2015 Nominations are Coming…..

We had a fantastic meeting mid October.  We discussed new fall titles as well as those that had been hanging around for a few months.  Even more importantly, our first 3 nominations will be forthcoming at our October 31 meeting!  Have you been keeping up with our blog comments?  Which titles should we definitely NOT miss in our nominations this year?

1st October Meeting

Wow!  We had such a great discussion Friday night and made a LOT of progress.

We took a lot of titles off our reading list and got down to some serious talk about many books, including Boys of Blur by N.D. Wilson, New Kid by Tim Green, and The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier.  When we started discussing The Life and Times of Benny Alvarez by Peter Johnson and Lantern Sam and the Blue Streak Bandits, we ran out of time.

Debate is always the fun part, especially with so many diverse opinions!

What are YOUR opinions on these titles?

Mid September Meeting

We had a good discussion this week as more of us have been able to read each other’s favorites and comment on them.  Of course we are comparing them to newer titles as well.  We had a challenge matching some of them up with others in the same genre or ‘type of book’ to help with comparisons.  What titles would you group together to discuss?

Our first “Favorites” list

2014GroupAfter reading all summer, 22 of us met the last Friday of August to come up with our favorite titles so far.  You will see that this list is as diverse as we are!

Bird, by Crystal Chan
Blood Guard, by Carter Roy
Curiosity, by Gary Blackwood
The Eighth Day, by Dianne Salerni
Gabriel Finley and the Raven’s Riddle, by George Hagen
Girl in Reverse, by Barbara Stuber
Half a Chance, by Cynthia Lord
I Kill the Mockingbird, by Paul Acampora
Mending Horses, by M. P. Barker
Misadventures of the Family Fletcher, by Dana Alison Levy
Nest, by Esther Ehrlich
Painting the Rainbow, by Amy Gordon
Paper Cowboy, by Kristin Levine
Riverman, by Aaron Starmer
Secret Hum of a Daisy, by Tracy Holczer
Sittin’ Up, by Shelia Moses
Snicker of Magic, by Natalie Lloyd
Swim That Rock, by John Rocco
Tin Star, by Cecil Castellucci
Upside Down in the Middle of Nowhere, by Julie Lamana

Please comment on which is YOUR favorite!

Meeting Mid-August

We had another fantastic meeting where we shared what we each had been reading.  The highlight this time was when Ethan gave a thumbs-up to Nest by Ehrlich!  We have got to get more copies as soon as possible!
We are currently reading as much as possible before the school year starts in earnest, in preparation for making our first Favorites list of the year.  What titles are we missing?

First Friday of August Meeting

Ah – the style of writing discussion brought all the other criteria together. That’s what makes a book have that “newbery feel” that is so hard to define.  We had a wonderful meeting, and shared more books with each other.  What titles are we still lacking?  Feel free to comment with new books we have yet to add to consideration in this year’s discussions.

Mid-July Meeting

We had another wonderful meeting Friday!

We discussed accuracy, clarity and organization of information in regard to choosing our Mock Newbery winner.  And we commend Benjamin B.  for reading all the non-fiction we have on our reading list!  Thanks, Benjamin B.  Hopefully more of our readers will follow his example to see what each title has to offer.

We continue to add more titles to our cart, and are trying hard to keep up our reading through the summer.  Which titles have we missed?  Feel free to comment.

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