Monday, December 30, 2013

Texas Statehood Part 2

Yesterday we started our coverage of Texas statehood, something we're continuing today. Whether you're a longhorn or an Aggie, you'll find something here.


Dark Water Rising by Marian Hale. In 1900, Seth's family has just moved to Galveston so Seth can go to a good school. Life in the new town is going well, until one day the sea comes in from all sides and it's total destruction. Hale grew up on, and still lives, on the Texas coast.

Ask My Mood Ring How I Feel by Diana Lopez. Chia likes her friends, is jealous of her brainy sister, and has several crushes, but everything changes when her mom gets cancer. She now has to juggle new responsibilities, her old life, and a very big promise she made to God in exchange for her mother's health. Lopez lives in San Antonio.

Gamma Glamma by Kim Flores. Normally, being asked to enter the science fair would be an honor, but it's the same day as Homecoming--something Luz does not want to miss. Her solution? Come up with a project so outrageous, there's no way it will win and she won't have to go! So, she's using science to make people popular. Her lab cooks it all up--jelly beans that make you tan, bubble gum that helps your conversational skills, and specially formulated perfume. Sadly, it turns out when you made all your friends super-popular, there's no one left to eat lunch with. And her success means she still has to go to Science Fair. Flores was born in Corpus Christi and grew up in Dallas.


The Cardturner by Louis Sachar. Alton's parents want him to get in his Uncle Lester's good graces, so the family can get Lester's money when he dies. Uncle Lester is blind, but a very good bridge player, and Alton has found himself as Lester's cardturner (basically, telling him what cards he's holding.) Along the way he learns a lot of family secrets (and a lot about bridge). Sachar lives in Austin.

What Happened to Cass McBride? by Gail Giles. Popular girl Cass is a bully. After his brother commits suicide because of her cruelty, Kyle kidnaps her, and buries her alive. Cass is now trapped in a coffin, but Kyle wants to see her suffer, so there's a camera and a microphone. Can Cass talk her way out of this one? Giles lives in Woodlands.

The Sweetheart of Prosper County by Jill S. Alexander. Austin is sick of the town bully and sick of her over-protective member. This year is going to be different. She joins the Future Farmers of America to meet new friends, starts raising a chicken, and has her sights set on being Prosper County's next sweetheart. Alexander is from Tyler.

Saving Maddie by Varian Johnson. Josh has always been the perfect preacher's kid and followed his family's rules. But then Maddie comes back to town. Josh's father wants his help in saving her, but as Josh gets to know her, Maddie needs no saving at all. Johnson lives in Austin.

The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan. After getting attacked by his math teacher, Percy Jackson discovers he's actually a demigod-- the son of his mortal mother and Poseidon. Percy starts off at Camp Half-Blood, with the other demigods, but he's been blamed for stealing Zeus's lightning bolt and he and his new friends are on a cross-country quest to get it back. The first in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, follow it with The Sea of Monsters. Riordan lives in San Antonio.

Border Crossing by Jessica Lee Anderson. When Manz hears about Operation Wetback, an extreme deportation program in the 1950s, he's convinced the government is starting it up again. The voices telling him so keep getting louder and louder, but Manz doesn't realize only he can hear them. Anderson lives north of Austin.

What authors do you want to waltz across Texas with?

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