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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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A Family Apart
A Family Apart
by Joan Lowery Nixon

When their mother can no longer support them, six siblings are sent by the Children's Aid Society of New York City to live with farm families in Missouri in 1860.

A Friendship for Today
A Friendship for Today
by Patricia C. McKissack

In 1954, when desegregation comes to Kirkland, Missouri, ten-year-old Rosemary faces many changes and challenges at school and at home as her parents separate.

Grounded
Grounded
by Kate Klise

After her father, brother, and sister are killed in a plane crash, twelve-year-old Daralynn's life in tiny Digginsville, Missouri, proceeds as her mother turns angry and embittered, her grandmother becomes senile, and her flamboyant aunt continues to run the Summer Sunset Retirement Home for Distinguished Gentlemen, while being courted by the owner of the town's new crematorium.

Little House in the Big Woods
Little House in the Big Woods
by Laura Ingalls Wilder

A year in the life of two young girls growing up on the Wisconsin frontier, as they help their mother with the daily chores, enjoy their father's stories and singing, and share special occasions when they get together with relatives or neighbors. Note: Many titles by this author adapt well for duo interpretation.

Little House on Rocky Ridge
Little House on Rocky Ridge
by Laura Ingalls Wilder

In 1894 Laura Ingalls Wilder, her husband, and her seven-year-old daughter Rose leave the Ingalls family in Dakota and make the long and difficult journey to Missouri to start a new life.

Reaching Dustin
Reaching Dustin
by Vicki Grove

Fifth-grader Carly's assignment to interview a reclusive, brooding classmate leads her to discover some of the events that have caused his antisocial and abusive family's negative impact on their Missouri farming community, and Carly's family in particular.

Sooner
Sooner
by Patricia Calvert

With the realization that his father may not return now that the Civil War is over, thirteen-year-old Tyler finds himself the man of their Missouri farm and the master of a new dog, the strikingly colored Sooner.

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
by Mark Twain

Mark Twain's classic novel about the adventures and misadventures of Tom Sawyer and his friends along the banks of the Mississippi River.

The Man Who Loved Clowns
The Man Who Loved Clowns
by June R. Wood

Thirteen-year-old Delrita, whose unhappy life has caused her to hide from the world, loves her uncle Punky but sometimes feels ashamed of his behavior because he has Down syndrome.

The Seven Wonders of Sassafras Springs
The Seven Wonders of Sassafras Springs
by Betty Birney

Eben McAllister searches his small town to see if he can find anything comparable to the real Seven Wonders of the World. Life in Sassafras Springs has always been predictable, boring even, but one afternoon that changes when Eben McAllister's pa challenges him to find Seven Wonders in Sassafras that rival the real Seven Wonders of the World. The reward? An adventure that Eben's been craving for-a trip to Colorado. Little does he know that the Wonders he'll discover among his neighbors, friends, and family will give him the adventure of a lifetime - without his ever leaving home.

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