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ACPL Mock Newbery 2015 winners (2)Yesterday afternoon, a group of 18 librarians, teachers, and interested readers met to talk about children’s books. Working from a short list of 13 titles which had developed over the last year, we discussed, critiqued, evaluated, and shared our feelings about these titles.

Gosh, did we have fun!

After 3 1/2 hours of discussion, it was time to vote. And vote again. And vote again. And vote AGAIN! We finally arrived at our Mock Newbery winner.

The ACPL Mock Newbery winner for 2015 is… <drumroll, please!>

Crossover by Kwame Alexander

Crossover by Kwame Alexander

Our group also selected two Mock Newbery Honor books:

Now we will just wait, ever so patiently, to hear the announcement about the “real” Newbery winners.

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Newbery medalEach year, the Children’s Services department of the Allen County Public Library offers a Mock Newbery discussion and election. Using the same terms and criteria as the actual Newbery Selection Committee to frame our discussions, we talk about some of the best kids’ books published this year, and then hold a mock election to determine what WE think is “the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children published by an American publisher in the United States in English.

All year we’ve been reading and posting possible discussion titles to our ACPL Mock Pinterest page. We’ve now narrowed the list and have a “short list” of titles which we will be discussing at our Mock Newbery Discussion on January 24th:

  1. Absolutely Almost by Lisa Graff
  2. Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
  3. The Crossover by Kwame Alexander
  4. The Family Romanov; Murder, Rebellion and the Fall of Imperial Russia by Candace Fleming
  5. The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer Holm
  6. Half a World Away by Cynthia Kadohata
  7. The Madman of Piney Woods by Christopher Paul Curtis
  8. The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier
  9. Nightingale’s Nest by Nikki Loftin
  10. Rain Reign by Ann M. Martin
  11. The Secret Hum of a Daisy by Tracy Holczer
  12. Upside Down in the Middle of Nowhere by Julie T. Lamana
  13. West of the Moon by Margi Preus

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Does this sound like fun to you?  There’s still time to let us know YOU want to participate!  Just click  here to register online. Can’t make it to our “in-person” discussion?  EVERYONE is encouraged to visit the ACPL Mock Pinterest page where you can post your thoughts about these titles.

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We are compiling a list of some of this year’s titles which we think are particularly good and which might be considered as contenders for the 2015 Newbery Medal — the prestigious award given annually to the author of the most distinguished book written for children in the preceding year by an American author.

Pinterest logoEach year we have an “in-person” discussion of possible contenders — you can register for that right here — and this year we are again pinning possible titles to be discussed on our Library’s Mock Newbery board. Because this Board includes titles from last year, you’ll want to make sure you are looking at the titles marked <2014 pin> if you are interested in reading books we think might be considered for the 2015 Newbery Award.

Here are some of the titles we’ve pinned so far:

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We hope you will follow this board, add your comments, and join us on January 24th for our live discussion. (Click here to register for the discussion in January.)

Questions? Comments? Suggestions of titles to add? Let us know in the comments below!

Happy reading!

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Newbery discussionWe’ve been reading great new books all year. We’ve been posting some of the titles we thought were the “best of the best” on our Mock Newbery Pinterest Board.  We arrived at a final discussion list and on Saturday afternoon, January 11th, we had a spirited discussion and voted on our 2014 ACPL Mock Newbery winner!

Zebra ForestThe 2014 ACPL Mock Newbery Award winner is Zebra Forest by Adina Rishe Gewirtz.  (Candlewick Press)

Summary: When eleven-year-old Annie first started lying to her social worker, she had been taught by an expert: Gran. She told Annie and her little brother, Rew, the one thing they know about their father: that he was killed in a fight with an angry man who was sent away. Annie tells stories, as she and Rew laze under the birches and oaks of Zebra Forest — stories about their father the pirate, or pilot, or secret agent. But then something shocking happens to unravel all their stories: a rattling at the back door, an escapee from the prison holding them hostage in their own home, four lives that will never be the same. Driven by suspense and psychological intrigue, this novel deftly portrays an unfolding standoff of truth against family secrets, and offers an affecting look at two resourceful, imaginative kids as they react and adapt to the hand they’ve been dealt.

