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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 Dog's Breakfast
A Dog's Breakfast
by Annie Graves

Glen never has anything nice to say to anyone, so when he gets lost in the woods during a school field trip and encounters a strange creature, there is bound to be trouble.

A Nightmare on Clown Street
A Nightmare on Clown Street
by R.L. Stine

Ray Gordon really likes the circus. His uncle, Theo, is a performer in Koko's Klown Academy and he invites Ray to come join him for the summer. At first, Ray's parents are reluctant-they know their son has a habit of getting himself into strange situations. But Ray manages to convince them that he'll be on his best behavior.

Hunters of Chaos
Hunters of Chaos
by Crystal Velasquez

Four girls discover that they are part of a timeless battle that pits good against evil. They have the ability to turn into large cats and an ancient duty to protect civilization from evil demons who want to rule.

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.

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 Night Gardener: a Scary Story
The Night Gardener: a Scary Story
by Jonathan Auxier

Irish orphans Molly, fourteen, and Kip, ten, travel to England to work as servants in a crumbling manor house where nothing is quite what it seems to be, and soon the siblings are confronted by a mysterious stranger and secrets of the cursed house.

The School Is Alive!
The School Is Alive!
by Jack Chabert

Sam Graves discovers that his elementary school is alive and plotting against the students, and,as hall monitor, it is his job to protect them--but he will need some help from his friends.

The Swallow: a Ghost Story
The Swallow: a Ghost Story
by Charis Cotter

Despite their differences, the two girls Rose and Polly become friends and explore the uncertain world between life--and death.

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