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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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Amelia's Notebook
Amelia's Notebook
by Marissa Moss

The hand-lettered contents of a nine-year-old girl's notebook, in which she records her thoughts and feelings about moving, starting school, and dealing with her older sister, as well as keeping her old best friend and making a new one.

Cartboy and the Time Capsule
Cartboy and the Time Capsule
by L.A. Campbell

Sixth-grader Hal gets a year-long journal-keeping assignment in his least favorite class, history, much to the delight of his history buff father.

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.

Elska
Elska
by Cathy Hapka

Around the year 1000, the Icelandic horse named Elska is born and learns about life and her role in the herd, as well as love and friendship, when she rescues the girl to whom she originally belonged. Includes facts about Icelandic horses and Iceland.

I Walk in Dread: The Diary of Deliverance Trembley, Witness to the Salem Witch Trials
I Walk in Dread: The Diary of Deliverance Trembley, Witness to the Salem Witch Trials
by Lisa R. Fraustino

Twelve-year-old Deliverance Trembley writes in her diary about the fears that arise during the 1692 witch hunt and trials in Salem Village, Massachusetts, especially when her pious friend, Goody Corey, is condemned as a witch.

Never Do Anything Ever
Never Do Anything Ever
by Jim Benton

Jamie Kelly shares with her diary her search for inner beauty, dealing with fund raising, and problems in Phys ed class.

Palace Beautiful
Palace Beautiful
by Sarah DeFord Williams

After her move in 1985 to Salt Lake City, thirteen-year-old Sadie finds a journal in a hidey-hole in the attic, and along with her sister and new friend she reads about the influenza epidemic of 1918.

Stuck In the Middle of Middle School: a Novel In Doodles
Stuck In the Middle of Middle School: a Novel In Doodles
by Karen Romano Young

Doreen has vowed to make her new middle school work for her, but it is still a challenge given her ADHD, her younger sister is growing popularity, and tensions between her parents Good thing Doreen has her doodle journal!

The Demigod Diaries
The Demigod Diaries
by Rick Riordan

Four short stories plus original art, interviews, puzzles, and games, reveal new insights into the world of Percy Jackson and the other heroes of Olympus.

The Fake Friend!
The Fake Friend!
by Marissa Moss

In her diary of doodles and writings, Daphne explores her efforts to become friends with Imogen, a fellow fourth-grader, which means pretending to become pals with Imogen's best friend, Darla.

The Journal of Scott Pendleton Collins Myers: a World War II Soldier
The Journal of Scott Pendleton Collins Myers: a World War II Soldier
by Walter Dean Myers

A seventeen-year-old soldier from central Virginia records his experiences in a journal as his regiment takes part in the D-Day invasion of Normandy and subsequent battles to liberate France.

The Wondrous Journals of Dr. Wendell Wiggins: Describing the Most Curious, Fascinating, Sometimes-Gruesome, and Seemingly-Impossible Creatures That Roamed the World Before Us
The Wondrous Journals of Dr. Wendell Wiggins: Describing the Most Curious, Fascinating, Sometimes-Gruesome, and Seemingly-Impossible Creatures That Roamed the World Before Us
by Lesley M. Blume

Presents the journal of a paleozoologist who departed England in 1850 on a journey around the world seeking to learn the ways and fates of the most ancient creatures, accompanied by a strange pet, Gibear, and with the chiding voice of his mother often in his ear.

Tracking Your Nightmare
Tracking Your Nightmare
by Baron Specter

Jared Jensen is being pursued by a pair of ghostly graverobbers, and he and his friends, the Zombie Hunters, need to find a solution before Jared himself is turned into a ghost.

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