Lone Star Reading List
Awards & Recognition Listen to Audiobook Clips from the 2021 Texas Lone Star Reading List

The Lone Star reading list is developed by public and school librarians from the Young Adult Round Table. The purpose of the list is to encourage students in grades 6, 7, or 8 to explore a variety of current books. See the full 2021 Lone Star Reading list here—and be sure to empower your young patrons and students by offering the audio editions as well! Check out the 8 titles available from Listening Library below:

The Companion
Author: Katie Alender
Read by: Taylor Meskimen
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“This book hits all the notes of a solid thriller—creepy mansion, dark family secrets, a little romance, and a plucky heroine. Fans of suspense will enjoy this outing. Alender creates another tingly tale just right for escaping into this summer.”—School Library Journal
Dress Coded
“A full cast brings Carrie Firestone’s novel for young teens to listeners—an appropriate way to further enhance a story about middle schoolers using a podcast to bring attention to administrators’ abuse of dress-code enforcement…expertly paced.”—Booklist
Wink
Author: Rob Harrell
Read By: Michael Crouch and Marc Thompson
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“Michael Crouch’s first-person narration is spot-on…Sound effects mask the occasional curse word, making this audiobook funny despite the real obstacles Ross is overcoming.”—AudioFile Earphones Award
When You Trap a Tiger
Author: Tae Keller
Read by: Greta Jung
“Narrator Greta Jung is outstanding at capturing both the youthful and adult voices in this chapter book for tweens…Jung makes her character distinctive with lightly accented English. A lively, confident narrator is exactly what listeners need.”—AudioFile
Thirteens
Author: Kate Alice Marshall
Read by: Keylor Leigh
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“An enthralling mystery beats at the heart of this middle grade fantasy.”—School Library Journal
Paola Santiago and the River of Tears
Author: Tehlor Kay Mejia
Read by: Frankie Corzo
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“Narrator Frankie Corzo brings relatable warmth to this supernatural adventure…The Spanish accent of Dante’s abuela and effortless pronunciations of Spanish words and phrases add authenticity to the Mexican-American legend. Also fun is Rick Riordan’s introduction, in which he shares his own childhood connection to the story.”—AudioFile
Bloom
Author: Kenneth Oppel
Read by: Sophie Amoss
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“The energetic pacing and youthful tones of narrator Sophie Amoss introduce listeners to the three teens who form the core of Oppel’s newest supernatural thriller.”—AudioFile
Tornado Brain
Author: Cat Patrick
Read by: Jorjeana Marie
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“Jorjeana Marie narrates authentically in the first person in a youthful voice. The world looks differently from Frankie’s perspective, and listeners are privileged to share that world with her. Through Marie’s stellar portrayal, Frankie’s confusion, hurt, and joy are clear. This audio would be a wonderful addition to any middle grade collection…Not only is it a good selection for mystery buffs, but its greatest strength is in helping listeners, both adult and young, develop empathy with anyone who is neurodiverse.”—School Library Journal, starred review
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