ACPL 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 24, 2015, call Children's Services at 260.421.1220
<2014 pin> The Riverman by Aaron Starmer. SUMMARY: "The first book in a trilogy about a girl who claims she is visiting a parallel universe where a nefarious being called The Riverman is stealing the souls of children and the boy she asks to write her biography because she fears her soul may be next"-- Provided by publisher.
<2014 pin> The Key That Swallowed Joey Pigza by Jack Gantos. SUMMARY: "Everything goes topsy-turvy for Joey as he becomes the man of the house, looking after his new baby brother, taking care of his troubled mother, and seeking out his missing father"-- Provided by publisher.
<2014 pin> Nest by Esther Ehrlich. SUMMARY: On Cape Cod in 1972, eleven-year-old Naomi, known as Chirp for her love of birds, gets help from neighbor Joey as she struggles to cope with her mother's multiple sclerosis and its effect on her father and sister.
<2014 pin> Pure Grit by Mary Cronk Farrell. Subtitled "How American World War II Nurses Survived Battle and Prison Camp in the Pacific
<2014 pin> 2014 longlist for the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature! Which books should we absolutely include in our Mock Newbery discussion?
At home in her tomb : Lady Dai and the ancient Chinese treasures of Mawangdui by Christine Liu-Perkins ---- Unearths the mysteries of the Mawangdui (mah-wahng-dway) tombs, one of China's top archaeological finds of the last century. Miniature servants, mysterious silk paintings, scrolls of long-lost secrets, and the best preserved mummy in the world (the body of Lady Dai) are just some of the artifacts that shed light upon life in China during the Han dynasty. (May)
<2014 pin> At Home in Her Tomb - Lady Dai and the Ancient Chinese Treasures of Mawangdui by Christine Liu-Perkins. CONTENTS: Introduction: Face-to-Face with Lady Dai -- Excavation of a Time Capsule -- The Mysterious Cadaver -- A House Underground -- All the Comforts of Home -- Lady Dai's Silk Treasures -- Library of Silk and Bamboo -- Conclusion: Time Capsule of Mawangdui -- Historical Note: Legacy of the Qin and Han Dynasties -- Time Line -- Glossary.
<2014 pin> The Secret Hum of a Daisy by Tracy Holczer. SUMMARY: "After 12-year-old Grace's mother's sudden death, Grace is forced to live with a grandmother she's never met. Then she discovers clues in a mysterious treasure hunt--one that will help her find her true home"-- Provided by publisher.
<2014 pin> What the Moon Said by Gayle Rosengren. SUMMARY: When Esther's family moves to a farm during the Great Depression, she soon learns that there are things much more important than that her superstitious mother rarely shows her any affection.
<2014 pin> Half a World Away by Cynthia Kadohata. SUMMARY: Twelve-year-old Jaden, an emotionally damaged adopted boy fascinated by electricity, feels a connection to a small, weak toddler with special needs in Kazakhstan, where Jaden's family is trying to adopt a "normal" baby.
<2014 pin> Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson. SUMMARY: "The author shares her childhood memories and reveals the first sparks that ignited her writing career in free-verse poems about growing up in the North and South"-- Provided by publisher.
<2014 pin> Half a Chance by Cynthia Lord. SUMMARY: Lucy, with her mother and her photographer father, has just moved to a small rural community in New Hampshire, and with her new friend Nate she plans to spend the summer taking photos for a contest, but pictures sometimes reveal more than people are willing to see.
Revolution by Deborah Wiles. SUMMARY: It's 1964 in Greenwood, Mississippi, and Sunny's town is being invaded by people from up north who are coming to help people register to vote. Her personal life isn't much better, as a new stepmother, brother, and sister are crowding into her life, giving her little room to breathe.--From publisher description.
<2014 pin> Revolution by Deborah Wiles. SUMMARY: It's 1964 in Greenwood, Mississippi, and Sunny's town is being invaded by people from up north who are coming to help people register to vote. Her personal life isn't much better, as a new stepmother, brother, and sister are crowding into her life, giving her little room to breathe.--From publisher description.
