Mark Twain 2013-2014 Nominees
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Mark Twain 2013-2014 Nominees
Book trailers for Missouri's Mark Twain Award nominees.
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Sparrow Road by Sheila O'Connor

Sparrow Road by Sheila O'Connor | Mark Twain 2013-2014 Nominees | Scoop.it

“No music.  No TV.  No computer.  No telephone. And everyday, silence until supper.”  Those are the rules of Sparrow Road, an eerie artist mansion in the country, where Raine O’Rourke is forced to spend her summer.  And worse, she can’t figure out why her mother agreed to work there as a cook. “Not everything’s a mystery,” her mother warns, when Raine pesters her with questions, but Sparrow Road is full of secrets Raine intends to solve.  Why did her mother take this sudden job out in the country?  What’s the truth behind the silent, brooding owner, Viktor?  The aging poet, Lillian?  What happened to the missing orphans that lived once in the attic?  Cheered on by a cast of quirky artists that live there at the mansion, Raine sets out in search of clues. It's a summer full of mysteries and strange adventures, but it’s an unexpected secret from Raine’s own life that changes her forever. 

 

A delightful story about improbable friendships and the power of imagination, Sparrow Road is an enchanted world that will win the reader’s heart.

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Pie by Sarah Weeks

Pie by Sarah Weeks | Mark Twain 2013-2014 Nominees | Scoop.it

When Alice's Aunt Polly, the Pie Queen of Ipswitch, passes away, she takes with her the secret to her world-famous pie-crust recipe. Or does she? In her will, Polly leaves the recipe to her extraordinarily fat, remarkably disagreeable cat, Lardo . . . and then leaves Lardo in the care of Alice.

Suddenly, the whole town is wondering how you leave a recipe to a cat. Everyone wants to be the next big pie-contest winner, and it's making them pie-crazy. It's up to Alice and her friend Charlie to put the pieces together and discover the not-so-secret recipe for happiness: Friendship. Family. And the pleasure of donig something for the right reason.

With Pie, acclaimed author Sarah Weeks has baked up a sweet and satisfying delight, as inviting as warm pie on a cold day. You'll enjoy every last bite.

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Will at the Battle of Gettysburg 1863 by Laurie Calkhoven

Will at the Battle of Gettysburg 1863 by Laurie Calkhoven | Mark Twain 2013-2014 Nominees | Scoop.it

Twelve-year-old Will has been dreaming of becoming a drummer in the Union army, but the fighting hasn't even come close to his hometown of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania...until now. When the Union and Confederate armies meet up at Gettysburg, suddenly Will and his family are caught up in the battle. Now Will is doing whatever he can to help — from delivering important messages to nursing the wounded soldiers!

 

This gripping historical novel will keep kids glued to the page — and learning about one of the Civil War's most significant battles at the same time! A perfect addition to history studies, this novel includes a helpful note on the real people who appear in the novel, a timeline, and a glossary.

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