With Sheila Turnage!

Some of us got to have a wonderful time hearing Sheila Turnage at Quail Ridge Books last night!
Our copies of The Odds of Getting Even should be arriving on our book cart any time now, but those of us who bought one when we saw her are already reading it!
Sheila Turnage

Goodbye Stranger, by Rebecca Stead

Summary: As Bridge makes her way through seventh grade on Manhattan’s Upper West Side with her best friends, curvacious Em, crusader Tab, and a curious new friend–or more than friend–Sherm, she finds the answer she has been seeking since she barely survived an accident at age eight: “What is my purpose?”

Wendy Lamb Books

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Dolls of Hope, by Shirley Parenteau

Summary: When eleven-year-old Chiyo Tamura is sent from her home in a small Japanese mountain village to a girls’ school in the city of Tsuchiura, she never imagines that she will soon be in Tokyo helping to welcome more than twelve thousand Friendship Dolls from America—including Emily Grace, a gift to her own school. Nor could she dream that she’d have an important role in the crafting of Miss Tokyo, one of fifty-eight Japanese dolls to be sent to America in return. But when an excited Chiyo is asked to be Emily Grace’s official protector, one jealous classmate will stop at nothing to see her fail. How can Chiyo reveal the truth—and restore her own good name?


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2013 Mock Newbery Award!

final discussionAfter 10 months of reading, meeting every 2 weeks sharing, 3 hours in tonight’s meeting, and several ballots (with groans after each), 22 sixth through ninth graders arrived at their conclusion to a very super year:

2013 Eva Perry Mock Newbery Award Winner:

Wonder, by Palacio

2013 Eva Perry Mock Newbery Honors:

Lions of Little Rock, by Levine

Son, by Lowry

Splendors and Glooms, by Schlitz

I am so proud of all of them!  What is your winner this year?  If you have a different group, what did they choose?  We are now awaiting the ALA Newbery committee’s announcement on January 28, 2013.

Twelve Kinds of Ice, by Ellen Bryan Obed

ImageSummary:  With the first ice’s skim on a sheep pail so thin it breaks when touched, one family’s winter begins in earnest. Next comes ice like panes of glass. And eventually, skating ice! Take a literary skate over field ice and streambed, through sleeping orchards and beyond. The first ice, the second ice, the third ice . . . perfect ice . . . the last ice .


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True Colors, by Natalie Kinsey-Warnock

True colorsSummary:  On a cold, wintry day in December of 1941, she was found wrapped in a quilt, stuffed in a kettle near the home of Hannah Spooner, an older townswoman known for her generosity and caring.  But Blue finds it hard not to daydream about her mother, and over the course of one summer, she resolves to finally find out who she is.  Her search leads her down a road of self-discovery that will change her life forever.

Alfred A. Knopf

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Our Nominations!

As a result of Friday’s additional 4 titles nominated, our list now includes 7 from almost every book club member.  Of course there is some overlap, but it is still a long list.  We are feverishly reading each other’s choices as well as comparing new titles that are still coming in.

