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May 31 Meeting

School’s out for some and almost out for others! And we had a lot of books to talk about at this past meeting.

These books were given nominations:

Finding Orion by John David Anderson

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When Orion Kwirk’s grandfather dies, his family (and him) take a trip to his hometown of Greenburg, Illinois. They attend his “funeral” and are sent on a quest to recover his ashes. They learn a lot about him on this quest. This was an excellent book.”


The Line Tender by Kate Allen

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“Lucy Everheart is a pretty normal girl. Besides from her mother who swam with sharks and her father who is a rescue diver. Lucy’s mom died when she was out on a boat with sharks. Just when Lucy thinks she’s gotten over it, her best friend, Fred, drowns. Lucy then sets out to finish the field guide with pictures she illustrated and text by Fred, and tagging sharks which was her mother’s dream before she died. With help for her father, Robin, a marine biologist, Mr. Patterson, a senior citizen that’s Lucy’s neighbor, and Sookie, a fisherman friend of her parents, can she set up to finish what her mom started and figure out the secret Fred was trying to tell her?”


The Owls Have Come To Take Us Away by Ronald L Smith

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“A strange and haunting story about a boy who strongly believes in the grays (aliens) even though his family is strongly against it. Simon goes up against all odds with one close friend and two unlikely allies.”


“One day, while Simon is camping with his family, he is abducted by aliens. No one believes him, however, and his parents send him to a psychiatrist. This novel is a great sci-fi story and I enjoyed it very much. It is Simon’s journey to overcome his fear and learn more about these mysterious aliens.”


The Simple Art of Flying by Cory Leonardo

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“You’re not a feather picker, are you? Alastair, the african grey parrot, doesn’t think he is, until his sister Aggie is separated from him and he is shipped off to live with a crazy old lady. How much can parrots handle?”


A Wolf Called Wander by Rosanne Parry

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“One day, a wolf named Swift’s pack is killed. He is alone now, and he must figure out how to be a lone wolf. He then begins his journey to find a new home, and he faces many challenges on the way. This was a great book.”


The Wizenard Series: Training Camp by Kobe Bryant and Wesley King

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“From five different perspectives, the story of a lower-class team’s magical transformation through basketball training camp. A must-read!”


And these are some of the books we really enjoyed and would recommend to fellow readers, but didn’t think were quite up to Newbery-level of excellence.

Ben Braver and the Incredible Exploding Kid by Marcus Emerson

“A hilarious story about a kid struggling with his identity and fitting in, this book is a good read no matter what genre you like!”


Bernice Buttman, Model Citizen by Niki Lenz

“A story about an antagonist-gone-protagonist, falling in love with Bernice, the fat bully with a bad record, is inevitable. As Bernice struggles with morality and family, she uncovers many allies who are by her side through thick and thin.”


Birdie by Ellen Spinelli

“A sweet, heartfelt book written in flowing verse about a girl who wants to fly away with the birds but struggles to let go.”


Camp by Kayla Miller

“An amazing follow up graphic novel to Click and Camped Out. I am amazed at the speed Kayla Miller published these because the plot is amazing and the drawings are beautiful. Hope to see more soon!”


Eventown by Cory Ann Haydu

“If everything is the same, everyone is happy, right? Elodee thinks so until she discovers the truth about their eerie new town and how change can sometimes be good.”


Glitch by Sarah Graley

“Izzy lives on video games and pizza, so when she gets sucked into her newest video game, she is thrilled. But she gets so caught up in it that she loses track of her real life…and her best friend, Eric. A beautiful graphic novel about a gamer girl and her friendship struggles, even in the virtual world.”


Immoral Code by Lillian Clark

“The blurred line between right and wrong is stepped across many times in this revenge driven novel about five friends with one (slightly illegal) goal.”


Just Jaime by Terri Libenson

“A beautifully written book with hilarious illustrations about two best friends in middle school, facing puberty, cliques, popularity, gossip, love and most of all, friendship.”


