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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

Amelia's Middle-School Graduation Yearbook
Amelia's Middle-School Graduation Yearbook
by Marissa Moss

Long before there was Diary of a Wimpy Kid or The Dork Diaries, there was Amelia's Notebook, the original handwritten diary format with a mix of words and pictures on every page. On the 20th anniversary of Amelia's Notebook, Amelia finally graduates from middle school!

Ava and Pip
Ava and Pip
by Carol Weston

When ten-year-old Ava uses her writing talents to help her older sister overcome her shyness, both girls learn the impact their words and stories can have on the world around them.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Greg Heffley's Journal
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Greg Heffley's Journal
by Jeff Kinney

Greg records his sixth grade experiences in a middle school where he and his best friend, Rowley, undersized weaklings amid boys who need to shave twice daily, hope just to survive, but when Rowley grows more popular, Greg must take drastic measures to save their friendship.

Dork Diaries: Tales from a Not-so-Fabulous Life
Dork Diaries: Tales from a Not-so-Fabulous Life
by Rachel Renee Russell

Fourteen-year-old Nikki Maxwell writes in her diary of her struggle to be popular at her exclusive new private school, then of finding her place after she gives up on being part of the elite group.

Ellie McDoodle: Have Pen, Will Travel
Ellie McDoodle: Have Pen, Will Travel
by Ruth M. Barshaw

Eleven-year-old Ellie McDoodle illustrates her sketchbook with chronicles of her adventures and mishaps while camping with her cousins, aunt, and uncle.

Ellie McDoodle: Have Pen, Will Travel
Ellie McDoodle: Have Pen, Will Travel
by Ruth M. Barshaw

Eleven-year-old Ellie McDoodle illustrates her sketchbook with chronicles of her adventures and mishaps while camping with her cousins, aunt, and uncle.

From the Notebooks of a Middle School Princess
From the Notebooks of a Middle School Princess
by Meg Cabot

A middle-grade spinoff of The Princess Diaries, about the long-lost sister of Mia Thermopolis, Princess of Genovia

Live Each Day to the Dumbest
Live Each Day to the Dumbest
by Jim Benton

When Jamie inherits her grandmother's trunk, she discovers an old diary and, after reading it, realizes that everyone is the same deep down.

The Fall
The Fall
by James Preller

In writing in his journal about middle school classmate Morgan Mallen's suicide from bullying, Sam explores whether he was a friend, or one of the bullies who ignored her at school and tormented her online.

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