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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.

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Son, by Lois Lowry

Summary:  Unlike the other Birthmothers in her utopian community, teenaged Claire forms an attachment to her baby, feeling a great loss when he is taken to the Nurturing Center to be adopted by a family unit.

Houghton Mifflin

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Splendors and Glooms, by Laura Amy Schlitz

Summary:  When Clara vanishes after the puppeteer Grisini and two orphaned assistants were at her birthday party, suspicion of kidnapping chases them away from London.  The two orphans find themselves caught in a trap set by Grisini’s ancient rival, a witch with a deadly inheritance to shed before it’s too late.

Candlewick Press

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Wonder, by R. J. Palacio

Summary:  Ten-year-old Auggie Pullman, who was born with extreme facial abnormalities and was not expected to survive, goes from being home-schooled to entering fifth grade at a private middle school in Manhattan, which entails enduring the taunting and fear of his classmates as he struggles to be seen as just another student.

Knopf

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The Lions of Little Rock, by Kristin Levine

Summary:Two girls separated by race form an unbreakable bond during the tumultuous integration of Little Rock schools in 1958 Twelve-year-old Marlee doesn’t have many friends until she meets Liz, the new girl at school. Liz is bold and brave, and always knows the right thing to say, especially to Sally, the resident mean girl. Liz even helps Marlee overcome her greatest fear – speaking, which Marlee never does outside her family. But then Liz is gone, replaced by the rumor that she was a Negro girl passing as white. But Marlee decides that doesn’t matter. Liz is her best friend. And to stay friends, Marlee and Liz are willing to take on integration and the dangers their friendship could bring to both their families.

Putnam’s Sons

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