2014 Mock Newbery
The Newbery Medal was named for 18th-century British bookseller, John Newbery. It is awarded annually by ALA's Association for Library Service to Children to the author of the "most distinguished contribution to American literature for children." This is a board where ACPL staff and patrons may comment about new children's books and vote on what they think should win! To register for our "in-person" discussion on January 11, 2014, call Children's Services at 260.421.1220
On January 11th, after a great discussion of many of the year's books, we arrived at our Mock winners. The 2014 ACPL Mock Newbery Winner is Zebra Forest by Adina Rishe Gewirtz. We selected three Honor books in our Mock Election: The Thing About Luck by Cynthia Kadohata, The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp by Kathi Appelt, and Far Far Away by Tom McNeal.
Here's information from the ACPL Kids Blog with our FINAL Discussion List for Saturday, January 11th.
The Real Boy by Anne Ursu. SUMMARY: "A shy boy named Oscar who works as the hand to a powerful magic worker becomes the only person who can save his village from an evil monster"-- Provided by publisher.
The Water Castle by Megan Frazer Blakemore. SUMMARY: Moving into an inherited mansion in Maine with their mother and stroke-afflicted father, three siblings uncover a mystery involving hidden passageways, family rivalries, and healing waters.
Fortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman. SUMMARY: While picking up milk for his children's cereal, a father is abducted by aliens and finds himself on a wild adventure through time and space.
Words with Wings by Nikki Grimes. SUMMARY: Gabby daydreams to tune out her parents' arguments, but when her parents divorce and she begins a new school, daydreaming gets her into trouble.This verse novel poignantly celebrates the power of writing and the inspiration a good teacher can deliver.
The Mouse with the Question Mark Tail by Richard Peck. SUMMARY: A very small mouse of unknown origins runs away from school in the Royal Mews of Buckingham Palace shortly before the celebration of Queen Victoria's diamond jubilee, celebrating her sixty years on the British throne.
Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's library by Chris Grabenstein. SUMMARY: "Twelve-year-old Kyle gets to stay overnight in the new town library, designed by his hero (the famous gamemaker Luigi Lemoncello), with other students but finds that come morning he must work with friends to solve puzzles in order to escape"-- Provided by publisher.
Paperboy by Vince Vawter. SUMMARY: When an eleven-year-old boy takes over a friend's newspaper route in July, 1959, in Memphis, his debilitating stutter makes for a memorable month.
What's YOUR talent ? In Poughkeepsie, young Cady bakes perfect cakes, Zane spits with great precision, Will hides anywhere (and everywhere) - and MIss Mallory always finds the just right parents for her orphans. This is a charming book about families of all persuasions who discover just how tightly they are all tied together. And there's a special treat in this book - delicious cake recipes!
A Tangle of Knots by Lisa Graff. SUMMARY: "Destiny leads 11-year-old Cady to a peanut butter factory, a family of children searching for their own Talents, and a Talent Thief who will alter her life forever"--Provided by publisher. Includes cake recipes.
Ruby is feeling melancholy; she misses her grandmother, and wonders whether her friends really do like her. But she's convinced that "everything" will become clear at the town's big Bunning Day celebration, where she will read her winning essay. Does it all get better? A charming and poignant look at an important day in one girl's life.
The Center of Everything by Linda Urban. SUMMARY: For Ruby Pepperdine, the center of everything is on the rooftop of Pepperdine Motors, stargazing from the circle of her grandmother Gigi's hug. That's how everything is supposed to be--until it goes spinning out of control.
For Clementine, spring is a really big deal. Its the time for seeing her apple tree start to grow, for watching her friend Margaret go crazy with spring cleaning, and for going on the school trip to Plimoth Plantation. Clementine is ready for Ye Olden Times, but she isnt so sure about surviving lunch there-the fourth graders have strict rules about no eating sounds. (What "is" snicking, anyway? )
Clementine and the Spring Trip by Sara Pennypacker. SUMMARY: Third-grader Clementine's school field trip to Plimoth Plantation leads to all kind of discoveries, from fourth grade eating rules to the source of the stink on the bus.