Just South of Home by Karen Strong

“Cousin Janie is good at getting people into trouble, so when she steals something from a haunted church, it’s no surprise to Sarah. But are the ghost tales really true? An amazing novel about friendship, family and history.”


Mike by Andrew Norriss

“Floyd loves tennis. He’s played it all his life and is amazing at it. But then Mike comes to visit him and won’t leave him alone. The problem…tennis. An amazing tale of self-discovery, chasing your dreams and being your own best friend.”


Pay Attention, Carter Jones by Gary D. Schmidt

“When a butler is sent to you by your grandfather, of course things are going to change. But Carter doesn’t realize it will force him to face the truth about his father and his brother.”


Ruby In The Sky by Jeanne Zulick Ferrulo

“Ruby feels like she is drowning when her mother gets arrested. She hates her new town, and she hates that her dad is gone. But can she find her wings with the help of the “crazy” bird lady next door?”


Samantha Spinner and the Spectacular Specs by Russell Ginns

“They aren’t your average purple sunglasses! (Although since when are they average). Coming to you from yours truly, Samantha Spinner, another book about secret gifts, brothers and disappearing uncles.”


Secrets of a Fangirl by Erin Dionne

“Sarah-Anne’s secret geek always stays hidden. She has a list of rules to keep her inner geek and her outer sporty and popular girl separate. But when she enters a very geeky fandom contest, she realizes she is going to have to part with half of herself. The question is, what will she choose?”


Stu Truly: First Kiss by Dan Richards

“A hilarious novel about a boy who falls in love, gets a job, saves a fashion show and kisses a girl for the first time in one novel. Sweet and funny.”


As you can see, we had a busy few weeks between meetings! Our next meeting is Friday June 7 at 4pm. If you are interested in joining us, send an email to elizabeth.ayscue@wakegov.com for information. We’ll see you there and happy reading!




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May 3rd Meeting

Welcome back to another exciting session of Mock Newbery at Eva Perry Library! We have meetings scheduled through August as of now, but I’ll be updating our meeting schedule for the fall session as the summer progresses.

We had a lively introductory meeting and some new faces who are excited to read some upcoming middle grade books! Speaking of, here are the books are members reviewed and rated this week:

Dealing in Dreams by Lilliam Rivera

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“Nalah runs the best crew in Mega City, a female-dominated city in a post-apocalyptic world. Nalah wants to get her crew off of the streets and into the famed towers. This book asks the question, “What is home?” I enjoyed Dealing in Dreams very much.”


Extraordinary Birds by Sandy Stark-McGinnis

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“In this tale of feathers, December, an ordinary girl, is obsessed with birds. She has an odd scar on her back, which she believes is where her wings once came through and will again. She believes her mom is waiting in the sky for December to find her wings. December is moved to a new foster home with this woman, Eleanor. There’s something about Eleanor that’s different from the other. Can she find her wings, or will Eleanor be the calling of home that December has never had?”


Finding Orion by John David Anderson

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“Orion Kwirk, or Rion as everybody calls him, thinks his family is weird. His father makes a living off making odd flavored jelly beans and his mom works at a planetarium and is obsessed with space. When his life is starting to seem normal, a singing clown comes to tell Orion, his two sisters and his parents that their grandfather, Papa Kwirk, has died. At the funeral in his father’s hometown, Orion and his two sisters, Lyra and Cass, and his parents discover that their grandfather isn’t in the coffin like he should be. Papa Kwirk has set up a game through his father’s childhood. This just might be what the Kwirk family needs to come together again and find out just what it means to be a Kwirk.”


Sorry Not Sorry by Jaime Reed

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“Janelle and Alyssa were friends in middle school. But now, they are rivals. Suddenly, Alyssa, who has type-1 diabetes, health declines, and her kidneys begin to fail. Janelle is the only one who can save her. This book explores themes of friendship, and I enjoyed reading it.”


