FC: MARK TWAIN AWARD NOMINEES 2013-2014
1: THE MISSOURI LIBRARY ASSOCIATION SELECTS TITLES BY OUTSTANDING AUTHORS FOR 4TH-6TH GR. STUDENTS TO JUDGE. YOU MUST READ AT LEAST 4 OF THE 12 NOMINEES TO BE ABLE TO VOTE IN MARCH. tHE WINNER WILL BE ANNOUNCED IN APRIL
2: It's midnight and Foster McFee and her mother are being chased out of Memphis by an Elvis impersonator.Where are they heading? Somewhere.Foster was hoping for a location you can find on a map.She has a lot of hopes, this girl.And one of them is to make the world a better place, one cupcake at a time...
3: This engrossing mystery pits three brothers recently transplanted from Chicago against the rocky caverns of Arizona’s Superstition Mountain.
4: Twelve-year-old Will wants to be a drummer in the Union army, but he's stuck far from the fighting in his sleepy hometown of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Then the Union and Confederate armies converge on Gettysburg, and suddenly Will and his family are caught up in the battle.
5: When Taylor’s parents drag her onto a farm, she tries to adapt to farm life. But when the farm’s daily surprises repeatedly embarrass her at school, Taylor wants out. With the help of a new friend, Taylor embarks on a plan to convince her parents to move them back to the city. Just as she succeeds, she discovers---late one night alone in the barn---that a farm has one surprising advantage over city life.
6: When Wren Abbott and Darra Monson are eight years old, Darra's father steals a minivan. He doesn't know that Wren is hiding in the back. The hours and days that follow change the lives of both girls. Years later, in a chance encounter at camp, the girls face each other for the first time.
7: Will Tyler can fly on a football field. He may not be the biggest running back around. No one can match his love of the game. When Will has a football in hand, he may as well be flying for real because life can't touch him - his dad isn't so defeated, his town isn't so poor.
8: When Tara steals the school mascot, a goat, in order to make some friends with the popular crowd and gets caught, she gets herself in a heap of trouble. Her parents leave her with her aunt, uncle, and bratty cousin . Tara thinks it's a good time to start over; she'll be turning 13 after all. What Tara doesn't know is that this charmed town has something big in store for her on her 13th birthday. It's not a typical birthday. But then again, nothing is Willow Falls is exactly typical
9: Growing up in the country is never easy, but it sure is interesting! Especially when your sister thinks she's glamorous, your grandma just discovered make-up, your hippie friends don't shower, and your new neighbors from the city are constantly testing your patience life is certainly never boring. In spite of all the loony characters in her life, April Grace is able to learn from her parents as they share the love of God-to even the craziest of characters!
10: In Artime, each child is taught to cultivate their creative abilities and learn how to use them magically, weaving spells through paintbrushes and musical instruments. Everything Alex has ever known changes before his eyes, and it's a wondrous transformation. But it's a rare, unique occurence for twins to be separated between Wanted and Unwanted, and as Alex and Aaron's bond stretches across their separation, a threat arises for the survival of Artime that will pit brother against brother in an ultimate, magical battle.
11: “No music. No TV. No computer. No telephone. And everyday, silence until supper.” Those are the rules of Sparrow Road, an eerie artist mansion in the country, where Raine O’Rourke is forced to spend her summer. And worse, she can’t figure out why her mother agreed to work there as a cook. “Not everything’s a mystery,” her mother warns, when Raine pesters her with questions, but Sparrow Road is full of secrets Raine intends to solve.
12: Ben's story, set in 1977, is told entirely with words, while Rose's story, set fifty years earlier, is told entirely with pictures. The two stories weave back and forth before ultimately coming together. Rich, complex, affecting, and beautiful–with over 460 pages of original artwork–Wonderstruck is a stunning achievement from a uniquely gifted artist and visionary.
13: When Alice's Aunt Polly, the Pie Queen of Ipswitch, passes away, she takes with her the secret to her world-famous pie-crust recipe. Or does she? In her will, Polly leaves the recipe to her extraordinarily fat, remarkably disagreeable cat, Lardo . . . and then leaves Lardo in the care of Alice.Suddenly, the whole town is wondering how you leave a recipe to a cat. Everyone wants to be the next big pie-contest winner, and it's making them pie-crazy. It's up to Alice and her friend Charlie to put the pieces together and discover the not-so-secret recipe for happiness