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Mark Twain Award
2015-2016 Mark Twain Award Nominees
Dorko the Magnificent by Andrea Beaty
Robbie Darko is an old-school, pull-a-rabbit-out-of-your-hat-style magician, but despite his best efforts, something always goes wrong with his tricks until crotchety Grandma Melvyn moves in and teaches him something about the true meaning of magic.
Jinx by Sage Blackwood
A young boy named Jinx encounters magic and danger as he grows up in the deep, dark forest known as the Urwald and discovers that the world beyond--and within--the Urwald is more complex than he could imagine.
The Water Castle by Megan Frazer Blakemore
When Ephraim Appledore-Smith moves into Water Castle with his mother and stroke-afflicted father, he makes two new friends whose family history is tied to the castle. The three of them set out to discover the castle's magic in the hopes of helping Ephraim's father recover.
Gaby, Lost and Found by Angela Cervantes
Gaby Howard loves volunteering at the local animal shelter. Her mother has been deported to Honduras and Gaby is stuck living with her inattentive dad. She's confident that her mom will come home soon so that they can adopt Gaby's favorite shelter cat together. But Gaby worries that her plans for the perfect family are about to fall apart.
Al Capone Does My Homework by Gennifer Choldenko
Moose Flanagan, who lives on Alcatraz along with his family and the families of the other prison guards, faces new challenges when his father is promoted to Associate Warden.
What We Found in the Sofa and How it Saved the World by Henry Clark
Finding a rare zucchini-colored crayon leads twelve-year-old River Monroe and his friends on an adventure with their eccentric neighbor to save Earth from invading interstellar storm troopers.
Will in Scarlet by Matthew Cody
In the late 1100s, thirteen-year-old Will, the future Lord of Shackley, is exiled to Sherwood Forest, where he meets Robin Hood and the Merry Men and bands with them to try retake Shackley Castle.
Escape From Mr. Lemoncello's Library by Chris Grabenstein
Twelve-year-old Kyle gets to stay overnight in the new town library, designed by his hero (the famous gamemaker Luigi Lemoncello), with other students but finds that come morning he must work with friends to solve puzzles in order to escape.
The Great Trouble by Deborah Hopkinson
Eel, an orphan, and his best friend Florrie must help Dr. John Snow prove that cholera is spread through water, and not poisonous air, when an epidemic sweeps across their London neighborhood in 1854.
Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin by Liesl Shurtliff
Relates the tale of Rumpelstiltskin's childhood and youth, explaining why his name is so important, how he is able to spin straw into gold, and why a first-born child is his reward for helping the miller's daughter-turned-queen.
Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan
Twelve-year-old genius and outsider Willow Chance must figure out how to connect with other people and find a surrogate family for herself after her parents are killed in a car accident.
Navigating Early by Clare Vanderpool
Odyssey-like adventure of two boys' incredible quest on the Appalachian Trail where they deal with pirates, buried secrets, and extraordinary encounters.
Mark Twain Award Winners
2014 Mark Twain Award Winner:
The Unwanteds by Lisa McMann
2013 - Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper
2012 - Runaway Twin by Peg Kehret
2011 - Stolen Children by Peg Kehret
2010 - Deep & Dark & Dangerous by Mary Downing Hahn
2009 - Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan
2008 - Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
2007 - Abduction! by Peg Kehret
2006 - The City of Ember by Jean Duprau
2005 - Wenny Has Wings by Janet Lee Carey
2004 - Zach's Lie by Roland Smith
2003 - Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
2002 - Dork in Disguise by Carol Gorman
2001 – Holes by Louis Sachar
2000 - Saving Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
1999 - Small Steps: the Year I Got Polio by Peg Kehret
1998 - Titanic Crossing by Barbara Williams
1997 - Time for Andrew by Mary Downing Hahn
1996 - The Ghosts of Mercy Manor by Betty Ren Wright
1995 - The Man Who Loved Clowns by June Rae Wood
1994 - Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
1993 - Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli
1992 - The Doll in the Garden by Mary Downing Hahn
1991 - All About Sam by Lois Lowry
1990 - There's a Boy in the Girl's Bathroom by Louis Sachar
For more information about the Mark Twain Award, including past winners and nominees, visit the Missouri Association of School Librarians site.