Sunday, January 22, 2012

The Sunday Salon - Are You My Newbery 2012 - What the Students Think

We had our final meeting! And the Mock Newbery winners are:

Winner: Divergent by Veronica Roth

Honors: The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
             Okay for Now by Gary Schmidt

 The titles we read were:
  1. City of Orphans by Avi
  2. Sidekicks by Jack Ferraiolo
  3. Trouble with May Amelia by Jennifer Holm
  4. Icefall by Matthew J Kirby
  5. Inside Out and Back Again by Thannha Lai
  6. Apothecary by Maile Meloy
  7. The Adventures of Sir Gawain The True by Gerald Morris
  8. Divergent by Veronica Roth
  9. Okay for Now by Gary Schmidt
  10. Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick
  11. Bigger Than a Breadbox by Laurel Snyder
  12. Emerald Atlas by John Stephens
  13. Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
  14. Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu
  15. Fingertips of Duncan Dorfman by M Wolizter
Somehow, I'd forgotten some of us met over summer! I forgot to include True...Sort of and Between Shades of Gray on the published reading list!

This year's club was fundamentally different than last year's.  We didn't have any sixth graders and ended up with half as many students.  You can tell that most were older by the titles that won!

Also, due to budget constraints, we didn't get the books until late and didn't have many copies of each. Since many students use the school library as the place they receive books - some dropped out because they couldn't get the books in time.

One thing that was the same; it was requested that we do a "popular" book club.  I think I will move my focus next year.  Maybe read books that are/were on the Battle of the Kid's Books.  As of next month, I'll be moving to a lunch time read for each grade.  3 book clubs per month!! For sixth grade, I'll continue using the above list. For 7th graders - which has one boy - I'm going to use fantasy and for 8th - a mix of contemporary romance, fantasy, and mystery.


  1. Ugh! Why do I have to ben 8th grader this year!?

  2. I reviewed Between Shades of Gray for my Mock Printz event. I would think that Divergent is fr an older audience than middle grades. It will be interesting to see what the actual committees think.

  3. You did pretty well predicting the winners! What a fun idea to host book clubs at your school!


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