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2019 - 2020 Brazosport ISD's Great Texas Mosquito list

We Forgot Brock!

Illustrated by Carter Goodrich
This edition: Hardcover, 48 pages
Publication date: August 25, 2015
Ages: 4 - 8

The importance of imaginary friends is very real in this picture book adventure from the author of Say Hello to Zorro! and lead character designer for...

Ida, Always

Illustrated by Charles Santoso
This edition: Hardcover, 40 pages
Publication date: February 23, 2016
Ages: 4 - 8

A beautiful, honest portrait of loss and deep friendship told through the story of two iconic polar bears.Gus lives in a big park in the middle of an...

The Marvelous Thing That Came from a Spring

The Accidental Invention of the Toy That Swept the Nation
Illustrated by Gilbert Ford
This edition: Hardcover, 40 pages
Publication date: September 13, 2016
Ages: 4 - 8

With magnificent dioramic illustrations, Gilbert Ford captures the joy, creativity, and determination behind the invention of an iconic, one-of-a-kind...

OCDaniel

This edition: Hardcover, 304 pages
Publication date: April 12, 2016
Ages: 8 - 12

EDGAR AWARD WINNER FOR BEST MYSTERY BANK STREET BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR SILVER BIRCH AWARD WINNER “Complex and satisfying. Written from Daniel’s point of...

Long Way Down

This edition: Hardcover, 320 pages
Publication date: October 24, 2017
Ages: 12 - 99

Longlisted for the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature Parents’ Choice Gold Award Winner An ode to Put the Damn Guns Down, this is...

2019 - 2020 Lectio Book Award

Lifeboat 12

This edition: Hardcover, 336 pages
Publication date: September 04, 2018
Ages: 8 - 13

“This page-turning true-life adventure is filled with rich and riveting details and a timeless understanding of the things that matter most.”—Dashka...

2020 - 2021 Lectio Book Award Finalist

Charlie Thorne and the Last Equation

(Part of Charlie Thorne)
This edition: Hardcover, 400 pages
Publication date: September 17, 2019
Ages: 10 - 99

“Fast-paced, smart, and action-packed...a real page-burner.” —Chris Grabenstein, #1 New York Times bestelling author of the Mr. Lemoncello’s Library...

The Good Thieves

This edition: Hardcover, 272 pages
Publication date: August 27, 2019
Ages: 8 - 12

“A dazzling tale of wild hope, lingering grief, admirable self-sufficiency, and intergenerational adoration.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review) “Vita...

More to the Story

This edition: Hardcover, 272 pages
Publication date: September 03, 2019
Ages: 8 - 12

From the critically acclaimed author of Amina’s Voice comes a new story inspired by Louisa May Alcott’s beloved classic, Little Women, featuring four...

2020 - 2021 Crown Award Nominee

Best Family Ever

This edition: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publication date: January 07, 2020
Ages: 8 - 12

Much-loved storyteller Karen Kingsbury’s Baxter Family books have captured the hearts of millions who have come to think of the Baxter family as their...

2020 - 2021 Horned Toad Tales List

Frankie Sparks and the Class Pet

Illustrated by Nadja Sarell
This edition: Hardcover, 144 pages
Publication date: June 18, 2019
Ages: 7 - 10

Ivy and Bean meets Aliens in my Pocket in this start to a brand-new chapter book series about Frankie Sparks, a third grader who uses her love for...

Firefighters' Handbook

Illustrated by Meghan McCarthy
This edition: Hardcover, 48 pages
Publication date: September 17, 2019
Ages: 4 - 8

“The writing is clear and specific, and the expansive, colorful acrylic illustrations, including labeled diagrams, are themselves quite informative.”...

2020 - 2021 Lamplighter Award Nominee

An Invisible Thread

A Young Readers' Edition
This edition: Hardcover, 224 pages
Publication date: May 07, 2019
Ages: 10 - 99

A Parents’ Choice Recommended Award Winner A Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection From New York Times bestselling authors Laura Schroff and...

2020 - 2021 Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List Selection

Charlie Hernández & the League of Shadows

(Book #1 of Charlie Hernández)
This edition: Hardcover, 336 pages
Publication date: October 23, 2018
Ages: 10 - 14

“This is a perfect pick for kids who love Rick Riordan’s many series, particularly for those eager for mythologies beyond Greek and Roman stories.”...

