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Mark Twain Readers Award

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Each 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.

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Into the Wild
Into the Wild
by Erin Hunter

For generations, four clans of wild cats have shared the forest. When their warrior code is threatened by mysterious deaths, a house cat named Rusty may turn out to be the bravest warrior of all.

Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH
Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH
by Robert O'Brien

Having no one to help her with her problems, a widowed mouse visits the rats whose former imprisonment in a laboratory made them wise and long lived.

Redwall
Redwall
by Brian Jacques

When the peaceful life of ancient Redwall Abbey is shattered by the arrival of the evil rat Cluny and his villainous hordes, Matthias, a young mouse, determines to find the legendary sword of Martin the Warrior which, he is convinced, will help Redwall's inhabitants destroy the enemy.

Tailchaser's Song
Tailchaser's Song
by Tad Williams

Fritti Tailchaser a young ginger tom not yet a full grown hunter, is the main cat among a host of appropriately named feline peers in this extravagantly detailed fantasy. When his best friend, Hushpad, vanishes, Fritti embarks on a quest to find her, and so enters the list of jousters against the evils of the world. This feline epic culminates in a decisive battle with an evil cat god.

The Amazing Maurice and His Talking Rodents
The Amazing Maurice and His Talking Rodents
by Terry Pratchett

The Amazing Maurice runs the perfect Pied Piper scam. This streetwise alley cat knows the value of cold, hard cash and can talk his way into and out of anything. But when Maurice and his cohorts decide to con the town of Bad Blinitz, it will take more than fast talking to survive the danger that awaits. For this is a town where food is scarce and rats are hated, where cellars are lined with deadly traps, and where a terrifying evil lurks beneath the hunger-stricken streets....

The case of Jack the Nipper : a chronicle of Mister Marmee
The case of Jack the Nipper : a chronicle of Mister Marmee
by H. L. Stephens

Mister Marmee, a cat, and his canine friend Sir Happy follow the trail of a killer canine before it strikes again.

The Chronicles of Narnia
The Chronicles of Narnia
by C.S. Lewis

All seven books in the Chronicles of Narnia are now available together in a hardcover volume which includes an essay by C.S. Lewis, On Three Ways of Writing for Children, where he explains precisely how the magic of Narnia first came to life.

The Tale of Despereaux
The Tale of Despereaux
by Kate DiCamillo

The adventures of Desperaux Tilling, a small mouse of unusual talents, the princess that he loves, the servant girl who longs to be a princess, and a devious rat determined to bring them all to ruin.

Watership Down
Watership Down
by Richard Adams

This enchanting tale chronicles the adventures of a group of rabbits searching for a safe place to establish a new warren where they can live in peace. Though this has been hailed as one of the greatest children's books of all time, however, it also has a strong appeal for adult readers.

Wolf-speaker
Wolf-speaker
by Tamora Pierce

With the help of her animal friends, Daine fights to save the kingdom of Tortall from ambitious mortals and dangerous immortals. Tamora Pierce has captivated the imaginations of readers everywhere with her acclaimed books set in the magical medieval world of Tortall. For longtime fans and new converts, here is a chance to discover a land of enchantment, legend, and adventure. In Wild Magic, all the orphaned Daine wants is a job. What she finds is magic. Hired by the Queen's Riders because of her knack with animals, Daine soon reveals that not only do animals obey her, but they also understand her words. But Daine must learn to trust humans before she can use her magic to save the kingdom. In Wolf-speaker, a threatened wolf pack summons the only human they know who can listen to their messages of danger-orphaned Daine. Daine believes the wolves' message of peril, but the danger and intrigue brewing in Dunlath Valley are far beyond anything she imagined. In Emperor Mage, Daine sails to Carthak as part of a peace treaty delegation from Tortall. While healing the emperor's captive birds, Daine discovers a new and terrifying dimension of her wild magic: She can bring dead creatures back to life. What is she to do with such immense power? Finding out the answer nearly costs Daine her life.

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