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Mock Newbery

Well, I’ve been MIA for a few months but one of my New Year’s Resolutions (which is actually all of my old ones that I never, um, resoluted?) is to actually post MORE on my blog. Or, at all, as the case may be.

Anyways, this email I just received from one of the Youth Advisors from MLS (Massachusetts Library System) was definitely post-worthy, as it confirms what I thought when I first read See You at Harry’s by Jo Knowles. Am I biased because Jo was my AMAZING writing professor who was an inspiration to everyone in my masters program? Perhaps. HOWEVER, that does not make her novel any less Newbery-worthy. In my humble opinion.

See You at Harry's Cover Image

I only hope MLS is OK with this…..!

“Greetings,
 
We are all eagerly awaiting the results of all the ALA Book Awards on Monday, January 28! 
 
In the meantime, a small but tenacious group of your peers have been reading and discussing their picks for the Newbery Award since June, using for communication a moodle’s discussion lists and sometimes chat (when it worked). The “Committee” is made up of 9 school librarians, 3 public, 1 academic, and 1 other.
 
And here is the Short List! 

2013 Mock Newbery Short List:

 

Crow by Barbara Wrights. Random House Books, 2012

The Fairy Ring by Mary Losure. Candlewick, 2012

The False Prince by Jennifer Nielsen. Scholastic, 2012

Glory Be by Augusta Scattergood. Scholastic, 2012

Liar and Spy by Rebecca Stead.  Wendy Lamb Books, 2012

Lions of Little Rock by Kristin Levine. Putnam, 2012

Mighty Miss Malone by Christopher Paul Curtis. Wendy Lamb Books, 2012

The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate. Harper Collins, 2012

One for the Murphy’s by Lynda Mullaly Hunt. Nancy Paulsen Books, 2012

See You at Harry’s by Jo Knowles. Candlewick Press, 2012

Son by Lois Lowry. Houghton Mifflin, 2012

Starry River of the Sky by Grace Lin. Little Brown, 2012

Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage.  Dial, 2012                                 

Wonder by Patricia Palacio.  Knopf Books, 2012

  Enjoy!”

See? How cool is that?

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Middle-Grade Book Review

The Mysterious Howling (The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place #1) The Mysterious Howling (The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place #1) by Maryrose Wood

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Very cute with a younger Jane Eyre-ish quality, but not nearly so dark and dreary. The young heroine, Miss Penelope Lumley, is a perky governess fresh from the Swanburne Academy for Poor Bright Females. She is determined to civilize three children who were found in the woods, apparently raised by wolves. She knows there is hard work ahead of her and she supposes French and Latin can wait a few weeks while human speech and eating with utensils takes precedence. This is a funny and endearing story, with several mysteries that still remain unsolved at the end: Where did the children come from? Why does Lord Ashton insist on keeping them? Who stirred up trouble at the Christmas party? Who or what is making those noises in the attic? And last, but not least, where does Miss Penelope Lumley come from?

I will have to read book two!

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