Osage Beach Library Mock Newbery Book Club

Mock John Newbery MedalEach year the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, awards the Newbery Medal to the author whose work is considered a “distinguished contribution to American literature for children.”

The Newbery Committee comprises teachers, librarians, and writers who meet regularly to discuss chosen titles and pick the winner every winter.

This year, we invite you to participate in the Osage Beach Library Mock Newbery Book Club 2022, our version of the Newbery Committee. Instead of having all adults decide who the winner should be, we are asking those in the 5th grade and up to participate.

We will meet, via Zoom, on the 3rd Thursday of each month, from September 2021 to January 2022, to discuss books that we think could win the Newbery Medal.

The goal of our book club is to have participants read, review, and work together to select the Osage Beach Library Mock Newbery Medal-winning book and the Osage Beach Mock Newbery Honor books.

As mentioned previously, the real Newbery Medal winner is chosen by the Newbery Committee. When choosing the winner, the criteria that the committee uses includes:

  • A book for children (up to and including age 14)
  • May include fiction, nonfiction, and poetry
  • Published in 2021
  • Written by an American author
  • Writing is distinguished

Zoom Meeting Dates and Agendas

All meetings will be 45 minutes (approximately); 4 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. 

Register below for the Zoom Meetings or at the Osage Beach Front Desk.

Items to have with you when you attend the Zoom meetings:

September 16 – Learn about the Newbery Medal and discuss how reading selection for the next meeting works.

October 21 – Book discussion and select favorite titles

November 18 – Book discussion and select favorite titles

December 16 – Book discussion and select favorite titles

January 20 – Vote for Osage Beach Library Mock Newbery Winner, Honor books, and celebration.

To be eligible to vote for the Osage Beach Mock Newbery Winner, you must read at least five (5) titles from the reading list.

Questions: Please get in touch with Kendra Purtle at the Osage Beach Library, kendrap@ccld.us, or Suzie Jensen, Camden County Library District Outreach, suziej@ccld.us

Happy Newbery Reading!

Register for the September 16th Zoom Meeting:

Register for the October 21st Zoom Meeting:

Register for the November 18th Zoom Meeting:

Register for the December 16th Zoom Meeting:

Register for the January 20th Zoom Meeting:

2022 Contenders

A Place to Hang the Moon by Kate Albus

A Place to Hang the Moon

by Kate Albus

In World War II, orphaned siblings William, Edmund, and Anna are evacuated from London to live in the countryside, where they bounce from home to home in search of someone willing to adopt them permanently.

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Amari and the Night Brother by B.B. Alston

Amari and the Night Brothers

by B.B. Alston

Amari Peters has never stopped believing that her missing brother, Quinton, is alive. Not even when the police told her otherwise, or when she got in trouble for standing up to bullies who said he was gone for good. So when she finds a ticking briefcase in his closet she is certain that it holds the key to finding Quinton.

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Amber & Clay by Laura Amy Schlitz

Amber & Clay

by Laura Amy Schlitz

In a warlike land of wind and sunlight ringed by a restless sea, live Rhaskos and Melisto, spiritual twins with little in common beyond the violent and mysterious forces that dictate their lives. Bound by destiny, Melisto and Rhaskos - Amber & Clay - never meet in the flesh. By the time they do, one of them is a ghost.

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The Beatryce Prophecy by Kate DiCamillo

The Beatryce Prophecy

by Kate DiCamillo

In a time of war, a mysterious child appears at the monastery of the Order of the Chronicles of Sorrowing. Gentle Brother Edik finds the girl, Beatryce, curled in a stall, wracked with fever, coated in dirt and blood, and holding fast to the ear of Answelica the Goat. As the monk nursed Beatryce to health, he uncovers her dangerous secret, one that imperils them all...

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Cuba in My Pocket by Adrianna Cuevas

Cuba in My Pocket

by Adrianna Cuevas

When the failed Bay of Pigs invasion in 1961 solidifies Castro's power in Cuba, 12-year-old Cumba's family makes the difficult decision to send him to Florida alone. 

Life in the United States is a whole new set of problems. Will his family ever be whole again?

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The Elephant in the Room by Holly Goldberg Sloan

The Elephant in the Room

by Holly Goldberg Sloan

It has almost been a year since Sila's mother traveled halfway around the world, hoping to secure the immigration paperwork that would allow her to return to her family in the United States. The long separation is almost impossible for Sila, but things change when she accompanies her dad to fix a truck...