The Rhino in Right Field

This edition: Hardcover, 272 pages
Publication date: July 10, 2018
Ages: 8 - 12

“Laugh-out-loud fun…A winner in every way.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review) “Funny and good-hearted.” —Publishers Weekly A boy who loves baseball must...

What Do You Do with a Voice Like That?

The Story of Extraordinary Congresswoman Barbara Jordan
Illustrated by Ekua Holmes
This edition: Hardcover, 48 pages
Publication date: September 25, 2018
Ages: 4 - 8

“When Barbara Jordan talked, we listened.” —Former President of the United States, Bill Clinton Congresswoman Barbara Jordan had a big, bold, confident...

Frankie Sparks and the Class Pet

Illustrated by Nadja Sarell
This edition: Hardcover, 144 pages
Publication date: June 18, 2019
Ages: 7 - 10

Ivy and Bean meets Aliens in my Pocket in this start to a brand-new chapter book series about Frankie Sparks, a third grader who uses her love for...

2020 Little Maverick Graphic Novel Reading List

The Okay Witch

(Book #1 of The Okay Witch)
Illustrated by Emma Steinkellner
This edition: Hardcover, 272 pages
Publication date: September 03, 2019
Ages: 8 - 12

A School Library Journal Best Graphic Novel of 2019 A YALSA 2020 Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers A YALSA 2020 Great Graphic Novel for...

2021 Little Maverick Graphic Novel Reading List

Becoming RBG

Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Journey to Justice
Illustrated by Whitney Gardner
This edition: Hardcover, 208 pages
Publication date: November 05, 2019
Ages: 10 - 99

From the New York Times bestselling author of I Dissent comes a biographical graphic novel about celebrated Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader...

Beetle & the Hollowbones

Colorist Natalie Riess and Kristen Acampora / Illustrated by Aliza Layne
This edition: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publication date: August 04, 2020
Ages: 8 - 12

An enchanting, riotous, and playfully illustrated debut graphic novel following a young goblin trying to save her best friend from the haunted...

2020 Lone Star Reading List Selection

Charlie Thorne and the Last Equation

(Part of Charlie Thorne)
This edition: Hardcover, 400 pages
Publication date: September 17, 2019
Ages: 10 - 99

“Fast-paced, smart, and action-packed...a real page-burner.” —Chris Grabenstein, #1 New York Times bestelling author of the Mr. Lemoncello’s Library...

Sorcery of Thorns

This edition: Hardcover, 464 pages
Publication date: June 04, 2019
Ages: 14 - 99

A New York Times bestseller! “A bewitching gem...I absolutely loved every moment of this story.” —Stephanie Garber, #1 New York Times bestselling...

2021 Lone Star Reading List Selection

City Spies

(Book #1 of City Spies)
This edition: Hardcover, 384 pages
Publication date: March 10, 2020
Ages: 8 - 12

A New York Times bestseller! A GMA3 Summer Reading Squad Selection! “Ingeniously plotted, and a grin-inducing delight.” —People “Will keep young...

2020 Tayshas High School Reading List Selection

Dry

This edition: Hardcover, 400 pages
Publication date: October 02, 2018
Ages: 12 - 99

When the California drought escalates to catastrophic proportions, one teen is forced to make life and death decisions for her family in this harrowing...

The Last to Let Go

This edition: Hardcover, 384 pages
Publication date: February 06, 2018
Ages: 14 - 99

A twisted tragedy leaves Brooke and her siblings on their own in this provocative new novel from the New York Times bestselling author of The Way I...

Angel Thieves

This edition: Hardcover, 336 pages
Publication date: March 12, 2019
Ages: 14 - 99

An ocelot. A slave. An angel thief. Multiple perspectives spanning across time are united through themes of freedom, hope, and faith in a most unusual...

Brave Face

A Memoir
This edition: Hardcover, 368 pages
Publication date: May 21, 2019
Ages: 14 - 99

“[P]rofound…a triumph—a full-throated howl to the moon to remind us why we choose to survive and thrive.” —Brendan Kiely, New York Times bestselling...

The Cold Is in Her Bones

This edition: Hardcover, 288 pages
Publication date: January 22, 2019
Ages: 12 - 99

“A dark and enchanting tale.” —Bustle “Fiercely written and beautifully feminist.” —Lisa Maxwell, New York Times bestselling author of The Last...

Girls with Sharp Sticks

This edition: Hardcover, 400 pages
Publication date: March 19, 2019
Ages: 14 - 99

From New York Times bestselling author Suzanne Young comes the start of a thrilling, subversive new series about a girls-only boarding school with a...

