Books published in 2015 – Here We Come!

Our membership roster is being put together from our wait list this month, and we are looking forward to our first meeting scheduled for April 17!

Before our first meeting, please read a previous Newbery winner that you have not yet read.  It’s always great to have distinguished literature fresh on your mind before diving into the new books, isn’t it?  Comment below which official Newbery winner you are choosing to read in the next couple weeks – we would love to know!


2015 Mock Newbery Results


The final decision night has happened. The Eva Perry Mock Newbery Club 2015 has chosen our winners. What a meeting!  We did not have an overwhelming winner this year – it was very close.  But the top 5 titles definitely represent our group well.  Each one of our members had at least one of these in their top 3 after this group read over 200 titles since April!

Winner:  Paper Cowboy by Kristin Levine

Honors:  Bird by Crystal Chan

Nest by Esther Ehrlich

The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier

Rain Reign by Ann Martin



2 1/2 more weeks to read!!

We are desperately trying to finish cramming as many books in as possible, and re-read some as well, before our final decision night, January 30, 2015!!  Please read with us.  We welcome your comments on those titles that you read.  It’s coming soon….

All Nominations In for 2015 Eva Perry Mock Newbery Award!

We now have up to 7 titles nominated from each of our members!  Since this is a long list, I will not try to put excerpts from their supporting comments as well.  Of course at this point we are still reading the newest titles to also compare with this list.  Which are your favorites?

Absolutely Almost by Lisa Graff
All Four Stars by Tara Dairman
Arcady’s Goal by Eugene Yelchin
The Badger Night by Kathryn Erskine
Bird by Crystal Chan
Boys of Blur by N.D. Wilson
Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
Death by Toilet Paper by Donna Gephart
The Eighth Day by Dianne Salerni
The Family Romanov: Murder Rebellion and the Fall  of Imperial Russia by Candace Fleming
Gabriel Finley and the Raven’s Riddle by George Hagen
Girl in Reverse by Barbara Stuber
Greenglass House by Kate Milford
Half a Chance by Cynthia Lord
Immortal Max by Lutricia Clifton
Jackaby by William Ritter
Jungle of Bones by Ben Mikaelsen
Just a Drop of Water by Kerry O’Malley Cerra
The Life and Times of Benny Alvarez by Peter Johnson
Mending Horses by M.P. Barker
The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher by Dana Levy
Nest by Esther Ehrlich
The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier
The Paper Cowboy by Kristin Levine
Rain Reign by Ann Martin
The Red Pencil by Andrea Pinkney
The Riverman by Aaron Starmer
Running Out of Night by Sharon Lovejoy
The Sittin’ Up by Shelia Moses
A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd
The Time of the Fireflies by Kimberley Griffiths Little
Upside Down in the Middle of Nowhere by Julie Lamana

Mid November Meeting

As I sat at our big rectangle of tables with these kids Friday, it dawned on me that I was among some of the best kids I know.  They are considerate, expressive, exploring the world around them, and READING!  I am so blessed to share a tiny piece of their lives!

We had a good discussion and are looking forward to 2 things happening in 2 weeks – we are nominating 4 more titles each for our mock Newbery award, and Ms. Cheryl will be visiting!  Ms. Cheryl was a co-leader of this group in the years before she started her full time job as selector of children’s books for our library system.  I am SO excited to have her keep in touch with us through the years, and can hardly wait to see her!

Which titles would you suggest we nominate this time?

First 2015 Nominations!

We had 18 very well-read kids, including several costumed participants, who each came prepared to nominate 3 titles Friday night.  In alphabetical order, here is our list to give you a heads-up on what this group is really appreciating so far:

All Four Stars, by Tara Dairman
*Humorous, great characters…” – Hannah
Bird, by Crystal Chan
*… lifelike and three-dimensional characters… plot was something new.” – Ethan
*… I perceived the grandfather exactly as Jewel did: he seemed like a crazy old man. ..Sharing his music with Jewel revealed a lot about his personality. Also the character of John/Eugene was very interesting and complex…The characters were brilliant in this book.” -Olivia
Eighth Day, by Dianne Salerni
*I enjoyed how all the legends were woven into the story…” -Hayden
Gabriel Finley and the Raven’s Riddle, by George Hagen
*…lots of twists and riddles to make you think about the book…” -Hayden
Girl in Reverse, by Barbara Stuber
*…has a very unique way of handling its plot…that brought out the characters and how they have changed from beginning to end.” -Sienna
Greenglass House, by Cynthia Lord
*…I love the attention to all the small, quirky details and the use of the kids’ role-playing game to explore a place they’ve seen all their lives.” – Elizabeth
Half a Chance, by Cynthia Lord
*The writing style distinguishes this from any average book.” -Abigail
Immortal Max, by Lutricia Clifton
*The characters and plot were amazing! -Sarah
Jungle of Bones, by Ben Mikaelsen
*The setting of this jungle is distinguished. -Yazeed
Mending Horses, by M. P. Barker
*The theme is really deep and characters are very realistic…” -Abigail
Nest, by Esther Ehrlich
*…the setting mirrored the characters’ feelings.” – Ellie
*..plot is amazing…” -Katie
*The writing style is able to show the beauty of each scene not with words or shallow descriptions, but with symbols that throughout the story gather depth…perfect amount of carefree and just enough pain to ring true.” -Krista
The Night Gardener, by Jonathan Auxier
*The plot was so chilling and captivating while giving backstories that explained character motivations…” -Ellie
*..characters are a joy..while you are intrigued by the plot. This book also teaches you a lesson about greed and has a mystery of Molly’s secret.” -Kayla
Paper Cowboy, by Kristin Levine
*..The setting, dutifully explained, affects the characters’ reasoning..” -Benjamin B
*The characters each have a backstory…they each have their own unique voice…” -Olivia
The Riverman, by Aaron Starmer
*…the story ended without a true ending, which I took to mean that the Riverman had not won.” -Elizabeth
*…the setting of a smaller town fit the moodiness of the book well. – Shaan
Running Out of Night, by Sharon Lovejoy
*The plot sets up different conflicts of each journey…” -Christiana
The Sittin’ Up, by Shelia Moses
*…The big events and climax were perfectly timed. One of my favorites.” -Benjamin W
Snicker of Magic, by Natalie Lloyd
*The setting helps you get to know the character better.” -Christiana
Time of the Fireflies, by Kimberley Griffiths Little
*..the writing style made it suspenseful and interesting, which makes you want to keep reading it.” -Puja
Upside Down in the Middle of Nowhere, by Julie Lamana
*…mix of sadness, love and joy…” -Haley

Please keep in mind that we all are still reading, and will each be nominating an additional 4 titles the first Friday in December to consider for this year’s award.

2015 Nominations are Coming…..

We had a fantastic meeting mid October.  We discussed new fall titles as well as those that had been hanging around for a few months.  Even more importantly, our first 3 nominations will be forthcoming at our October 31 meeting!  Have you been keeping up with our blog comments?  Which titles should we definitely NOT miss in our nominations this year?


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