Mark Twain Readers Award

Given by Missouri Association of School Librarians (MASL)

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About the Mark Twain Readers Award

Age Level

The winner of the Mark Twain Readers Award is selected annually by students in grades four through six.

The purpose of the Mark show more Twain Award is to provide children of Missouri with a recommended reading list of literature that will enrich their lives.

Guidelines for Choosing Books

Books should interest children in grades four through six.
Books should be an original work written by an author living in the United States.
Books should be of literary value which may enrich children's personal lives.
Books should be published two years prior to nomination on a Master List of 12 nominees. (Currently 2015)
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Winner 63

Millionaires for the Month by Stacy McAnulty2023
White Bird: A Wonder Story by R. J. Palacio2022
Blended by Sharon M. Draper2021
One for Sorrow: A Ghost Story by Mary Downing Hahn2020
Framed! by James Ponti2019
The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley2018
A Million Ways Home by Dianna Dorisi Winget2017
Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library by Chris Grabenstein2016
Wonder by R. J. Palacio1st Place2014-2015
Chomp by Carl Hiaasen2nd Place2014-2015
Pinch Hit by Tim Green3rd Place2014-2015
The Unwanteds by Lisa McMann1st Place2013-2014
Hidden by Helen Frost2nd Place2013-2014
Pie by Sarah Weeks3rd Place2013-2014
Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper1st Place2012-2013
Because of Mr. Terupt by Rob Buyea2nd Place2012-2013
Ghost Dog Secrets by Peg Kehret3rd Place2012-2013
Runaway Twin by Peg Kehret1st Place2011-2012
Love, Aubrey by Suzanne LaFleur2rd Place2011-2012
11 Birthdays by Wendy Mass3rd Place2011-2012
Stolen Children by Peg Kehret1st Place2010-2011
Found by Margaret Peterson Haddix2nd Place2010-2011
Go Big or Go Home by Will Hobbs3rd Place2010-2011
Deep and Dark and Dangerous by Mary Downing Hahn2009-2010
The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan2008-2009
The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan2007-2008
Abduction! by Peg Kehret2006-2007
The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau2005-2006
Wenny Has Wings by Janet Lee Carey2004-2005
Zach's Lie by Roland Smith2003-2004
Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo2002-2003
Dork in Disguise (Harper Trophy Books) by Carol Gorman2001-2002
Holes by Louis Sachar2000-2001
Saving Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor1999-2000
Small Steps: The Year I Got Polio by Peg Kehret1998-1999
Titanic Crossing by Barbara Williams1997-1998
Time for Andrew: A Ghost Story by Mary Downing Hahn1996-1997
The Ghosts of Mercy Manor by Betty Ren Wright1995-1996
The Man Who Loved Clowns by June Rae Wood1994-1995
Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor1993-1994
Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli1992-1993
The Doll in the Garden: A Ghost Story by Mary Downing Hahn1991-1992
All About Sam by Lois Lowry1990-1991
Come Next Spring by Alana White1990
There's a Boy in the Girls' Bathroom by Louis Sachar1989-1990
Sixth-Grade Sleepover by Eve Bunting1988-1989
Baby-Sitting Is a Dangerous Job by Willo Davis Roberts1987-1988
The War with Grandpa by Robert Kimmel Smith1986-1987
The Dollhouse Murders by Betty Ren Wright1985-1986
A bundle of sticks by Pat Rhoads Mauser1984-1985
The Secret Life of the Underwear Champ by Betty Miles1983-1984
The Girl with the Silver Eyes by Willo Davis Roberts1982-1983
The Boy Who Saw Bigfoot by Marian T. Place1981-1982
Soup for President by Robert Newton Peck1980-1981
The Pinballs by Betsy Byars1979-1980
The Champion of Merrimack County by Roger Wolcott Drury1978-1979
Ramona the Brave by Beverly Cleary1977-1978
The Ghost on Saturday Night by Sid Fleischman1976-1977
The Home Run Trick by Scott Corbett1975-1976
How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell1974-1975
It's a Mile from Here to Glory by Robert C. Lee1973-1974
Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O'Brien1972-1973
Sounder by William H. Armstrong1971-1972

