The Truman Readers Award honors a book as selected by Missouri junior high students. Even though this award is administered by the Missouri Association of School Librarians (MASL), it is the responsibility of Missouri teens to choose the actual winner. As summer begins to wind down, soak up your final moments of vacation with one of these great books!
“After Ever After” by Jordan Sonnenblick
(Sequel to Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie)
Jeffrey’s leukemia is finally in remission, but life after cancer has its own challenges. With a slightly “scrambled” brain, Jeffrey can’t concentrate on school like he used to, and his brother Steven, his strongest supporter, is far away in Africa.
“Bruiser” by Neal Shusterman
Tennyson doesn’t like that his twin sister is dating a boy nicknamed “Bruiser,” who seems like a dangerous delinquent, but the twins are astonished to learn that Bruiser has a secret ability—he can heal the pain (physical and emotional) of people he cares about…but only by inflicting it on himself.
“Dark Life (Dark Life #1)” by Kat Falls
After earthquakes and tsunamis destroyed most of Earth’s surface, many humans relocated to the ocean floor. When 15-year-old Ty encounters a girl named Gemma, a Topsider looking for her lost brother, he decides to help her navigate the dangers of the lawless seas, including pirates, to find him.
“Girl, Stolen” by April Henry
Griffin, a high school dropout, steals a car, but later realizes that he has kidnapped a blind girl, Cheyenne, who was sleeping in the backseat. Sick with pneumonia, Cheyenne tries to gain sympathy from Griffin, though she wonders if she can trust him.
“Heist Society (Heist Society #1)” by Ally Carter
Kat longs to change her life, but can’t escape the family business of stealing art pieces. After her father is falsely accused of stealing art from a dangerous mobster, Kat assembles a team to locate and re-steal the paintings to save her father.
“Paranormalcy (Paranormalcy #1)” by Kiersten White
Though Evie wants a normal life, she works for the IPCA (International Paranormal Containment Agreement) When the IPCA discovers that a serial killer is hunting paranormals, Evie begins to suspect that she may not be as human as she thought.
“Scrawl” by Mark Shulman
After he’s caught vandalizing school property, bully Tod Munn must spend his daily detention writing in a notebook. His writing gradually reveals personal details that he’d rather keep secret.
“Soccerland” by Beth Choat
Before her mother died from cancer, Flora promised her that someday she’d play for the U.S. Women’s National Team. Though she’s ecstatic when she gets to audition for the Under-15 National Team, the experience makes her realize for the first time how tough the big leagues really are.
“The Gardener” by S.A. Bodeen
At the nursing home where his mother works, Mason accidentally awakens a comatose teen, Laila, who begs Mason to help her escape. The pair find themselves on the run from a man known as The Gardener. Clues surface that Laila has been subjected to horrible experiments meant to alter her humanity.
“The Grimm Legacy” by Polly Shulman
Elizabeth feels like she doesn’t fit in with her stepfamily or classmates, but she loves her new after-school job in a private library of historical items that houses magical items from the Brothers Grimm fairy tales. Someone’s been stealing from the Grimm Collection, though, and Elizabeth and her fellow pages are determined to catch the thief.
“The Lost Hero” by Rick Riordan
Jason wakes up on a bus headed for a wilderness boarding school and discovers that he’s lost his memory. Jason, along with Piper and Leo who say they’re his friends, soon end up at Camp Half-Blood. Here they suprisingly learn that they are demigods and must save Mt. Olympus.
“Virals” by Kathy Reichs
While exploring a deserted lab, Tory and her friends discover and rescue a wolf-dog infected with the parvo virus, not realizing that contact with it will give them all superhuman powers.