Are you interested in participating in the Mock Newbery 2014 Book Club for the 2013-2104 school year? I hope so!! I will be talking about the club at the Parent Meeting for Accelerated 5th/6th ELA on Wednesday evening. If you're interested (this is an optional extra-curricular club and can include any student - not just in the accelerated classes), I have a booklet for you where you'll keep track of the 2013 middle grade books you read this year. In the beginning of the booklet, there is a place where you'll record any former Newbery winners or honors you read and the characteristics on which you think the Newbery committee will be judging books. We will be meeting three times this summer. I will be getting parent e-mails for any participants so I can contact you about summer dates. Once school starts, we will meet once or twice a month after school to talk about 2013 books and share reviews and favorites. You can find 2013 books at public libraries, the school library, and book stores. I will have some in my classroom library, also. In January we will vote for our favorites and watch the live A.L.A. presentation and then start all over again! :-) If you're interested in reading more about the Newbery Medal, click on this link: http://www.ala.org/awardsgrants/awards/15/apply
Here are some "buzz" books so far this year (I define a "buzz" book by how much it gets talked about in social media, book websites, bookstores, and book review magazines). Sometimes, however, a book gets chosen for the Newbery that wasn't expected to win, so don't ignore less talked about books. A "sleeper" may be the one! There are MANY new books that come out, but not all of them are Newbery-type books, so I'm only going to feature books for the Mock Newbery 2014 Club that I think may be considered. Don't let that stop you from reading ALL KINDS of new books, though! It's good to read many books and review them even if you think they aren't Newbery-worthy, but still lots of fun to read! I'll do one of these posts once or twice a month, so keep checking!
A Tangle of Knots by Lisa Graff
Hold Fast by Blue Balliett
Lincoln's Grave Robbers by Steve Sheinkin
Navigating Early by Clare Vanderpool
The Colossus Rises by Peter Lerangis
Hattie Ever After by Kirby Larson (Read the first one, too! Hattie Big Sky
Beholding Bee by Kimberly Newton Fusco
Destiny, Rewritten by Kathryn Fitzmaurice
The Runaway King by Jennifer Nielsen
We will probably be reading The False Prince aloud next year, the first one in this series.
Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin by Liesel Shirtliff
The Center of Everything by Linda Urban
One Came Home by Amy Timberlake
The Water Castle by Megan Frazer Blakemore
Courage Has No Color by Tanya Lee Stone
Paperboy by Vince Vawter
Hide and Seek by Kate Messner - Read Capture the Flag first!
The Hero's Guide to Storming the Castle by Christopher Healy (This is #2 in the series - read The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom first.)
This list should keep you reading for now! Don't forget to pick up a Newbery Club booklet, record each book, and write a short review so you can remember your favorites. Just check the date published on the copyright page in the front (sometimes the back) of the book. It must be 2013.
A great website for kids' book reviews is Kidsreads.com