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Additional Newbery Titles of Interest

A Corner of the Universe

by Ann M. Martin
New York: Scholastic Press, 2002 NEWBERY TITLES
The summer that Hattie turns twelve, at the Jericho Middle School Library
she meets the childlike uncle she never
knew and becomes friends with a girl
How can I find a Newbery who works at the carnival that comes
to Hattie's small town.
compiled by Christine Storz
title in our library?

Hoot

by Carl Hiaasen
New York: Knopf, 2002

Roy, who is new to his small Florida


community, becomes involved in
another boy's attempt to save a colony
of burrowing owls from a proposed
construction site.

We can find Newbery titles in the Middle


School Library by searching the OPAC with
the keyword “Newbery.” The Higher Power of Lucky

by Susan Patron
New York: Atheneum Books for
Young Readers, 2006

Fearing that her legal guardian plans


to abandon her to return to France,
ten-year-old aspiring scientist Lucky
Trimble determines to run away
while also continuing to seek the
Higher Power that will bring stability
to her life.

Feathers

by Jacqueline Woodson
New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2007
Jericho Middle School Library
When a new, white student nick-
named "The Jesus Boy" joins her sixth 99 Cedar Swamp Road, Jericho, NY 11753
grade class in the winter of 1971, 516.203.3600 ext. 3276
Frannie's growing friendship with him
makes her start to see some things in www.jerichoschools.org/ms/library/
a new light. Mrs. Minikel & Mrs. Kearon, Librarians
The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg
2010 Award Winners & Honors
The Newbery Medal by Rodman Philbrick
New York: Blue Sky Press, 2009
2010 Medal Winner
Twelve-year-old Homer, a poor but clever
About the Newbery When You Reach Me orphan, has extraordinary adventures after
• First children’s book award by Rebecca Stead running away from his evil uncle to rescue
New York: Wendy Lamb Books, 2009 his brother, who has been sold into
• Named for the 18th century
service in the Civil War.
English bookseller John Newbery As her mother prepares to be a contestant
• Awarded annually since 1921 by on the 1970s television game show, "The
$20,000 Pyramid," a twelve-year-old New
the American Library Association
York City girl tries to make sense of a
series of mysterious notes received from an anonymous source
Purpose of the Award that seems to defy the laws of time and space. Other Past Winners & Honor Books
• To encourage authors to write original creative books
for children 2010 Honor Books
Olive’s Ocean
• To promote public recognition of outstanding children’s The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate
literature by Kevin Henkes
by Jacqueline Kelly New York: Greenwillow Books, 2003
New York: Henry Holt, 2009
Criteria On a summer visit to her grandmother's
Restrictions In central Texas in 1899, eleven-year-old
Callie Vee Tate is instructed to be a lady cottage by the ocean, twelve-year-old
• Author must be a U.S. citizen or resident by her mother, learns about love from the Martha gains perspective on the death of a
classmate, on her relationship with her
• Book must have been published in the U.S. during the older three of her six brothers, and
grandmother, on her feelings for an older
previous year studies the natural world with her
grandfather, the latter of which leads to an boy, and on her plans to be a writer.
Theme or Concept
important discovery.
• Is there a clear central message or insight in the story?
• Is the theme meaningful to children? Where the Mountain Meets the Moon Al Capone Does My Shirts
Presentation of Information by Gennifer Choldenko
by Grace Lin
• Was the information accurate? New York: Little, Brown and Co., 2009 New York: Putnam's, 2004
• Was the information clear? Minli, an adventurous girl from a poor A twelve-year-old boy named Moose
• Was the information presented in an organized way? village, buys a magical goldfish, and then moves to Alcatraz Island in 1935 when
joins a dragon who cannot fly on a quest guards' families were housed there, and
Plot to find the Old Man of the Moon in hopes has to contend with his extraordinary new
• Was it a good story that kids will like? of bringing life to Fruitless Mountain and environment in addition to life with his
• Was it exciting or thought-provoking? freshness to Jade River. autistic sister.
Characterization
• Do the characters seem real?
Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice
• What change occurs in the character throughout the
story? by Phillip Hoose Elijah of Buxton
• Does the character’s change affect the conclusion of the New York: Melanie Kroupa Books/
by Christopher Paul Curtis
story? Farrar Straus Giroux, 2009 New York: Scholastic, 2007
Setting
Based on extensive interviews with
• Where did the story take place? Claudette Colvin and many others, Eleven-year-old Elijah Freeman, the first
Phillip Hoose presents the first free-born child in Buxton, Canada, which
• Did the setting play an important role in the story? is a haven for slaves fleeing the American
in-depth account of an important yet
Style largely unknown civil rights figure, South in 1859, uses his wits and skills to
try to bring to justice the lying preacher
• How does the author tell the story? skillfully weaving her dramatic story into the fabric of the
historic Montgomery bus boycott and court case that would who has stolen money that was to be
• Does his writing help create the mood? change the course of American history. used to buy a family's freedom.
• Is the style appropriate for the story?