Tommy Cuezze, eighth-grader at Summit Lakes Middle School, recently presented the 2016 Missouri Truman Readers Award to author Alan Gratz. Mr. Gratz’s winning book, “Prisoner B-3087,” was recognized during a special presentation March 27 at the Missouri Association of School Librarians Spring Conference.
The novel is based on the life of Holocaust survivor Jack Gruener.
Tommy was recommended to serve as the award’s presenter by Christie Brown, library media specialist at Summit Lakes Middle School. He was a Truman Reader selector at SLMS the last two years, served as a library assistant and is active in numerous reading programs at his school.
During the presentation at the state conference, Tommy shared that serving as a Truman Reader selector encouraged him to read more. He also shared information about the winning book, saying, “One of the largest difficulties in educating kids about history is often, history is a topic that can seem boring on the surface. Most people don’t read history textbooks for fun. ‘Prisoner B-3087,’ by creating a synopsis of a true story, manages to convey an important meaning, while still being an enjoyable read.”