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Texas Bluebonnet Master List 2018-2019

  •  Book cover for Stef Soto, Taco Queen

    Stef Soto, Taco Queen

    by Torres, Jennifer Year Published: 2017

    Mexican-American Stef Soto is hoping to break free from her overprotective parents and embarrassing reputation from her family's taco truck business, but she soon learns that family, friendship, and the taco truck are important and wonderful parts of her life.

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  •  Book cover for The Harlem Charade

    The Harlem Charade

    by Tarpley, Natasha Year Published: 2017

    Jin, Alex, and Elvin, three strangers, join forces after Elvin's grandfather is attacked, seeking to find out why. They discover an enigmatic artist whose missing masterpieces may be the key to saving their beloved neighborhood of Harlem from being bulldozed and developed into a ludicrous historic theme park called Harlem World.

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  •  Book cover for Wedgie and Gizmo

    Wedgie and Gizmo

    by Selfors, Suzanne Year Published: 2017

    The dog Wedgie and guinea pig Gizmo are moving into the same house. But while Wedgie is very excited about having a guinea pig brother, Gizmo has other, more nefarious plans.

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  •  Book cover for Spirit Hunters

    Spirit Hunters

    by Oh, Ellen Year Published: 2017

    Harper doesn't trust her new home from the moment she steps inside, and the rumors are that the Raine family's new house is haunted. Harper isn't sure she believes those rumors, until her younger brother, Michael, starts acting strangely. The whole atmosphere gives Harper a sense of deja vu, but she can't remember why. She knows that the memories she's blocking will help make sense of her brother's behavior and the strange and threatening sensations she feels in this house, but will she be able to put the pieces together in time?

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  •  Book cover for The Bicycle Spy

    The Bicycle Spy

    by McDonough, Yona Zeldis Year Published: 2016

    Twelve-year-old Marcel loves riding his bicycle, and dreams of competing in the Tour de France, but it is 1942 and German soldiers are everywhere, stopping him as he delivers bread from his parents' bakery around Aucoin--then one day he discovers that it is not just bread he is delivering, and suddenly he finds himself in possession of dangerous secrets about his parents and his new friend from Paris, Delphine.

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  •  Book cover for Sergeant Reckless: The True Story

    Sergeant Reckless: The True Story of the Little Horse Who Became a Hero

    by McCormick, Patricia Year Published: 2017

    The inspiring true story of the brave little mare who became a marine in the Korean War.

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  •  Book cover for Chef Roy Choi and the Street Food

    Chef Roy Choi and the Street Food Remix

    by Martin, Jacqueline Briggs and June Jo Lee Year Published: 2017

    The story of the Korean American chef in Los Angeles who inspired new methods for the food truck movement and works to create a better community through food.

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  •  Book cover for Me and Marvin Gardens

    Me and Marvin Gardens

    by King, Amy Sarig Year Published: 2017

    Obe Devlin spends a lot of his time cleaning up the creek that runs through what little is left of his family's once extensive farmland, and worrying about what the developers are doing nearby, and the pollution it is causing--but one day he finds a strange creature by his creek that eats plastic, and soon the animal he calls Marvin Gardens becomes his personal secret, which he believes needs to be protected from pretty much everybody.

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  •  Book cover for Hello, Universe

    Hello, Universe

    by Kelly, Erin Entrada Year Published: 2017

    The lives of four misfits are intertwined when a bully's prank lands shy Virgil at the bottom of a well and Valencia, Kaori, and Gen band together in an epic quest to find and rescue him.

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  •  Book cover for Grandpa’s Hal-La-Loo-Ya Hambone

    Grandpa’s Hal-La-Loo-Ya Hambone

    by Hayes, Joe Year Published: 2016

    When Grandpa's false teeth fall down a well, a recycled hambone which has flavored the bean dinners of many families in his poor farm community, is used to retrieve his dentures.

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  •  Book cover for Slider


    by Hautman, Pete Year Published: 2017

    Hoping to win a cash prize in a pizza eating contest after racking up a tab on his mother's credit card, David must juggle his competitive eating training with the responsibility of looking after his autistic younger brother.

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  •  Book cover for Keith Haring: The Boy Who Just Kep

    Keith Haring: The Boy Who Just Kept Drawing

    by Haring, Kay A. Year Published: 2017

    Explores the life and art of Keith Haring from his childhood through his meteoric rise to fame. It sheds light on this important artist's great humanity, his concern for children, and his disregard for the establishment art world. Reproductions of Keith's signature artwork appear in scenes boldly rendered by Robert Neubecker.

