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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.

Donny's Inferno
Donny's Inferno
by P.W. Catanese

In a moment of desperation, Donny Taylor accepts an offer from a demon who will save his life if he works for her, and soon he finds himself in Hell but a new, kinder, gentler Hell where not everyone is happy about the changes and some will do anything to bring back traditional ways.

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.

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.

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 Inn Between
The Inn Between
by Marina Cohen

During a long car trip, best friends Quinn and Kara explore the strange and creepy goings-on at a remote Nevada inn when Kara's family stops for the night.

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.

The Relic of Perilous Falls
The Relic of Perilous Falls
by Raymond Arroyo

A thrill-seeking twelve-year-old boy with a mysterious family heritage discovers ancient objects of rare power--and must protect them from the terrifying demons who will do anything to possess them.

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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