Tuesday, February 9, 2010

This state I love....and authors who live here!!

Right now I'm firmly ensconced in a hotel room ready for the big opening of TCEA (Texas Educators Association) to learn more tech and applications for kids and teachers in today's world. Went to a pre-conference with Discovery this morning and wow....need to brush up on those skills! It was held at the Bob Bullock Museum of Texas, which sadly, I've never been to. So I was equally in awe of everything there as well!!
So, in homage to Texas, here's a list of brilliant YA authors who live and write in Texas, and just some of my favorites too!!

Gail Giles - Shattering Glass; Right Behind You; Playing in Traffic, What Happened to Cass McBride

Cynthia Leitech Smith - Tantalize; Eternal

A.M. Jenkins - Damage; Beating Heart; Night Road (I'm ready for the next one!!!!)

Libba Bray - Great and Terrible Beauty series; Going Bovine

Rosemary Clement-Moore - Prom Dates from Hell series; Splendor Falls

Rene Saldana - Whole Sky Full of Stars

Marian Hale - Dark Water Rising

Lori Aurelia Williams: When Kambia Elaine Flew in From Neptune; Broken China

April Lurie - The Latent Powers of Dylan Fontaine; The Less Dead (i'm wanting to read this one!)

Mary Beth Miller - On The Head of a Pin

And thanks to Cynythia Leitech Smith, there's a more extensive list of children's and YA authors from and in Texas on her blog: http://www.cynthialeitichsmith.com/lit_resources/authors/texasauth-ill.html

And here's a list of YA fiction about Texas:

Getting It by Alex Sanchez
Whip It by Shauna Cross
Soul Enchilada by David Gill
Picture Perfect by D. Anne Love
A Room on Lorelei Street by Mary Pearson
The Sweetheart of Prosper County by Jill Alexander
The Devil in the Junior League by Linda Lee
The Tequila Worm by Viola Canales
When Zachary Beaver Came to Town by Kimberly Willis Holt
Comfort by Carolee Dean
Deep in the Heart of High School by Veronica Goldbach
How Not to be Popular by Jennifer Ziegler
Desert Blood: The Juarez Murders by Alicia Gaspar de Alba (adult fiction)
Feels Like Home by E. Charlton-Trujillo
The Ruling Class by Francine Pascal
The Confessional by J.L. Powers
Houston, We Have a Problema by Gwendolyn Zepeda

Adelante, Texas!!!

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