Mark Twain Nominee Reviews, Part 1

Posted on Thursday, May 25, 2017 by Corey

A few months ago, I made a goal to read all of the Mark Twain Award nominees for the 2017-2018 year. I also decided to share my thoughts with you about each one. I will be reviewing them with you in groups of 3, and each list follows a different theme. Today’s theme is comedy!

Webster: Tale of an Outlaw” by Ellen Emerson White
I can’t say enough good things about this book. It’s the tale of a dog who is rescued and brought to a shelter. Webster decides that he doesn’t want to be adopted; he wants to be a cowboy. One night he gets the opportunity to escape and go on a grand adventure! Webster finds himself a hero rather than an outlaw as he helps people in the nearby town. 

The story discusses serious subjects such as neglect and caring for animals with special needs in a fun, lighthearted atmosphere. It’s impossible not to love Webster and all of his friends.

The Doublecross: And Other Skills I Learned as a Superspy” by Jackson Pearce
This story is a hilarious depiction of a superspy coming of age tale. Hale’s parents are the top spies in the Sub Rosa Society, and the family has lived and trained in the facility all their lives. Unfortunately, Hale is not your typical superspy candidate; he is clumsy, overweight and not athletic. But when Hale’s parents mysteriously go missing, he must find his inner superspy to save his family.

The Worst Class Trip Ever” by Dave Barry
This comical story follows Wyatt Palmer and his class on a trip to Washington D.C. By the time the plane lands, Wyatt and his best friend are convinced that the “creepy men” behind them have a plot to attack the president. The boys steal a mysterious device in hopes to stop the nefarious plot. The story sounds pretty intense but the author adds goofy bad guys, funny disguises, Wyatt trying to impress the girl he likes and a giant dragon shaped hang glider that saves the day. 

If you want some more comedies like these, check out these read-alike lists for each title: “Webster Tale of and Outlaw“, “The Doublecross” and “The Worst Class Trip Ever.”