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    The Truman Readers Award encourages students in the early teen years to express their
    unique voice through exploring new 
    literary genres,communicating with their peers about
    young adult literature, and honoring authors writing for young teens.

    Missouri school children in middle school/junior high vote for their favorite book from a list of
    nominated titles. 
    The Truman Readers Award is awarded to the author of this book by the
    Missouri Association of School Librarians.

     

    Truman Award Nominees 2021-2022

    Free Lunch
    Free Lunch
    by Rex Ogle

    A distinctive new voice: Rex Ogle's story of starting middle school on the free lunch program is timely, heartbreaking, and true. Free Lunch is the story of Rex Ogle's first semester in sixth grade. Rex and his baby brother often went hungry, wore secondhand clothes, and were short of school supplies, and Rex was on his school's free lunch program. Grounded in the immediacy of physical hunger and the humiliation of having to announce it every day in the school lunch line, Rex's is a compelling story of a more profound hunger -- that of a child for his parents' love and care. Compulsively readable, beautifully crafted, and authentically told with the voice and point of view of a 6th-grade kid, Free Lunch is a remarkable debut by a gifted storyteller.

    Genesis Begins Again
    Genesis Begins Again
    by  Alicia Williams

    Thirteen-year-old Genesis tries again and again to lighten her black skin, thinking it is the root of her family's troubles, before discovering reasons to love herself as is.

    It's the End of the World as I Know It
     
    It's the End of the World As I Know It
    by Matthew Landis
     
    Other Words for Home
    Other Words for Home
    by Jasmine Warga

    Sent with her mother to the safety of a relative's home in Cincinnati when her Syrian hometown is overshadowed by violence, Jude worries for the family members who were left behind as she adjusts to a new life with unexpected surprises.

    Right as Rain
    Right as Rain
    By Lindsey Stoddard

    It's been almost a year since Rain's brother Guthrie died, and her parents still don't know it was all Rain's fault. In fact, no one does--Rain buried her secret deep, no matter how heavy it weighs on her heart. So when her mom suggests moving the family from Vermont to New York City, Rain agrees. But life in the big city is different. She's never seen so many people in one place--or felt more like an outsider. With her parents fighting more than ever and the anniversary of Guthrie's death approaching, Rain is determined to keep her big secret close to her heart. But even she knows that when you bury things deep, they grow up twice as tall.

    The Bone Houses
    The Bone Houses
    by Emily Lloyd-Jones

    When risen corpses called 'bone houses' threaten Ryn's village because of a decades-old curse, she teams up with a mapmaker named Ellis to solve the mystery of the curse and destroy the bone houses forever.

    The Crossover
    The Crossover
    by Kwame Alexander

    Thirteen-year-old twin basketball stars Josh and Jordan wrestle with highs and lows on and off the court as their father ignores his declining health.

    The Line Tender
    The Line Tender
    by Kate Allen

    Following a tragedy that further alters the course of her life, twelve-year-old Lucy Everhart decides to continue the shark research her marine biologist mother left unfinished when she died years earlier.

    The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise
    The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise
    by Dan Gemeinhart

    Twelve-year-old Coyote and her father rush to Poplin Springs, Washington, in their old school bus to save a memory box buried in a park that will soon be demolished.

    The Unteachables
    The Unteachables
    by Gordon Korman

    "Told in alternating voices, the teacher and students in room 117 find their lives changed over the course of a school year."

    Tiger Queen
    Tiger Queen
    by Anne Sullivan

     

    Verify
    Verify
    by Joelle Charbonneau

    When Meri Beckley looks at the peaceful Chicago streets, she feels pride in the era of unprecedented hope and prosperity over which the governor presides. But when her mother is killed, Meri suddenly has questions that no one else seems to be asking. And when she tries to uncover her mother's state of mind in her last weeks, she finds herself drawn into a secret world with a history she didn't know existed. Faced with a choice between accepting the 'truth' or embracing a world the government doesn't want anyone to see, the wrong words can get Meri killed.