Last fall, members of the 8th grade Elite Book Club were on a literary mission. Having served as reader-selectors of next year’s Truman Book Award nominee list, students from the group read as many of the 24 books from the 2018-2019 Truman Book preliminary nominations list as they could. In just a 12 week span, four students in particular, Ria Patil, Kate Yuan, Nina Hamilton and Cecily Taylor, rose to the challenge, having read all of them. That’s an average of two books per week—a pretty impressive accomplishment!
Once finished, students in the Elite Book Club voted for the books they wanted to make the final nomination list. And this spring, students across Missouri who read four or more of the 12 books on the final nomination list voted for their favorite. After the Missouri Association of School Librarians tallies those votes, they choose one title to be the Truman Award winner for the year.