Texas' Great Read for 2018 is "Shame the Stars" by Guadalupe García McCall

Austin, TX

Contact: Rebekah Manley
Coordinator, Texas Center for the Book


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Texas' Great Read for 2018 is Shame the Stars by Guadalupe García McCall

The Texas Center for the Book at the Texas State Library and Archives Commission has chosen "Shame the Stars" by Guadalupe García McCall as Texas’ Great Read for 2018. Every year, the Library of Congress asks each state to select a book that represents the state’s literary landscape to highlight at the National Book Festival.

Texas Center for the Book invites Texans to read "Shame the Stars" and to take part in a statewide book club by using the hashtag #TXGreatRead. For more information on the 2018 Texas Great Read program, visit www.tsl.texas.gov/greatreadtexas

About the Book
"Shame the Stars" is a reimagining of William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet set in South Texas. Joaquin del Toro is 18 years old and set to inherit his family’s ranch. The woman he loves, Dulceña, feels the same way about him. But it is 1915, and with the Mexican Revolution on the south side of the border and the Tejano insurgents clashing with the Texas Rangers, relationships in the community become more complicated. Joaquin’s family comes to be at odds with Dulceña's, and Joaquin finds himself at a turning point where he must decide where his loyalties lie.

About the Author
Guadalupe García McCall is the author of Under the Mesquite (Lee & Low Books), a novel in verse. Under the Mesquite received the prestigious Pura Belpre Author Award, was a William C. Morris Finalist, received the Lee Bennett Hopkins/International Literacy Promising Poet Award, the Tomas Rivera Children’s Book Award, and was included in Kirkus Review’s Best Teen Books of 2011, among many other accolades. Her second novel, Summer of the Mariposas (Tu Books, an imprint of Lee & Low Books), won a Westchester Young Adult Fiction award, was a finalist for the Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy, and was included in the 2013 Amelia Bloomer Project List, the Texas Lone Star Reading List, and the 2012 School Library Journal’s Best Books of the Year. Her third novel, Shame the Stars, is a Junior Library Guild Selection and was included in the 2016 Kirkus Best Books of the Year as well as the Américas Book Award Commended List. Her poems for children have appeared in The Poetry Friday Anthology, The Poetry Friday Anthology for Middle School, The Poetry Friday Anthology for Science, Poems Are Teachers, and World Make Way. Ms. Garcia McCall was born in Piedras Negras, Coahuila, Mexico. She immigrated with her family to the United States when she was 6 years old and grew up in Eagle Pass, Texas (the setting of both her novels and most of her poems). She is currently an Assistant Professor of English at George Fox University.

The Texas Center for the Book is one of 50 state centers affiliated with the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. Under the direction of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission, TCFB promotes books, literacy, and reading through various activities. For more information, visit https://www.tsl.texas.gov/centerforthebook.


The Texas State Library and Archives Commission provides Texans access to the information they need to be informed, productive citizens by preserving the archival record of Texas; enhancing the service capacity of public, academic, and school libraries; assisting public agencies in the maintenance of their records; and meeting the reading needs of Texans with disabilities. For more information, visit tsl.texas.gov.

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Rebekah Manley
Texas Center for the Book Coordinator
Page last modified: August 21, 2018