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March 15 Meeting

Hello all! We had a fun meeting this past Friday. Everyone has been reading some awesome books! See our reviews below

The Simple Art of Flying by Cory Leonardo

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“Alastair and Aggie are siblings, but they’re also African Grey Parrots, and they’re stuck in a pet shop. Alastair likes writing poems in his spare time. Pete, the owner of the pet shop, hates these parrots and breaks Alastair’s wing when Alastair bit him. Alastair wants to escape with his sister to a made up paradise. But Fritz, a part-time worker for Pete, buys Aggie, and an elderly lady, Albertina Plopky, or Bertie, buys Alastair. Alastair’s plans are ruined now, what can he possibly do to get back to his sister now?”

-Emma M.

Let’s Go Swimming on Doomsday by Natalie C. Anderson

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“A book of great mystery, adventure and sadness. A great read for asping ’emotionalists'”

-Mana P.

Just Jaime by Terri Libenson

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“This book was about a seventh grader and her problems and how she is trying to solve them on her last day of school. this book switched perspective between Jaime and her friend named Maya.”

-Kaavya V.

Sal and Gabi Break The Universe by Carlos Hernandez

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“I would definitely nominate this book for a Newbery award. I love the idea of a multiverse and that it can be used for the greater good. enemies become friends and the hardships of life are explored. The humor is great too, and I learned a lot about Cuban culture.”

-Eleven

Glitch by Sarah Graley

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“This book is an action packed adventure full of fun. Izzy is a great protagonist who learns from her mistakes. The concept of a video game adventure like this. I would definitely recommend this book to my friends.”

-Eleven

Secrets of a Fangirl by Erin Dionne

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“Sarah Anne is a girl who is torn between two sides of herself: her geeky side, and her popular girl side. She can’t decide who she wants to be. In the end, she chooses and figures out who she wants to be. I would recommend this book.”

-Eleven

We also played another rousing game of Story Cubes and Literary Hangman!

Sound like fun? Join us for our FINAL meeting before summer on March 29th at 4pm at the Eva Perry Regional Library. We’d love to see you there!

For more information, email: elizabeth.ayscue@wakegov.com

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February 22 and March 1 Meetings

Hello all! We’ve had an exciting past two meetings, discussing some of the upcoming middle-grade releases, and we’ve already had some books our members think should be nominated!

Dealing in Dreams by Lilliam Rivera

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Focused by Alyson Gerber

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The Last Last Day of Summer by Lamar Giles

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The Missing Piece of Charlie O’Reilly by Rebecca K. S. Ansari

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Sorry Not Sorry by Jaime Reed

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Tell Me Everything by Sarah Enni

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And our members have read a few great books that they would recommend but wouldn’t nominate for the award.

Halo: Battle Born by Cassandra Rose Clarke

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“I really enjoyed this book even though I know nothing about the Halo video games. The story kept me engaged the whole time. I would recommend this book to other teens.”

-Eleven

Someday We Will Fly by Rachel DeWoskin

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We also played a few Story Cubes games, which turned out quite interesting!

Our next meeting will be March 15th at 4pm at Eva Perry Regional Library. Come join us for book talk, games and snacks! This will be our penultimate (or our next-to-last) meeting before we take a break in April.

Any questions can be referred to elizabeth.ayscue@wakegov.com. We hope to see you there!

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February 1st Meeting

Happy 2019 everyone and welcome to a new session of Mock Newbery club! We’ve already had some reviews rolling in, even this early into the year. We had a few graphic novels to peruse in our first meeting in January, and they have been a pretty big hit so far.

Click by Kayla Miller

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An adorable graphic novel about friend groups and fitting in. A picture is truly worth 1000 words and this book proves it.”

-Keira R.

Catwad by Jim Benton

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Catwad is a comedy comic about two cats, Catwad and Blurmp. Catwad is a sensitive cat while Blurmp is a funny cat.”

-Gania

“Catwad was really funny. It shows how good friends stick with their friends, even when their friend is not being nice to them. Catwad and Blurmp always kept me laughing and entertained. I really liked this book.”

-Eleven

“A hilarious graphic novel about friendship between two polar opposites (who happen to be cats).”

-Keira R.

Interested in meeting twice a month to talk about and read books that aren’t even out yet? Join us at our next meeting, February 22nd at 4:00pm. Email elizabeth.ayscue@wakegov.com for more information. We’ll see you there!

Until then, happy reading!

