Posts Tagged ‘Mock Newbery’


ICPL’s 2019 Mock Youth Media Award Winners

by Casey Maynard on January 25th, 2019

I would like to thank everyone who has taken the time to read all about the Mock Awards cycle at ICPL, and everyone who cast a vote in this year’s Mock Youth Media Awards! Please be sure to check back here on Monday January, 28th as we will be announcing the ALA’s actual winners. You can also check out the live webcast .

Without further ado, the winners of ICPL’s 2019 Mock Youth Media Awards are…

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Mock Newbery Nominees 2019: Just Like Jackie and The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle

by Morgan Reeves on January 23rd, 2019

 This is the last Mock Newbery post and your last chance to vote on the whole nominee list. These two stories deal with bullying and the difficulty in sharing painful truths. “Just Like Jackie” by Lindsey Stoddard follows Robbie as she struggles with anger at a bully and keeping her grandfather’s condition a secret. Leslie Connor’s “The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle” finds Mason dealing with grief after his best friend’s death and the daily torment of neighborhood bullies.

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Mock Newbery Nominees 2019: Amal Unbound and The Journey of Little Charlie

by Morgan Reeves on January 16th, 2019

 Mock Newbery round four is here! Today brings us to two titles that explore slavery and bravery. Aisha Saeed’s “Amal Unbound” shines a light on modern slavery as Amal must find the bravery to stand up to injustice. “The Journey of Little Charlie” by Christopher Paul Curtis is the story of a boy forced to pay off a debt by helping to hunt down runaway slaves.

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Mock Newbery Nominees 2019: The Day You Begin and Be Prepared

by Morgan Reeves on January 2nd, 2019

 I hope this third round of  Mock Newbery head to heads will bring cheer to your winter holiday break. Today we’ll look at our two illustrated titles, each taking unique looks at fitting in. Jacqueline Woodson’s “The Day You Begin” speaks to the difficulty and delight of being different. “Be Prepared” by Vera Brosgol is the story of a misfit who goes to camp hoping to find acceptance.

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Mock Newbery Nominees 2019: The Parker Inheritance and The Book of Boy

by Morgan Reeves on December 11th, 2018

 It’s time for Mock Newbery comparisons, round two. This week let’s look at two stories about seeking treasure and finding truth. In “The Parker Inheritance” by Varian Johnson, Candice seeks to unravel the mystery surrounding the treasure that ruined her grandmother’s reputation as town manager. Along the way she uncovers a piece of violent racism the town would like to forget. In “The Book of Boy,” Catherine Gilbert Murdock weaves the mystery of Boy’s identity into the Medieval tale of an enigmatic pilgrim seeking relics of Saint Peter.

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Mock Newbery Nominees 2019: Front Desk and The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl

by Morgan Reeves on November 26th, 2018

In the first round of Mock Newbery comparisons, we’ll take a look at the stories of two girls who learn the value of friendship and community. In “Front Desk” by Kelly Yang, Mia Tang’s courage and kindness makes readers root for the immigrant girl to achieve her dreams, which include owning a motel and becoming a writer. Stacy McAnulty’s book “The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl” follows the evolution of Lucy Callahan from lightning-struck, antisocial math savant to dog-saving middle school friend.

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ICPL Mock Newbery Awards 2019

by Morgan Reeves on November 15th, 2018

It’s time to prepare for our Mock Newbery Awards this year. The real Newbery Medal is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.  Read the rest of this entry »

Mock Newbery Nominee: Midnight Without a Moon by Linda Williams Jackson

by Morgan Reeves on January 31st, 2018
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This is the last Mock Newbery summary and review before voting ends and we declare a winner! Our final nominee is Midnight Without a Moon by Linda Williams Jackson. This intense piece of historical fiction delves into racism, identity and the choices we make.

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Mock Newbery Nominee: The Someday Birds by Sally J. Pla

by Morgan Reeves on January 24th, 2018
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Welcome to the penultimate Mock Newbery summary and review! Today we’ll consider The Someday Birds by Sally J. Pla. This story is all about understanding life and what it means to be a family. Will this heartfelt and humorous story connect with you?

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Mock Newbery Nominee: Hello Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly

by Morgan Reeves on January 17th, 2018
Mock Newbery Nominee: Hello Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly Cover Image

In the eighth week of our Mock Newbery summaries and reviews we’ll look at Hello Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly. This story of coincidence, fate, and friendship is a quick read with memorable characters. Can it earn your vote?

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