Truman Award and Gateway Award reading lists out

For years I’ve known about the Show-Me Reading Award (picture books) and the Mark Twain Reading Award (elementary school) but somehow two more Missouri Association of School Librarian Awards had escaped my notice.  Fortunately, my son’s Reading Writing Workshop teacher said something about them.  Thank you, Mrs. Brink!

The Truman Award is for middle school students.  Here is the final list for 2011-2012.  I’m really looking forward to Sneed Collard III’s Double Eagle;  I love his nonfiction picture books and want to experience more of his work.  And of course I have to recommend Bull Rider but feel I should point out that Susie Morgan Williams is one of my writing buddies.  That said — read her book!  Anyway, on with the list:

  • Mary Amato.  Invisible Lines (EgmontUSA)
  • Sneed Collard III.  Double Eagle (Peachtree Publishers)
  • Caroline Cooney.  If the Witness Lied (Delacorte Books for Young Readers)
  • James Dashner. The Maze Runner (Delacorte Books for Young Readers)
  • M. L. Forman, M.L.  Adventures Wanted: Slathbog’s Gold (Shadow Mountain)
  • Janice Hardy.  The Shifter (Balzer + Bray)
  • Heather Hepler.  The Cupcake Queen (Dutton Juvenile)
  • Andrew Klavan.  The Last Thing I Remember (Thomas Nelson)
  • Gordon Korman.  Pop (Balzer + Bray)
  • Deborah Lytton.  Jane in Bloom (Dutton Juvenile)
  • Joni Sensel.  The Farwalker’s Quest.  (Bloomsbury USA Children’s Books)
  • Suzanne Morgan Williams.  Bull Rider (Margaret K. McElderry)

Then we have the Gateway Reading Award for high school students.  Here are the nominations for 2012-2013.  I’ve already read Matson’s Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour.  Loved.  It.  And Elkeles books are always amazing.  Here is the list:

  • W. Bruce Cameron.  A Dog’s Purpose (Forge Books)
  • Morgan Matson.  Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour (Simon and Schuster)
  • Lauren Oliver.  Before I Fall (HarperTeen)
  • Pete Hautman.  Blank Confession (Simon and Schuster)
  • Lisa Schroeder.  Chasing Brooklyn (Simon and Schuster)
  • Antony John.  Five Flavors of Dumb (Dial Books)
  • Ally Condie.  Matched (Dutton Juvenile)
  • Jennifer Donnelly.  Revolution (Delacorte Press)
  • Jonathan Maberry.  Rot and Ruin (Simon and Schuster)
  • Simone Elkeles.  Rules of Attraction  (Walker and Co.)
  • Heidi Kling.  Sea (Putnam Juvenile)
  • Paolo Bacigalupi.  Ship Breaker (Little Brown and Co.)
  • Matthew Quick.  Sorta Like a Rock Star (Little Brown and Co.)
  • Swati Avasthi.  Split (Knopf)
  • Jandy Nelson.  The Sky is Everywhere (Dial Books)

Enjoy some seriously good reading!  What can you take out of these books to use in your own writing?


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