Ghost Hawk by Susan cooper. SUMMARY: At the end of a winter-long journey into manhood, Little Hawk returns to find his village decimated by a white man's plague and soon, despite a fresh start, Little Hawk dies violently but his spirit remains trapped, seeing how his world changes.
From Norvelt to Nowhere by Jack Gantos. SUMMARY: After an explosion, a new crime by an old murderer, and the sad passing of the founder of Norvelt, Pennsylvania, twelve-year-old Jack accompanies his slightly mental elderly mentor, Miss Volker, on a cross-country run as she pursues the oddest of outlaws.
Flora & Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo. SUMMARY: A cynic meets an unlikely superhero in a genre-breaking new novel by master storyteller Kate DiCamillo. It begins, as the best superhero stories do, with a tragic accident that has unexpected consequences. The squirrel never saw the vacuum cleaner coming, but self-described cynic Flora Belle Buckman, who has read every issue of the comic book Terrible Things Can Happen to You!, is just the right person to step in and save him.
The Year of Billy Miller by Kevin Henkes. SUMMARY: Things to know about Billy Miller: He's worried about 2nd grade He thinks bats are cool His little sister is annoying He had a spectacular accident this summer He doesn't like poetry much His dad makes really good cookies Ned is his best friend His mom likes rainy days He thinks Emma Sparks is a pain He can run really fast This is his year
An intriguing combination of ghost story and fairy tale - sugar mixed with vinegar. Jeremy is so shy that he has few friends, except the wandering ghost of Jacob Grimm of fairy tale fame. Magically, Ginger - known locally for her exceptional bravado - falls in love with Jeremy and his life becomes a series of adventures, some thrilling and some downright horrible. This beautifully written novel plumbs the power of emotion to nourish the best - or to foster the worst - in human behavior.
Far Far Away by Tom McNeal. SUMMARY: "When Jeremy Johnson Johnson's strange ability to speak to the ghost of Jacob Grimm draws the interest of his classmate, Ginger Boltinghouse, the two find themselves at the center of a series of disappearances in their hometown"-- Provided by publisher.
Emancipation Proclamation : Lincoln and the dawn of liberty by Tonya Bolden ---- This book offers readers a unique look at the events that led to the Emancipation Proclamation. Filled with little-known facts and fascinating details, it includes excerpts from historical sources, archival images, and new research that debunks myths about the Emancipation Proclamation and its causes. (Jan)
Emancipation Proclamation: Lincoln and the Dawn of Liberty by Tonya Bolden. SUMMARY: A commemorative introduction to the Emancipation Proclamation provides excerpts from historical sources, reproductions of archival images, and lesser-known facts that challenge popular beliefs. Includes bibliographical references (p. 110-111) and index.
Penny and Her Marble by Kevin Henkes. SUMMARY: Penny feels guilty after taking a beautiful blue marble that she sees in Mrs. Goodwin's grass, but gets a pleasant surprise when she goes to return it the next day.
The Boy on the Wooden Box - How the Impossible Became Possible... on Schindler's List. A Memoir by Leon Leyson. SUMMARY: The biography of Leon Leyson, the only memoir published by a former Schindler's List child.
One Came Home by Amy Timberlake. SUMMARY: In 1871 Wisconsin, thirteen-year-old Georgia sets out to find her sister Agatha, presumed dead when remains are found wearing the dress she was last seen in, and before the end of the year gains fame as a sharpshooter and foiler of counterfeiters.
Pi in the Sky by Wendy Mass. SUMMARY: Joss, the seventh son of the Supreme Overlord of the Universe, must team up with a human girl to re-create Earth, when the planet is accidentally erased from existence.
The Boy on the Porch by Sharon Creech. SUMMARY: "One day a young couple wakes to find a boy asleep on their porch. Unable to speak, the boy cannot explain his history. What kind of people would leave their child with strangers? All John and Marta know is that they have been chosen to care for this boy. As their connection to him grows, they embrace his exuberant spirit and talents. The three of them blossom into an unlikely family, but how long can their happiness last?"-- dust jacket flap.