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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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Gustav Gloom and the People Taker
Gustav Gloom and the People Taker
by Adam-Troy Castron

Fernie What, an adventurous young horror fan, moves into the house across the street from the dark mansion of a mysterious boy whose residence is haunted by evil shadows.

Rise of the Balloon Goons
Rise of the Balloon Goons
by Troy Cummings

Alexander has just moved into Stermont, but the elementary school is being torn down, his new classroom is located in the hospital morgue, a notebook he finds is full of information about monsters--and everywhere he turns there are spooky balloon men determined to attack him.

Rose
Rose
by Holly Webb

While others at St. Bridget's Home for Abandoned Girls dream of adoption, Rose wants only a job and independence until she is hired as maid to Mr. Fountain, an alchemist, and realizes that she, like his grand residence, is filled with magic.

The Doll Graveyard
The Doll Graveyard
by Lois Ruby

Shelby and Brian Tate have heard heated voices crying out in the night. They've noticed the unsettling way things move around on their own. But the most chilling thing about their new home is the cemetery someone's built out back. The graves are tiny, only big enough for dolls. And the dolls won't stay buried.

The Graveyard Book
The Graveyard Book
by Neil Gaiman

After the grisly murder of his entire family, a toddler wanders into a graveyard where the ghosts and other supernatural residents agree to raise him as one of their own.

The Luck Uglies
The Luck Uglies
by Paul Durham

Eleven-year-old Rye O'Chanter and her two friends delve into the secret lore of their village when mysterious creatures of legend reappear on the night of the Black Moon, leading them to the notorious secret society, the Luck Uglies.

The Terror Behind the Mask
The Terror Behind the Mask
by P.J. Night

When her dad brings home a mask that looks like the boogeyman that has haunted her dreams, Jasmine resolves to get rid of it, but the mask will not go willingly.

The Titanic Locket
The Titanic Locket
by Suzanne Weyn

After opening a locket at the Haunted Museum in England before embarking on a cruise aboard the Titanic 2, Samantha notices strange things during the voyage and her sister begins calling her by a different name.

Zero to Hero
Zero to Hero
by Henry Winkler

When Billy Broccoli moves into his new house, he discovers Hoover Porterhouse, a teenage ghost, is haunting his room, and he helps Billy get in style, stand up to bullies, and conquer his new school.

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