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Listen to Our New Podcasts

audio_file Now you can listen to us discussing the books we love on our new podcast page.  There is a podcast of us discussing the book we chose for our 2009 Eva Perry Library Mock Newbery Medal, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, and another one of us discussing our favorite books from 2009 that did not win awards.  At our next meeting we will be recording podcasts on our 2009 Eva Perry Library Mock Newbery honor books and on the official ALA Newbery winners.

Valerie Wins!

Wahoo!  Valerie, the leader of the Mock Printz Book Club at our library, has won the 2009 YALSA MAE Award for Best Literature Program for Teens! Many of us know Valerie from the library and plan to “graduate” to her Mock Printz club when our Mock Newbery days are over.  This award is a great big, and much deserved honor.  Find out more about why she won the award from the ALA website.  Congratulations Valerie!

To find out more about the Eva Perry Library Mock Printz Book Club, check out their blog.

For those of you interested in acronyms, MAE is Margaret A. Edwards, a pioneering young adult librarian.  YALSA is the Young Adult Library Services Association.  It is a sub-unit of the ALA, or American Library Association.

The Winners!

Our 2009 Eva Perry Library Mock Newbery Medal goes to:

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

with Honor Books:

The Dead & the Gone by Susan Beth Pfeffer
The Patron Saint of Butterflies
by Cecilia Galante
Smiles to Go by Jerry Spinelli


We chose our winners with a Newbery style vote, where each of the 25 club members attending cast their ballot for a first, second, and third place book.  The Hunger Games won our medal by a landslide in the first round of voting.  The Hunger Games also won the Mock Printz award at our library, but that vote was much closer.  This is the 11th year for our Mock Newbery club, and the 9th for our Mock Printz, and the first and only time we’ve chosen the same book for our medals.

In our second round of voting The Dead and the Gone and The Patron Saint of Butterflies emerged as clear Honor Books. In the third round Smiles to Go stood out from the crowd. At that point we were deadlocked over three titles with only two honor book spaces left, so we decided to stop there (we were also running out of time!) and chose just three honor books this year.  For the record, the three books we were haggling over were The Underneath by Kathi Appelt, Tennyson by Leslie M. M. Blume, and Trouble by Gary Schmidt.

We had tons of fun in our club this year, as usual.  We’ll be back in mid-February with some podcasts featuring our members talking about our winners, the official ALA Newbery winners, and some books that never won anything, but that we just like anyway.  Then we’ll start reading for the 2010 Eva Perry Library Mock Newbery’s on April 17!

Check out the Mock Printz Awards from our sister club

Our sister club, the Eva Perry Library Mock Printz Book Club, just announced their 2009 winner.  Check out this post on their blog to see who won!

What We’ll Be Voting On

At our last meeting we narrowed down our short list a bit more in preparation for our final vote on January 23.  The club already seems to have a definite favorite – can you guess which one it is?

Washington at Valley Forge by Russell Freedman

washingtonSummary: Washington’s army nearly perished during the winter of 1777-78. Camped at Valley Forge, the revolutionaries endured severe hardship. The army’s supply system had collapsed and they were without supplies. But when the harsh winter ended, the soldiers had survived, and marched away from Valley Forge more determined than ever. 100 p., Holiday House.

Find it at WCPL

Narrowing Down the List

We’ve spent our last two meetings discussing and comparing the books on our fourth short list, and we’ve knocked quite a few off the list. Some just didn’t stand out from the other books this year, and some were parts of series and seemed incomplete without the rest of the series. (We still have a couple of series titles that seemed to stand on their own, though, like former Newbery winners The High King and The Hero and the Crown.) What’s left? Take a look at the list below. We are also still getting a few more new 2008 books. Will there be a surprise addition to the list? Check back later in the month to see! Then find out who we chose for our Mock Newbery winner and honor books on January 23.

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