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.

Third Friday of June

We had a wonderful meeting Friday!

“Theme” was the thought of the day, so there were several examples of when theme and concept contributed to distinguished literature.  Please comment below with titles that have distinguished themes which we should consider this year.

First Friday of June Discussion

Time, place, and mood were the topics of the “Setting Criteria” discussion this week.  Many titles that we read this past week were strong in Setting, and we shared how we felt about the books we just finished reading.  Also, we are looking forward to seeing Orson Scott Card Tuesday evening at the Quail Ridge Books and Music in Raleigh!  If you can meet us there, please do.  Authors are our heroes!

May 30 Discussion

Characters were on the agenda this meeting!  We talked about the Newbery criteria about character development, and agreed that we do not have to LIKE the characters for them to be well-written.  Reading is in high gear, even with school projects!  Check back often to see our comments listed down the left column here.  Which characters are the best this year?

First Discussions!

The third Friday in May we met to hear what our book club members have been reading!  We talked about the Newbery criteria of ‘Plot’ as well as some of the titles published this year.  Check out our comments down the left column here. What are the 2014-published books that you have read that are strongest in plot?

2014 Eva Perry Mock Newbery Results!

Friday, January 17, 2014, 20 kids gathered and finalized their year of reading.  I am so very proud of their efforts.  Unless you have discussed over 200 titles in 10 months, you really have no idea what an accomplishment this is for them!  Our decision is:

2014 Eva Perry Mock Newbery Winner:

Counting by 7s by Holly Sloan

2014 Honor books:

Far, Far Away by Tom McNeal

Lincoln’s Grave Robbers by Steve Sheinkin

First Top 3 Nominations

We had a wonderful meeting October 18!  Lots of discussion, Ms. Valerie visiting, pizza, “musical chairs lobbying” for favorite titles, playing freeze tag, and above all – our first official nomination list for this year!

All My Noble Dreams and Then What Happens, by Gloria Whelan
- …It was very emotional as she had a self conflict with fear of standing up for injustice. – Shreya
All That’s Missing, by Sarah Sullivan
- I like the journey he took with one piece of information, and it was suspenseful. – Yazhini
Anna Was Here, by Jane Kurtz
- The plot is full of conflicts that have solutions. – Sadhana
Boy on the Porch, by Sharon Creech
- Since the boy doesn’t talk, people will think differently based on the characters’ actions. – Sadhana
Brotherhood, by A. B. Westrick
- I liked the mood that it gave me… gave a colorful and vivid scene to the text… mixed connotations which I found intriguing. – Surya
Counting by 7s, by Holly Sloan
- The setting is amazing.  It brings the characters together… – Chris
- …personalities so in-depth I could relate to them and sort of talk to them. – Surya
Flowers in the Sky, by Lynn Joseph
- …I knew the characters personally and felt attached to them. – Ponni
Hold Fast, by Blue Balliett
- …the characters got along like friends more than like a family. – Ramkishore
Lara’s Gift, by Annmarie O’Brien
- …you felt like you were right next to them… – Zoe
Lightning Dreamer, Margarita Engle
- Writing in verse allowed you to connect with the characters easily. – Gokul
Lincoln’s Grave Robbers, by Steve Sheinkin
- It took real life events and made them into an interesting story, as a TV series would.  I could vividly imagine them happening in my mind as I read this. – Surya
Listening for Lucca, by Suzanne LaFleur
- I love this book! The characters are great and the plot is quite interesting. – Mikala
Lost Kingdom, by Matthew Kirby
- …the book almost came alive. – Ethan
Navigating Early, by Clare Vanderpool
- Characters were very well described and developed. – Toby
Pet War, by Allan Woodrow
- …seeing different perspectives and how they persuade people… – Sadhana
Rithmatist, by Brandon Sanderson
- …plot paced perfectly…well described fantasy world better than any other I have read this year. – Cassidy
Tangle of Knots, by Lisa Graff
- The title of the book is the theme that gave reason for all the different characters to be in the book. – Olivia
- I liked that all the stories came together and the theme made it interesting. – Ben H.
True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp, by Kathi Appelt
- I could almost feel how the swamp felt and see how the swamp looked. – Elizabeth
Year of Billy Miller, by Kevin Henkes
- …the author put lots of description into the book. – Ethan
Zombie Baseball Beatdown, by Paolo Bacigalupi
- I liked how it was deeper than you would expect. – Ethan

Please stay tuned for our other nominations the first Friday  of December!