 

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Aaaaaand The 2018 Mock-Newbery Goes To…

WINNER:

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Nightbooks by J.A. White

Runners-Up:

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Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes

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City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab

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Illegal by Eoin Colfer

The other books that were nominated and made it to the voting round were:

The Science of Breakable Things by Tae Keller

Good Dog by Dan Gemeinhart

Be Prepared by Vera Brosgol

Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi

The War Outside by Monica Hesse

The Mad Wolf’s Daughter by Diane Magras

 

Keep an eye out for our 2019 reviews! We’ll be starting back up in late January with our next book club session! 🙂

 

 

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Our 2018 Booklist

Get ready to read some great middle-grade books during the busy fall 2018 publishing season! We aren’t reading these in any particular order–just read what looks good to you, and report back to the club about it! Click the title to see if the book is available at the library, and to read a summary. This list will be updated as we add great new books to it.

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The Faithful Spy by John Hendrix

“This is a biography of a spy named Dietrich Bonhoeffer who is different from his family. This is a nonfictional book about how he plots to kill Hitler.” – Kaavya V.

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Rebound by Kwame Alexander

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A Sky Full of Stars by Linda Williams Jackson

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Sunny by Jason Reynolds

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The Parker Inheritance by Varian Johnson

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The Island at the End of Everything by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

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Bob by Wendy Mass and Rebecca Stead

“This book is about a young girl who meets a green magical creature. They were trying to find where the creature came from. This book was good because of the interesting plot.” – Kaavya V., October 2018

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Everlasting Nora by Marie Miranda Cruz

“I would give the book a ‘good’ because it was very predictable and I really like suspenseful books instead. It is about a girl named Nora and she was learning about family and friendship.” – Kaavya V., September 2018

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Nightbooks by J.A. White

“Recommended. Nightbooks is an enticing horror story for any age. When Alex, who has always loved creepy things and keeps his stories in his “nightbooks” is lured into a strange apartment by a witch and gets his life flipped around, he is determined to escape somehow and befriend the other prisoner, Jasmine, who is in turn as standoffish as possible. Writing and reading his stories for the witch every night to survive, he explores the mysteries of the apartment.” – Josephine H., September 2018

“This book is amazing. It is about a boy who gets trapped in a magical sweatshop. He wants a girl named Yasmin and they try to escape.” – Ben R., September 2018

Nightbooks” is about a boy, Alex, who gets trapped in a witch’s apartment and must tell scary stories to keep out of danger. And unless he finds a way to escape, he will stay stuck forever.” – Meghana M.

“This book was a very good plot-twisting book. It was about a boy named Alex who got trapped in a witch’s apartment. There he met a girl named Yasmin and together they try to escape.” – Kaavya V.

“A truly haunting, thrilling tale that will have you finishing it in one sitting.” – Keira R.

“I really like Nightbooks. I recommend people who like horror to read it because it has a great climax at the end. It is aout a boy who gets trapped by a witch, and has to write stories to satisfy her. How will he escape??” – Gania T.

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Merci Suarez Changes Gears by Meg Medina

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The Journey of Little Charlie by Christopher Paul Curtis

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Just Like Jackie by Lindsey Stoddard

“A heart touching story about a girl who will do anything to make sure she doesn’t lose her grandpa.” – Keira R.

“In this book a girl named Robinson who lives with her grandpa always gets into fights at school. She always is questioned about her skin color and behaviors. This book is an exciting good book.” – Kaavya V.

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March Forward, Girl by Melba Beals

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Granted by John David Anderson

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Hurricane Child by Kehryn Callendar

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Illegal by Eoin Colfer

“Ebo wakes up one morning to find his older brother gone–he left for Europe without him. He sets out to catch up, and when he does, they must weather (literally) all kinds of inconveniences as refugees with close to nothing. This graphic novel, told in flash backs, is incredibly descriptive.” – Josephine H.

“this book was really good. It’s a graphic novel about the plight of refugees trying to get into the US. This book supports an important issue. We should have more graphic novels.” – Sophia S.

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Martin Rising: Requiem for a King by Andrea Pinkney

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Ebb and Flow by Heather Smith

Ebb and Flow is a novel in verse that reveals Jett’s “rotten bad year” piece by piece while he stays with his grandmother in a bittersweet tone.” – Josephine H.

“A rhythmic, free-verse novel about a boy who just wants to escape reality and his past, and who discovers the healing power of a summer at the beach with grandma.” -Keira R.

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Toaff’s Way by Cynthia Voigt

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The Science of Breakable Things by Tae Keller

“An enticing but melancholy novel about a girl not being able to give up hope on her mother with depression, or her miracle flower, the cobalt blue orchid.” – Keira R.

