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2016 Mock Newbery Contenders:

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All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook by Leslie Connor – nominated by Rayyan, Kavya, Tanvi & Ella

The Bitter Side of Sweet by Tara Sullivan – nominated by Eliza, Ella & Benjamin

Booked by Kwame Alexander – nominated by Haley

The Cat Who Came in Off the Roof by Annie M. G. Schmidt – nominated by Ella

The Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle by Janet Fox – nominated by Quinn

Just My Luck by Cammie McGovern – nominated by Ella, Ayesha & Tanvi

Maybe a Fox by Kathi Appelt and Allison McGhee – nominated by Sarah & Eliza

Paper Wishes by Lois Sepahban – nominated by Micah, Haley, Hayden, & Caleb

Pax by Sarah Pennypacker – nominated by Caleb, Eliza, Haley, Hayden, Nikki, & Riley

Soar by Joan Bauer – nominated by Sam, Benjamin & Hayden

Summerlost by Allie Condie – nominated by Tanvi, Sarah, & Hannah

To Catch a Cheat by Varian Johnson – nominated by Rayyan & Amulya

A Week Without Tuesdays by Angelica  Banks – nominated by Quinn

What Elephants Know by Eric Dinerstein – nominated by Riley, Rayyan & Benjamin

Wild Robot by Peter Brown – nominated Rayyan

Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk – nominated by Quinn & Kayla


Other favorites:

Audacity Jones by Kirby Larson

Brambleheart by Henry Cole

Julius Zebra by Gary Northfield

The Key to Extraordinary by Natalie Lloyd

The Land of Forgotten Girls by Erin Entrada Kelly

Midnight War of Mateo Martinez by Robin Yardi

The Nine Lives of Jacob Tibbs by Cylin Busby

Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo

Save Me a Seat by Sarah Weeks

Secrets of Bearhaven by K. E. Rocha

Some Kind of Courage by Dan Gemeinhart

Tru and Nelle by G. Neri

Turn of the Tide by Rosanne Parry


What we’re reading for our next meeting:

As Brave as You by Jason Reynolds

A Bandit’s Tale by Deborah Hopkinson

Counting Thyme by Melanie Conklin

The Door by the Staircase by Katherine Marsh

The Extra Yard by Mike Lupica

Finding Fortune by Delia Ray

Firefly Code by Megan Blakemore

Free Verse by Sarah Dooley

The Goblin’s Puzzle by Andrew S. Chilton

Going Where It’s Dark by Phyllis Naylor – This is a well written realistic fiction about a kid going caving. If you like realistic books that shows kids struggles and their successes, this is the book for you! – Hayden

Grayling’s Song by Karen Cushman

Guardian Herd:  Starfire by Jennifer Alvarez

Hour of the Bees by Lindsay Eager

It Ain’t So Awful, Falafel by Firoozah Dumas

Just Like Me by Nancy J. Cavanaugh

Lily and Duncan by Donna Gephart

Mira’s Diary:  California Dreaming by Marissa Moss

Momotaro:  Zander and the Lost Island of Monsters by Margaret Dilloway

Ollie’s Odyssey by William Joyce

The Rose and the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh

Ruby Lee & Me by Shannon Hitchcock

The Secret of Dreadwillow Carse by Brian Farrey

Simon Thorn and the Wolf’s Den by Aimee Carter

Slacker by Gordon Korman

Some Kind of Happiness by Claire LeGrande

Terror at Bottle Creek by Watt Key

Time Stoppers by Carrie Jones

Trouble in the Water by Frances O’Roarke Dowell

Under Their Skin by Margaret Haddix

The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

Weekends with Max by Linda Urban

We Will Not Be Silent by Russell Freedman






2016 Winners!!

2016 Mock Newbery Winner:

Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan

Mock Newbery Honors:

The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

Full Cicada Moon by Marilyn Hilton

Wish Girl by Nikki Loftin

The Toymaker’s Apprentice by Sherri L. Smith

Congratulations to these middle school kids for a fantastic year of reading!


