Top 7 Nominations for 2012 Newbery Award

December 2 we met and came up with a Top 4 in addition to the Top 3 we each nominated 6 weeks ago.  This post includes both, as our final nominations for this year, excluding those Top 4 with only 1 vote.  I recognize that this is a very long list even without listing the 21 titles with only 1 vote.  But I expect that the kids’ comments that go along with them will be worth scrolling down to read!

Amelia Lost: the Life and Disappearance of Amelia Earhart, by Candace Fleming
. “You come to bond with Amelia.” – Yates
The Aviary by Kathleen O’Dell
. “It captivated me.” – Ruchi
. “It was amazing that Clara overcame her worst nemesis, fear, which we all struggle with.” – Rebekah
Between Shades of Gray, by Ruta Sepetys
. “…keeps going back to flashbacks… with a big twist.” – Ram
. “It touched my heart.  I could feel and breathe every word.” – Ruchi
Bird in a Box by Andrea Davis Pinkney
. “I think the different points of view made this story great.” – Mehlynn
. “…characters were as familiar to me as my friends.” – Surya
The Cheshire Cheese Cat: a Dickens of a Tale, by by Carmen Deedy
. “…characters are varied and well-written into the framework of the story.” – Kyle
City of Orphans by Avi
. “The plot and setting are great.” – Mukil
. “..the kind of story that makes you want to learn more.” – Andrew
. “..occasionally made my heart start racing… I felt like I was in the book.” – Bonnie
The Dragons of Silk by Laurence Yep
. “I love how the generations are connected and overlapping…” – Yael
. “..made me feel as if I were part of the family, living their lives and being with them.” – Bonnie
The Emerald Atlas by John Stephens
.”…had me reading until the end…” – Ajay
The Floating Islands by Rachel Neumeier
. “While simple, it is very exciting. It makes you want to be the characters.” – Andrew
The Great Migration: Journey to the North by Eloise Greenfield
. “Story is told in prose and gives a great feeling of the kind of culture that existed among them.” – Kyle
Hidden by Helen Frost
. “The emotions felt by the characters penetrated the pages and controlled the reader’s emotions so well.” – Sachi
Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai
. “The poetry format matched the story and made it even better.” – Yael
Kick by Walter Dean Myers
. “…the multiple points of view was what I liked.” – Ajay
Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25 by Richard Paul Evans
. “The writing is very enticing…” – Andrew
. “Everyone will wish Michael were real.” – Rebekah
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
. “…very different plot.” – Parv
. “Great and gripping story.” – Patrick
No Passengers Beyond This Point by Gennifer Choldenko
. “…I couldn’t put it down.” – Yael
Okay for Now by Gary Schmidt
. “I thought that the voice the author uses is amazing.” – Meylynn
. “I dreamed about the characters.” – Surya
. “…could really bond with the characters.” – Gokul
The Only Ones by Aaron Starmer
. “..plenty of detail so you aren’t left with a cookie-cutter story.” – Patrick
Queen of the Falls by Chris Van Allsburg
. “…ending made me feel strongly for her and her struggles.” – Bonnie
The Romeo and Juliet Code by Phoebe Stone
. “Character development and the details made the story’s plot…” – Ponni
Saving Zasha by Randi Barrow
. “…made the story realistic for me.” – Ponni
The Silver Bowl by Diane Stanley
. “Molly takes you along her amazing and unsure adventure.” – Rebekah
Small Acts of Amazing Courage by Gloria Whelan
. “The characters were awesome.” – Surya
. “..showed how to be a person on your own.” – Aparna
. “… I can bond with the character.” – Gokul
The Unwanteds by Lisa McMann
. “The idea of “magic powered by creativity” was amazing.” – Yael
. “An action-packed story filled to the brim in the feelings of an unwanted populace.” – Kyle
The Wikkeling by Steven Arntson
. “Description of futuristic setting is put into words in near-brilliance…” – Kyle
. “…gave me the creeps. ..good visualization and joyful to read.” – Surya
Words in the Dust by Trent Reedy
. “I could feel the main character as if she were me.” – Surya

Our First “Short” List!

21 of  us met Friday, June 10, and came up with our first list this year of titles that we don’t want anyone to miss.  I congratulate these kids with all the reading they have done BEFORE school let out for the summer!  And check these out ASAP!

The Atomic Weight of Secrets, by Eden Bowditch
The Aviary, by Kathleen O’Dell
Bigger than a Bread Box, by Laurel Snyder
A Dog’s Way Home, by Bobbie Pyron
The Emerald Atlas, by John Stephens
The Floating Islands, by Rachel Neumeier
The Genius Files Mission Unstoppable, by Dan Gutman
Inside Out and Back Again, by Thanhha Lai
Kick, by Walter Dean Myers and Ross Workman
No Passengers Beyond This Point, by Gennifer Choldenko
Okay for Now, by Gary Schmidt
Saving Zasha, by Randi Barrow
Small Acts of Amazing Courage, by Gloria Whelan
Storm Runners, by Roland Smith
The Wikkeling, by Steven Arntson

Please make your comments on any titles that you have finished reading.  We’d love to hear your opinions.

The Shorter Short List

In anticipation of our final vote this coming Friday (January 15), we’ve pared down our short list to the real contenders.  Anyone care to speculate on our winners?

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