Short List #3 (First Top 3 Nominees)

Now that Newbery “season” is ramping up, here is our third short list.  We try to follow the process that the official Newbery committee uses as closely as possible, so this list comes as a result of a Top Three Vote where each of our club members nominated their three favorite books and told us why they think they are Newbery contenders.  All the books that were nominated are included in this list.

  • After Ever After by Jordan Sonnenblick
    **”You can really connect with the characters…” – Bonnie
  • Alcatraz versus The Shattered Lens by Brandon Sanderson
    **”…really funny.” – Jay
    **”…very funny book with great characters.” – Kyle
  • The Cardturner by Louis Sachar
    **”The struggle of the relationship between the uncle and nephew had me wanting to read more…” – Abby
  • The Clockwork Three by Matthew Kirby
    **”The plot and characters were fantastic and had depth…” -Breanna
  • Hawksmaid by Kathryn Lasky
    **”Character development was AMAZING…” -Ruchi
    **”Another heartbreakingly beautiful masterpiece.” – Zoe
  • Heart of a Samurai by Margi Preus
    **”The real-life characters are great as well as the fictional ones.” -Kyle
    **”I loved the friendship between the captain and the Japanese fisherman.” – Surya
  • Heist Society by Ally Carter
    **”The plot is riveting, and the characters fit into the storyline very well.” -Kyle
  • Keeper by Kathi Appelt
    **”Only Kathi Appelt can write plots this amazing and have it all come together to create a beautiful, wonderful story about love and growing up and true family…” -Breanna
  • Lost Children by Carolyn Cohagan
    **”…interesting plot and well-developed characters.” -Ponni
  • Mindblind by Jennifer Roy
    **”… a great job making the teenage characters sound like real, intelligent people.” -Breanna
    **”You can feel the character’s emotions running through you..” -Ruchi
  • Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine
    **”The amount of emotion I felt while reading this book was purely amazing…” -Jasper
    **”I felt that I was in the book when it all happened..” -Mukil
  • On the Blue Comet by Rosemary Wells
    **”…brings character development, description, and a sense of realness all into an entertaining plot!” -Jasper
  • One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia
    **”Full of action and keeps you reading.” -Patrick
    **”…unique and touching… the ending was great.” -Bonnie
  • Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper
    **”It makes you feel for the character.” – Parv
    **”This really hooked onto me.” -Surya
    **”Inspirational story… full of action.” -Patrick
    **”Even the minor characters were developed well.” – Ponni
  • The Red Umbrella by Christina Diaz Gonzalez
    **”I could connect well with the character and understand the awkwardness of being new…” – Alicia
  • Smells Like Dog by Suzanne Selfors
    **I thought it was a really creative story.” – Alicia
    **”The writing left a stronger impression than even the plot.” -Sachi
  • Somebody Everybody Listens To by Suzanne Supple
    **”…plot was very moving.” – Abby
  • The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger
    **”I like how there are many small stories all from different points of view. The end is very completing.” – Mukil
  • Theodore Boone, Kid Lawyer by John Grisham
    **”Full of suspense.” -Patrick
  • A Whole Nother Story by Dr. Cuthbert Soup
    **”I liked how they added new characters into the story…” – Jay
  • Woods Runner by Gary Paulsen
    **”I understood through brief description… well-written book.” – Gokul
    **”The setting gave me a great idea of the time period.” – Jasper
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