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Peggy's comments from the Mock Newbery 2018 group.

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Oct 24, 2013 06:55AM

16663 I just read Neil Gaiman's new "Fortunately, the Milk". WOW, WOW, WOW! Sort of a mash up of Roald Dahl, and Alice in Wonderland. Brilliant! I see a movie... Could this be a Newbery contender?
Sep 27, 2013 07:08PM

16663 Just finished Counting by 7s and read it in one sitting. Loved the voice of Willow - there's a strong heroine! And all the other quirky characters that rang so true. Not sure it's Newbery worthy. I also think it may be one of those that appeals more to girls and perhaps unfortunately more to adults than kids. I will booktalk this to the kids but I think the tragic premise will make it a hard sell.
16663 The only contenders i see are Paperboy and Navigating Early. Just my 2 cents worth.
Apr 27, 2013 03:30PM

16663 Ditto on Kim. On all three.
Apr 27, 2013 03:30PM

16663 Kim wrote: "There have only been a couple of books that are contenders for me and Blue Baliett's Hold Fast is one of them! It showcases a social issue, captivates the reader with a mystery and celebrates the ..."
Dec 03, 2012 07:29AM

16663 I loved it! My Book Club Kids (5th and 6th grade boys and girls) loved it too!
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Sep 13, 2012 10:27AM

16663 One for the Murphys is a great, heartwarming story. I loved it, but didn't stand out as Newbery worthy. My money is still on Wonder.
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Aug 22, 2012 07:40PM

16663 Just finished Rebecca Stead's new "Liar & Spy". I loved her first two books but this one just seemed to lack the spark for me. I thought both plot and characters were weaker than in her other books. Of course, she set the bar high with "When You Reach Me". I will recommend this but I think it's for a younger audience (4th-5th grade) than her other books. She uses the Seurat Pointalism as a metaphor, describing how you look at the whole, not the individual dots, but that the dots are important too. Similarly, this book has a great plot as a whole, but unfortunately, the individual dots are not as interesting.
Aug 20, 2012 07:15PM

16663 Agree with Amanda here in that the writing was sometimes so beautifully eloquent that it didn't ring true as the voice of a 12 yr old. I kept thinking third person perspective would have worked better for me. Still a great story. Engaging plot.
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Mar 04, 2012 05:49AM

16663 Kim wrote: "I just finished The One and Only Ivan as well. This has Newbery written all over it. I don't think I have ever read a book that had so much to say in so few words. We understand the plight of thes..."

Holly wrote: "Just finished reading, The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate. It is a great story. I really did not think I would like a book about a gorilla especially told from the gorilla Ivan's point of..."

I agree on The One and Only Ivan. Not only Newbery worthy but a book that kids will actually want to read!
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Jan 24, 2012 05:43PM

16663 So far my fav published in 2012 is "The Lions of Little Rock" by Kristin Levine. What a great story!
Jan 10, 2012 02:34PM

16663 I'm kind of surprised no one has mentioned "Small As an Elephant" by Jennifer Richard Jacobson. In my opinion it is at least as good as some of the other books mentioned in this thread.
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Dec 25, 2011 07:21AM

16663 Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu.
Nov 23, 2011 07:32AM

16663 "Secrets at Sea" by Richard Peck. Absolutely delightful animal fantasy and no one can deny the quality of his writing. Also "Sources of Light" by Margaret McMullan - authentic voice of 14 yr old girl in Mississippi during the 60's Civil Rights Movement. This book has it all.
Nov 23, 2011 07:29AM

16663 Kristen wrote: "Our "Starting Over" thread was getting a little full, so I decided it was time to start another. What have you read lately that is truly Newbery worthy? As January comes closer, and more books ar..."
Oct 12, 2011 06:24AM

16663 I am a huge Gantos fan but Dead End in Norvelt just didn't cut it for me. I lean into choosing books kids will want to read (which I know is NOT what Newbery is about, nevertheless...) and I think this is too much a guy book, limited audience. Even tho it's funny, what kid wants to read about obituaries of old ladies? The constant nose bleeding may gross out some. And the irreverent treatment of murdering senior citizens may bother some - it bothered me. I think Gantos maybe went a bit too far out on this one.
16663 My 5th/6th grade bookclub voted to read No Passengers, reading it now and will discuss on Sept 14. I think those who like a linear plot with all loose ends tied up neatly may have trouble with it. We'll see...
Mar 27, 2011 04:56PM

16663 There are some good books out there on the Orphan Trains - Rodzina by Karen Cushman is an excellent one (fiction).
Jan 25, 2011 10:14AM

16663 Finished Turtle in Paradise, and not terribly impressed. Also just finished Black Radishes by Susan Lynn Meyer - Highly recommend this one, 5th grade and up. Fine historical fiction from first time novelist. Starts slow but builds to exciting, satisfying finish. Good for middle graders who are not ready yet for the more graphic details of the Holocaust. Liken to Lily's Crossing by Patricia Reilly Giff.
Jan 23, 2011 01:46PM

16663 Another 2010 fav of my kids' book club was On the Blue Comet by Rosemary Wells. Great historical fiction with outstanding color painted illus. The book is physically beautiful in itself. Set in Great Depression; the plot involves electric trains, real trains, and time travel. Adventure page-turner. Kids will not get all the references to real historical people but will be familiar with some of the events. A fun read.
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