The Past and Other Things That Should Stay Buried

This edition: Hardcover, 304 pages
Publication date: February 19, 2019
Ages: 14 - 99

A Hypable Most Anticipated Queer YA Book of 2019 A Book Riot YA Book to Add to Your Winter TBR and Most Anticipated 2019 LGBTQ Read A BookBub Best Teen...

Serious Moonlight

This edition: Hardcover, 432 pages
Publication date: April 16, 2019
Ages: 14 - 99

“An atmospheric, multilayered, sex-positive romance.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review) After an awkward first encounter, Birdie and Daniel are forced...

Sky Without Stars

(Book #1 of System Divine)
This edition: Hardcover, 592 pages
Publication date: March 26, 2019
Ages: 12 - 99

“Not to be missed!” —Marissa Meyer, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Lunar Chronicles “An explosion of emotion, intrigue, romance, and...

Slayer

(Book #1 of Slayer)
This edition: Hardcover, 416 pages
Publication date: January 08, 2019
Ages: 14 - 99

A New York Times bestseller A Publishers Weekly bestseller From bestselling author Kiersten White comes a brand-new series set in the world of Buffy...

500 Words or Less

This edition: Hardcover, 384 pages
Publication date: September 25, 2018
Ages: 14 - 99

A YALSA 2020 Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers “Compelling.” —School Library Journal “Moving.” —Publishers Weekly “Poignant.” —Kirkus...

2021 Tayshas High School Reading List Selection

Love from A to Z

This edition: Hardcover, 352 pages
Publication date: April 30, 2019
Ages: 14 - 99

A Today Show Read with Jenna Book Club Pick A School Library Journal Best Young Adult Book of 2019 A YALSA 2020 Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult...

Winterwood

This edition: Hardcover, 336 pages
Publication date: November 05, 2019
Ages: 14 - 99

From New York Times bestselling author of The Wicked Deep comes a haunting romance perfect for fans of Practical Magic, where dark fairy tales and...

The Degenerates

This edition: Hardcover, 288 pages
Publication date: March 17, 2020
Ages: 14 - 99

“Respectful, unflinching, and eye-opening.” —Kirkus Reviews “Historical fiction that not only depicts a cruel, horrifying reality but also the strength...

Barely Missing Everything

This edition: Hardcover, 320 pages
Publication date: March 05, 2019
Ages: 14 - 99

“There are moments when a story shakes you...Barely Missing Everything is one of those stories, and Mendez, a gifted storyteller with a distinct voice,...

Of Curses and Kisses

(Part of Rosetta Academy)
This edition: Hardcover, 384 pages
Publication date: February 18, 2020
Ages: 12 - 99

“Fans of Menon’s frothy, contemporary rom-coms will be excited for this venture into new territory.” —Booklist “[A] dreamy, sassy confection of a...

SLAY

This edition: Hardcover, 336 pages
Publication date: September 24, 2019
Ages: 12 - 99

A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2019! “Gripping and timely.” —People “The YA debut we’re most excited for this year.” —Entertainment Weekly “A book...

2020 Texas 2X2 Reading List Selection

Cake

Illustrated by Sue Hendra
This edition: Hardcover, 32 pages
Publication date: March 05, 2019
Ages: 4 - 8

In the tradition of I Want My Hat Back, this delicious story from Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet tells the story of a cake who’s about to attend his very...

Cyril and Pat

Illustrated by Emily Gravett
This edition: Hardcover, 32 pages
Publication date: May 21, 2019
Ages: 4 - 8

From author-illustrator Emily Gravett comes a warm and funny picture book about friendship and loving someone different from yourself.Cyril is a...

Another

Illustrated by Christian Robinson
This edition: Hardcover, 56 pages
Publication date: March 05, 2019
Ages: 5 - 8

An NPR Favorite Book of 2019 A New York Times Best Children’s Book of 2019 An NYPL Best Book of 2019 A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2019 A School...

Seeds Move!

Illustrated by Robin Page
This edition: Hardcover, 32 pages
Publication date: March 19, 2019
Ages: 3 - 8

Discover the fascinating and surprising ways that seeds move and find a place to grow in this gorgeous picture book from Caldecott Honoree Robin...

Truman

Illustrated by Lucy Ruth Cummins
This edition: Hardcover, 48 pages
Publication date: July 09, 2019
Ages: 4 - 8

An NPR Favorite Book of 2019 A New York Times Best Children’s book of 2019 A Kirkus Reviews Best Picture Book of 2019 A School Library Journal Best...