Nominee 178

A Place to Hang the Moon by Kate Albus2024
Once Upon a Camel by Kathi Appelt2024
Worst-Case Collin by Rebecca Caprara2024
The Night Ride by J. Anderson Coats2024
Nightingale by Deva Fagan2024
The Lion of Mars by Jennifer L. Holm2024
Six Feet Below Zero by Ena Jones2024
Linked by Gordon Korman2024
The Hidden Knife by Melissa Marr2024
Pony by R. J. Palacio2024
One Kid's Trash by Jamie Sumner2024
Tangled Up in Luck by Merrill Wyatt2024
Raising Lumie by Joan Bauer2023
The Blackbird Girls by Anne Blankman2023
Winterborne Home for Vengeance and Valor by Ally Carter2023
Wink by Rob Harrell2023
When Stars Are Scattered by Victoria Jamieson2023
War Stories by Gordon Korman2023
Millionaires for the Month by Stacy McAnulty2023
City Spies by James Ponti2023
The Incredibly Dead Pets of Rex Dexter by Aaron Reynolds2023
The Elephant's Girl by Celesta Rimington2023
A Wish in the Dark by Christina Soontornvat2023
Coop Knows the Scoop by Taryn Souders2023
The Memory Keeper by Jennifer Camiccia2022
New Kid by Jerry Craft2022
Charlie Thorne and the Last Equation by Stuart Gibbs2022
Shine! by J. J. Grabenstein2022
Shouting at the Rain by Lynda Mullaly Hunt2022
Song for a Whale by Lynne Kelly2022
Bernice Buttman, Model Citizen by Niki Lenz2022
White Bird: A Wonder Story by R. J. Palacio2022
Pay Attention, Carter Jones by Gary D. Schmidt2022
Me and Sam-Sam Handle the Apocalypse by Susan Vaught2022
The Bridge Home by Padma Venkatraman2022
The Unsung Hero of Birdsong, USA by Brenda Woods2022
24 Hours in Nowhere by Dusti Bowling2021
The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle by Leslie Connor2021
Blended by Sharon M. Draper2021
The Ambrose Deception by Emily Ecton2021
The Night Diary by Veera Hiranandani2021
The Doughnut Fix by Jessie Janowitz2021
The Science of Breakable Things by Tae Keller2021
The Unforgettable Guinevere St. Clair by Amy Makechnie2021
Squint by Chad Morris2021
Captain Superlative by J. S. Puller2021
Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed2021
Front Desk by Kelly Yang2021
Wishtree by Katherine Applegate2020
Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus by Dusti Bowling2020
Walking with Miss Millie by Tamara Bundy2020
The Losers Club by Andrew Clements2020
The Peculiar Incident on Shady Street by Lindsay Currie2020
Halfway Normal by Barbara Dee2020
Saving Marty by Paul Griffin2020
One for Sorrow: A Ghost Story by Mary Downing Hahn2020
Real Friends by Shannon Hale2020
Restart by Gordon Korman2020
Mustaches for Maddie by Chad Morris2020
Joplin, Wishing by Diane Stanley2020
Nine, Ten: A September 11 Story by Nora Raleigh Baskin2019
Soar by Joan Bauer2019
Unbound: A Novel in Verse by Ann E. Burg2019
Counting Thyme by Melanie Conklin2019
Moo by Sharon Creech2019
When Friendship Followed Me Home by Paul Griffin2019
The Seventh Wish by Kate Messner2019
Maxi's Secrets: (or what you can learn from a dog) by Lynn Plourde2019
Framed! by James Ponti2019
Ghost by Jason Reynolds2019
Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier2019
Save Me a Seat by Sarah Weeks2019
The Worst Class Trip Ever by Dave Barry2018
Book Scavenger by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman2018
The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley2018
Took: A Ghost Story by Mary Downing Hahn2018
House Arrest by K. A. Holt2018
Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt2018
The Only Game (Home Team) by Mike Lupica2018
All the Answers by Kate Messner2018
The Doublecross: (And Other Skills I Learned as a Superspy) by Jackson Pearce2018
Echo by Pam Muñoz Ryan2018
Beneath by Roland Smith2018
Webster: Tale of an Outlaw by Ellen Emerson White2018
All Four Stars by Tara Dairman2017
Red Berries, White Clouds, Blue Sky by Sandra Dallas2017
Space Case by Stuart Gibbs2017
Pennyroyal Academy by M.A. Larson2017
Half a Chance by Cynthia Lord2017
Rain Reign by Ann M. Martin2017
Zane and the Hurricane: A Story of Katrina by Rodman Philbrick2017
The Junction of Sunshine and Lucky by Holly Schindler2017
The Missing Pieces of Me by Jean Van Leeuwen2017
Pack of Dorks by Beth Vrabel2017
Loot by Jude Watson2017
A Million Ways Home by Dianna Dorisi Winget2017
Dorko the Magnificent by Andrea Beaty2015-2016