The group selected three Honor Books at the conclusion of  our Mock Newbery discussion:

True Blue ScoutsThe True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp by Kathi Appelt. (Atheneum Books for Young Readers)

Twelve-year-old Chap Brayburn, ancient Sugar Man, and his raccoon-brother Swamp Scouts Bingo and J’miah try to save Bayou Tourterelle from feral pigs Clydine and Buzzie, greedy Sunny Boy Beaucoup, and world-class alligator wrestler and would-be land developer Jaeger Stitch.d developer Jaeger Stitch.

Thing about luckThe Thing About Luck by Cynthia Kadohata. (Atheneum Books for Young Readers)

Summary: Just when twelve-year-old Summer thinks nothing else can possibly go wrong in a year of bad luck, an emergency takes her parents to Japan, leaving Summer to care for her little brother while helping her grandmother cook and do laundry for harvest workers.

Far Far Away by Tom McNeal. (Alfred A. Knopf)far far away

Summary: “When Jeremy Johnson Johnson’s strange ability to speak to the ghost of Jacob Grimm draws the interest of his classmate, Ginger Boltinghouse, the two find themselves at the center of a series of disappearances in their hometown”– Provided by publisher.

Will we choose the same book as the official Newbery Committee?  Find out on Monday morning, January 27 at 8am EST, when the American Library Association makes its official announcement of the Newbery winner and other youth media awards from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania!

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Hopefully you’ve been following our Mock Newbery Pinterest Board about some of the great books for children and Young Adults which were published in the last year.  Here (at last) is the final discussion list for the ACPL Mock Newbery 2014:

We’ll plan to have each book briefly introduced followed by a discussion of that title using the actual criteria used by the “real” Newbery committee. And then we’ll vote to arrive at our Mock Newbery winner.

Here are the details:

WHO:        Adults interested in great new children’s books

WHAT:      ACPL Children’s Services Mock Newbery discussion

WHERE:    Allen County Public Library  900 Library Plaza  Fort Wayne, Indiana

WHEN:      Saturday, January 11, 2014 from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm

We hope you’ll consider joining us for our “in-person” discussion. You can register online or you can call Children’s Services at 260.421.1220 to register.

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Have you read any really great children’s  books this year?  Some of my favorites from 2013 include:

SaltSalt:  A Story of Friendship in a Time of War by local author, Helen Frost.

Summary:  Twelve-year-olds Anikwa, of the Miami village of Kekionga, and James, of the trading post outside Fort Wayne, find their friendship threatened by the rising fear and tension brought by the War of 1812.

Thing about luckThe Thing About Luck by Cynthia Kadohata

Summary: Just when twelve-year-old Summer thinks nothing else can possibly go wrong in a year of bad luck, an emergency takes her parents to Japan, leaving Summer to care for her little brother while helping her grandmother cook and do laundry for harvest workers.

doll bonesDoll Bones by Holly Black.

Summary:  Zach, Alice, and Poppy, friends from a Pennsylvania middle school who have long enjoyed acting out imaginary adventures with dolls and action figures, embark on a real-life quest to Ohio to bury a doll made from the ashes of a dead girl.

Clementine and the Spring Trip by Sara Pennypacker

clementineSummary: Third-grader Clementine’s school field trip to Plimoth Plantation leads to all kind of discoveries, from fourth grade eating rules to the source of the stink on the bus.

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We are compiling a list of some of the titles we think are really good and which might be considered as contenders for the Newbery Medal — the prestigious award given annually to the author of the most distinguished book written in the preceding year for children by an American author.

pinterestEach year we have an “in-person” discussion of possible contenders  — you can register for that right here — and this year we are also pinning possible titles to be discussed on our Library’s  Mock Newbery board. We hope you will follow this board, add your comments, and join us in January for our live discussion.

Questions? Comments? Suggestions of titles to add? Let us know in the comments below!

Happy reading!

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