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.

Mark Twain Award