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Our 2010 Mock Newbery Winners

We made our final decision Friday (January 15)!!  The result represents our group well:

Our 2010 Mock Newbery Winner:

The Rock and the River by Kekla Magoon
(Also the winner of the ALA’s  Coretta Scott King – John Steptoe New Talent Award)

Our 2010 Honors:

The Rock and the River by Kekla Magoon

rockSummary: In 1968 Chicago, fourteen-year-old Sam Childs is caught in a conflict between his father’s nonviolent approach to seeking civil rights for African Americans and his older brother, who has joined the Black Panther Party. 290 p., Aladdin.

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The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate, by Jacqueline Kelly

evolution of calpurnia tateSummary:  In central Texas in 1899, eleven-year-old Callie Vee Tate is instructed to be a lady by her mother, learns about love from the older three of her six brothers, and studies the natural world with her grandfather, the latter of which leads to an important discovery.

Henry Holt

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Watersmeet, by Ellen Jensen Abbott

watersmeetSummary:  Fourteen-year-old Abisina escapes the escalating violence, prejudice, and religious fervor of her home town, Vranille, and sets out with a dwarf, Haret, to seek the father she has never met in a place called Watersmeet.

Marshall Cavendish

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Amaranth Enchantment by Julie Berry

amaranth enchantmentSummary: Orphaned at age five, Lucinda, now fifteen, stands with courage against the man who took everything from her, aided by a thief, a clever goat, and a mysterious woman called the Witch of Amaranth, while the prince she knew as a child prepares to marry, unaware that he, too, is in danger.


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Jane in Bloom by Deborah Lytton

jane-in-bloomreadSummary: Devastated when her beautiful, older sister dies from anorexia, twelve-year-old Jane recovers slowly from the tragedy, with help from unexpected sources.


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