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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Tiger Boy, by Mitali Perkins

Summary: A tiger cub has escaped from a reserve in the Sunderbans in West Bengal, India, and Neel, a poor boy from the islands, is determined to find her in order to save her from being captured and sold on the black market by Mr. Gupta and his men.


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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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