First Nominations for 2016 !

We had a great discussion Friday and came up with the following list for our first 3 nominations from each member:

Blind Guide to Stinkville by Beth Vrabel
**”Alice was a delight. The writing style was simple but sufficient.” – Sierra

Curious Tale of the In-Between by Lauren DeStefano
**”…very well-written and described…I could relate to the main character… I could imagine everything very clearly.” – Puja

Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan
**”..characters that I got so attached to that the ending was able to make me tear up at the thought that these kids grew up so happy..” – Elizabeth
**”I am impressed by how I could get so attached to all the characters by reading only a little bit about them.” – Sage

Enchanted Air by Margarita Engle
**”a memoir in verse told almost like a story..lots of imagery..” – Haley

Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
**”…Love the realism..made me understand..” – Sarah

Full Cicada Moon by Marilyn Hilton
**”..a work of poetic art with theme of empowerment..Mimi is a more than competent narrator…” – Elizabeth

Girl in the Torch by Robert Sharenow
**”Great plot and amazing 3-dimensional characters…” – Abigail

The Hired Girl by Laura Amy Schlitz
**”Dramatic, entertaining writing style that has a unique balance between her true self and the person she’s pretending to be…” – Kayla

Like a River by Kathy Cannon Wiechman
**”The plot and characters stuck out to me as attributes that perfected the story… inspired me.” – Sarah

Night on Fire by Ronald Kidd
**”…how hard it was for the older men so deeply set in their ways…compared to the young girl that still has a chance to change her views.” – Benjamin

Red Butterfly by A. L. Sonnichsen
**”..written in poetry it is more emotionally moving..made me feel heart-warmed in the end.” – Manaal

The Seventh Most Important Thing by Shelley Pearsall
**”…characters and motives you could really understand. It made me feel a part of something.” – Caleb
**”…The way the author wrote made me feel like the kid in the book.” – James

The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin
**”…a moving book rich with figurative language and a plot that makes you think…” – Ellie

Toymaker’s Apprentice by Sherri Smith
**”The setting was incredible..you really felt like you were in the book.” – Hayden

The Truth About Twinkie Pie by Kat Yeh
**”Relates two different concepts to each other in a unique way – recipes and daily life..very cool.” – Avni

The War that Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
**”It has very multifaceted characters that play into reality rather than drama…” – Sienna
**”Ada went through so much tension and you saw that all erased… I saw determination in every chapter…” – Hannah

Wish Girl by Nikki Loftin
** “The setting is so well described it is almost a character..” – Philip

Big Game, by Stuart Gibbs

Summary: Someone is trying to hunt FunJungle’s Asian greater one-horned rhinoceros, and twelve-year-old Teddy Fitzroy is on the case.

Simon & Schuster

Find it at WCPL

Freedom’s Price, by Michaela MacColl

Summary: Dred Scott’s daughter learns what it means to pay the price of freedom. When Eliza is confronted by vicious slave catchers, the spread of cholera, and a devastating fire, she is forced to come to terms with what it really takes to be on her own. 

Calkins Creek

Last in a Long Line of Rebels, by Lisa Lewis Tyre

Summary: When the city of Zollicoffer, Tennessee, where her family lives, announces plans to seize their one hundred seventy-five year old house through eminent domain, twelve-year-old Louise Mayhew needs to come up with a way to save it–and her ancestor’s Civil War diary linking the house to the Underground Railroad, as well as a hidden treasure, seem to offer her family the best chance of saving their home.

Nancy Paulsen Books

A Tale of Highly Unusual Magic, by Lisa Papademetriou

Summary: Two girls on opposite sides of the planet connect through a mysterious book, whose phantom narrator guides them into spinning a story about the past that will affect their futures.


Find it at WCPL


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