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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.

Mark Twain Award Winners

A Curious Tale of the In-Between
A Curious Tale of the In-Between
by Lauren Destefano

Bright, imaginative, eleven-year-old Pram lives with two aunts who run a retirement home, hiding the fact that she can talk with ghosts--but not the spirit of her mother--and after befriending Clarence, who also lost his mother, she decides to find her father in hopes he can answer her questions.

Dead Boy
Dead Boy
by Laurel Gale

Eleven-year-old Crow Darlingson has been dead for two years, forced to stay in the house with his overprotective mother except when he can sneak out, but new neighbor Melody Plympton offers a chance at friendship and, perhaps, getting his life back.

Hoodoo
Hoodoo
by Roland Smith

In 1930s Alabama, twelve-year-old Hoodoo Hatcher is the only member of his family who seems unable to practice folk magic, but when a mysterious man called the Stranger puts the entire town at risk from his black magic, Hoodoo must learn to conjure to defeat him.

Mothman's Curse
Mothman's Curse
by Christine Hayes

When Josie and her brother Fox discover the truth behind the legend of the Mothman, they must stop a disaster in order to break the curse that has been afflicting their town."

Serafina and the Black Cloak
Serafina and the Black Cloak
by Robert Beatty

In 1899, a twelve-year-old rat catcher on North Carolina's Biltmore estate teams up with the estate owner's young nephew to battle a great evil and, in the process, unlocks the puzzle of her past.

Swamp Monster
Swamp Monster
by James Preller

Twins Lance and Chance LaRue are seeking a pet in the swamp near their Texas shack when they happen upon an egg and bring it home to hatch, but the creature's mother finds them, determined to rescue her little one.

Terrifying Tales
Terrifying Tales

Eleven masters of suspense have come together to bring you a bone-chilling collection of original ghost stories perfect for sharing around the campfire, reading under the covers with a flashlight, and scaring your friends' pants off.

The Last Bogler
The Last Bogler
by Catherine Jinks

Ned Roach becomes a bogler's apprentice as Victorian London seeks to banish its bogle infestation once and for all in this conclusion to the trilogy featuring young assistants to Victorian London's best monster catcher, Alfred Bunce.

The Night Parade
The Night Parade
by Kathryn Tanquary

When thirteen-year-old Saki Yamamoto unintentionally invokes a death curse, she must enter the dangerous spirit world at the Night Parade and attempt to perform deeds that can break the curse.

Took: a Ghost Story
Took: a Ghost Story
by Mary Downing Hahn

A witch called Old Auntie is lurking near Dan's family's new home. He doesn't believe in her at first, but is forced to accept that she is real and take action when his little sister, Erica, is 'took' to become Auntie's slave for the next fifty years.

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