges: 13-18   

Genres: Family Life

Subjects: YouTube (Electronic resource) - Fiction Internet - Fiction Cyberbullying - Fiction Bullies - Fiction Grief - Fiction Cousins - Fiction Friendship - Fiction High schools - Fiction School stories Texas - Fiction

Summary: Sixteen-year-old Torrey Grey's YouTube videos on fashion and beauty for teenagers were famous, but when her younger sister is killed by a drunk driver during a filming her world falls apart--cyber bullies are attacking her, her father moves them to Texas, and she does not know who to trust at her new school or whether her cousin is really a friend.

61.74 *

Courage for beginners by Harrington, Karen 

Audio Book(Findaway World, LLC, 2014)

BTSB #: P02596 Available

Dewey: FAges: 8-12   

Genres: Family Life

Subjects: Agoraphobia - Fiction Family problems - Fiction Middle schools - Fiction School stories Texas - Fiction

Summary: Twelve-year-old Mysti Murphy of Texas wishes she were a character in a book. If her life were fiction, she'd know how to solve her problems at school; take care of her family when her dad has to spend time in the hospital; and deal with her family's secret: that her mother is agoraphobic and never leaves the house.

Dumplin' by Murphy, Julie 

Paperback(HarperCollins, 2017)

BTSB #: 664953 Available

Dewey: FAges: 13-17   
AR: 4.6 UG RC: 4.4 6-8 Lexile: 710

Genres: Family Life

Subjects: Overweight persons - Fiction Beauty contests - Fiction Dating (Social customs) - Fiction Friendship - Fiction Self-esteem - Fiction Texas - Fiction

Summary: Sixteen-year-old Willowdean wants to prove to everyone in her small Texas town that she is more than just a fat girl, so, while grappling with her feelings for a co-worker who is clearly attracted to her, Will and some other misfits prepare to compete in the beauty pageant her mother runs.

9.01 *

Fifteen hundred miles from the sun : a novel by Villa, Jonny Garza 

Paperback(Skyscape, 2021)

BTSB #: 909509 Available

Dewey: FAges: 14-18   

Genres: Multicultural

Subjects: Gay teenagers - Fiction Latinos (U.S.) - Fiction Friendship - Fiction Identity (Psychology) - Fiction Texas - Fiction Los Angeles (Calif.) - Fiction

Summary: Julian Luna has a plan for his life: Graduate. Get into UCLA. And have the chance to move away from Corpus Christi, Texas, and the suffocating expectations of others that have forced Jules into an inauthentic life. Then in one reckless moment, with one impulsive tweet, his plans for a low-key nine months are thrown-literally-out the closet. The downside: the whole world knows, and Jules has to prepare for rejection. The upside: Jules now has the opportunity to be his real self.

8.19 *

Hope Springs by Berry, Jaime 

BTSB Prebound(Little, Brown, 2021)

BTSB #: 115694 Available

Dewey: FAges: 8-12   

Genres: Family Life

Subjects: Grandparent-grandchild relationship - Fiction Interpersonal relations - Fiction Moving - Fiction City and town life - Fiction Television personalities - Fiction Texas - Fiction

Summary: Eleven-year-old crafter Jubilee Johnson's assumptions about her vagabond life, her estranged mother, and her idol, television's perfect crafter Arletta Paisley, start to change after Jubi and her grandmother move to a small Texas town.

21.38 *

I become shadow by Shine, Joe 

Audio Book(Findaway World, LLC, 2015)

BTSB #: P02805 Available

Dewey: FAges: 13-18   

Genres: Adventure Fiction

Subjects: Adventure fiction Spies - Fiction Texas - Fiction

Summary: When Ren Sharpe was fourteen, she was kidnapped by a shadowy organization called FATE and trained to be a human weapon. Now, four years later, she receives her assignment: protect Gareth Young at all costs. Currently a student at Texas A&M, Gareth will someday change the world. FATE calls people like Gareth FIPs--future important people--and they're everywhere, each with a FATE-trained shadow. But when disaster strikes, Ren will have to turn on her maker.

66.49 *

In the same boat by Green, Holly 

BTSB Prebound(Scholastic Press, 2021)

BTSB #: 395742 Available

Dewey: FAges: 14-18   
AR: 4.2 UG

Genres: Adventure Fiction Family Life

Subjects: Canoes and canoeing - Fiction Father-daughter relationship - Fiction Father-son relationship - Fiction Family life - Fiction Siblings - Fiction Interpersonal relations - Fiction Texas - Fiction

Summary: Sadie Scofield is entered in the Texas River Odyssey, 260 miles of brutal canoeing, with a chance to make up for ruining her father's chance of winning the previous year. Her brother Tanner suddenly opts to paddle for a different team, leaving her with Cully, a young man who was her best friend years ago, but no longer. She is stuck with sorting out her relationship with the boy she once tried to defend from his abusive father, and discovers the truth about their feuding families.

22.78 *

Lone stars by Lupica, Mike 

BTSB Prebound(Philomel Books, 2017)

BTSB #: 590871 Available

Dewey: FAges: 10-14   
AR: 5.3 MG RC: 5.5 6-8 Lexile: 840

Genres: Sports

Subjects: Football - Fiction Coaching (Athletics) - Fiction Brain - Concussion - Fiction Texas - Fiction

Summary: When Coach Coop, a former star player for the Dallas Cowboys, starts exhibiting side effects from the many concussions he suffered while playing professionally, twelve-year-old wide receiver Clay Hollis becomes determined to help him get through the football season until Thanksgiving, when Coach plans to attend a ceremony honoring him and his former Super Bowl-winning teammates.

