2018- 2019 Mark Twain Nominees

(I am splitting the list with our librarian Ms. Harden… the first six are my responsibility. I will probably read some of the others… I am enjoying getting into the Mark Twain Lists again!)

  • The Seventh Wish by Kate Messner
  • Moo by Sharon Creech
  • Soar by Joan Bauer
  • Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier
  • Ghost by Jason Reynolds
  • Nine, Ten: A September 11th Story by Nora Raleigh Baskin

  • Framed! A T.O.A.S.T. Mystery by James Ponti
  • Counting Thyme by Melanie Conklin
  • Maxi’s Secrets by Lynn Plourde
  • When Friendship Followed Me Home by Paul Griffin
  • Save Me a Seat by Sarah Weeks & Gita Varadarajan
  • Unbound by Ann E Burg

Books Discovered via Twitter and my Book Blog

  • 101 Books to Read Before You Grow Up by Bianca Schulz
  • Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate
  • The Snow Angel by Lauren St. John
  • Wishtree by Katherine Applegate  (quote from @MrSchuReads “When you put Wishtree in a reader’s hands, you put hope in their hands”)
  • Refugee by Alan Gratz
  • The 13-Story Tree house by Andy Griffiths (Found via Dogobooks.com)
  • Ms. Bixby’s Last Day by John David Anderson (@MrSchuReads)

Books Discovered while exploring Amazon or Book Stores

  • One Amazing Elephant by Linda Oatman High
  • The Magician’s Elephant by Kate DiCamillo

Suggested to Students by Mrs. Kohl ( my school’s Instructional Coach)

  • The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate  Read this as part of Sterling’s One Book, One School Read

Recommended / Requested by Students

  • The Isle of the Lost  by Melissa De La Cruz


  • The Unbreakable Code by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman – Started June 2017
  • Fablehaven: Dragonwatch by  Brandon Mull   – love this series….so excited to read newest book.
  • The Land of Stories series by Chris Colfer – finished first book 7/11/17


(I am not going to list all the books … most obviously because I have basically challenged myself to read all AR quiz books in order … and that would be a long list. I am going to list the last two I have read, what I am currently reading, and then the next five… and slowly update it. If you want to see the more complete list starting with book #1… read my AR Challenge Post.

  • The Bronze Bow by Elizabeth George Speare – 5 / 10 pts
    • I ended up borrowing this from the public library… they even had to borrow it from another branch. This book is a Newbery Medal winner. I enjoyed how Daniel met and was part of Jesus’ life. I can think of many kids that would enjoy reading about Jesus… outside of the bible.
  •  Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Ryrie Brink – 6 / 8 pts
    • Yep… another classic that I didn’t read until I was an adult! I am surprised I didn’t read it sooner I was a huge fan of the Little House series… so one would think I would have read this too… alas… not teacher or librarian thought to recommend it!
  •  Call It Courage by Armstrong Sperry – 6.2 / 3 pts
    • Looks like I will be picking up my challenge here… as I read the summary for this book I realized I don’t think I really have read it! I think with the popularity of the movie Moana right now many young readers would find this interesting.
    • Started 7/8/17 (audio tape)
  • Carry on, Mr. Bowditch by Jean Lee Latham – 4.1 / 8 pts
  • The Cat Who Went to Heaven by Elizabeth Coatsworth – 5.9 / 2 pts
  • Centerburg Tales: More Adventures of Homer Price by Robert McCloskey – 6 / 5pts
  • Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White – 4.4 / 5 pts
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl – 4.8 / 5 pts