Wednesday, September 23, 2009

We are Mocking You

Yes, our library system is holding our second annual Mock Newbery, and our first Mock Printz! Needless to say we are excited. I think it is safe to assume you'll be seeing reviews of these books on our blog, perhaps even multiple if more than one person wishes to discuss them (and probably even if we've talked about them before.

There were some constraints on our book choices - mainly, because of our system's fiscal year we could not choose books published past Oct. 2009 because we feared we might not get them in time.

Books were chosen not only because of their literary excellence, but also with a mind on genre and stylistic differences.

So without further ado, here are the books we will be reading:

Mock Newbery:

Baskin, Nora Raleigh. Anything But Typical

Burg, Ann E. All the Broken Pieces (review #1)

DiCamillo, Kate. The Magician’s Elephant

Kelly, Jacqueline. The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate

Peck, Richard. A Season of Gifts

Philbrick, Rodman. The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg

Stead, Rebecca. When You Reach Me (review #1)

Stone, Tanya Lee. Almost Astronauts: 13 Women Who Dared to Dream

Walker, Sally M. Written in Bone: Buried Lives of Jamestown and Colonial Maryland (review #1)

Woodson, Jacqueline. Peace, Locomotion

Mock Printz:

Anderson, Laurie Halse - Wintergirls

Burg, Ann E. – All the Broken Pieces (review #1 and yes we are doing this for both Newbery and Printz!)

Chen, Justine Headley – North of Beautiful (review #1)

Chima, Cindy Williams – The Demon King (review #1)

Larbalestier, Justine – Liar (review #1)

Ryan, Carrie – In the Forest of Hands and Teeth (review #1)

Tan, Shaun – Tales From Outer Suburbia

Thompson, Kate – Creature of the Night (review #1)


Kelly said...

I wish my lib did this. It sounds like so much fun!

Who won? Do you know yet?

Patti said...

The discussion takes place in December and January - so still a ways off yet. It'll be interesting. I had expected to find a clear favorite early on and I'm finding all the books so well written I think it will be very hard to choose. I think hearing other people's viewpoints and what stuck in their craw, so to speak, will be very informative.