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Youth Missouri Books
(Updated April 4, 2014)
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For grades 5-8
Belly Up by Stuart Gibbs
Twelve-year-old Teddy lives with his parents at the brand new FunJungle zoo in Texas, where he causes all sorts of mischief. But when the park's mascot Henry the hippo is found dead, Teddy believes it is murder and investigates. For grades 5-8. 2010. Mark Twain Award nominee, 2012-2013.
The Clockwork Three by Matthew Kirby
As mysterious circumstances bring Giuseppe, Frederick, and Hannah together, their lives soon interlock like the turning gears in a clock and they realize that each one holds a key to solving the others' mysteries. Mark Twain Award nominee, 2012-2013. For grades 5-8. 2010.
The Death Catchers by Jennifer Kogler
Through a letter to her English teacher, fourteen-year-old Lizzy Mortimer of Crabapple, California, relates her discovery 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. Truman Award Nominee, 2013-2014. For grades 5-8. 2011.
Faith, Hope and Ivy June by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
During a student exchange program, seventh-graders Ivy June and Catherine share their lives, homes, and communities, and find that although their lifestyles are total opposites they have a lot in common. Mark Twain Award nominee, 2011-2012. . For grades 5-8. 2010.
The Farwalker's Quest by Joni Sensel
When twelve-year-old Ariel and her friend Zeke find a mysterious artifact the like of which has not been seen in a long time, it proves to be the beginning of a long and arduous journey that will ultimately reveal to them their true identities. Truman Award nominee, 2011-2012. For grades 5-8. 2009.
Half Upon a Time by James Riley
In the village of Giant's Hand Jack's grandfather has been pushing him to find a princess and get married, so when a young lady falls out of the sky wearing a shirt that says "Punk Princess," and she tells Jack that her grandmother, who looks suspiciously like the long-missing Snow White, has been kidnapped, Jack decides to help her. Mark Twain Award Nominee, 2012-2013. For grades 5-9. 2010.
Jane in Bloom by Deborah A. Lytton
Devastated when her beautiful, older sister dies from anorexia, twelve-year-old Jane recovers slowly from the tragedy, with help from unexpected sources. Truman Award nominee, 2011-2012. For grades 5-8. 2009.
The One Where the Kid Nearly Jumps to His Death and Lands in California by Mary Hershey
Thirteen-year-old Alastair Hudson, who was in an accident five years early which resulted in the amputation of his leg, is always the first to make jokes about his missing limb, but after spending a summer with his estranged father and step-mother in California and learning how to swim, realizes there are better ways to deal with his disability.
Runaway Twin by Peg Kehret
Thirteen-year-old Sunny, accompanied by a stray dog, takes advantage of a monetary windfall to travel from her Nebraska foster home to Enumclaw, Washington in order to find the twin sister from whom she was separated at age three. Mark Twain Award nominee 2011-2012. For grades 5-8. 2009.
Soccerland by Beth Choat
Flora Dupre has a chance to fulfill a life-long dream and keep the promise she made to her mother before losing her to cancer when Flora receives an invitation to tryout for the Under-15 US Girls' National Soccer Team at the International Sports Academy, but a family tragedy forces Flora to reexamine her priorities and determine what soccer means to her. Truman Award Nominee, 2012-2013. For grades 5-8. 2010.