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The Death of Yorik Mortwell, by Stephen Messer

Summary:  Following his death at the hands of fellow twelve-year-old, Lord Thomas, Yorik returns as a ghost to protect his sister from a similar fate but soon learns of ancient magical beings, both good and evil, who are vying for power at the Estate.

Random House

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First Top 3 Nominations !

Our group met October 28 and came up with the following titles to nominate for the 2012 Eva Perry Mock Newbery Award!

Amelia Lost: the life and disappearance of Amelia Earhart, by Candace Fleming
.     “The only non-fiction book I have ever cried at the end of.  Enough said.” – Yates
Between Shades of Gray, by Ruta Sepetys
.     “I really feel for these characters.  And to feel like you are in this book, it’s tough because you didn’t know it was this bad but you thought you knew…” – Mehlynn
.     “Had a twist at the end… kept me engaged in the book.”  – Ajay
.     “…The description of the scenery and characters’ actions builds a mental world where each page is a scene for a play. The great ending leaves a bittersweet taste in the mouth, giving the reader just enough info to be complete, but leaving the rest to the imagination.” – Jasper
Bird in a Box, by Andrea Pinkney
.      “… you could tell what the characters were feeling…” – Mukil
.      “No matter who you are you can relate to at least one of the three characters.  Great way to make it all wind together.” – Patrick
.     “perspectives of each character had a different personality which gave the time period in an interesting spin.   Brilliant climactic ending and overall a heartwarming story.” – Jasper
The Emerald Atlas, by John Stephens
.     “The character development and setting and description make this a well-rounded, distinguished book.” – Andrew
.     “The plot and setting grew and developed…” – Jessica
The Floating Islands, by Rachel Neumeier
.     “…the strongest part was the plot; it made me HAVE to read the next chapter, and the next, until it ended.” – Yael
The Great Migration Journey to the North, by Eloise Greenfield
.     “Tells the tales of several who trade their difficult lives in the South and head North.  Story is told in prose and gives a great feeling of the kind of culture that existed among them.” – Kyle
Hidden, by Helen Frost
.     “This had understandable poems; it felt like I was with the characters the entire time…I feel that the style of writing went with the story very well.” – Jessica
Inside Out & Back Again, by Thanhha Lai
.     “This book was written in verse.  Beautifully.  I loved the way the author described how she felt…” – Mehlynn
Kick, by Walter Dean Myers
.     “It was written in multiple points of view, which I like.” – Ajay
No Passengers Beyond This Point, by Gennifer Choldenko
.     “…I couldn’t put it down.  The ending was amazing, completely unpredictable and changed how I thought about the whole story..” – Yael
Okay for Now, by Gary Schmidt
.     “This has so much feel and meaning.  It felt like you were in Doug’s shoes and you saw the different complications.” – Aparna
.     “The writing kept me engaged… made me feel surprise or sadness or joy along with the main character.” – Bonnie
.     “…the first person narrative in this book far exceeds most.” – Jasper
.     “…I could tell exactly what the character is thinking.” – Mukil
The Only Ones, by Aaron Starmer
.     “..was not boring, and has plenty of detail so you aren’t left with a cookie-cutter story.” – Patrick
Queen of the Falls, by Chris Van Allsburg
.     “This had such a fantasy “feel” to it, it did not seem like nonfiction.  The book’s ending made me feel strongly for her and her struggles.” – Bonnie
.     “…I felt very connected…” – Jessica
The Romeo and Juliet Code, by Phoebe Stone
.     “… the best part was how there were general themes kind of in the background of the story that could be easily not noticed.” – Kyle
Saving Zasha, by Randi Barrow
.     “The way the author described the events made it easier to connect with the characters, and it made the story more realistic for me.” – Ponni
The Unwanteds, by Lisa McMann
.     “…the creativity makes it a page turner.” – Andrew
The Wikkeling, by Steven Arntson
.     “A different twist.  You could feel the story and how the characters’ talents helped the solution.  Unpredictable.” – Aparna
Words in the Dust, by Trent Reedy
.     “The characters and plot make it as though you are right next to the characters.” – Ponni
.     “…very captivating…It opened up a whole new world for me.” – Mehlynn

If you have other titles we have not considered yet this year, please send a copy to us (see About Us).  We will be pleased to consider all titles that meet the Newbery criteria.

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The Absolute Value of Mike, by Kathryn Erskine

Summary:  Fourteen-year-old Mike, whose father is a brilliant mathematician but who has no math aptitude himself, spends the summer in rural Pennsylvania with his elderly and eccentric relatives Moo and Poppy, helping the townspeople raise money to adopt a Romanian orphan.


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Water Balloon, by Audrey Vernick

Summary:  With her best friends pulling away from her, her newly-separated parents deciding she should spend the summer at her father’s new home, and a babysitting job she does not want, Marley’s life is already as precarious as an overfull water balloon when a cute boy enters the picture.