2019 – 2020 Mark Twain Nominees

(Ms. Harden and I once again split the MTN list… the first six are my responsibility. I will probably read some of the others!)

  • Restart by Gordon Korman – This was the first book I read from the 19-20 MTN list. I was not disappointed. I have really grown to enjoy books that switch to the different perspectives of the various characters of the story.
  • Real Friends by Shannon Hale – This graphic novel was a just right book for me! Set during the time that I grew up, I enjoyed reading about a set of friends and classmates that could have been at my school. I also identified with how the main character struggled fitting in with a group of friends that she wanted to be with and finally realized its better to have Real Friends.
  • Mustaches for Maddie by Shelly Brown & Chad Morris – This book managed to be funny all while telling hard story. Maddie’s journey with her brain tumor is a hard one to read but the humor of Maddie and the other characters made okay to be sad and okay to laugh.
  • Wishtree by Katherine Applegate – I rarely get a chance any more to sit with a book and read it from cover to cover in one sitting… but I was lucky to have the chance to do just that with this book. I didn’t want to put it down. I needed to know what happened to the tree and the neighbors turned friends with the help of the tree. A beautiful mix of realistic fiction with the added bonus of fantasy thanks to the tree and animals.
  • Joplin, Wishing by Diane Stanley – I was very excited to read this because I LOVE Diane Stanley’s The Mysterious Case of the Allbright Academy. Once again the MTN list did not disappoint. Just like with “Allbright Academy” this story manages to come out of left field with a wonderfully surprising but perfectly written plot change! Just when you think you have the story and ending figured out Diane Stanley surprises you in the best way possible.
  • One for Sorrow by Mary Downing Hahn – I love reading Mary Downing Hahn (I especially love Time for Andrew and Old Willis Place.) I have to say last year with Took and this year with One for Sorrow Mary Downing Hahn has created a book that is way to creepy for this scardy cat! I love that the story is also a historical fiction. However, watching one of the characters go from real girl to real creepy ghost was too much for me! I know there are going to be a ton of 4th and 5th graders that disagree and will eat this story up!