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Truman Readers Award

What is the Truman Readers Award?


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.


Age Level

The winner of the annual Truman Readers Award is selected by students in grades six through eight.


Guidelines for Choosing Books

  1. Books should interest early teens in grades six through eight.

  2. Books should be written by an author living in the United States.

  3. Books should be of literary value which may enrich early teens' personal lives.

  4. Books should be published two years prior to nomination on a Master List of 12 nominees.

  5. Some consideration should be given to genre diversity, gender representation, range of reading level, racial diversity, and diversity of social, political, economic, and religious viewpoints.

2016-2017 Truman Readers Award Nominees

Blood Guard by Carter Roy

Body in the Woods by April Henry

Buzz Kill by Beth Fantaskey

Codename Zero by Chris Rylander

Falls the Shadow by Stefanie Gaither

Famous Last Words by Katie Alendar

Grandmaster by David Klass

I Have a Bad Feeling about This by Jeff Strand

Just a Drop of Water by Kerry O'Malley Cerra

Midnight Thief byLivia Blackburne

Pieces of Me by Amber Kizer

Popular by Maya Van Wagenen

Voting Guidelines

  • Students must have read 4 of the nominee books to be eligible to vote.
  • Voting will occur early in March.
  • An online voting link will be provided on the MASL website for the librarian to submit votes for the entire student body.