Our next meeting will be May 31st, but we have limited space, so please send an email to Liz Ayscue, our coordinator, at elizabeth.ayscue@wakegov.com before dropping by. See you next time and happy reading!

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March 29 Meeting

Our final meeting of the session had our best turn out yet! We had a lot of fun playing Story Cubes, talking about the books we’d been reading and hearing some scary stories from one of our members.

Here are some of the books our members reviewed this past meeting:

How I Became A Spy by Deborah Hopkinson

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“This book is a great mystery adventure. It takes place in WWII. Bertie the main character solves a mystery with his friends.”

-Gania T.

Pie in the Sky by Remy Lai

“Jingwen’s immigration experience in Australia isn’t ideal. But it was his father’s dream to come here, so Jingwin decides to make all the cakes his father couldn’t make and he believe it will fix everything. He and his little brother embark on this baking adventure in secret. A hilariously illustrated book that will make you laugh and cry!”

Keira R.

Tell Me Everything by Sarah Enni

“When someone’s cruel words almost shut down Ivy’s favorite anonymous social media app, she decides that gifts for the users will make everything better. Little does she know she’s about to get caught in a web of lies, secrets, friendship and love. A beautiful and stark piece about the impact of words, social media and artists.”

Keira R.

Stolen Girl by Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch

“Nadia arrives in Canada and hopes to forget the war and lead a normal life. But her memories haunt her and make her question her identity. Was she a Nazi? Did she meet Hitler? Nadia’s experience is truly shocking, but her new parents’ undying love will break your heart and mend it again. A beautiful tribute to WWII.”

Keira R.

And while this graphic novel adaptation probably won’t be up for the Newbery award, it is adapted from a Newbery Medal-winning book. Our members really enjoyed reading this new graphic novel. See the review below.

The Giver (Graphic Novel) by Lois Lowry, illustrated by P. Craig Russell

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“Jonas lives in a perfect community where everything is the same. When he receives his life assignment, he finds out that there could be more to life than this sameness, if he is willing to find it. I really like the illustrator’s art.”


We are on a break from all regular library programming in April, but our meetings will resume in May and run until August. See this post for our meeting schedule for the summer session.

Feel free to reach out if you have any questions or would like to join us! elizabeth.ayscue@wakegov.com

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March 15 Meeting

Hello all! We had a fun meeting this past Friday. Everyone has been reading some awesome books! See our reviews below

The Simple Art of Flying by Cory Leonardo

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“Alastair and Aggie are siblings, but they’re also African Grey Parrots, and they’re stuck in a pet shop. Alastair likes writing poems in his spare time. Pete, the owner of the pet shop, hates these parrots and breaks Alastair’s wing when Alastair bit him. Alastair wants to escape with his sister to a made up paradise. But Fritz, a part-time worker for Pete, buys Aggie, and an elderly lady, Albertina Plopky, or Bertie, buys Alastair. Alastair’s plans are ruined now, what can he possibly do to get back to his sister now?”

-Emma M.

Let’s Go Swimming on Doomsday by Natalie C. Anderson

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“A book of great mystery, adventure and sadness. A great read for asping ’emotionalists'”

-Mana P.

Just Jaime by Terri Libenson

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“This book was about a seventh grader and her problems and how she is trying to solve them on her last day of school. this book switched perspective between Jaime and her friend named Maya.”

-Kaavya V.

Sal and Gabi Break The Universe by Carlos Hernandez

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“I would definitely nominate this book for a Newbery award. I love the idea of a multiverse and that it can be used for the greater good. enemies become friends and the hardships of life are explored. The humor is great too, and I learned a lot about Cuban culture.”


Glitch by Sarah Graley

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“This book is an action packed adventure full of fun. Izzy is a great protagonist who learns from her mistakes. The concept of a video game adventure like this. I would definitely recommend this book to my friends.”