Favorites (so far) for 2013-2014

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Our end-of-the-summer meeting resulted in a lot of book discussion, paring down our reading list, pizza, cake (in honor of Tangle of Knots by Graff), freeze tag, and the first favorites list of the year!


All My Noble Dreams and Then What Happens
Counting by 7s
Cruisers: Oh Snap!
Dragon Run
Flowers in the Sky
If I Ever Get Out of Here
Lara’s Gift
Lightning Dreamer
Lincoln’s Grave Robbers
Navigating Early
One Came Home
P.S. Be Eleven
Prisoner B-3087
Tangle of Knots
True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp
What We Found in the Sofa and How It Saved the World
Zombie Baseball Beatdown

I know that is a LOT of variety, but this list represents our group well.  Stay tuned as we read further and narrow our choices in time for January!

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A Look Back

This Mock Newbery book club has been meeting since the 1998-1999 year.  Our old video that was made back in 2001 about this book club was recently posted on UTube.  Some changes have been made through the years, but our focus is still the same.  The faces of kids have changed, but the type of comments and discussions are the same.  I have been proud of each year’s group and the commitment and love for reading they show.  Take a look!

Presentation of Information Meeting – oh my!

Friday’s meeting was very productive.  Not only did we talk about the Newbery criteria of Presentation of Information, but we also updated our reading list, going over titles that we have had since March and April (usually in advanced reader copy format).  We crossed off 39 titles in one meeting!

Even though we have had 194 titles so far this year, we are determined to come up with the best book of the year.  I’m so proud of their dedication.  What titles have we missed?  We are always looking for new books.

Wonderful “Theme” Discussion!

This past Friday night we discussed the Newbery criteria of Theme.  Tangle of Knots was mentioned, as well as Counting by 7s.  That jump-started our “around the table” discussion of everything else we had been reading, sharing with each other and both agreeing and disagreeing about our opinions of what we had read.  At the end of our time together, we ended up taking a lot more books home – because of course we need more of us to read those we have mixed reviews about!  What titles are we missing so far this year?

Style of Writing…

This past meeting was again great.  I enjoy these kids so much.  We compared several different types of styles in writing, as well as characters, setting, and the rest of the Newbery criteria.  I’ve never been a fly on the wall in the “real” committee discussions, but they can’t top these.  We are continuing to read through the summer with the goal to come up with the most distinguished writing this year.  Please feel free to let us know which titles we have missed so far.

A Super Meeting!

This past Friday’s meeting was super!  We had so many books presented, a LOT of applications to criteria, and FUN!  Everyone was tuned into the discussion so we finished quite a lot in a short period of time. In fact, we had time for a little freeze tag and sardines!  I cannot praise this group of kids highly enough – reading and sharing is what they are all about.

Characters Galore!

Last night’s meeting focused on “delineation of characters” – and oh, what a variety we have this year!  What are your favorite characters in this year’s books so far?

May 17 Meeting

“Setting” was the criteria of the day.  Time and place were discussed, examples given, applications made.  We all agreed that Prisoner B-3087 was a perfect book showing setting as essential.
We also had Ms. Valerie as a guest, which was very fun.  We enjoyed explaining our books to her, and another 100 titles were taken home for more reading.
We are searching for the best, most distinguished literature for kids published this year by an American author.  What title would you suggest?


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