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Mocking the Newbery’s

Posted by lpearle on 19 November 2008

For the third year here at MPOW we’re trying a Mock Newbery. This is no where near the elaborate or organized version done in some schools or at some public libraries (oh how I wish it were!), but we’re hoping that the books will catch on with the readers and become “new” classics.

I’ll admit it: we took titles from varied lists and groups (Anokaberry, Allen County PL, Eva Perry RL, Norport/East Norport PL, Fuse 8, Heavy Medal, Anderson’s Books and GoodReads). And here’s what I (and a dedicated group of readers) will be reading between now and mid-January:

    Brooklyn Bridge (Karen Hesse)*
    Chains (Laurie Halse Anderson)
    Diamond Willow (Helen Frost)
    Greetings from Nowhere (Barbara O’Connor)
    The Hunger Games (Suzanne Collins)*
    Jimmy’s Stars (MaryAnn Rodman)
    Penderwick’s on Gardam Street (Jeanne Birdsall)
    Savvy (Ingrid Law)
    Seer of Shadows (Avi)
    Shooting the Moon (Frances O’Roark Dowell)
    Trouble (Gary Schmidt)*
    Trouble Begins at 8 — A Life of Mark Twain in the Wild, Wild West (Sid Fleischman)
    Underneath (Kathi Appelt)
    Waiting for Normal (Leslie Connor)
    We are the Ship (Kadir Nelson)
    Where the Steps Where (Andrea Cheng)
    The Willoughbys (Lois Lowry)

One of the reasons I try to do this every year is because school libraries are very caught up in the “2.0” craze, trying Twitter and IM and gaming and the like, so much so that we sometimes forget that we’re also about reading. Doug’s worries about the post-literate library sometimes ring very true to me…

* = already read

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