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!
“The Girl of Fire and Thorns” by Rae Carson
A fearful 16-year old princess discovers her heroic destiny after being married off to the king of a neighboring country and pursued by enemies with dark magic.
“Cloaked” by Alex Flinn
Working at his family’s struggling shoe repair shop in a Miami hotel, 17-year-old Johnny is approached by Princess Victorianna, who asks him to find her brother who was turned into a frog.
“The Eleventh Plague” by Jeff Hirsch
Twenty years after the start of the war that caused the Collapse, 15-year-old Stephen, his father and grandfather travel America scavenging. When his grandfather dies and his father decides to risk everything to save the lives of two strangers, Stephen’s life is turned upside down.
“The Name of the Star” by Maureen Johnson
Rory, of Boueuxlieu, Louisiana, is spending a year at a London boarding school where she witnesses a murder by a Jack the Ripper copy cat and becomes involved with the very unusual investigation.
“Silhouetted by the Blue” by Traci L. Jones
After the death of their mother, seventh grader Serena is left to care for herself and her younger brother when their father cannot pull himself out of his depression. She must balance her family obligations with the responsibilities of being the lead role in a school play.
“The Death Catchers” by Jennifer Anne Kogler
Through a letter to her English teacher, 14-year-old Lizzy Mortimer reveals that she and her eccentric grandmother are kin to Morgan le Faye, charged with saving the last descendant of King Arthur from an untimely death that would endanger the world.
“Legend” by Marie Lu
In the dark future where North America has split into two warring nations, teenagers Day, a famous criminal, and June, a brilliant soldier hired to capture him, discover that they have a common enemy.
“Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25” by Richard Paul Evan
To everyone at Meridian High School, 14-year-old Michael is nothing special, just a kid who has Tourette’s syndrome. But in truth, Michael is extremely special — he has electrical powers.
“Lost in the River of Grass” by Ginny Rorby
Two Florida teenagers become stranded on a tiny island in the Everglades and attempt to walk ten miles through swampland to reach civilization.
“The Emerald Atlas” by John Stephens
Kate, Michael and Emma have passed through a series of orphanages in the ten years since their parents disappeared, but now as they’re learning of their special powers, they set out on a quest to find a magical book and a fearsome enemy.
“The Running Dream” by Wendelin Van Draanen
When a school bus accident leaves 16-year-old Jessica an amputee, she returns to school with a prosthetic limb and her track team finds a wonderful way to help rekindle her dream of running again.
“Variant” by Robison E. Wells
After years in foster home, 17-year old Benson Fisher applies to New Mexico’s Maxfield Academy in hopes of securing a brighter future. Instead, he finds a prison where no one is what he or she seems.