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  •  Book cover for Garvey's Choice

    Garvey’s Choice

    by Grimes, Nikki Year Published: 2016

    Garvey is a bookworm, an inventor of jokes, a loyal friend. He loves music and math and learning about outer space. But Dad wants Garvey to be a jock. He wants to talk sports with Garvey, to roughhouse with him, to play football together. Garvey tries to fill the father-sized hole in his heart with food. Now his classmates can't see who he really is either. All they see is an overweight, awkward kid who doesn't fit in anywhere. Garvey has an important choice to make, one that could be the key to getting people - including his father - to see and accept the real Garvey.

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  •  Book cover for Refugee


    by Gratz, Alan Year Published: 2017

    This powerful novel tells the story of three different children seeking refuge: Josef, a Jewish boy living in 1930s Nazi Germany, Isabel, a Cuban girl in 1994, and Mahmoud, a Syrian boy in 2015.

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  •  Book cover for The Unlucky Lottery Winners of Cla

    The Unlucky Lottery Winners of Classroom 13

    by Gilbert, Matthew J. and Honest Lee Year Published: 2017

    Unlucky teacher Ms. Linda LaCrosse wins the lottery and shares her winnings with her class. The students fulfill their dreams with their newfound wealth, but they soon learn that winning the lottery is not all that lucky.

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  •  Book cover for Bravo! Poems About Amazing Hispani

    Bravo! Poems About Amazing Hispanics

    by Engle, Margarita Year Published: 2017

    Bold, graphic portraits and beautiful poems present famous and lesser-known Latinos from varied backgrounds who have faced life's challenges in creative ways.

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  •  Book cover for Grand Canyon

    Grand Canyon

    by Chin, Jason Year Published: 2017

    An exploration of the Grand Canyon on a grand scale, as only Jason Chin can illustrate and explain.

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  •  Book cover for Step Right Up: How Doc and Jim Key

    Step Right Up: How Doc and Jim Key Taught the World About Kindness

    by Bowman, Donna Janell Year Published: 2016

    A picture book biography of Dr. William Key, a former slave and self-trained veterinarian who taught his horse, Jim, to read and write and who together with Jim became one of the most famous traveling performance acts around the turn of the twentieth century.

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  •  Book cover for How to Avoid Extinction

    How to Avoid Extinction

    by Acampora, Paul Year Published: 2016

    Leo's grandfather died a year ago, and ever since Leo has been tasked with tracking his grandmother down whenever she wanders away from their home in Allentown, Pennsylvania--but when she abruptly decides to take the trip to Utah that her husband was planning, Leo finds himself on the way to visit dinosaurs, in an old Buick with his grandmother, his seventeen-year-old cousin Abby, and Abby's old, smelly Golden retriever, Kermit, without telling his mother.

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  • Book cover for Amina's Voice

    Amina’s Voice

    by Khan, Hena Year Published: 2017
    • Amina, a Pakistani American Muslim, has entered middle school. She is happy hanging with her friend, Soojin, a Korean American, but things have started changing, especially when Soojin starts hanging out with popular Emily. When Soojin says she might change her name to something more American, Amina starts to wonder if she will have to change to fit in, too. However, when her local mosque is vandalized, Amina realizes that it is better to be herself.
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    Texas Bluebonnet Master List 2017-2018

    •  Ada's Violin book cover

      Ada's Violin

      by Hood, Susan Year Published: 2016

      The Recycled Orchestra, comprising of children from Cateura, Paraguay, playing instruments made from recycled trash, performs concerts all over the world to sold-out audiences. Here's the story of how it began.

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    •  The Best Man book cover

      The Best Man

      by Peck, Richard Year Published: 2016

      Archer has four important role models in his life: his dad, his grandfather, his uncle Paul, and his favorite teacher, Mr. McLeod. When Uncle Paul and Mr. McLeod get married, Archer's sixth-grade year becomes one he'll never forget.

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    •  Follow the Moon Home book cover

      Follow the Moon Home: A Tale of One Idea, Twenty Kids, and a Hundred Sea Turtles

      by Cousteau, Philippe and Hopkinson, Deborah Year Published: 2016

      A book about loggerhead sea turtles, and a girl's attempts to help save their babies from man-made light.

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    •  The Girl Who Drank the Moon book cover

      The Girl Who Drank the Moon

      by Barnhill, Kelly Year Published: 2016

      An epic fantasy about a young girl raised by a witch, a swamp monster, and a Perfectly Tiny Dragon, who must unlock the powerful magic buried deep inside her.

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    •  The Great Pet Escape book cover

      The Great Pet Escape

      by Jamieson, Victoria Year Published: 2016

      A young graphic novel chapter book about the escape escapades of class pets at Daisy P. Flugelhorn Elementary School.

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    •  The Great Shelby Holmes book cover

      The Great Shelby Holmes

      by Eulberg, Elizabeth Year Published: 2016

      Nine-year-old Shelby Holmes, the best detective in her Harlem neighborhood, and her new easy-going friend from downstairs, eleven-year-old John Watson, become partners in a dog-napping case.

