Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Are You My Newbery? What I'm Thinking

This year I've been actively involved in two real life Mock Newbery Book Clubs.  I've followed and contributed to the Goodreads discussion and I'll be at the St. Joseph County Public Library's adult discussion on January 8th.  The award will be chosen on January 10, 2011 and I hope to be watching it with my book club at 10:45.

Last year, when I read When You Reach Me, I truly felt amazed and in awe of the book as a whole. It had "newbery" written all over it.  This year, there are so many good books out there, it's been harder to even choose my top 7, let alone "the" book.  So, I'm going to list all the books I've read so far, in the hopes that at least 7 will stand out for me.

In order read:
  1. 8th Grade Superzero by Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich
  2. Woods Runner by Gary Paulsen
  3. Conspiracy of Kings by Megan Whalen Turner
  4. Mirror, Mirror by Marilyn Singer
  5. Meanwhile by Jason Shiga
  6. The Red Umbrella by Christina Diaz Gonzales
  7. Sweet, Hereafter by Angela Johnson
  8. The Garbage Barge by Jonah Winter
  9. The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan
  10. Cardturner by Louis Sachar
  11. Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper
  12. One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia
  13. Countdown by Deborah Wiles
  14. Ghost of Crutchfield Hall by Mary Downing Hahn
  15. Paper Daughter by Jeanette Ingold
  16. Benjamin Pratt and the Keepers of the School by Andrew Clements
  17. The Mysterious Howling by Maryrose Wood
  18. The Dreamer by Patricia Munoz Ryan
  19. Ubiquitous by Joyce Sidman
  20. Birthday Ball by Lois Lowry
  21. The Boneshaker by Kate Milford
  22. After Ever After by Jordan Sonnenblick
  23. The Adventures of Jack Lime by James Leck
  24. Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine
  25. Sit In by Andrea Davis Pinckney
  26. Tell Us We're Home by Marina Budhos
  27. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
  28. Keeper by Kathi Appelt
  29. The Grimm Legacy by Polly Shulman
  30. The Kneebone Boy by Ellen Potter
  31. The Other Half of My Heart by Sundee Frazier
  32. The Water Seeker by Kimberly Willis Holt
  33. The Night Fairy by Laura Schlitz
  34. The Familiars by Epstein and Jacobson
  35. The Search for Wondla by Tony DiTerlizzi
  36. Stuck on Earth by David Klass
  37. Lulu and the Brontosaurus by Judith Viorst
  38. The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan
  39. Bamboo People by Mitali Perkins
  40. Jake by Audrey Couloumbis
  41. The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger
  42. Griff Carver, Hallway Patrol by Jim Krieg
  43. Heart of a Samurai by Margi Preus
  44. Saving Sky by Diane Stanley
  45. The Called Themselves the KKK by Susan Campbell Bartoletti
  46. As Easy As Falling off The Face of the Earth by Lynn Rae Perkins
  47. The Danger Box by Blue Balliett (159p)
  48. Yummy by G. Neri
  49. Lockdown by Walter Dean Myers
  50. Finding Family by Tonya Bolden
  51. Bink and Gollie by DiCamillo and McGhee
  52. What Happened on Fox Street by Tricia Springstubb
  53. Forge by Laurie Halse Anderson
  54. Touch Blue by Cynthia Lord
  55. Because of Mr. Terupt by Rob Buyea
  56. Alchemy and Meggy Swann by Karen Cushman
  57. A Tale Dark and Grimm by Adam Gidwitz
  58. Scumble by Ingrid Law
  59. A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park
  60. Turtle in Paradise by Jennifer L. Holm
  61. Moon Over Manifest by Claire Vanderpool
  62. Hero by Mike Lupica
  63. Sugar and Ice by Kate Messner
  64. Dark Emperor by Joyce Sidman
  65. Ninth Ward by Jewell Parker Rhodes
  66. Best Friends Forever by Beverly Platt
  67. The Fantastic Secret of Owen Jester by Barbara O'Connor
  68. The Rise and Fall of Mount Majestic by Jennifer Trafton
I know the committee members read a ton more! I have some titles here at home I want to tackle before the January 6th.  My students are voting for their Top 3 right now too!

Ok, here's what I'm picking, as of December 22, 2010.  Note that I've only re-read Keeper, Cardturner, and Conspiracy so far.

In no particular order

  • Cardturner by Louis Sachar
  • Kneebone Boy by Ellen Potter
  • Saving Sky by Diane Stanley
  • Keeper by Kathi Appelt
  • Conspiracy of Kings by Megan Whalen Turner
  • One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia
  • Forge by Laurie Halse Anderson
Phew, that was difficult and I'm still wavering! I will write up some reasons for each one and post those before my meeting.

Are there any books you think I really need to read?  What are your top picks?


  1. Sachar is always a stand out, so I can see why he's on your list. I loved A Long Walk to Water.

  2. Mockingjay is the best out of this list! It was really different compared to the previous two books, though, and I didn't really like the ending. I think the first book is the best out of the entire series, and the second is the third best, and the third is the second best! Anyway, the whole series has a creative world, which must be what it's most known for. ^^


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