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First Top 3 Nominations !

Our group met October 28 and came up with the following titles to nominate for the 2012 Eva Perry Mock Newbery Award!

Amelia Lost: the life and disappearance of Amelia Earhart, by Candace Fleming
.     “The only non-fiction book I have ever cried at the end of.  Enough said.” – Yates
Between Shades of Gray, by Ruta Sepetys
.     “I really feel for these characters.  And to feel like you are in this book, it’s tough because you didn’t know it was this bad but you thought you knew…” – Mehlynn
.     “Had a twist at the end… kept me engaged in the book.”  – Ajay
.     “…The description of the scenery and characters’ actions builds a mental world where each page is a scene for a play. The great ending leaves a bittersweet taste in the mouth, giving the reader just enough info to be complete, but leaving the rest to the imagination.” – Jasper
Bird in a Box, by Andrea Pinkney
.      “… you could tell what the characters were feeling…” – Mukil
.      “No matter who you are you can relate to at least one of the three characters.  Great way to make it all wind together.” – Patrick
.     “perspectives of each character had a different personality which gave the time period in an interesting spin.   Brilliant climactic ending and overall a heartwarming story.” – Jasper
The Emerald Atlas, by John Stephens
.     “The character development and setting and description make this a well-rounded, distinguished book.” – Andrew
.     “The plot and setting grew and developed…” – Jessica
The Floating Islands, by Rachel Neumeier
.     “…the strongest part was the plot; it made me HAVE to read the next chapter, and the next, until it ended.” – Yael
The Great Migration Journey to the North, by Eloise Greenfield
.     “Tells the tales of several who trade their difficult lives in the South and head North.  Story is told in prose and gives a great feeling of the kind of culture that existed among them.” – Kyle
Hidden, by Helen Frost
.     “This had understandable poems; it felt like I was with the characters the entire time…I feel that the style of writing went with the story very well.” – Jessica
Inside Out & Back Again, by Thanhha Lai
.     “This book was written in verse.  Beautifully.  I loved the way the author described how she felt…” – Mehlynn
Kick, by Walter Dean Myers
.     “It was written in multiple points of view, which I like.” – Ajay
No Passengers Beyond This Point, by Gennifer Choldenko
.     “…I couldn’t put it down.  The ending was amazing, completely unpredictable and changed how I thought about the whole story..” – Yael
Okay for Now, by Gary Schmidt
.     “This has so much feel and meaning.  It felt like you were in Doug’s shoes and you saw the different complications.” – Aparna
.     “The writing kept me engaged… made me feel surprise or sadness or joy along with the main character.” – Bonnie
.     “…the first person narrative in this book far exceeds most.” – Jasper
.     “…I could tell exactly what the character is thinking.” – Mukil
The Only Ones, by Aaron Starmer
.     “..was not boring, and has plenty of detail so you aren’t left with a cookie-cutter story.” – Patrick
Queen of the Falls, by Chris Van Allsburg
.     “This had such a fantasy “feel” to it, it did not seem like nonfiction.  The book’s ending made me feel strongly for her and her struggles.” – Bonnie
.     “…I felt very connected…” – Jessica
The Romeo and Juliet Code, by Phoebe Stone
.     “… the best part was how there were general themes kind of in the background of the story that could be easily not noticed.” – Kyle
Saving Zasha, by Randi Barrow
.     “The way the author described the events made it easier to connect with the characters, and it made the story more realistic for me.” – Ponni
The Unwanteds, by Lisa McMann
.     “…the creativity makes it a page turner.” – Andrew
The Wikkeling, by Steven Arntson
.     “A different twist.  You could feel the story and how the characters’ talents helped the solution.  Unpredictable.” – Aparna
Words in the Dust, by Trent Reedy
.     “The characters and plot make it as though you are right next to the characters.” – Ponni
.     “…very captivating…It opened up a whole new world for me.” – Mehlynn

If you have other titles we have not considered yet this year, please send a copy to us (see About Us).  We will be pleased to consider all titles that meet the Newbery criteria.


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