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2016-2017 Mark Twain Award Nominees

"The Junction of Sunshine and Lucky" by Holly Schindler


Auggie and her grandfather use found objects to transform the appearance of their home and, in the process, change a whole town's perceptions of beauty and art.                                             

"Rain Reign" by Ann M. Martin

Struggling with Asperger's, Rose shares a bond with her beloved dog, but when the dog goes missing during a storm, Rose is forced to confront the limits of her comfort levels, even if it means leaving her routines in order to search for her pet.                          

"Pennyroyal Academy" by M. A. Larson

A girl from the forest enlists at Pennyroyal Academy, where princesses and knights are trained to battle the two great menaces of the day: witches and dragons                                          

"All Four Stars" by Tara Dairman

Eleven-year-old Gladys Gatsby loves food and cooking, so when she lands an assignment to write a restaurant review for a New York City newspaper, she will do anything to make it happen, even risk the wrath of her fast-food loving parents.                                                                         

"A Million Ways Home" by Dianna Dorisi-Winget

When her grandmother and guardian suffers a stroke, twelve-year-old Poppy Parker's life turns upside down--but when she witnesses a murder and has to go into witness protection with Detective Brannigan's mother it becomes hard to believe she will ever find a way home, let alone save Gunner, a beautiful German shepherd with an uncertain future.                              

"Zane and the Hurricane: A Story of Katrina" by Rodman Philbrick

A twelve-year-old boy and his dog become trapped in New Orleans during the horrors of Hurricane Katrina.                                                            

"Half a Chance" by Cynthia Lord

Lucy, with her mother and her photographer father, has just moved to a small rural community in New Hampshire, and with her new friend Nate she plans to spend the summer taking photos for a contest, but pictures sometimes reveal more than people are willing to see.                                                                                 

"Loot: How to Steal a Fortune" by Jude Watson

When Alfie McQuinn, the notorious jewel thief, is killed on a job, his last words to his son, March, are to "find jewels" and this instruction leads the boy to Jules, the twin sister he never knew he had--and the perfect partner to carry on the family business.                                  

"Space Case" by Stuart Gibbs

Dashiell Gibson, who lives on Moon Base Alpha, has to solve a murder of one of the moon's most prominent doctors                                   

"Pack of Dorks" by Beth Vrabel

Propelled from coolest to lamest after trying to kiss Tom Lemmings, Lucy tries to navigate the social hierarchy of fourth grade.


"Red Berries White Clouds Blue Sky" by Sandra Dallas

After Pearl Harbor is bombed by the Japanese, twelve-year-old Tomi and her Japanese-American family are split up and forced to leave their California home to live in internment camps in New Mexico and Colorado                                  

"The Missing Pieces of Me" by Jean Van Leeuwan

Despite her attempts to make Momma happy, 10-year-old Weezie knows in her heart that her mother doesn't love her. Increasingly capable and insightful, she copes as best she can, drawing support from two friends, a kind neighbor, and an art teacher. Meanwhile, she tries to discover the identity of her father, though her mother refuses to discuss him.                                                      

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