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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.

Mark Twain Award Winners

A Long Way from Chicago: A Novel in Stories
A Long Way from Chicago: A Novel in Stories
by Richard Peck

A boy recounts his annual summer trips to rural Illinois with his sister during the Great Depression to visit their larger-than-life grandmother. Lexile Level: 750

Beezus and Ramona
Beezus and Ramona
by Beverly Cleary

Beezus' biggest problem is her 4-year-old sister Ramona. Even though Beezus knows sisters are supposed to love each other, with a sister like Ramona, it seems impossible.

Double Fudge
Double Fudge
by Judy Blume

His younger brother's obsession with money and the discovery of long-lost cousins Flora and Fauna provide many embarrassing moments for twelve-year-old Peter.

Harriet the Spy
Harriet the Spy
by Louise Fitzhugh

Eleven-year-old Harriet keeps notes on her classmates and neighbors in a secret notebook, but when some of the students read the notebook, they seek revenge.

How To Eat Fried Worms
How To Eat Fried Worms
by Thomas Rockwell

Two boys set out to prove that worms can make a delicious meal.

Indian in the Cupboard
Indian in the Cupboard
by Lynne Reid Banks

A nine-year-old boy receives a plastic Indian, a cupboard, and a little key for his birthday and finds himself involved in adventure when the Indian comes to life in the cupboard and befriends him.

Matilda
Matilda
by Roald Dahl

Matilda applies her untapped mental powers to rid the school of the evil, child-hating headmistress, Miss Trunchbull, and restore her nice teacher, Miss Honey, to financial security.

The Book of Three
The Book of Three
by Lloyd Alexander

Book one in the adventures of Taran the Assistant Pig-Keeper and his quest to become a hero.

The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963
The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963
by Christopher Paul Curtis

The ordinary interactions and everyday routines of the Watsons, an African American family living in Flint, Michigan, are drastically changed after they go to visit Grandma in Alabama in the summer of 1963.

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