Truman Readers Award Nominees
City of Ghosts Deep Water Fire & Heist Ghost Boys
By Victoria Schwab By Watt Key By Sarah Beth Durst By Jewell Parker Rhodes
Impostors Lifeboat 12 Mascot Nightbooks
By Scott Westerfeld By Susan Hood By Antony John By J.A. White
Not If I Save You First Skyward The Benefits of Being an Octopus The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl
By Ally Carter By Brandon Sanderson By Ann Braden By Stacy McAnulty
About the Truman Award
The winner of the annual Truman Readers Award is selected by students in grades six through eight.
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.
If you would like to submit a book, follow the rules below from the Truman Award site.
Guidelines for Choosing Books
Books should interest early teens in grades six through eight.
Books should be written by an author living in the United States.
Books should be of literary value which may enrich early teens' personal lives.
Books should be published two years prior to nomination on a Master List of 12 nominees.
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.
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.
Truman Readers Award Preliminary Nominees 2021-2022
The Crossover The Line Tender The Lovely and the Lost Verify
By Kwame Alexander By Kate Allen By Jennifer Lynn Barnes By Joell Charbonneau
The Remarkable Journey The Last Equation Rated Skyjacked
of Coyote Sunrise By Charlie Thorne By Melissa Grey by Paul Griffin
By Dan Gemeinhart
The Lonely Dead Redwood and Ponytail The Unteachables It's the End of the World as I Know It
By April Henry By K.A. Holt By Gordon Korman By Matthew Landis
Right As Rain Tiger Queen Other Words for Home Genesis Begins Again
By Lindsey Stoddard By Annie Sullivan By Jasmine Warga By Alicia D. Williams
The Bone Houses For Black Girls Like Me Free Lunch To Night Owl From Dogfish
By Emily Lloyd Jones By Mariama J. Lockington By Rex Ogle By Holly Goldberg Sloan and Meg Wolitzer
By Kip Wilson
MASL Book Trailer Contest (not all of the Truman Readers Award Preliminary Nominees 2021-2022 are eligible, but the finalists will be from that list)
Full guidelines are included below and are included in this document: MASL Readers Awards Book Trailer Contest Guidelines
Book trailer must represent a Mark Twain, Truman, or Gateway nominee for the 2020- 2021 year. Final Nominees
Entries must be original work completed by students.
Book title and author must be present in the trailer.
Book trailers may not be longer than 1 minute 30 seconds (1 minute length is preferred).
Book trailer should include the book’s cover (please use an original photograph of the book’s cover).
All used images that are not self created must be copyright free/creative commons/royalty free, etc. and proper citation of the image source must be appropriately cited and clearly visible at the end of the book trailer.
All used music that is not self created must be in the public domain (http://search.creativecommons.org/ may be a good place to start). Music that comes with a movie-making program such as iMovie, Photo Story, or Windows Live Movie Maker may be used. The end credits must include where music originated and the reason it is free to use (example: Song A performed by Band B was sourced from the free music in Photo Story).
Use of copyrighted materials without documented approval from copyright holder will cause disqualification. This contest does not fall under educational fair use exemptions.
Each student participating in the contest must submit this signed release form: Book Trailer Release Form. All submitted trailers become the property of MASL. The release forms should be uploaded into your Google Drive and shared via link onto the Google Form: Book Trailer Contest Submission Form
Videos are scored using a Scoring Rubric
Failure to follow these guidelines in full will result in disqualification.
All winning videos must be provided to the book trailer coordinator as a video file (.mp4, .mov, etc.) via Google Drive to be posted on the MASL website. Links are not acceptable as these can become inactive when students graduate. Please keep this in mind when finalizing videos.
For more information, please contact the Book Trailer Contest Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please show this video to students interested in participating. This video covers appropriate image citation in your videos, which must be included in all videos submitted. https://maslonline.org/book-trailer-contest/
Video Creation Tools
The following is a listing of tools that may be helpful to students, librarians, and teachers interested in participating in the Book Trailer Contest. Any of the following may be used to create book trailers; some are online tools and others may require installation on a Mac and/or PC.
If you have any video tools you would like to share, please email the Book Trailer Contest Coordinator at email@example.com and they will be added to the list!