Sunday, June 30, 2013

Mock Newbery 2014 Club Summer Meeting #1

Our first summer Mock Newbery 2014 Club meeting was so fun!  I loved that we had a great turnout on a cloudy June day.  We caught up with each other's summers so far.  We all agreed that it is going too fast!  Some kids have gone on great vacations, so we shared stories of those trips.  I loved that everyone brought the books they were reading and have read, and many shared.  Here are some books we talked about:
Doll Bones
Lindsay and I LOVED this book and both gave it 5 stars!
Adam has this in his stack of library books.  We are both looking forward to reading it!  The cover is so eye-catching!
Platypus Police Squad: The Frog Who Croaked
Tyler read this one and said it was really funny.  He gave us a summary on it, but no spoilers! :-)
Pi in the Sky
Since I was in the middle of this one, I shared it and made Ava really mad that I wouldn't give it to her yet since I wasn't finished. I knew she'd be excited about a new Wendy Mass book!
Quinn is reading this one.  I was excited she was reading it because I wanted to hear if it has "kid appeal."  I loved it, but I hadn't "kid tested" it yet.  She'll let us know her final thoughts next month, I hope!  Speaking of "kid appeal," Stephen suggested kid readers should be on the Newbery Committee.  I agree!  I think it should take all my Mock Newbery Club kids! :-)
This is another book I loved, but I hadn't given it to any kids yet.  Stephen is in the middle of it, gave a summary of it so far, and said he really liked it.  He thought it might not appeal to all kids, but to kids who love reading, it would.  He thought it had beautiful language.
Maggie was excited about Clare Vanderpool because she's reading:
Moon Over Manifest
One of things we're doing is reading former Newbery Award winners and honors so we can determine what characteristics we think the Newbery committee is looking for.  Maggie is enjoying this one. 
Another former Newbery winner several kids have been reading and enjoying is:
The Wednesday Wars
I always recommend Okay For Now after kids get done with this one.  It's a companion novel, and I like it even more than Wednesday Wars!  That's saying a lot because I LOVED Wednesday Wars!
Other former Newbery books kids were reading or have read this summer include:
Island Of The Blue Dolphins
Lauren said she emotionally connected to the characters in this book!
The Witch of Blackbird Pond
Kaleigh is reading this one.  This was one of my favorites when I was in fifth or sixth grade!
Here are some more 2013 books we discussed:
Genie Wishes
Calynn told us about this one, and I think it sounds great!  The reviews are terrific.
33 Minutes
We liked the title of this one!
Destiny, Rewritten Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin
Cassandra brought along these two - Lauren read Rump, too, and really liked it.
Jackson read this one, and now Emma is reading it.  It's about a boy who stutters.  I'm looking forward to reading it.
Wake Up Missing
At the very end, I shared this one - it hasn't come out yet (September), but I got it from Kate Messner, and it's signed to our class!!  I really liked it - it's science fiction - creepy and exciting! It's going to fly around my club!
Every Day After
I finished this one on vacation and LOVED it.  I want all my students to read it! 
We talked about some other books that aren't 2013 OR Newbery books, but that's ok.  Whenever we get together, we can talk about ANY books!  Abby F. is rereading Harry Potter.  It's one of those masterpieces that never won the Newbery, but we all love it anyway, right?  I've always wanted to reread the whole series.  Maybe one day...
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)
Abby M. told us about:
Just Grace
We will meet again in July and once more in August before school starts.  I can't wait to talk more about books with these kids.  They are so full of enthusiasm!


  1. What a great list. Excellent post.

  2. Loved this post!! :) Didn't know about Pi in the Sky, so excited!!

  3. So wonderful that you are doing this club. I'm inspired. :) Thanks for a wonderful post.
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