Our Final Short List: 2011 Mock Newbery Nominations

This may be one of the longer short lists you will ever see!   Each of our club members nominated seven books, just as the official Newbery committee does, and the combined results are on this list.  There is one book here that was nominated by 17 of our members!  Can you guess which one?

  • After Ever After by Jordan Sonnenblick
    **”You can really connect with the characters…” – Bonnie
  • Alcatraz versus The Shattered Lens by Brandon Sanderson
    **”…quirky style & humor. Its unorthodox plot & interesting characters keep you reading..” – Chaz
    **”…very funny book with great characters.” – Kyle
  • As Simple As It Seems by Sarah Weeks
    **”…loved the small town feel and pure simplicity and honesty…” – Zoe
  • Belly Up by Stuart Gibbs
    **”…the setting is neat…” – Bonnie
    **”…great descriptions of setting/characters.” – Patrick
  • Brightly Woven by Alexandra Bracken
    **”Characters and plot drew me in… it was simply a joy to read.” – Breanna
  • The Candymakers by Wendy Mass
    **”…the huge twist at the end was really cool..” – Jay
  • The Cardturner by Louis Sachar
    **”The struggle of the relationship between the uncle and nephew had me wanting to read more…” – Abby
  • The Clockwork Three by Matthew Kirby
    **”The plot and characters were fantastic and had depth…” -Breanna
  • A Conspiracy of Kings by Megan Whelan Turner
    **”Definitely distinguished writing!  Never underestimate these characters.” – Martha
  • Forge by Laurie Halse Anderson
    **”Lots of authentic detail and nuanced writing…” – Lisa
  • The Grimm Legacy by Polly Shulman
    **”…very well written and described..” – Matthew
  • Hawksmaid by Kathryn Lasky
    **”Character development was AMAZING…” -Ruchi
    **”Another heartbreakingly beautiful masterpiece.” – Zoe
  • Heart of a Samurai by Margi Preus
    **”The real-life characters are great as well as the fictional ones.” -Kyle
    **”I loved the friendship between the captain and the Japanese fisherman.” – Surya
  • Heist Society by Ally Carter
    **”The plot is riveting, and the characters fit into the storyline very well.” -Kyle
    **”..the writing style supports the fast-paced plot.” – Chaz
  • Keeper by Kathi Appelt
    **”Only Kathi Appelt can write plots this amazing and have it all come together to create a beautiful, wonderful story about love and growing up and true family…” -Breanna
    **”The relationships between each of the characters were incredible…” – Alicia
  • Lost Children by Carolyn Cohagan
    **”…interesting plot and well-developed characters.” -Ponni
    **”..ending was a good surprise.” – Bonnie
  • Lulu and the Brontosaurus by Judith Viorst
    **”Very fun book… heroine was annoying but the author makes you like her anyway.” – Breanna
  • Mindblind by Jennifer Roy
    **”… a great job making the teenage characters sound like real, intelligent people.” -Breanna
    **”You can feel the character’s emotions running through you..” -Ruchi
  • Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine
    **”The amount of emotion I felt while reading this book was purely amazing…” -Jasper
    **”I felt that I was in the book when it all happened..” -Mukil
  • On the Blue Comet by Rosemary Wells
    **”…brings character development, description, and a sense of realness all into an entertaining plot!” -Jasper
    **” Great plot with interesting happenings…” – Patrick
  • One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia
    **”Full of action and keeps you reading.” -Patrick
    **”…unique and touching… the ending was great.” -Bonnie
    **”…the author specializes in setting.” – Gokul
  • Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper
    **”It makes you feel for the character.” – Parv
    **”This really hooked onto me.” -Surya
    **”I really wanted to jump into the book and speak for the character…” – April
    **”I feel emotionally attached to the main character, despite the fact that she cannot speak ..” – Chaz
    **”… touched my heart.” – Ruchi
    The Red Umbrella by Christina Diaz Gonzalez
    **”I could connect well with the character and understand the awkwardness of being new…” – Alicia
    **”Filled with hope, love, and a will to overcome… hard not to love.” – Zoe
  • The Secret of Ka by Christopher Pike
    **”The conflict… kept me from putting down the book.” – Alicia
    **”…with good characters.” – Patrick
  • Smells Like Dog by Suzanne Selfors
    **”I thought it was a really creative story.” – Alicia
    **”The writing left a stronger impression than even the plot.” -Sachi
  • The Smoky Corridor by Chris Grabenstein
    **”Everything… was perfect…” – Matthew
  • Somebody Everybody Listens To by Suzanne Supple
    **”…plot was very moving.” – Abby
    **”…showed me how important it is to embrace yourself…” – Zoe
  • The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger
    **”I like how there are many small stories all from different points of view. The end is very completing.” – Mukil
  • Theodore Boone, Kid Lawyer by John Grisham
    **”Full of suspense.” -Patrick
  • Touch Blue by Cynthia Lord
    **”Interesting book with unque plot…” – Yates
  • Turtle in Paradise by Jennifer Holm
    **”…really made you think about what was going on..” – Abby
  • We Could Be Brothers by Derrick Barnes
    **”…underrated gem of this year.” – Kyle
  • A Whole Nother Story by Dr. Cuthbert Soup
    **”I liked how they added new characters into the story…” – Jay
    **”…many great sub-plots.” – Jasper
  • Woods Runner by Gary Paulsen
    **”I understood through brief description… well-written book.” – Gokul
    **”The setting gave me a great idea of the time period.” – Jasper

Almost Zero, by Nikki Grimes

Summary: Dyamonde is angry at her mother for not buying her the shoes she wants, but when she finds out that a classmate is in a worse situation, she is determined to help. 112 p., G.P. Putnam’s Sons.

Find it at WCPL

Ninth Ward, by Jewell Parker Rhodes

Summary: In New Orleans’ Ninth Ward, twelve-year-old Lanesha, who can see spirits, and her adopted grandmother have no choice but to stay and weather the storm as Hurricane Katrina bears down upon them. 217 p., Little, Brown.

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Dark Emperor & Other Poems of the Night, by Joyce Sidman

Summary:  A collection of poems that celebrates the wonder, mystery, and danger of the night and describes the many things that hide in the dark. 29 p., Houghton Mifflin.

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Hero, by Mike Lupica

Summary: Fourteen-year-old Zach learns he has the same special abilities as his father, who was the President’s globe-trotting troubleshooter until “the Bads” killed him, and now Zach must decide whether to use his powers in the same way at the risk of his own life. 289 p., Philomel.

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Jack Blank and the Imagine Nation, by Matt Myklusch

Summary:  Twelve-year-old Jack, freed from a dismal orphanage, makes his way to the elusive and impossible Imagine Nation, where a mentor saves him from dissection and trains him to use his superpower, despite the virus he carries that makes him a threat. 468 p., Aladdin.

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Jake, by Audrey Couloumbis

Summary: When ten-year-old Jake’s widowed mother breaks her leg just before Christmas while her sister and best friend are both away, a grandfather Jake barely remembers must come to Baltimore, Maryland, to help a neighbor take care of him. 162 p., Random House.

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