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Mark Twain Readers Award

med-mark-twain.pngEach year, Missouri schoolchildren in grades 4-8 vote for their favorite book from a list of nominated titles. The Mark Twain Award is awarded to the author of this book by the Missouri Association of School Librarians.

2016 Winner

Escape From Mr. Lemoncello's Library
Escape From Mr. Lemoncello's Library
by Chris Grabenstein

Twelve-year-old Kyle gets to stay overnight in the new town library, designed by his hero (the famous gamemaker Luigi Lemoncello), with other students but finds that come morning he must work with friends to solve puzzles in order to escape.

Mark Twain Award Nominees 2016-2017

All Four Stars
All Four Stars
by Tara Dairman

Eleven-year-old Gladys Gatsby loves food and cooking, so when she lands an assignment to write a restaurant review for a New York City newspaper, she will do anything to make it happen - even risk the wrath of her fast-food loving parents.

Red Berries, White Clouds, Blue Sky
Red Berries, White Clouds, Blue Sky
by Sandra Dallas

After Pearl Harbor is bombed by the Japanese, twelve-year-old Tomi and her Japanese-American family are split up and forced to leave their California home to live in internment camps in New Mexico and Colorado.

A Million Ways Home
A Million Ways Home
by Dianna Dorisi-Winget

When her grandmother and guardian suffers a stroke, twelve-year-old Poppy Parker's life turns upside down--but when she witnesses a murder and has to go into witness protection with Detective Brannigan's mother it becomes hard to believe she will ever find a way home, let alone save Gunner, a beautiful German shepherd with an uncertain future.

Space Case
Space Case
by Stuart Gibbs

Twelve-year-old Dashiell Gibson is famous the world over for being one of the first humans to live on the moon. Then Moon Base Alpha's top scientist turns up dead, and it's up to Dash to solve his murder.

Pennyroyal Academy
Pennyroyal Academy
by M.A. Larson

A girl from the forest enlists at Pennyroyal Academy, where princesses and knights are trained to battle the two great menaces of the day: witches and dragons.

Half a Chance
Half a Chance
by Cynthia Lord

Lucy, with her mother and her photographer father, has just moved to a small rural community in New Hampshire, and with her new friend Nate she plans to spend the summer taking photos for a contest, but pictures sometimes reveal more than people are willing to see.

Rain Reign
Rain Reign
by Ann M. Martin

Struggling with Asperger's, Rose shares a bond with her beloved dog, but when the dog goes missing during a storm, Rose is forced to confront the limits of her comfort levels, even if it means leaving her routines in order to search for her pet.

Zane and the Hurricane
Zane and the Hurricane
by Rodman Philbrick

A twelve-year-old boy and his dog become trapped in New Orleans during the horrors of Hurricane Katrina.

The Junction of Sunshine and Lucky
The Junction of Sunshine and Lucky
by Holly Schindler

Auggie and her grandfather use found objects to transform the appearance of their home and, in the process, change a whole town's perceptions of beauty and art.

The Missing Pieces of Me
The Missing Pieces of Me
by Jean Van Leeuwen

More than anything, ten-year-old Weezie wants to please her momma. She babysits her spoiled half-sister, Ruth Ann, and little Jackson. She makes tea for Momma in Gramma Emmeline's beautiful teapot. She even tries to cook dinner. But nothing turns out quite right. And Momma is never pleased. Hard times and a daddy who ran off before she was born seem to have stolen all of Momma's love. If only Weezie could find her daddy, she's sure her life would be happier.

Pack of Dorks
Pack of Dorks
by Beth Vrabel

Lucy knows that kissing Tom Lemmings behind the ball shed will make her a legend. But she doesn't count on that quick clap of lips propelling her from coolest to lamest fourth grader overnight.

Loot: How to Steal a Fortune
Loot: How to Steal a Fortune
by Jude Watson

When Alfie McQuinn, the notorious jewel thief, is killed on a job, his last words to his son, March, are to "find jewels" and this instruction leads the boy to Jules, the twin sister he never knew he had--and the perfect partner to carry on the family business.

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