Secrets of a Fangirl by Erin Dionne

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“Sarah Anne is a girl who is torn between two sides of herself: her geeky side, and her popular girl side. She can’t decide who she wants to be. In the end, she chooses and figures out who she wants to be. I would recommend this book.”


We also played another rousing game of Story Cubes and Literary Hangman!

Sound like fun? Join us for our FINAL meeting before summer on March 29th at 4pm at the Eva Perry Regional Library. We’d love to see you there!

For more information, email: elizabeth.ayscue@wakegov.com

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February 22 and March 1 Meetings

Hello all! We’ve had an exciting past two meetings, discussing some of the upcoming middle-grade releases, and we’ve already had some books our members think should be nominated!

Dealing in Dreams by Lilliam Rivera

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Focused by Alyson Gerber

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The Last Last Day of Summer by Lamar Giles

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The Missing Piece of Charlie O’Reilly by Rebecca K. S. Ansari

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Sorry Not Sorry by Jaime Reed

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Tell Me Everything by Sarah Enni

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And our members have read a few great books that they would recommend but wouldn’t nominate for the award.

Halo: Battle Born by Cassandra Rose Clarke

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“I really enjoyed this book even though I know nothing about the Halo video games. The story kept me engaged the whole time. I would recommend this book to other teens.”


Someday We Will Fly by Rachel DeWoskin

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We also played a few Story Cubes games, which turned out quite interesting!

Our next meeting will be March 15th at 4pm at Eva Perry Regional Library. Come join us for book talk, games and snacks! This will be our penultimate (or our next-to-last) meeting before we take a break in April.

Any questions can be referred to elizabeth.ayscue@wakegov.com. We hope to see you there!

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February 1st Meeting

Happy 2019 everyone and welcome to a new session of Mock Newbery club! We’ve already had some reviews rolling in, even this early into the year. We had a few graphic novels to peruse in our first meeting in January, and they have been a pretty big hit so far.

Click by Kayla Miller

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An adorable graphic novel about friend groups and fitting in. A picture is truly worth 1000 words and this book proves it.”

-Keira R.

Catwad by Jim Benton

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Catwad is a comedy comic about two cats, Catwad and Blurmp. Catwad is a sensitive cat while Blurmp is a funny cat.”


“Catwad was really funny. It shows how good friends stick with their friends, even when their friend is not being nice to them. Catwad and Blurmp always kept me laughing and entertained. I really liked this book.”


“A hilarious graphic novel about friendship between two polar opposites (who happen to be cats).”

-Keira R.

Interested in meeting twice a month to talk about and read books that aren’t even out yet? Join us at our next meeting, February 22nd at 4:00pm. Email elizabeth.ayscue@wakegov.com for more information. We’ll see you there!

Until then, happy reading!


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Aaaaaand The 2018 Mock-Newbery Goes To…


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Nightbooks by J.A. White


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Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes

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City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab

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Illegal by Eoin Colfer

The other books that were nominated and made it to the voting round were:

The Science of Breakable Things by Tae Keller

Good Dog by Dan Gemeinhart

Be Prepared by Vera Brosgol

Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi

The War Outside by Monica Hesse

The Mad Wolf’s Daughter by Diane Magras


Keep an eye out for our 2019 reviews! We’ll be starting back up in late January with our next book club session! 🙂



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Summer 2019 Meeting Schedule

Our summer meeting schedule is ready to go! See the dates below.

We meet the first and last Friday of the month in the conference room at Eva Perry Regional Library from 4pm to 5pm. Mock Newbery Book Club is open to grades 6-8 (9th and 10th graders are welcome to join our Mock Printz Club!).

May 3
May 31

June 7
June 28

July 5
July 26

August 2
August 16
August 30

We hope to see you there! Any questions can be directed to club leader, Liz Ayscue, elizabeth.ayscue@wakegov.com.