Posted in 2015-2016 Club, Not Mock Newbery

Bayou Magic, by Jewell Parker Rhodes

Summary:  Visiting her grandmother in the Louisiana bayou, ten-year-old Maddy begins to realize that she may be the only sibling to carry on the gift of her family’s magical legacy.

Little, Brown

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Posted in 2015-2016 Club, Not Mock Newbery

Gone Crazy in Alabama, by Rita Williams-Garcia

Summary: Delphine, Vonetta, and Fern are off to Alabama to visit their grandmother, Big Ma, and her mother, Ma Charles. Across the way lives Ma Charles’s half sister, Miss Trotter. The two half sisters haven’t spoken in years. As Delphine hears about her family history, she uncovers the surprising truth that’s been keeping the sisters apart. But when tragedy strikes, Delphine discovers that the bonds of family run deeper than she ever knew possible.

Amistad

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Posted in 2015-2016 Club, Not Mock Newbery

The Book that Proves Time Travel Happens, by Henry Clark

Summary: Twelve-year-olds Ambrose, Tom, and Frankie are transported to the boys’ hometown of Freedom Falls, Ohio, in 1852 when Frankie blows her Romani family’s magical trombone, and to return home they will have to use both Morse code and the ancient form of divination known as the I-Ching.

Little, Brown

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Posted in 2014-2015 Club, Not Mock Newbery

Madman of Piney Woods, by Christopher Paul Curtis

Summary:  Even though it is now 1901, the people of Buxton, Canada (originally a settlement of runaway slaves) and Chatham, Canada are still haunted by two events of half a century before–the American Civil War, and the Irish potato famine, and the lasting damage those events caused to the survivors.

Scholastic

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Posted in 2014-2015 Club, Not Mock Newbery

Voices from the March on Washington, by J. Patrick Lewis

Summary:  Six fictional characters, in cycles of linked poems, relate their memories of the historic day in 1963 when more than 250,000 people from across the United States joined together to march on Washington, D.C., calling for civil and economic rights for African Americans.

WordSong

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