Saturday, July 23, 2011

LS+ List for 2011-2012

Every summer, the five middle school librarians in our school district choose 10-15 books to add to the Lone Star Reading List book selections for the upcoming school year. We base the selections for our schools on one thing only: will our students LOVE this book? Each middle school library has a different list, although some books do appear on more than one school's list.

Since we add our own selections to the 20 books selected by the state of Texas Lone Star Committee, we call the lists the LS+ Reading List. Any student who reads at least 12 of these and/or the Lone Star books gets to go on a field trip in May. Sequels to any book on the list also count.

In addition, for every one book they read on the LS+ list, students are entered in a weekly drawing for gift certificates to area merchants. In May 2011 (our second year of this particular program), our district had about 75 students who qualified attend the LS+ party, 27 of whom were from my school. In order for a book to count, students must prove they read the book by taking a quiz and submitting a 3-paragraph book review to the librarian.

Here's my Plus list for 2011-2012 (so far). My goal is to add 10-15 books, so I have a ways to go!
Paranormalcy (Kiersten White)
When a dark prophecy begins to come true, sixteen-year-old Evie of the International Paranormal Containment Agency must not only try to stop it, she must also uncover its connection to herself and the alluring shapeshifter, Lend. The sequel, Supernaturally, will also count.
Candor (Pam Bachorz)
For a fee, "model teen" Oscar Banks has been secretly--and selectively--sabotaging the subliminal messages that program the behavior of the residents of Candor, Florida, until his attraction to a rebellious new girl threatens to expose his subterfuge.
The Midnight Charter (David Whitley)
In the city of Agora, where everything can be bought and sold, two children stumble upon the mysterious and dangerous Midnight Charter and play their unique part in their society's future as they learn who they can trust. Sequels The Children of the Lost will also count.
The Seer and the Sword (Victoria Hanley)
Princess Torina, who has the ability to see the future, and her friend Landen, who seeks a sword that belongs to his conquered kingdom, are separated when a treacherous murderer gains power, but from exile each works to restore peace and the rightful rulers. Despite the terrible cover, this oft-overlooked story remains one of my favorite romantic fantasies.
Sweetly (Jackson Pearce)
A Hansel and Gretel spin-off complete with action, romance, mystery, and um, werewolves. Predecessor Sisters Red will also count.
Delirium (Lauren Oliver)
Lena looks forward to receiving the government-mandated cure that prevents the delirium of love and leads to a safe, predictable, and happy life, until ninety-five days before her eighteenth birthday and her treatment, when she falls in love. Sequel Pandemonium will also count.
Cryer's Cross (Lisa McMann)
Seventeen-year-old Kendall, who suffers from obsessive-compulsive disorder, lives with her parents on a potato farm in a tiny community in Montana, where two teenagers go missing within months of each other, with no explanation.

Hex Hall (Rachel Hawkins)
Witch Sophie Mercer, having been sent to a reform school by her father after a prom night spell went horribly wrong, learns her roommate, who is the only vampire on campus, is the suspect in a series of attacks on students and sets out to find the real culprit. Sequels Demonglass and Spellbound (March 2012) will also count.
Dead is the New Black (Marlene Perez)
Seventeen-year-old Daisy Giordano, daughter and sister of psychics, attempts to help her mother discover who is behind a series of bizarre attacks on teenage girls in their little town of Nightshade, California. Entire series included on list.

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