What Books are Texas KidLit Authors Giving?

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Guest Article by: 
Meredith Moore

This is the first in our set of features about what books Texas kidlit authors are giving for holiday gifts this year! Because who better to recommend books than authors? And we have a huge, diverse and amazing community of writers for young people in Texas, many of them right here in Houston-- so many wonderful voices and stories and points of view. I hope you enjoy reading their choices as much as I did!

First up is friend of the store, Meredith Moore, acclaimed author of young adult fiction including I AM HER REVENGE and FIONA. Meredith delighted us most recently as a guest reader for our Roald Dahl Day extravaganza.

Here’s what Meredith chose as her three holiday gift picks and what she had to say about why she’ll be giving these books this year!


Alanna: The First Adventure (Song of the Lioness #1) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781442426412
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - December 7th, 2010

I don’t know how many times I read this series, The Song of the Lioness, when I was in middle school, but my copies are certainly well-worn enough. Alanna is a ten-year-old girl who disguises herself as a boy so that she can take her brother’s place at a school for knights. Despite being shorter than the boys, she learns to fight alongside the prince of the kingdom, all the while dealing with the magic that the gods have given her and the prince’s mysterious cousin, whom she doesn’t trust. Perfect for girls and boys who love adventure stories.

The Boy in the Black Suit Cover Image
ISBN: 9781442459519
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - August 16th, 2016

Everything by Jason Reynolds is fantastic, but this book particularly struck a chord with me. Matt is grieving the loss of his mother when he takes a job at a funeral home to help his father pay the bills. He finds something cathartic in watching other people grieve, but when he meets Lovey at her grandmother’s funeral, she doesn’t break down into tears. And he has to understand why. Reynolds has one of the best voices in contemporary young adult fiction, and this book is a great gift for any teenager.

Jane Eyre (Vintage Classics) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307455192
Availability: Backordered
Published: Vintage - April 7th, 2009

If there is anyone in your life who hasn’t read this book, give it to them immediately. Everyone knows the story, but what many don’t realize is how fresh the voice is, how relevant. Jane is a woman who asserts her own worth in a world that tells her she’s worthless, and her journey from unloved child to strong, independent woman inspires me every time I read it. Nothing better for a cold night than some good gothic fiction, and this one is one of the best.

Meredith’s books make great gifts too! Check out some of her recent titles:

Fiona Cover Image
ISBN: 9781595147844
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Razorbill - April 5th, 2016

I Am Her Revenge Cover Image
ISBN: 9781595147820
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Razorbill - April 7th, 2015

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