2020 Topaz Nonfiction Reading List Selection

An Inconvenient Alphabet

Ben Franklin & Noah Webster's Spelling Revolution
Illustrated by Elizabeth Baddeley
This edition: Hardcover, 48 pages
Publication date: September 25, 2018
Ages: 4 - 8

“Delightful, relatable, and eye-catchingly illustrated.” —School Library Journal “Deelytful and iloominaating for noo and seesuned reeders alyk.”...

The Library Book

This edition: Paper Over Board, 336 pages
Publication date: October 16, 2018

A REESE WITHERSPOON x HELLO SUNSHINE BOOK CLUB PICK A WASHINGTON POST TOP 10 BOOK OF THE YEAR * A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER and NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE...

Just Like Rube Goldberg

The Incredible True Story of the Man Behind the Machines
Illustrated by Robert Neubecker
This edition: Hardcover, 48 pages
Publication date: March 12, 2019
Ages: 3 - 8

Discover how Rube Goldberg followed his dreams to become an award-winning cartoonist, inventor, and even an adjective in the dictionary in this...

The Only Plane in the Sky

An Oral History of 9/11
This edition: Hardcover, 512 pages
Publication date: September 10, 2019

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER “This is history at its most immediate and moving…A marvelous and memorable book.” —Jon Meacham “Remarkable…A priceless...

The Book Rescuer

How a Mensch from Massachusetts Saved Yiddish Literature for Generations to Come
Illustrated by Stacy Innerst
This edition: Hardcover, 48 pages
Publication date: October 01, 2019
Ages: 5 - 8

Recipient of a Sydney Taylor Book Award for Younger Readers An ALA Notable Book A Bank Street Best Book of the Year “Text and illustration meld...

Fighting for the Forest

How FDR's Civilian Conservation Corps Helped Save America
This edition: Hardcover, 208 pages
Publication date: October 08, 2019
Ages: 10 - 99

In an inspiring middle grade nonfiction work, P. O’Connell Pearson tells the story of the Civilian Conservation Corps—one of Franklin Delano...

Skulls!

Illustrated by Scott Campbell
This edition: Hardcover, 40 pages
Publication date: July 23, 2019
Ages: 4 - 8

Debut picture book author Blair Thornburgh and award-winning illustrator Scott Campbell put their heads together to celebrate one of the most important...

2021 Topaz Nonfiction Reading List Selection

Mobituaries

Great Lives Worth Reliving
This edition: Hardcover, 384 pages
Publication date: November 05, 2019

From beloved CBS Sunday Morning correspondent and humorist Mo Rocca, an entertaining and rigorously researched book that celebrates the dead people who...

Dancing Hands

How Teresa Carreño Played the Piano for President Lincoln
Illustrated by Rafael López
This edition: Hardcover, 40 pages
Publication date: August 27, 2019
Ages: 4 - 8

Winner of the Pura Belpré Illustrator Award A Kirkus Reviews Best Picture Book In soaring words and stunning illustrations, Margarita Engle and Rafael...

RESPECT

Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul
Illustrated by Frank Morrison
This edition: Hardcover, 48 pages
Publication date: August 25, 2020
Ages: 4 - 8

From a New York Times bestselling author and an acclaimed illustrator comes this vibrant portrait of Aretha Franklin that pays her the R-E-S-P-E-C-T...

2020 Topaz Nonfiction Reading List Selection

When Angels Sing

The Story of Rock Legend Carlos Santana
Illustrated by Jose Ramirez
This edition: Hardcover, 48 pages
Publication date: September 04, 2018
Ages: 4 - 8

Winner of a Pura Belpré Illustrator Honor and a Robert F. Sibert Honor! Celebrate music icon Carlos Santana in this vibrant, rhythmic picture book from...

2021 Maverick Graphic Novel Reading List

Becoming RBG

Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Journey to Justice
Illustrated by Whitney Gardner
This edition: Hardcover, 208 pages
Publication date: November 05, 2019
Ages: 10 - 99

From the New York Times bestselling author of I Dissent comes a biographical graphic novel about celebrated Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader...

Long Way Down

The Graphic Novel
Illustrated by Danica Novgorodoff
This edition: Hardcover, 208 pages
Publication date: October 13, 2020
Ages: 14 - 99

Jason Reynolds’s Newbery Honor, Printz Honor, and Coretta Scott King Honor–winning, #1 New York Times bestselling novel Long Way Down is now a...