22.08 *

Luna howls at the moon by Tubb, Kristin O'Donnell 

BTSB Prebound(HarperCollins, 2021)

BTSB #: 891504 Available

Dewey: FAges: 8-12   
AR: 3.9 MG

Genres: Animals Humorous Fiction Adventure Fiction

Subjects: Psychiatric service dogs - Fiction Group psychotherapy - Fiction Quests (Expeditions) - Fiction Austin (Tex.) - Fiction Texas - Fiction

Summary: Luna, a Labrador therapy dog, accompanies her group therapy kids when they set off on an adventure across Austin, Texas, looking for Hector, who fails to show up to their session one day.

21.38 *

Matthew meets The Man by Nichols, Travis 

BTSB Prebound(Roaring Brook Press, 2011)

BTSB #: 675909 Available

Dewey: FAges: 11-14   
AR: 4.7 MG+ Lexile: 770

Genres: Family Life

Subjects: Musicians - Fiction Bands (Music) - Fiction High schools - Fiction Dating (Social customs) - Fiction Family life - Fiction Texas - Fiction

Summary: As Matt copes with freshman year, his first girlfriend, and the quest to become a drummer in a band, he confronts authority figures who slow his progress.

6.50 *

Other half of happy by Balcarcel, Rebecca 

BTSB Prebound(Chronicle Books, 2019)

BTSB #: 085729 Available

Dewey: FAges: 9-12   
AR: 3.8 MG RC: 4.3 6-8 Lexile: 570 HL F&P: X

Genres: Family Life

Subjects: Racially mixed people - Fiction Ethnicity - Fiction Identity (Psychology) - Fiction Siblings - Fiction Parent-child relationship - Fiction Family life - Texas - Fiction Texas - Fiction

Summary: This is a heartfelt poetic portrayal of a girl growing up, fitting in, and learning what it means to belong.

Room on Lorelei Street by Pearson, Mary 

Audio Book(Findaway World, LLC, 2010)

BTSB #: P01079 Available

Dewey: FAges: 13-18   

Subjects: Freedom - Fiction Family problems - Fiction Texas - Fiction

Summary: To escape a miserable existence taking care of her alcoholic mother, seventeen-year-old Zoe rents a room from an eccentric woman, but her earnings as a waitress after school are minimal and she must go to extremes to cover expenses.

42.74 *

Savage Sam by Gipson, Fred 

Paperback(Harper, 1976)

BTSB #: 380381 Available

Dewey: FAges: 10-14   
AR: 5.7 MG RC: 6.1 6-8 Lexile: 940

Subjects: Dogs - Fiction Frontier and pioneer life - Fiction Apache Indians - Fiction Texas - Fiction

Summary: The son of Old Yeller helps his owners escape from the Apaches in the East Texas territory of the 1870s.

6.55 *

Size of the truth by Smith, Andrew 

BTSB Prebound(Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2019)

BTSB #: 830410 Available

Dewey: FAges: 8-12   
AR: 6 MG Lexile: 1000 F&P: X

Genres: Family Life

Subjects: Celebrities - Fiction Family life - Texas - Fiction Middle schools - Fiction School stories Cooking - Fiction Contests - Fiction Texas - Fiction

Summary: Eleven-year-old Sam Abernathy, extremely overprotected and a reluctant celebrity since he was trapped in a well at age four, dreams of becoming a chef and starts by entering a local cook-off.

22.08 *

Smoking mirror [Garza twins Volume: Book 1]by Bowles, David 

Paperback(IFWG, 2015)

BTSB #: 140359 Available

Dewey: FAges: 8-12   
Lexile: 810

Genres: Family Life Adventure Fiction Fantasy Fiction

Subjects: Siblings - Fiction Twins - Fiction Adventure fiction Shapeshifting - Fiction Latinos (U.S.) - Fiction Fantasy fiction Texas - Fiction Mexico - Fiction

Summary: Carol and Johnny Garza are twelve-year-old twins whose lives in a small Texas town are forever changed by their mother's unexplained disappearance. Shipped off to relatives in Mexico by their grieving father, the twins soon learn that their mother is a "nagual," a shapeshifter, and that they have inherited her powers. In order to rescue her, they will have to descend into the Aztec underworld and face the dangers that await them.

12.29 *

Snake falls to earth by Little Badger, Darcie 

BTSB Prebound(Levine Querido, 2021)

BTSB #: 580212 Available

Dewey: FAges: 12-18   

Genres: Fantasy Fiction

Subjects: Lipan Indians - Fiction Water moccasins - Fiction Native Americans - North America - Fiction Family life - Fiction Fantasy fiction Texas - Fiction

Summary: Nina is a Lipan girl in our world. She's always felt there was something more out there. She still believes in the old stories. Oli is a cottonmouth kid, from the land of spirits and monsters. Like all cottonmouths, he's been cast from home. He's found a new one on the banks of the bottomless lake. Nina and Oli have no idea the other exists. But a catastrophic event on Earth, and a strange sickness that befalls Oli's best friend, will drive their worlds together in ways they haven't seen in centuries. And there are some who will kill to keep them apart.

22.78 *

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