<2014 pin> Upside Down in the Middle of Nowhere by Julie T. Lamana. SUMMARY: At the end of August 2005, ten-year-old Armani is looking forward to her birthday party in the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans, where she and her extended family live, but Hurricane Katrina is on the way, bringing destruction and tragedy in its wake.
<2014 pin> The Thickety: A Path Begins by J.A. White. SUMMARY: "When twelve-year-old Kara discovers her mother's grimoire in the dangerous forest, she must decide if she'll use it, even though such magic is forbidden"-- Provided by publisher.
<2014 pin> A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd. SUMMARY: The Pickles are new to Midnight Gulch, Tennessee, a town which legend says was once magic--but Felicity is convinced the magic is still there, and with the help of her new friend Jonah the Beedle she hopes to bring the magic back.
<2014 pin> Boys of Blur by N.D.Wilson. SUMMARY: "When Charlie moves to Taper, Florida he discovers a secret world hidden within the sugar cane fields"-- Provided by publisher.
<2014 pin> West of the Moon by Margi Preus. SUMMARY: In nineteenth-century Norway, fourteen-year-old Astri, whose aunt has sold her to a mean goatherder, dreams of joining her father in America.
<2014 pin> Nightingale's Nest by Nikki Loftin. SUMMARY: In this twist on "The Nightingale," Little John, despite his own poverty and grief, reaches out to Gayle, an unhappy foster child living next-door who sings beautifully and hides a great secret.
<2014 pin> Absolutely Almost by Lisa Graff. SUMMARY: Ten-year-old Albie has never been the smartest, tallest, best at gym, greatest artist, or most musical in his class, as his parents keep reminding him, but new nanny Calista helps him uncover his strengths and take pride in himself.
Josephine by Patricia Hruby Powell. SUMMARY: In exuberant verse and stirring pictures, Patricia Hruby Powell and Christian Robinson create an extraordinary portrait of the passionate performer and civil rights advocate Josephine Baker, the woman who worked her way from the slums of St. Louis to the grandest stages in the world.
<2014 pin> Josephine by Patricia Hruby Powell. SUMMARY: In exuberant verse and stirring pictures, Patricia Hruby Powell and Christian Robinson create an extraordinary portrait of the passionate performer and civil rights advocate Josephine Baker, the woman who worked her way from the slums of St. Louis to the grandest stages in the world.
<2014 pin> The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier. SUMMARY: Irish orphans Molly, fourteen, and Kip, ten, travel to England to work as servants in a crumbling manor house where nothing is quite what it seems to be, and soon the siblings are confronted by a mysterious stranger and secrets of the cursed house.
<2014 pin> The Meaning of Maggie by Megan Jean Sovern. SUMMARY: Eleven-year-old Maggie Mayfield is an A-plus student with big plans for herself, but at this moment she is also facing a lot of problems--like starting middle school and figuring out how to help her father who is out of work and in a wheelchair.
<2014 pin> Fly Away by Patricia MacLachlan. SUMMARY: While in North Dakota helping her Aunt Frankie prepare for a possible flood, Lucy finds her voice as a poet with the help of her two-year-old brother Teddy, the rest of their family, and a few cows.
<2014 pin> The Crossover by Kwame Alexander. SUMMARY: Fourteen-year-old twin basketball stars Josh and Jordan wrestle with highs and lows on and off the court as their father ignores his declining health.
Lord and Lady Bunny--almost royalty by Mr & Mrs Bunny (translated from the Rabbit by Polly Horvath) is the sequel to Mr. and Mrs. Bunny--detective extraordinaires (http://smartcat.acpl.lib.in.us/?q=lord+and+lady+bunny&image.x=0&image.y=0). Can these 2 bunnies change career paths or will they be forever detectives?
<2014 pin> Lord and Lady Bunny -- Almost Royalty! by Polly Horvath. SUMMARY: "Madeleine and her hippie parents travel to England to run a candy shop. Meanwhile Mr. and Mrs. Bunny also travel to England, where Mrs. Bunny tries to weasel her way into the ranks of royalty"-- Provided by publisher.