Jinx by Sage Blackwood2015-2016
The Water Castle by Megan Frazer Blakemore2015-2016
Gaby, Lost and Found by Angela Cervantes2015-2016
Al Capone Does My Homework by Gennifer Choldenko2015-2016
What We Found in the Sofa and How It Saved the World by Henry Clark2015-2016
Will in Scarlet by Matthew Cody2015-2016
Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library by Chris Grabenstein2015-2016
The Great Trouble: A Mystery of London, the Blue Death, and a Boy Called Eel by Deborah Hopkinson2015-2016
Rump: The True Story of Rumplestiltskin by Liesl Shurtliff2015-2016
Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan2015-2016
Navigating Early by Clare Vanderpool2015-2016
Freaky Fast Frankie Joe by Lutricia Clifton2014-2015
The Mighty Miss Malone by Christopher Paul Curtis2014-2015
The Shadow Collector's Apprentice by Amy Gordon2014-2015
The Young Healer by Frank N. McMillan III2014-2015
Capture the Flag by Kate Messner2014-2015
The Five Lives of Our Cat Zook by Joanne Rocklin2014-2015
Ordinary Magic by Caitlen Rubino-Bradway2014-2015
Privateer's Apprentice by Susan Verrico2014-2015
Close to Famous by Joan Bauer2013-2014
Missing on Superstition Mountain by Elise Broach2013-2014
Will at the Battle of Gettysburg by Laurie Calkhoven2013-2014
Barn Boot Blues by Catherine Friend2013-2014
The Underdogs by Mike Lupica2013-2014
13 Gifts by Wendy Mass2013-2014
In Front of God and Everybody by KD McCrite2013-2014
Sparrow Road by Sheila O'Connor2013-2014
Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick2013-2014
Drizzle by Kathleen Van Cleve2012-2013
The Familiars by Adam Jay Epstein2012-2013
Belly Up by Stuart Gibbs2012-2013
Twenty Gold Falcons by Amy Gordon2012-2013
Hide and Seek by Katy Grant2012-2013
Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer by John Grisham2012-2013
The Clockwork Three by Matthew J. Kirby2012-2013
Half Upon a Time by James Riley2012-2013
Palace Beautiful by Sarah DeFord Williams2012-2013
The Potato Chip Puzzles: The Puzzling World of Winston Breen by Eric Berlin2011-2012
The Secret of Zoom by Lynne Jonell2011-2012
Million-Dollar Throw by Mike Lupica2011-2012
The Brilliant Fall of Gianna Z. by Kate Messner2011-2012
Faith, Hope, and Ivy June by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor2011-2012
Heart of a Shepherd by Rosanne Parry2011-2012
Captain Nobody by Dean Pitchford2011-2012
Storm Chaser by Chris Platt2011-2012
Mudville by Kurtis Scaletta2011-2012
The Mysterious Case of the Allbright Academy by Diane Stanley2011-2012
The Seer of Shadows by Avi2010-2011
The Magic Half by Annie Barrows2010-2011
Hoofbeats: Margret and Flynn, 1875 by Kathleen Duey2010-2011
Found by Margaret Peterson Haddix2010-2011
School Spirit by Elizabeth Cody Kimmel2010-2011
Safe At Home by Mike Lupica2010-2011
The Totally Made-up Civil War Diary of Amanda MacLeish by Claudia Mills2010-2011
Bringing the Boy Home by N. A. Nelson2010-2011
The Leanin' Dog by K. A. Nuzum2010-2011
The Story of Jonas by Maurine F. Dahlberg2009-2010
Bravo Zulu, Samantha! by Kathleen Benner Duble2009-2010
The Garden of Eve by K. L. Going2009-2010
Deep and Dark and Dangerous by Mary Downing Hahn2009-2010
Blown Away! by Joan Hiatt Harlow2009-2010
Gabriel's Horses by Alison Hart2009-2010
A Friendship for Today by Patricia C. Mckissack2009-2010
The Big One-Oh by Dean Pitchford2009-2010
Paint the Wind by Pam Muñoz Ryan2009-2010
Night of the Howling Dogs by Graham Salisbury2009-2010
The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick2009-2010
Way Down Deep by Ruth White2009-2010
The Wright 3 by Blue Balliett2008-2009
Cornelia and the Audacious Escapades of the Somerset Sisters by Lesley M. M. Blume2008-2009
Uncharted Waters by Leslie Bulion2008-2009
The Million Dollar Putt by Dan Gutman2008-2009
Rules by Cynthia Lord2008-2009
A Small White Scar by K. A. Nuzum2008-2009
Archer's Quest by Linda Sue Park2008-2009
Moon Shadow by Chris Platt2008-2009
The Fairies of Nutfolk Wood (Outdoor Adventures (Katherine Tegen Books)) by Barb Bentler Ullman2008-2009
Finest Kind by Lea Wait2008-2009
Counting on Grace by Elizabeth Winthrop2008-2009
Wintering Well by Lea Wait2005
Jake's Orphan by Peggy Brooke2002-2003


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