After Eli, by Rebecca Rupp; Candlewick
“This was extremely moving and touching… I could actually understand him.” – Cassidy
Bomb, by Steve Sheinkin; Roaring Book Press
“I liked how you heard different points of view from different characters.” – Ethan
Broken Lands, by Kate Milford; Clarion
“…the fireworks were part of what made it unnique.. even though there is a complex plot I understood.” – Krista
Child of the Mountains, by Marilyn Sue Shank; Random House
“…events are described with details that give you an omniscient view from the writer.” – Ponni
Crow, by Barbara Wright; Random House
“The setting played a major role in the plot of this book, making the reader more engaged in the story and what was going on.” – Bonnie
Diamond in the Desert, by Kathryn Fitzmaurice; Viking
“…provides enough information, but the setting is the strongest point.” – Sachi
Dogs of Winter, by Bobbie Pyron; Arthur Levine
“…the writing kept me engaged…” – Bonnie
Dreamsleeves, by Coleen Paratore; Scholastic
“The concept is the solution, it is creative, and the whole book revolves around it.” – Varunya
Each Kindness, by Jacqueline Woodson; Nancy Paulsen Books
“The theme about kindness is everywhere…” – Gokul
False Prince, by Jennifer Nielsen; Scholastic
“…held back the story but the story was moving.” – Claire
If Only, by Carole Geithner; Scholastic
“The plot is relate-able and is heartfelt and touching.” – Ponni
In a Glass Grimmly, by Adam Gidwitz; Dutton
“…style was funny and a little scary…” – Ben H.
Interrupted, by Rachel Coker; Zondervan
“Allie’s struggle after losing her mother really touched me.” – Cassidy
The Last Princess, by Galaxy Craze; Little, Brown
“..spectacular plot twists and turns and there are several surprises.” – Rebekah
Laugh with the Moon, by Shana Burg; Delacourte
“You could connect with the characters.” – Mikala
Lions of Little Rock, by Kristin Levine; Putnam
“I felt that I could relate and think of them as a part of myself.” – Surya
May B., by Caroline Starr Rose; Schwartz & Wade
“The main character had excellent character development…makes it distinguished.” – Jessica
Merits of Mischief: the Bad Apple, by T. R. Burns; Aladdin
“… interesting plot and setting, both of which create a great story with strange yet humorous characters.” – Andrew
Mighty Miss Malone, by Christopher Paul Curtis; Random House
“It captures the emotions of the characters of that time period very well.” – Mukil
Miles to Go for Freedom, by Linda Barrett Osborne; Abrams
“…many first-person accounts… doesn’t need pictures.” – Ramkishore
No Crystal Stair, by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson; Carolrhoda Books
“I liked… it first had an idea from one person’s view, then the same idea from another person’s view.” – Ajay
The One and Only Ivan, by Katherine Applegate; Harper
“Ivan influences his world in captivity more than his captors do, and his emotions are written effectively.” – Martha
One for the Murphys, by Lynda Hunt; Penguin
“…emotionally written the whole way.” – Varunya
Precious Bones, by Mika Ashley-Hollinger; Delacourte
“descriptive setting and well-written character development along with the other literary elements create an initeresting, and may I say “distinguished” book.” – Andrew
Robbie Forest and the Outlaws of Sherwood St., by Peter Abrahams; Philomel
“…characters motivated me because even when no one trusted them, they still trusted themselves.” – Shreya
Rush for the Gold, by John Feinstein; Knopf
“The writing style was exciting and fast-paced.” – Ben H.
Son, by Lois Lowry; Houghton Mifflin
“It’s incredibly dramatic to go from a controlled dystopian city setting to an almost primitive village life… with a fantastic plot that ties it together neatly in the end.” – Mehlynn
Spindlers, by Lauren Oliver; Harper
“…theme of courage and love always makes me happy.” – Claire
Splendors and Glooms, by Laura Amy Schlitz; Candlewick
“I felt the characters came alive…” – Ethan
Starry River of the Sky, by Grace Lin; Little, Brown
“..compare the change in their personalities from start to finish.” Bonnie
Summer and Bird, by Katherine Catmull; Dutton
“The writing style… haunts you.” – Krista
Summer of the Gypsy Moths, by Sara Pennypacker; Balzer+Bray
“The bonding and the theme of the connection between the two girls…” – Cassidy
Three Times Lucky, by Sheila Turnage; Dial Books
“…many plot twists mixed with great elements of suspense kept me enthralled.” – Mehlynn
Tracks, by Diane Wilson; McElderry Books
“The setting had a strong effect… the characters felt strong and believable.” – Bonnie
Unfortunate Son, by Constance Leeds; Viking
“…how the author made every moment memorable.” – Cassidy
Ungifted, by Gordon Korman; Balzer+Bray
“…heartwarming and hilarious at the same time.” – Mehlynn
Wonder, by R. J. Palacio; Knopf
“…the multi-person point of view worked really well because you saw how different people felt about the boy and his face.” – Mikala

I am proud of these kids’ accomplishment to come up with their own nomination list again this year.  What other titles would you suggest we consider for our Mock Newbery Award in January?


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