Posted in 2015-2016 Club, Not Mock Newbery

If you Find This, by Matthew Baker

Summary: When the grandfather he never knew is released from prison suffering from dementia, eleven-year-old Nicholas, a mathematical and musical genius, tries to save the family’s home by helping search for heirlooms Grandpa claims to have buried.

Little, Brown and Company

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Posted in 2012-2013 Club, Not Mock Newbery

Kindred Souls, by Patricia MacLachlan

 Summary:Jake’s grandfather, Billy, hears the talk of birds, is eighty-eight years old, and is going to live forever. Even when Billy gets sick, Jake knows that everything will go on as always. But there’s one thing Billy wants: to rebuild the sod house where he grew up. Can Jake give him this one special thing? From beloved author Patricia MacLachlan comes a poignant story about what we do for the ones we love, and how the bonds that hold us together also allow us to let each other go.

Katherine Tegen Books

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Posted in 2011-2012 Club, Not Mock Newbery

Dead End in Norvelt, by Jack Gantos

Summary:  In the historic town of Norvelt, Pennsylvania, twelve-year-old Jack Gantos spends the summer of 1962 grounded for various offenses until he is assigned to help an elderly neighbor with a most unusual chore involving the newly dead, molten wax, twisted promises, Girl Scout cookies, underage driving, lessons from history, typewriting, and countless bloody noses.

Farrar Straus Giroux