Posted in 2013-2014 Club

2014 Eva Perry Mock Newbery Results!

Friday, January 17, 2014, 20 kids gathered and finalized their year of reading.  I am so very proud of their efforts.  Unless you have discussed over 200 titles in 10 months, you really have no idea what an accomplishment this is for them!  Our decision is:

2014 Eva Perry Mock Newbery Winner:

Counting by 7s by Holly Sloan

2014 Honor books:

Far, Far Away by Tom McNeal

Lincoln’s Grave Robbers by Steve Sheinkin

Posted in 2013-2014 Club

Top 7 Nominations for our 2014 Mock Newbery!

These, in addition to titles we have added to our book cart very recently, are the books we are reading, considering, comparing, debating, etc. etc.

All My Noble Dreams and Then What Happens, by Gloria Whelan
– …It was very emotional as she had a self conflict with fear of standing up for injustice. – Shreya
All That’s Missing, by Sarah Sullivan
– I like the journey he took with one piece of information, and it was suspenseful. – Yazhini
Anna Was Here, by Jane Kurtz
– The plot is full of conflicts that have solutions. – Sadhana
Boy on the Porch, by Sharon Creech
– Since the boy doesn’t talk, people will think differently based on the characters’ actions. – Sadhana
– How one boy changed a couple’s life completely. – Chris
Boy on the Wooden Box, by Leon Leyson
– This made me think more about the Nazis… – Ben H.
Brotherhood, by A. B. Westrick
– I liked the mood that it gave me… gave a colorful and vivid scene to the text… mixed connotations which I found intriguing. – Surya
– The whole story was pretty thought provoking and the theme of right versus wrong was very strong throughout. I found that everything in it really stuck with me. – Krista
Counting by 7s, by Holly Sloan
– The setting is amazing.  It brings the characters together… – Chris
– …personalities so in-depth I could relate to them and sort of talk to them. – Surya
– Very touching how a misfit girl with no social skills can change so many people’s lives. – Krista
Doll Bones, by Holly Black
– …unique with a suspenseful tone… – Shreya
Far Far Away, by Tom McNeal
– perfect writing style. – Ethan
Flowers in the Sky, by Lynn Joseph
– …I knew the characters personally and felt attached to them. – Ponni
– I like how the main character adapts to her new life. – Varunya
The Great Trouble, by Deborah Hopkinson
– The story was memorable and unexpected. – Aparna
Hold Fast, by Blue Balliett
– …the characters got along like friends more than like a family. – Ramkishore
If I Ever Get Out of Here, by Eric Gansworth
– This plot was so typical but yet different. – Varunya
Lara’s Gift, by Annmarie O’Brien
– …you felt like you were right next to them… – Zoe
Lightning Dreamer, by Margarita Engle
– Writing in verse allowed you to connect with the characters easily. – Gokul
Lincoln’s Grave Robbers, by Steve Sheinkin
– It took real life events and made them into an interesting story, as a TV series would.  I could vividly imagine them happening in my mind as I read this. – Surya
Listening for Lucca, by Suzanne LaFleur
– I love this book! The characters are great and the plot is quite interesting. – Mikala
Lost Kingdom, by Matthew Kirby
– …the book almost came alive. – Ethan
Navigating Early, by Clare Vanderpool
– Characters were very well described and developed. – Toby
– The depth in this story was truly genius. The major theme is being lost and trying to get found. I connected better with Early than with Jack.  – Krista
One Came Home, by Amy Timberlake
– This setting was very clear, which I enjoyed. – Varunya
– Characters were well developed without being obvious. – Gokul
Tangle of Knots, by Lisa Graff
– The title of the book is the theme that gave reason for all the different characters to be in the book. – Olivia
– I liked that all the stories came together and the theme made it interesting. – Ben H.
True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp, by Kathi Appelt
– I could almost feel how the swamp felt and see how the swamp looked. – Elizabeth
Year of Billy Miller, by Kevin Henkes
– …the author put lots of description into the book. – Ethan

These kids have considered 240 titles to get down to these!  Great job!

Posted in 2013-2014 Club, Not Mock Newbery

Words with Wings, by Nikki Grimes

Words with WingsSummary:  Gabby daydreams to tune out her parents’ arguments, but when her parents divorce and she begins a new school, daydreaming gets her into trouble. Her mother scolds her for it, her teacher keeps telling her to pay attention, and the other kids tease her…until she finds a friend who also daydreams and her teacher decides to work a daydreaming-writing session into every school day. With a notebook “thick with daydreams,” Gabby grows more confident about herself and her future. This verse novel poignantly celebrates the power of writing and the inspiration a good teacher can deliver.


Find it at WCPL