Happy Summer Break, everyone!

We hope you are as excited as we are to have some time to read! We challenge you to read three of the Texas Star Books this summer and discuss them with us on this blog. We will post questions to help guide our thoughts, but school appropriate observations about the texts are always welcome, whether they are directly related to our questions or not!

Remember–if you read at least 12 of the books on the list, you will be invited to the Texas Star Celebration next May! You get most of a day off from school, lunch with S.J.Kincaid, author of  Insignia, an autographed book from the author and a medal!

If you read 20 books on the list, you get a hard back book signed directly to YOU from the author! How cool is that?

Here is the list:

  • Bardugo, Leigh. Shadow and Bone. Henry Holt, 2012. ISBN 978-0805094596**
  • Barnes, Jennifer Lynn. Every Other Day. Egmont USA, 2012. ISBN 978-1606841693
  • Bauer, Joan. Almost Home. Viking, 2012. ISBN 978-0670012893**
  • Blumenthal, Karen. Steve Jobs: The Man Who Thought Different. Feiwel and Friends, 2012. ISBN 978-1250015570; Audio: Macmillan Audio, 2012. ISBN 978-1427228024**
  • Bragg, Georgia. How They Croaked: The Awful Ends of the Awfully Famous. Walker & Co., 2011. ISBN 978-0802798176**
  • Audio: Recorded Books, 2011. ISBN 978-1461849889
  • Carvell, Tim. Planet Tad. Harper Collins, 2012. ISBN 978-0061934360
  • Davies, Stephen. Outlaw: A Novel. Clarion Books, 2011. ISBN 978-0547390178**
  • Flinn, Alex. Bewitching. HarperTeen, 2012. ISBN 978-0062024145
  • Kincaid, S.J. Insignia. Katherine Tegen Books, 2012. ISBN 978-0062092991
  • Kindl, Patrice. Keeping the Castle: A Tale of Romance, Riches, and Real Estate. Viking, 2012. ISBN 978-0670014385
  • Levine, Kristin. The Lions of Little Rock. G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2012. ISBN 978-0399256448**
  • Audio: Listening Library/Books on Tape, 2012. ISBN 978-0307968807
  • Lu, Marie. Legend. G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2011. ISBN 978-0399256752
  • Audio: Penguin Audio, 2011. ISBN 978-1611760088**
  • McCall, Guadalupe Garcia. Under the Mesquite. Lee & Low Books, 2011. ISBN 978-1600604294
  • Meyer, Marissa. Cinder. Feiwel and Friends, 2012. ISBN 978-0312641894
  • Audio: Macmillan Audio, 2012. ISBN 978-1427215000
  • Morpurgo, Michael. An Elephant in the Garden. Feiwel and Friends, 2011. ISBN 978-0312593698
  • Nielsen, Jennifer A. The False Prince. Scholastic Press, 2012. ISBN 978-0545284134
  • Audio: Scholastic Audio, 2012. ISBN 978-0545391665
  • Palacio, R.J. Wonder. Alfred A. Knopf, 2012. ISBN 978-0375869020
  • Audio: Brilliance Audio, 2012. 978-1455844197
  • Petrucha, Stefan. Ripper. Philomel, 2012. ISBN 978-0-399255243
  • Sonnenblick, Jordan. Curveball: The Year I Lost My Grip. Scholastic Press, 2012. ISBN 978-0545320696
  • Audio: Brilliance Audio, 2012. ISBN 978-1611061468
  • Strohmeyer, Sarah. Smart Girls Get What They Want. Balzer + Bray, 2012. ISBN 978-0061953408

2013-2014 Librarian’s Picks

  • Bodeen, S.A. The Raft. Feiwal & Friends, 2012. ISBN: 978-0312650100.**
  • Gibbs, Stuart. Spy School. Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2012. ISBN: 978-1442421837 (hardcover); 978-1442421827 (pbk).
  • McKissack, Patricia C. and Fredrick L. McKissack, Jr., Randy DuBurke, Anthony Wu. Best Shot in the West: the Adventures of Nat Love. Chronicle Books, 2012. ISBN: 978-0811857499.
  • Poblocki, Dan. The Ghost of Graylock. Scholastic Press, 2012. ISBN: 978-0545402682 (hardcover).**
  • Sherry, Maureen. Walls within Walls. Katherine Tegan Books, 2010. ISBN: 978-0061767005.

The titles with two asterisks next to them are the books chosen by one of us to read this summer! You do not have to read the same ones we do to participate however. Investigate the books and choose the ones that fit your interests  Be sure to post your comments under the tab of the book title that you are reading.  That will help others who are reading the same book to converse with you. 

Happy Summer and let’s get reading! We want TONS of our NOMS Mustangs   to go to the celebration next year!



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Texas Lone Star reading form

Hello all you Mustang readers!  How is your summer?  Can you believe it’s July already?

I’m so excited to see so many of you reading during your summer break.  I’ve certainly enjoyed the books that I’ve read so far and am looking forward to starting the next one very soon.

One of the “perks” to reading books from the Lone Star list is that you are working your way to attending the Lone Star luncheon next spring.  To help Mrs. Webb keep track of who has read, we ask you to complete a Lone Star form for each book that you read.  I’m attaching the form here.   


Happy Reading!


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