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    •  In the Footsteps of Crazy Horse book cover

      In the Footsteps of Crazy Horse

      by Marshall, Joseph Year Published: 2015

      Teased for his fair coloring, eleven-year-old Jimmy McClean travels with his maternal grandfather, Nyles High Eagle, to learn about his Lakota heritage while visiting places significant in the life of Crazy Horse, the nineteenth-century Lakota leader and warrior, in a tale that weaves the past with the present. Includes historical note and glossary.

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    •  The Key to Extraordinary book cover

      The Key to Extraordinary

      by Lloyd, Natalie Year Published: 2016

      Twelve-year old orphan Emma Casey lives by a haunted graveyard in her Tennessee town, giving tours, helping her brother and Granny Blue with the family bakery, and waiting for the Destiny Dream of her ancestors--but when it comes it shows her only a key, and she finds that she must solve a ghostly mystery that has haunted her town for generations.

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    •  The Last Kids on Earth book cover

      The Last Kids on Earth

      by Brallier, Max Year Published: 2015

      After a monster apocalypse hits town, average thirteen-year-old Jack Sullivan builds a team of friends to help slay the eerily intelligent monster known as Blarg.

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    •  Little Cat's Luck book cover

      Little Cat's Luck

      by Bauer, Marion Dane Year Published: 2016

      A little cat named Patches manages to push out a window screen and leave her house, chasing a falling leaf, and sets out to find a special place to call her own.

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    •  Lola Levine Drama Queen book cover

      Lola Levine Drama Queen

      by Brown, Monica Year Published: 2016

      Lola Levine is given a non-speaking part after getting stage fright during her class play audition. She saves the play from a couple of obstacles with the help of her grandmother.

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    • The Magnificent Mya Tibbs: Spirit Week Showdown

      by Allen, Crystal Year Published: 2016

      Nine-year-old Mya is excited about participating in School Spirit Week, even making a pinky promise with her best friend Naomi to be her partner, but when she accidentally gets paired with the biggest bully in school, Mean Connie, Naomi is mad at Mya for breaking her promise, so she must learn to work with Mean Connie and try and get her friend back.

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    • Maybe a Fox book cover

      Maybe a Fox

      by Appelt, Kathi and McGhee, Allison Year Published: 2016

      When her sister Sylvie goes missing on a snowy morning and is never seen again, Jules refuses to believe she is gone forever; meanwhile, in the shadow world, a shadow fox is born.

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    •  The Princess and the Warrior book cover

      The Princess and the Warrior

      by Tonatiuh, Duncan Year Published: 2016

      Princess Izta had many wealthy suitors but dismissed them all. When a mere warrior, Popoca, promised to be true to her and stay always by her side, Izta fell in love. The emperor promised Popoca if he could defeat their enemy Jaguar Claw, then Popoca and Izta could wed. When Popoca was near to defeating Jaguar Claw, his opponent sent a messenger to Izta saying Popoca was dead. Izta fell into a deep sleep and, upon his return, even Popoca could not wake her. As promised, Popoca stayed by her side.

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      by Bauer, Joan Year Published: 2016

      Moving to Hillcrest, Ohio, when his adoptive father accepts a temporary job, twelve-year-old Jeremiah, a heart transplant recipient, has sixty days to find a baseball team to coach.

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    •  Some Kind of Courage book cover

      Some Kind of Courage

      by Gemeinhart, Dan Year Published: 2016

      In 1890 Washington the only family Joseph Johnson has left is his half-wild Indian pony, Sarah, so when she is sold by a man who has no right to do so, he sets out to get her back--and he plans to let nothing stop him in his quest.

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    •  The Storyteller book cover

      The Storyteller

      by Turk, Evan Year Published: 2016

      In a time of drought in the Kingdom of Morocco, a storyteller and a boy weave a tale to thwart a Djinn and his sandstorm from destroying their city.

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    •  Towers Falling book cover

      Towers Falling

      by Rhodes, Jewell Parker Year Published: 2016

      While learning about September 11th, fifth grader Dèja (born after the attacks) realizes how much the events still color her world.

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    • Unidentified Suburban Object book cover

      Unidentified Suburban Object

      by Jung, Mike Year Published: 2016

      Chloe Cho is a Korean American seventh-grader who would like to get in touch with many of the aspects of her heritage, but her parents are unwilling to talk about it--then when a class assignment forces Chloe to confront them directly, they finally tell her the truth about her family, which may just be too much for one girl to handle.

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      Whoosh! Lonnie Johnson's Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions

      by Barton, Chris Year Published: 2016

      A biography of Lonnie Johnson, an engineer at NASA who is best know for inventing the Super Soaker water gun.

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    Last Modified on June 19, 2018