Summary: 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.
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.
- Cabinet of Wonders by Marie Rutkowski
- Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson
- The Dead & the Gone by Susan Beth Pfeffer
- Diamond Willow by Helen Frost
- A Difficult Boy by M. P. Barker
- Every Soul a Star by Wendy Maas
- The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
- Hummingbird by Kimberly Green Angle
- The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
- In Mozart’s Shadow by Carolyn Meyer
- Jimmy’s Stars by Mary Ann Rodman
- Masterpiece by Elise Broach
- Outside Beauty by Cynthia Kadohata
- The Patron Saint of Butterflies by Cecilia Galante
- Ravenheart by Kendra Thomas
- Savvy by Ingrid Law
- Seer of Shadows by Avi
- Shooting the Moon by Frances O’Roark Dowell
- Smiles to Go by Jerry Spinelli
- Snow Falling in Spring by Moying Li
- Stolen Children by Peg Kehret
- Tennyson by Leslie M. M. Blume
- Trouble by Gary Schmidt
- The Underneath by Kathi Appelt
- Waiting for Normal by Leslie Connor
- Where the Steps Were by Andrea Cheng
Summary: Eleven-year-old Miri Gill feels left out in her family, which has two sets of twins and her, until she travels back in time to 1935 and discovers Molly, her own lost twin, and brings her back to the present day. 211 p., Bloomsbury Children’s Books.
Science Fair: A Story of Mystery, Danger, International Suspense, and a Very Nervous Frog by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson
Summary: The president of Kprshtskan is plotting to infiltrate the science fair at Hubble Middle School in Maryland in order to take over the United States government, but when Toby Harbinger, an ordinary student, makes up his mind finally to win the fair, the terrorists’ plans go awry. 394 p., Disney Editions.
Summary: How did Jon Scieszka get so funny? He grew up as one of six brothers with Catholic school, lots of comic books, lazy summers at the lake with time to kill, babysitting misadventures, TV shows, and jokes told at family dinner. 106 p., Viking.
Summary: When mummies go missing all over London, eleven-year-old Theodosia puts aside her fight against the Serpents of Chaos to save her father, who is suspected in the thefts, all the while avoiding a string of new governesses. 387 p., Houghton Mifflin Co.