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The Mad Wolf’s Daughter by Diane Magras

“This is a fantastic book about a girl in a family of outcasts stepping out to leave her father’s shadow and save her family.” – Ben R., September 2018

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Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed

“Amal has her plans all set out–finish her schooling and head off to college and become a teacher…until her mother gives birth to their family’s fourth daughter. While Amal goes to the market to shop for dinner, she comes across a rude man. He turns out to be very important, and of course she finds out after talking back. Together she and the other servants in his house (that she now has to work in) must find a way to change their fates and the entire village for the better.” – Josephine H.

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Calling All Minds by Temple Grandin

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The Language of Spells by Garrett Weyr

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Endling: The Last by Katherine Applegate

“This book is very good. It’s a fantasy novel and pretty long. Byx is the last Damine, maybe. She has heard of a mythical colony of Damines. With her lovable partners, she goes on a quest to find them. This book is a fun adventure full of exciting plot twists and discovery.” – Sophia S., September 2018

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Secret Sisters of the Salty Sea by Lynne Rae Perkins

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The Cardboard Kingdom by Chad Sell

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City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab

“This is an amazing adventure book about two friends finding their purpose and escaping their enemies in a city filled with ghosts.” – Keira R.

“Cass has a special ability to see ghosts. Cass and her ghost friend Jacob are ghost hunters, who hunt bad ghosts. They go through many adventures.” – Gania T.

“This book is about a girl who can travel back and forth between the lands of the living and the dead. Her best friend is a ghost, too. But what happens when she gets stuck? (Also, she’s a Gryffindor!)” – Meghana M.

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Harbor Me by Jacqueline Woodson

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One True Way by Shannon Hitchcock

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Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter to the World by Ashley Herring Blake

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The Sky at Our Feet by Nadia Hashimi

“This is an amazing book because it addresses concerns in the modern world, while still having an amazing plot and extremely likable characters.” – Keira R., September 2018

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Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi

“This book is about a 12 year old girl who lives in a museum filled with artifacts of Indian gods. Aru experiences the magical world of the Indian gods during her autumn break. When an evil force is trying to stop time and control it. She connects to the world with a deep (a candle-holder from Diwali ceremonies).” – Gania T., October 2018

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You Go First by Erin Entrada Kelly

“A heartfelt story about two special kids learning to survive middle school in their own way, getting over family dilemmas, and bonding over scrabble.” – Keira R.

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The House That Lou Built by Mae Respicio

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The Truth As Told By Mason Buttle by Leslie Connor

“Mason Buttle is a 7th grader who has recently lost his best friend. He is picked on by his schoolmates. Many things change when Mason finds a new friend, Calvin. He helps Mason get over his friend.” – Gania T.

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Checked by Cynthia Kadohata

Checked is about a boy named Conor who lives with his dog Sinbad and his dad. Both Conor and his dad are very passionate about hockey. But them something happens to Sinbad and Conor is forced to make the hardest decision of his life.” – Meghana M., October 2018

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The War Outside by Monica Hesse

“This book was a good book about WWII. It was in two different perspectives from two girls whose parents were from Germany and Japan that had to move to Crystal City, TX.” – Kaavya V.

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Betty Before X by Ilyasah Shabazz

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Finding Langston by Lesa Cline-Ransome

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The Adventures of a Girl Called Bicycle by Christina Uss

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Good Dog by Dan Gemeinhart

“An amazingly heartbreaking story about the most brave and loyal dog protecting his boy, even though he cannot be with him anymore.” – Keira R.

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City of Islands by Kali Wallace

“Good! Mara lives in a city of islands diving for her mistress day after day. Two years ago her guardian went missing in a storm; she was a bone mage. When Mara comes across ancient bones that may or may not be of the founders of the city, she says an old story of her mother’s…and the bones answer her.” – Josephine H.

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Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes

“This is a heart wrenching novel about a black boy shot by a white cop. lending racist prejudice, history and fiction, this book  is a beautiful piece of art.” – Keira R.

“It’s a story about an African-American boy who gets shot by police and becomes a ghost. The policeman’s daughter can see him and they try to get justice.” -Ben R.

“Nominated. When Jerome, a young African-American boy, gets wrongly shot and killed by a white police officer, he becomes a ghost. No one can see or hear him–except for the officer’s daughter, Sarah. Switching between his existence while living and dead, they work to make awareness of all the other Ghost Boys in the world.” – Josephine H.

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The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge by M.T. Anderson

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Mary Who Wrote Frankenstein by Linda Bailey (JB SHELLEY)

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The Book of Boy by Catherine Gilbert Murdock

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Be Prepared by Vera Brosgol

“A hilarious graphic novel about a Russian girl trying to fit in at a far-from-normal summer camp.” -Keira R.

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Willa of the Wood by Robert Beatty

“A truly enchanting novel about a girl learning about the changing world around her, leaving her clan, and reuniting one very lost family. The best fantasy book I have read!” – Keira R.