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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 December 12, 2015, call Children's Services at 260.421.1220
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<2015 Pin> Gone Crazy in Alabama by Rita Williams-Garcia. SUMMARY: Delphine, Vonetta, and Fern are off to Alabama to visit their grandmother, Big Ma, and her mother, Ma Charles.

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<2015 Pin> The Marvels by Brian Selznick. SUMMARY: The journey begins on a ship at sea in 1766, with a boy named Billy Marvel. After surviving a shipwreck, he finds work in a London theatre. There, his family flourishes for generations as brilliant actors until 1900, when ...

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<2015 Pin> The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman. SUMMARY: On the eve of her wedding, a young queen sets out to rescue a princess from an enchantment. She casts aside her fine wedding clothes, takes her chain mail and her sword and follows her brave dwarf retainers into the tunnels under the mountain towards the sleeping kingdom.

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<2015 Pin> The Nest by Kenneth Oppel. SUMMARY: "When wasps come to Steve in a dream offering to fix his sick baby brother, he thinks all he has to do is say yes. But yes may not mean what Steve thinks it means"-- Provided by publisher.

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<2015 Pin> Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War. SUMMARY: "The story of Daniel Ellsberg and his decision to steal and publish secret documents about America's involvement in the Vietnam War"-- Provided by publisher.

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<2015 Pin> The Hired Girl by Laura Amy Schlitz. SUMMARY: Over the summer of 1911, fourteen-year-old Joan Skraggs pours her heart out into her diary as she seeks a new, better life for herself--because maybe, just maybe, a hired girl cleaning and cooking for six dollars a week can become what a farm girl could only dream of--a woman with a future.

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<2015 Pin> Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina & New Orleans by Don Brown. Summary: Eighty percent of the city flooded, in some places under twenty feet of water. Property damages across the Gulf Coast topped $100 billion. One thousand eight hundred and thirty-three people lost their lives. The riveting tale of this historic storm and the drowning of an American city is one of selflessness, heroism, and courage -- and also of incompetence, racism, and criminality.

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<2015 Pin> Red Butterfly by A.L. Sonnichsen. SUMMARY: In China, a foundling girl with a deformed hand raised in secret by an American woman must navigate China's strict adoption system when she is torn away from the only family she has ever known.

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<2015 Pin> Game changer : John Mclendon and the Secret Game by John Coy, illustrated by Randy DuBurke. SUMMARY: "Discover the true story of how in 1944, Coach John McLendon orchestrated a secret game between the best players from a white college and his team from the North Carolina College of Negroes. At a time of widespread segregation and rampant racism, this illegal gathering changed the sport of basketball forever"--Dust jacket flap.

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<2015 Pin> The Penderwicks in Spring by Jeanne Birdsall. SUMMARY: As spring arrives on Gardam Street, there are surprises in store for each Penderwick, from neighbor Nick Geiger's expected return from the war to Batty's new dog-walking business, but her plans to use her profits to surprise her family on her eleventh birthday go astray.

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<2015 Pin> Bayou Magic by Jewell Parker Rhodes. SUMMARY: Visiting her grandmother in the Louisiana bayou, ten-year-old Maddy begins to realize that she may be the only sibling to carry on the gift of her family's magical legacy.

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<2015 Pin> Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate. SUMMARY: "A story about a homeless boy and his imaginary friend that proves in unexpected ways that friends matter, whether real or imaginary"-- Provided by publisher.

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<2015 Pin> Blackbird Fly by Erin Entrada Kelly. SUMMARY: Bullied at school, eighth-grader Apple, a Filipino American who loves the music of the Beatles, decides to change her life by learning how to play the guitar.

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<2015 pin> The Question of Miracles by Elana K. Arnold. SUMMARY: Unhappy about moving from sunny California to rainy Corvallis, Oregon, and grieving over the death of her best friend, sixth-grader Iris looks for a miracle and may find one in new friend Boris.

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<2015 Pin> Fatal Fever: Tracking Down Typhoid Mary by Gail Jarrow. SUMMARY: Summary: Chronicles the story of the early 1900s typhoid fever epidemic in New York, providing details as to how its infamous carrier was ultimately tracked down and stopped.

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<2015 pin> Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer by Kelly Jones. SUMMARY: Through a series of letters, Sophie Brown, age twelve, tells of her family's move to her Great Uncle Jim's farm, where she begins taking care of some unusual chickens with help from neighbors and friends.

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<2015 Pin> This Side of Wild by Gary Paulsen. SUMMARY: In This Side of Wild, which has taken a lifetime to write, Gary Paulsen proves the ways in which they have taught him to be a better person.

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<2015 Pin> Orbiting Jupiter by Gary D. Schmidt. SUMMARY: "Jack, 12, tells the gripping story of Joseph, 14, who joins his family as a foster child. Damaged in prison, Joseph wants nothing more than to find his baby daughter, Jupiter, whom he has never seen. When Joseph has begun to believe he'll have a future, he is confronted by demons from his past that force a tragic sacrifice"-- Provided by publisher.

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<2015 Pin> The Seventh Most Important thing by Shelley Pearsall. SUMMARY: "In 1963, thirteen-year-old Arthur is sentenced to community service helping the neighborhood Junk Man after he throws a brick at the old man's head in a moment of rage, but the junk he collects might be more important than he suspects. Inspired by the work of American folk artist James Hampton"-- Provided by publisher.

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<2015 Pin> Tommy the Gun That Changed America by Karen Blumenthal. CONTENTS: Contents: Prologue. Locked and loaded -- Conception -- Trench broom -- The annihilator -- Ready, aim -- Rebellion -- The Chicago piano -- Wild tigers -- Valentines and violins -- Attack and intimidation -- The war on crime -- Cops and robbers -- Public enemies -- Recoil -- Reload -- The end of an era -- Epilogue.

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<2015 Pin> Firefly Hollow by Alison McGhee. SUMMARY: Because their dreams of daring adventures go against the cautious teachings of their nations, Firefly and Cricket set out on their own, find a home with kindly Vole, and together help a grieving "miniature giant" named Peter.

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<2015 Pin> Return to Augie Hobble by Lane Smith. SUMMARY: New Mexico middle-schooler Augie Hobble grapples with adolescence, paranormal mysteries, an overdue Creative Arts project, and heartbreaking loss while working in his father's theme park, Fairy Tale Place.

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<2015 Pin> The Curious World of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly. SUMMARY: "In rural Texas in 1900, when a storm blows change into town in the form of a visiting veterinarian, twelve-year-old Callie discovers a life and a vocation she desperately wants. But with societal expectations as they are, she will need all her wits and courage to realize her dreams"-- Provided by publisher.

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<2015 Pin> The Boys Who Challenged Hitler by Phillip Hoose. SUMMARY: At the outset of World War II, Denmark did not resist German occupation. Deeply ashamed of his nation's leaders, fifteen-year-old Knud Pedersen resolved with his brother and a handful of schoolmates to take action against the Nazis if the adults would not.

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<2015 Pin> Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt. SUMMARY: "Ally's greatest fear is that everyone will find out she is as dumb as they think she is because she still doesn't know how to read"-- Provided by publisher.

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