Mid-May meeting, 2015

Good discussion went along with shared opinions Friday!  Everyone was ready to go and prepared with their comments.  Some of the favorite titles shared at this meeting include:
All the Answers by Kate Messner, The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, The Bullet Catch, Old Wolf (again), Wish Girl by Nikki Loftin, and repeated accolades for The War That Saved My Life.
There was also some discussion about a few series books and their ability to be qualified for the Newbery Award.
Please feel free to share your own favorites for this year in the Replies box below.

2015 Book Discussions Have Begun!

We had a super meeting Friday with 19 of us sharing the newly published books that we have recently read.  A couple kids read Echo by Ryan and really like this one.  Also Into the Killing Seas, Nooks and Crannies, Old Wolf, The Only Game, Red Butterfly, Under a Painted Sky, Waiting for Unicorns, Wish Girl, and Zodiac were all favorably reviewed.  It sounds like we are already finding some great books this year!  Please feel free to comment on any titles that you have read.

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?


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