Truman Awards

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About the Truman Readers Award

Truman Website

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 


Title Author Publisher
Ruined Amy Tintera HarperTeen
The Girl I Used to Be April Henry Henry Holt and Company
Zero Day Jan Gangsei Hyperion
Mayday Karen Harrington Little, Brown, and Company
Lily & Dunkin* (Mature) Donna Gephart Penguin Random House
Hour of the Bees Lindsay Eagar Penguin Random House
Wolf Hollow Lauren Wolk Penguin Random House
Falling Over Sideways Jordan Sonnenblick Scholastic Press Inc.
Projekt 1065 Alan Gratz Scholastic Press Inc.
The Forgetting Sharon Cameron Scholastic Press Inc.
The Impostor Queen Sarah Fine Simon & Schuster
Things Too Huge to Fix by Saying Sorry Susan Vaught Simon & Schuster

1st Place:  Red Queen, by  Victoria Aveyard
2nd Place: Orbiting Jupiter, by Gary Schmidt 
3rd Place:  Code of Honor, by Alan Gratz

2016-2017 - 
1st Place: Famous Last Words, by Katie Alender
2nd Place: The Body in the Woods, by April Henry
3rd Place: Midnight Thief, by Livia Blackburne


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


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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