Mark Twain Reader’s Award 2016-17

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  2016-17 Mark Twain Reader’s Award WINNER

A Million Ways Home by Dianna Dorisi-Winget
Poppy’s life has been turned upside down after her grandma (and guardian) ended up in the hospital. Poppy is working on a plan to help Grandma Beth so their life together can go back to normal, but when she witnesses an armed robbery, police devise an unusual “witness protection program,” wherein Poppy will stay with the detective’s mother. Soon Poppy is making sort-of friends with a girl named Lizzie and Gunner, a dog with an uncertain fate. While she and Lizzie navigate a rocky friendship and plot to save Gunner’s life, Poppy also tries to figure out a new plan to save Grandma Beth and their home, all while avoiding a dangerous robber who might be searching for her.

 AllFourStars All Four Stars by Tara Dairman
Gladys Gatsby has been cooking gourmet dishes since the age of seven, only her fast-food-loving parents have no idea! Now she’s eleven, and after a small fire Gladys is cut off from the kitchen. She’s devastated but soon finds just the right opportunity to pay for repairs when she’s mistakenly contacted to write a restaurant review for one of the largest newspapers in the world. But in order to meet her deadline and keep her dream job, Gladys must cook her way into the heart of her sixth-grade arch-enemy and sneak into New York City—all while keeping her identity a secret!
 NavEarly Navigating Early by Clare Vanderpool
When Jack Baker’s father sends him from his home in Kansas to attend a boys’ boarding school in Maine, Jack doesn’t expect someone like Early Auden. Early keeps to himself, reads the number pi as a story, and refuses to accept truths others take for granted. During a break from school, the boys set out for the Appalachian Trail on a quest for a great black bear. As Jack and Early travel deeper into the mountains, they meet peculiar and dangerous characters, but their adventure is only just beginning. Will Jack’s and Early’s friendship last the journey? Can the boys make it home alive?



Counting by 7s by Holly Sloan Willow Chance is a twelve-year-old genius, obsessed with nature and diagnosing medical conditions, who finds it comforting to count by 7s. It has never been easy for her to connect with anyone other than her adoptive parents, but that hasn’t kept her from leading a quietly happy life . . . until now. Suddenly Willow’s world is tragically changed when her parents both die in a car crash, leaving her alone in a baffling world. The triumph of this book is that it is not a tragedy. This extraordinarily odd, but extraordinarily endearing, girl manages to push through her grief.
 dorko-the-magnificent Dorko the Magnificent by Andrea Beaty
Robbie Darko is a magician. An old-school, pull-a-rabbit-out-of-your-hat-style magician. Robbie loves magic and he’s good at it—sort of. Despite his best efforts something always goes wrong with his tricks. Enter crotchety Grandma Melvyn. When Grandma Melvyn moves in and takes over his room, Robbie discovers that she was once an internationally renowned magician. Robbie and Grandma Melvyn form an uneasy alliance to show the kids of Hobson Elementary School that he is a true magician.
  jinx Jinx by Sage Blackwood
Nearly abandoned in a forest by his stepfather, young orphan Jinx lands, instead, in the home of a wizard, Simon. There Jinx, who has always had an ability to see others’ feelings in colors and symbols, develops the ability to communicate with the forest’s trees. But after Simon performs a spell, Jinx loses his capacity as an emotional seer. Setting out into the forest to look for a counterspell, Jinx joins company with a girl and a boy, both of whom are suffering under their own curses.
 WillinScarlet Will in Scarlet by Matthew Cody
Will Shackley is the son of a lord, and he’s led a charmed, protected life as the heir to Shackley House. While his father is away on the Third Crusade with King Richard the Lionheart, the Shackley House soon becomes caught up in a dangerous power struggle that drives Will out of the only home he’s ever known. Alone, he flees into the dangerous Sherwood Forest, where he joins an elusive gang of bandits. How will Will help a drunkard named Rob become one of the most feared and revered criminals in history?
 GreatTrouble The Great Trouble: A Mystery of London, the Blue Death, and a Boy Called Eel by Deborah Hopkinson
As an orphan and a “mudlark,” Eel spends his days in the filthy River Thames, searching for bits of things to sell. But even for Eel, things aren’t so bad until the deadly cholera (“blue death”) comes to Broad Street. Everyone believes that cholera is spread through poisonous air. But the epidemic surges, it’s up to Eel and his best friend, Florrie, to gather evidence to prove them wrong—before the entire neighborhood is wiped out.
 WhatWeFound What We Found in the Sofa and How It Saved the World by Henry Clark
When River, Freak, and Fiona discover a mysterious sofa sitting at their bus stop, their search for loose change produces a rare zucchini-colored crayon. Little do they know this peculiar treasure is about to launch them into the middle of a plot to conquer the world! But how can three kids from the middle of nowhere stop an evil billionaire? With the help of an eccentric neighbor, an artificially intelligent domino, a DNA-analyzing tray, two hot air balloons, and a cat named Mucus, they just might be able to save the planet.
 AlCapone Al Capone Does My Homework by Gennifer Choldenko
Alcatraz Island in the 1930s isn’t the most normal place to grow up, but it’s home for Moose Flanagan, his autistic sister, Natalie, and all the families of the guards. When Moose’s dad gets promoted to Associate Warden it’s a big deal. But this puts his dad in serious danger. After a fire starts in the Flanagan’s apartment, Moose bands with the other kids to track down the arsonist. Then Moose gets a cryptic note from the notorious Al Capone himself. Is Capone trying to protect Moose’s dad too? If Moose can’t figure out what Capone’s note means, it may be too late.
 Rump Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin by Liesl Shurtliff
In a magic kingdom where your name is your destiny, 12-year-old Rump is the butt of everyone’s joke. But when he finds an old spinning wheel, Rump discovers he has a gift for spinning straw into gold. His best friend, Red Riding Hood, warns him that magic is dangerous, and she’s right. With each thread he spins, he weaves himself deeper into a curse. To break the spell, Rump must go on a perilous quest, fighting off pixies, trolls, poison apples, and a wickedly foolish queen. The odds are against him, but with courage a cheeky sense of humor, he just might triumph in the end.
 Escape Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein
Kyle Keeley is the class clown and a huge fan of all games. His hero, Luigi Lemoncello, the most creative gamemaker in the world, just so happens to be the genius behind the construction of the new town library. Lucky Kyle wins a coveted spot as one of twelve kids invited for an overnight sleepover in the library, hosted by Mr. Lemoncello and riddled with lots and lots of games. But when morning comes, the doors stay locked. Kyle and the other kids must solve every clue and figure out every secret puzzle to find the hidden escape route!
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