Mark Twain Reader’s Award 2017-18
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|The Worst Class Trip Ever by Dave Barry
When the eighth grade civics class of Miami’s Culver Middle School goes on a trip to Washington, D.C., Wyatt Palmer finds himself in deep trouble before the plane even lands because his best friend Matt’s decided the men sitting behind them are terrorists–and it’s up to the boys to stop them.
|Book Scavenger by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman
Just after twelve-year-old Emily and her family move to San Francisco, she teams up with new friend James to follow clues in an odd book they find, desperate to figure out the secret at the heart of Griswold’s new game—before those who attacked Griswold come after them too.
|The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
A young disabled girl and her brother are evacuated from London to the English countryside during World War II, where they find life to be much sweeter away from their abusive mother.
|Took : a ghost story by Mary Downing Hahn
A witch called Old Auntie is lurking near Dan’s family’s new home. He doesn’t believe in her at first, but is forced to accept that she is real and take action when his little sister, Erica, is ‘took’ to become Auntie’s slave for the next fifty years.
|House Arrest by K.A. Holt
While under house arrest for one year for stealing a wallet, young Timothy keeps free-verse notes on his life in a court-ordered journal as he deals with having a sick brother and tries to stay out of trouble.
|Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
Ally has been smart enough to fool a lot of smart people. She is afraid to ask for help; after all, how can you cure dumb? However, her newest teacher Mr. Daniels sees the bright, creative kid underneath the trouble maker. With his help, Ally learns that dyslexia is nothing to be ashamed of. As her confidence grows, Ally feels free to be herself and the world starts opening up with possibilities.
|The Only Game by Mike Lupica
Sixth grade is supposed to be the year that Jack Callahan leads his team to the Little League World Series, but after his brother dies, he loses interest in baseball and only softball star Cassie seems to understand.
|All the Answers by Kate Messner
Twelve-year-old Ava finds an old pencil in her family’s junk drawer and discovers, during a math test, that it will answer factual questions, so she and her best friend Sophie have a great time–and Ava grows in self-confidence–until the pencil reveals a truth about her family that Ava would rather not know.
|The Doublecross : (and other skills I learned as a superspy) by Jackson Pearce
Overweight and non-athletic, twelve-year-old Hale may have been born and raised to be a spy for the Sub Rosa Society but it seems he is unlikely to become a Field Agent until his parents are captured by the evil League and Hale sets out on a solo mission to save them.
|Echo by Pam Muñoz
Lost in the forest, Otto meets three mysterious sisters ad finds himself entwined in a prophecy, a promise, and a harmonica — and decades later three children, Friedrich in Germany, Mike in Pennsylvania, and Ivy in California find themselves caught up in the same thread of destiny in the darkest days of the twentieth century, struggling to keep their families intact, and tied together by the music of the same harmonica.
|Beneath by Roland Smith
Coop is different. He doesn’t talk on the phone, doesn’t use email, and doesn’t have friends. He’s never really cared for anything but the thrill of being underground and Pat, his brother. So it’s no surprise to anyone—even Pat—that after a huge fight with their parents, Coop runs away. Exactly one year later, Pat receives a digital voice recorder and a cryptic message from his brother. Now it’s up to Pat to find his brother—and bring him home.
|Webster : tale of an outlaw by Ellen Emerson White
When Webster the dog arrives at Green Meadows Farm he has already been adopted, mistreated, and given away three times and is done with people, but the other animals of the shelter will not let him give up on the possibility of a special family.