Truman Awards

Truman Voting party Set for March 6th! You need to have read 4 Truman Nominees in order to Vote!

About the Truman Readers Award

Age Level

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.

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. (Currently 2012)
  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 - Voting Party March 6, 2017.
Truman Website


Pieces of Me


Amber Kizer



Delacorte Press

Popular: Vintage Wisdom for a Modern Geek  

Maya Van Wagenen


Dutton Juvenile


David Klass


Farrar Strauss Giroux

The Body in the Woods

April Henry  


Henry Holt & Company

Buzz Kill

Beth Fantaskey


Houghton Mifflin

Midnight Thief

Livia Blackburne



Famous Last Words

Katie Alender



Falls the Shadow

Stefanie Gaither


Simon & Schuster

Just a Drop of Water

Kerry O'Malley Cerra


Sky Pony Press

I Have a Bad Feeling About This

Jeff Strand


Sourcebooks Fire

The Blood Guard

Carter Roy


Two Lions, Amazon Children's Publishing

Codename Zero    

Chris Rylander

Walden Pond Press


1st Place:  Prisoner B-3087 by Alan Gratz - 729 votes
2nd PlaceThe Girl Who Was Supposed to Die by April Henry - 622 votes
3rd Place:  The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau - 614 votes


1st Place - The Raft by SA Bodeen
2nd Place - See you at Harry's by Joelle Knowles
3rd Place - Cinder by Melissa Meyer


1st place - Legend, by Marie Lu
2nd place - Michael Vey: the Prisoner of Cell 25, by Richard Paul Evans
3rd place - The Running Dream, by Wendelin Van Draanen


1st Place: Girl Stolen by April Henry
2nd Place: Lost Hero by Rick Riodan
3rd Place: Virals by Kathy Reichs

1st Place--Maze Runner by James Dashner
2nd Place--The Last Thing I Remember by Andrew Klavan
3rd Place--Jane in Bloom by Deborah Lytton


1st Place--The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
2nd Place--Gone by Michael Grant
3rd Place--Jump the Cracks by Stacy DeKeyser

1st Place--The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod: Eighth Grade Bites
2nd Place--Cracker by Cynthia Kadohata
3rd Place--Carpe Diem by Autumn Cornwell

1st Place--Life as We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer
2nd Place--Runaway by Wendelin Van Draanen
3rd Place--Rash by Pete Hautman


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