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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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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.

Blood Diaries: Tales Of a 6th-Grade Vampire
Blood Diaries: Tales Of a 6th-Grade Vampire
by Marissa Moss

Middle school is tough enough for normal humans, but when you're a vampire, it's even more challenging. Edgar rises to the occasion with wit, humor, and some help from his friends.

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.

Justin Case: School, Drool, and Other Daily Disasters
Justin Case: School, Drool, and Other Daily Disasters
by Rachel Vail

It's the start of the school year, and nothing feels right to Justin. He didn't get the teacher he wanted, he's not in the same class as his best friend, and his little sister, Elizabeth, is starting kindergarten at his school.

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.

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!

Travels With Gannon & Wyatt: Botswana
Travels With Gannon & Wyatt: Botswana
by Patti Wheeler

Twin explorers Gannon and Wyatt go to Botswana for an African safari, but a poacher has shot and wounded a lioness. As they set off to try to save the mother and her cubs, they encounter many of Africa's big animals.

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