Falling Over Sideways - Jordan Sonnenblick Everyone's lives are going better than Claire's, and she can't seem to keep up. One day, her father suffers a medical emergency and literally falls over sideways at the kitched table. Claire must find a way to come to terms with her life and the sudden, unexpected changes. * We have an E-Book
The Forgetting- Sharon Cameron "We are made of our memories." In a city that loses its memories every twelve years, there is one person who remembers. Using her memories, Nadia is determined to solve the mystery of the Forgetting. Can Nadia and her friend, Gray, stop this invisible enemy before people forget the truth?
The Girl I Used to Be - April Henry When Olivia was three, her mother was murdered, her father disappeared, and she was left in a Walmart parking lot. When her father's bones are discovered fourteen years later, Olivia returns to uncover the truth about her parents' murders. Can she find the killer, or will the killer find her first? * We have an E-Book
Hour of the Bees - Lindsay Eagar Twelve-year-old Carol is spending the summer helping move her grandfather into a home for people with dementia. Fascinated by the crazy stories Grandpa Serge tells of a healing tree, a green-glass lake, and the bees that will bring back the rain, Carol must decide for herself what is possible - and what it means to be true to her roots. * We have an E-Book
The Impostor Queen - Sarah Fine Elli has always believed that she would be the Queen of Valtia and inherit the Queen's magic, but when the previous Queen dies and the magic disappears, Elli struggles to find her place in life. Will she give everything, including her life, to find the magic, or will she find a new beginning? * We have an E-Book
Lily and Dunkin - Donna Gephart A dual narrative about two young people: Lily, a transgender girl, and Dunkin, a boy dealing with bipolar disorder.
Mayday - Karen Harrington Wayne is having a tough year. First his uncle dies in a war, then Wayne survives a plane crash after the funeral, but loses his voice. Wayne must learn to navigate relationships with his father, grandfather, and a new friend in the aftermath of tragedy without the use of speech.
Projekt 1065 - Alan Gratz Thirteen-year-old Michael O'Shaunessey has joined Hitler Youth. His parents are spies, and Michael is pretending to agree with Hitler in order to find out more about the top secret "Projekt 1065". Can Michael find enough information in time to save lives and keep himself and his parents safe? * We have an E-Book
Ruined - Amy Tintera Emelina sets off on a dangerous mission to the enemy kingdom of Lera. Emelina hopes to rescue her sister, who has been kidnapped, but in a twist of fate, Emelina ends up married to Prince Casimir. Emelina knows what's at stake, but when her heart gets involved, things become more complicated.
Things Too Huge to Fix by Saying Sorry - Susan Vaught "Sooner or later, we're all gonna be ok." That's what Dani's grandma used to say before she got Alzheimer's. Dani isn't so sure she was right. When her grandma sends her to find a secret key, Dani learns about her grandma's past - and it's not all good news. * We have an E-Book
Wolf Hollow - Lauren Wolk Annabelle is a preteen girl growing up in the aftermath of the world wars. A new student, Betty Glengarry becomes a constant source of torment for Annabelle and those around her. Horrible events occur and tensions rise as people try to find out the truth behind the events happening in Wolf Hollow.
Zero Day - Jan Gangsei When Addie was eight years old, she was kidnapped. Eight years later, Addie is back with her family after escaping captivity. Now her father is president of the U.S. and ongoing cyber-attacks are threatening lives in the D.C. area and some people become suspicious of Addie. Are the attacks and her return linked?
The 2017-2018 Missouri Truman Award Winners were:
First Place - Red Queen
Second Place - Orbiting Jupiter Third Place - Code of Honor
West Middle's 2017-2018 Truman Winners: 1st Place - Orbiting Jupiter 2nd Place tie - The Fixer 3rd Place - Red Queen
TRUMAN PROGRAM NUTS AND BOLTS
WHO? Everyone at WMS can participate in the program. The 6th, 7th, and 8th graders read the Truman Nominees.
WHAT? This is a program where students read from a selected list of 12 books that cover a wide variety of genres. After reading the book, students take a 10 question multiple choice computer quiz over the book in the library. Each time a student passes a quiz, they earn a sticker for their chart and get a sweet treat. If four or more books are read by the first week of March, students get invited to a Pizza Party to vote for the book they liked best.
WHERE? The students can check out these titles from the WMS Library, classroom libraries, the St. Charles City-County Library, on mobile devices, etc. It all counts as long as you read the book and can pass the quiz. The quizzes can be taken in the WMS Library.
WHEN? The goal is to read four or more titles by the first week of March to get to vote and attend the Pizza Party.
WHY? Why would you want to participate? You get to read great books, eat free pizza from the outside world, and earn great prizes!
HOW? Come to the WMS Library and we will help get you started today!
**Students who read all twelve nominees on the list by May 1st will receive a certificate at the end-of-the-year awards assembly, and an extra prize!