Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Mock Newbery 2010 - List One

This is the first of four "short lists" we will prepare for this year's Mock Newbery Program at the Allen County Public Library. Basically, this means that while we will continue to highlight and discuss a wide variety of children's books on our blog -- and we encourage comments on all of them -- the books on this first list are destined to be 'brought to the table' to be discussed in more depth at our Mock Newbery Discussion and Election on January 9, 2010. We welcome both online discussion through this blog and invite you to register for our "in person" discussion to be held on January 9th at our Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

ACPL Mock Newbery List # 1:
  1. Anything But Typical by Nora Raleigh Baskin

  2. All the Broken Pieces by Ann E. Burg

  3. Wild Things by Clay Carmichael

  4. Happenstance Found by P.W. Catanese

  5. Girl Who Threw Butterflies by Mick Cochrane

  6. The Problem with the Puddles by Kate Feiffer

  7. The Year the Swallows Came Early by Kathryn Fitzmaurice

  8. Emmaline and the Bunny by Katherine Hannigan

  9. Scat by Carl Hiaasen

  10. The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly

  11. Traveling the Freedom Road by Linda Barrett Osborne

  12. Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg by Rodman Philbrick

  13. When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead

  14. Peace, Locomotion by Jacqueline Woodson
I can't wait to read what YOU think about these great books! And to hear which other 2009 titles you believe are "must reads" this year.

6 comments:

Rasco from RIF said...

I have not read many on the list, but the most delightful reading I have done in the last several years was when I recently read Calpurnia Tate....and I have encountered many a young lady who was thoroughly enjoying it while on planes, in waiting rooms or elsewhere that we encountered one another!

Jacqueline Kelly said...

Oh gosh, I love the thought of that! Thanks so much for posting it.
Jacqueline Kelly (author of The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate)
www.jacquelinekelly.com

Jana said...

I, too, thoroughly enjoyed The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate. I have recommended it to other young readers, but everytime we looked for it, it has been checked out. Always a good sign!

Debra, Collection Development Coordinator said...

I am looking forward to reading more of the titles on this list, but I would like to encourage everyone to read Heart of a Shepherd by Rosanne Parry. The protagonist is a 12 year old boy growing up on a ranch in Oregon who takes on his father's chores during his tour of duty in Iraq. I'm afraid of this book being pigeon-holed as Christian fiction; the religious aspect is only one small part of this coming-of-age story. It is a story about all kinds of heroes, full of humor and heart. My patrons are attracted by the cover; Horn Book gave it a starred review, and it's the best book I've read in years. Can't wait to hear what others think, and I hope to see it on one of the next 3 lists!

nbplteenlib said...

I really enjoyed Happenstance Found. Ogg was one of the best "bad guys" I have encountered in a book in quite awhile!

Rose Stuart said...

I just finished When You Reach Me this morning. It took me a while to get into it (and the cover didn't help), but by the end I was completely taken in, impressed by the author's ability to interweave time and space in her narration...and I really cared about the characters too. I think this one will be a strong contender.