We have passed the half-way mark and the Librarians in Ocean County are just starting to gear up for our mock Newbery discussion. Here are the titles we are considering, for now:
- Plain Kate by Erin Bow (ages 12 and up): a dark and glorious fairy tale with roots in Russian folk tales. Read my review.
- Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper (ages 9-12): the touching and poignant story of Melody, a brilliant girl with cerebal palsy. Read my review.
- One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia (ages 9 -14): three black girls, one independent mother, the Black Panthers and and a racially charged 1968. Read my review.
- Countdown by Deborah Wiles (ages 12 and up): a documentary novel set in the early 60’s with a unique format. I’m reading it now. Read my review.
- Keeper by Kathy Appelt (ages 9-12): “Told in deceptively simple language and in non-linear fashion, this novel touches on some heavy issues for children’s literature: abandonment, homosexuality, aging, death, and a veteran traumatized by war. Overall, though, there is an uplifting message of love and hope and the realization that family isn’t necessarily connected by blood.” ~Danielle (my coworker)