Objectives • Become familiar with all of the Mark Twain Award Nominee books for 2008-2009 • Learn about taking a quiz on a book • Learn about requirements for attending the end of year picnic
Mark Twain Award Nominees for 2008-2009 • There are 12 titles on this year’s nominee list. • The books can be broken down into 4 main categories…Realistic Fiction, Fantasy, Adventure, & Historical Fiction.
Realistic Fiction and Friendships • Cornelia and the Audacious Escapades of the Somerset Sisters • Uncharted Waters • Rules • Moon Shadow
Cornelia and the Audacious Escapades of the Somerset Sistersby Lesley Blume
Eleven-year-old Cornelia is the daughter of two world-famous pianists—a legacy that should feel fabulous, but instead feels just plain lonely. She surrounds herself with dictionaries and other books to isolate herself from the outside world. But when a glamorous neighbor named Virginia Somerset moves next door with her servant Patel and a mischievous French bulldog named Mister Kinyatta, Cornelia discovers that the world is a much more exciting place than she had originally thought.
Jonah's lies and his secret fear of the sea threaten to ruin his month at the shore with his favorite uncle, but a grumpy marina storekeeper and an attractive young college student help turn the summer into an adventure he will never forget.
Frustrated at life with an autistic brother, twelve-year-old Catherine longs for a normal existence but her world is further complicated by a friendship with an young paraplegic. Author Cynthia Lord will be at this year’s Children’s Literature Festival at MSU in October!!
Thirteen-year-old Callie lives with her offbeat parents on a small organic farm on the edge of the desert in Antelope Springs, Nevada. When a mustang mare dies shortly after giving birth, Callie devotes herself to caring for Moon Shadow, the orphaned filly.
Realistic Fiction & Survival • Finest Kind
When his father's Boston bank fails in 1838, causing his family to relocate to a small Maine town, twelve-year-old Jake Webber works to prepare the family for the harsh winter while also keeping the existence of his disabled younger brother a secret.
Realistic Fiction & Humor • Million Dollar Putt
Assisted by his neighbor, Birdie, blind thirteen-year-old Ed "Bogie" Bogard will win one million dollars if he can sink a ten-foot putt in Hawaii's fifth annual Angus Killick Memorial Tournament.
Realistic Fiction & Mysteries • The Wright 3
In the midst of a series of unexplained accidents and mysterious coincidences, sixth-graders Calder, Petra, and Tommy lead their classmates in an attempt to keep Frank Lloyd Wright's famous Robie House from being demolished.
Realistic Fiction & Fantasy • Fairies of Nutfolk Woods
After her parents divorce and she moves to the country with her mother, fourth-grader Willa Jane, anxious and unhappy with the changes in her life, discovers a world of little people called Nutfolk living in the woods around her new home.
Adventures & Fantasy • Archer’s Quest • Sea of Monsters
In Dorchester, New York, Kevin is doing his homework when suddenly an arrow comes out of nowhere and pins his baseball cap to the wall. The man who shot the arrow claims he fell off a tiger . . . and wound up in Kevin’s room. It’s not long before Kevin realizes that the man, who calls himself Chu-mong, or Great Archer, is no ordinary burglar, but a traveler from far away in both space and time.Kevin knows little about his own Korean heritage, but he understands that unless Archer returns to his people and his throne, history will be changed forever.
During their second summer at Half-Blood Hill, Percy and his friends undertake a perilous voyage to save their summer camp. The tree that guards the camp is dying, and Chiron, the activity director, has been dismissed. Another dream reveals that Grover, whose peril is increasing, is on the same island as the legendary Golden Fleece, which may be the cure for the troubled camp. With the help of Hermes, Percy and his pals set off to the Sea of Monsters, where they encounter legendary dangers.
Adventure • A Small White Scar
Since his mother's death, Will's job has been to look after his twin brother, Denny, who has Down syndrome. Will soon devises an escape plan that leads toward the rodeo, and beyond, to spending his days as a cowboy without the responsibility of watching his brother. When Denny follows Will across the plains, that plan takes an unexpected twist, leading Will to confront the people he loves and hates most and forcing changes in all their lives.
Historical Fiction • Counting on Grace
Twelve-year-old Grace Forcier and her friend Arthur, taken out of school and put to work in a Vermont textile mill in 1910, are championed by their teacher who urges them to write the National Child Labor Committee, an action only Grace seems to realize will have serious repercussions.
Taking a Mark Twain Quiz • All of the Mark Twain quizzes are located on a website with a direct link from the school’s main webpage. • In order to pass, you must get at least 8 out of 10 questions correct. • You will only have 12 minutes to take the test. • You can take the test up to three times.
Voting and the Picnic • In order to vote on your favorite Mark Twain nominee book, you must have read at least 4 of the titles by March 6th, 2009. • To attend the Mark Twain picnic at the end of the year, you need to read at least 8 of the titles by April 10th, 2009.
Questions • How many titles are on this year’s nominee list? • How many books must you read in order to vote for your favorite title? • How many books do you need to read to attend the end of the year picnic?