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Youth Missouri Books
(Updated April 4, 2014)
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For grades 3-6
Bringing the Boy Home by N. A. Nelson
As two Takunami youths approach their thirteenth birthdays, Luka reaches the culmination of his mother's training for the tribe's manhood test while Tirio, raised in Miami, Florida, by his adoptive mother, feels called to begin preparations to prove himself during his upcoming visit to the Amazon rain forest where he was born. Mark Twain Award nominee, 2010-2011. For grades 3-6. 2009.
A Book for Black-eyed Susan by Judy Young
While traveling along the Oregon Trail, ten-year-old Cora and her newborn baby sister suffer the loss of their mother and are separated, but Cora stitches a book to tell the dark-eyed baby of their journey and family. Show Me Award nominee, 2013-2014. For grades 3-6. 2011.
The Can Man by Laura Williams
After watching a homeless man collect empty soft drink cans for the redemption money, a young boy decides to collect cans himself to earn money for a skateboard until he has a change of heart. Show-Me Award nominee, 2012-2013. For grades 3-5. 2010.
Hoofbeats: Margaret and Flynn, 1875 by Kathleen Duey
In the Colorado Territory in 1875, orphan Margret and her older sister Libby are staying with the kind-hearted Mrs. Fredrickson when Margret finds an injured horse which she nurses back to health and wants to keep, while Libby is too mistrustful of people to think that they might possibly have found a home. Mark Twain award nominee, 2010-2011.
Itsy Bitsy & Teeny Weeny by Robbyn Smith van Frankenhuyzen, Robbyn Smith
A lamb, rejected by its mother, and an injured fawn are cared for by the caretakers of Hazel Ridge Farm; but as they recovered and grew older, it was time for the deer to go back into the wild. Show-Me Award nominees, 2011-2012.
The Magic Half by Annie Barrows
Eleven-year-old Miri Gill feels left out in her family, which has two sets of twins and her, until she travels back in time to 1935 and discovers Molly, her own lost twin, and brings her back to the present day. Mark Twain Award nominee, 2010-2011. For grades 3-6.
The Totally Made-Up Civil War Diary of Amanda MacLeish by Claudia Mills
While dealing with her parents' separation and her best friend's distance, Amanda is able to work out some of her anxiety through her fifth-grade project--writing a diary from the point of view of a ten-year-old girl whose brothers fight on opposite sides in the Civil War. Mark Twain Award Nominees, 2010-2011. For grades 3-6.