Posted in 2015-2016 Club, Not Mock Newbery

My Near-Death Adventures (99% True), by Alison DeCamp

Summary: In 1895, twelve-year-old Stan decides to find his long-lost father in the logging camps of Michigan, documenting in his scrapbook his travels and encounters with troublesome relatives, his mother’s suitors, lumberjacks, and more.

Crown Books

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Posted in 2013-2014 Club, Not Mock Newbery

Fellowship for Alien Detection, by Kevin Emerson

Fellowship for Alien DetectionSummary: Haley and Dodger don’t have much in common. Haley lives in  Connecticut; Dodger lives in Washington. Haley has a family who loves and supports her; Dodger can’t seem to ever get his dad’s approval. But they both want something: a new map, a path away from home—or, perhaps, a path toward it. Of course, this was all before they heard about the missing people and the untraceable radio signals. Before they both became the first recipients of a summer research grant from a certain mysterious foundation. Now Haley and Dodger are the only ones who can figure out what is happening in towns across America.


Posted in 2012-2013 Club, Not Mock Newbery

Goblin Secrets, by William Alexander

Summary:  In the town of Zombay, there is a witch named Graba who has clockwork chicken legs and moves her house around–much like the fairy tale figure of Baba Yaga. Graba takes in stray children, and Rownie is the youngest boy in her household. Rownie’s only real relative is his older brother Rowan, who is an actor. But acting is outlawed in Zombay, and Rowan has disappeared. Desperate to find him, Rownie joins up with a troupe of goblins who skirt the law to put on plays. But their plays are not only for entertainment, and the masks they use are for more than make-believe. The goblins also want to find Rowan–because Rowan might be the only person who can save the town from being flooded by a mighty river.

Margaret K. McElderry Books

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