Twain Truman Book Battle Program

Twain-Truman-Book Battle Program

The Twain Truman Book Battle Program is a school-wide promotion of reading novels from three different recommended book lists. NOTE: The program ends for the year on April 15, 2019, with a special extension for reading all 32 books until May 3, 2019. Learn more about the Twain-Truman-Book Battle Program below.

How To participate

      1. Read one of the 32 titles (see the Book List section below)
      2. Pass the Accelerated Reader (AR) quiz
      3. Print your score
      4. Place it in the tray on the library circulation desk
      5. Wait to have a star hung up in the library with your name
      6. Repeat with another book to earn the incentives below


Note: books = titles off the current year's Mark Twain, Truman, and/or Book Battle lists

Read 2 books by December 5, 2018, and/or 3 books by January 11, 2019, to stay after school for Chat n' Chew where you get to eat junk food and play games. The first Chat n' Chew is December 6, 2018, and the second one is February 12, 2019.

Read 4 Mark Twain and/or 4 Truman nominees by March 5, 2018, to be eligible to cast a vote for his/her favorite book on the given list. Students may vote on just one or both lists if they read 4 titles from each list. Votes will be sent to the MASL Readers Award Committee, and compiled with other students statewide to determine the winner for each list.

Read 4 books by March 26, 2019, to be invited to a Wall Signing Pizza Party on April 29, 2019. You will miss most of 6th and 7th hours to sign your name on the library wall, eat pizza, play games, and chat with other students.

Read 4 books in 6th, 7th, and 8th grades to get your name engraved on a plaque displayed in the Heights lobby.

Read 10 books by April 15, 2019, to qualify to miss first and second hours to walk to Vago Park on April 22, 2019, for breakfast snacks and free time at the park.

Read 15 books by April 15, 2019, to get your picture on a READ poster to be hung in the Heights Library.

Read 15 books a second year while at Heights to earn a $15 gift card.

Read 15 books all three years at Heights and have your READ poster moved to the Heights lobby to be displayed in the Twain-Truman-Book Battle Wall of Fame.

Read all 32 books by May 3, 2019, to invite up to 3 friends to go to Quick Trip during the school day in May. The qualifying student gets a $20 QT gift card to spend on snacks and drinks.

Book List Details

The Mark Twain and Truman lists are created by the the Missouri Association of School Librarians (MASL). The Mark Twain nominees are written for everyone in middle school; whereas, the Truman nominees are intended for more mature readers, while they are still appropriate for most middle schoolers.

The Book Battle list is created by the Area-Wide Middle School Book Battle Committee. The Book Battle is hosted by Heights and is a trivia-style competition over these titles involving 42 area middle schools. The list includes some Truman and Twain nominees as well as others that are unique to the book battle.

2018-19 Mark Twain Nominees

Counting Thyme by Melanie Conklin

Framed! A T.O.A.S.T. Mystery by James Ponti

Ghost by Jason Reynolds

Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier

Maxi's Secrets by Lynn Plourde

Moo by Sharon Creech

*Nine, Ten: A September 11th Story by Nora Raleigh Baskin

*Save Me a Seat by Sarah Weeks & Gita Varadarajan

Soar by Joan Bauer

The Seventh Wish by Kate Messner

*Unbound by Ann E Burg

When Friendship Followed Me Home by Paul Griffin

2019-19 Truman Award Nominees

*Falling Over Sideways by Jordan Sonnenblick

The Forgetting by Sharon Cameron

*The Girl I Used to Be by April Henry

Hour of the Bees by Lindsay Eagar

The Impostor Queen by Sarah Fine

*Lily & Dunkin by Donna Gephart

*Mayday by Karen Harrington

*Projekt 1065 by Alan Gratz

*Ruined by Amy Tintera

*Things Too Huge to Fix by Saying Sorry by Susan Vaught

*Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk

*Zero Day by Jan Gangsei

2018-19 Book Battle List

*Note: Book Battle Books that are also Twain or Truman Nominees are indicated with a star

Parker Inheritance by Varian Johnson

Piecing Me Together by Renee Watson

Posted by John David Anderson

Rebound by Kwame Alexander

Refugee by Alan Gratz

Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson

The Serpent's Secret by Sayantani Das Gupta

The Truth as Told By Mason Buttle by Leslie Connor