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The Genius Under the Table by Eugene Yelchin

The Genius Under the Table

by Eugene Yelchin

Drama, family secrets, and a KGB spy in his own kitchen! In a tiny apartment he shares with his Baryshnikov-obsessed mother, poetry-loving father, continually outraged grandmother, and talented brother, all Yevgeny has is his little pencil, the underside of a massive table, and the doodles that could change everything.

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Ground Zero by Alan Gratz

Ground Zero

by Alan Gratz

Brandon is visiting his dad on the 107th floor of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, when the attack comes; Reshmina is a girl in Afghanistan who has grown up in the aftermath of that attack but dreams of peace, becoming a teacher, escaping her village, and the narrow role the Taliban believes is appropriate for women--both are struggling to survive, both changed by the events of 9/11.

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The Lion of Mars by Jennifer L. Holm

The Lion of Mars

by Jennifer L. Holm

Bell has spent his whole life - all eleven years of it - on Mars. But he's still a regular kid - he loves cats, any kind of cake, and is curious about the secrets the adults in the US colony are keeping. When a virus breaks out and the grown-ups fall ill, Bell and the other children are the only ones who can help. It's up to Bell to uncover the truth and save his family...and possibly unite an entire planet.

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Maybe Maybe Marisol Rainey by Erin Entrada Kelly

Maybe Maybe Marisol Rainey

by Erin Entrada Kelly

Marisol has a big imagination and likes to name inanimate objects. She has a tree in her backyard named Peppina, but she's way too scared to climb it. Will Marisol find the courage to climb Peppina?

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Milo Imagines the World

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Milo is on a long subway ride with his sister. To pass the time, he studies the faces around him and makes pictures of their lives. There's a whiskered man with the crossword puzzle, the wedding-dressed woman with a little dog; and a boy in a suit with bright white sneakers. When the boy gets off on the same stop as Milo--walking the same path, going the same exact place--Milo realizes that you can't really know anyone just by looking at them.

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The One Thing You'd Save by Laura Sue Park

The One Thing You'd Save

by Linda Sue Park

When a teacher asks her class what one thing they would save in an emergency, some students know the answer right away. Others come to their decisions more slowly. And some change their minds when they hear their classmates' responses. Linda Sue Park explores different answers to this provocative question in linked poems that capture the diverse voices of a middle school class.

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Pity Party by Kathleen Lane

Pity Party

by Kathleen Lane

Welcome to Pity Party, where the social anxieties that plague us all are twisted to funny, deeply resonant, and ultimately reassuring psychological thrills.

There's a story about a mood ring that tells the absolute truth. One about social media followers who literally follow you around. And one about a kid whose wish for a new, improved self is answered when a mysterious box arrives in the mail.

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The Raconteur's Commonplace Book by Kate Milford

The Raconteur's Commonplace Book

by Kate Milford

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The rain hasn't stopped for a week, and the twelve guests of the Blue Vein Tavern are trapped by flooded roads and the rising Skidwrack River. Among them are the ship's captain, tattooed twins, a musician, and a young girl traveling on her own. To pass the time, they begin to tell stories - each a different type of folktale - the reveal more about their own secrets than they intended.

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Red, White, and Whole by Rajani LaRocca

Red, White, and Whole

by Rajani LaRocca

Reha feels torn between two worlds: school, where she's the only Indian American student, and home, with her family's traditions and holidays. But Reha's parents don't understand why she is conflicted-they only notice when Reha doesn't meet their strict expectations. Reha feels disconnected from her mother, or Amma, although their names are linked-Reha means "star" and Punam means "moon"-they are a universe apart. Then Reha finds out her Amma is really sick...

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Root Magic by Eden Royce

Root Magic

by Eden Royce

It's 1963, and things are changing for Jezebel Turner. Her grandmother just passed away. The local police deputy won't stop harassing her family. With school integration arriving in South Carolina, Jez and her twin, Jay are about to start the school year with a bunch of new kids. But the biggest change comes when Jez & Jay turn 11 and their uncle, Doc, tells them he's going to train them in rootwork. They have always been fascinated by African American folk magic, a legacy of their family for generations.

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Saving American Beach by Heidi Tyline King

Saving American Beach

by Heidi Tyline King

A biography of MaVynne Betsch, an African American opera singer turned environmentalist who worked to preserve American Beach, Florida as a historical landmark.

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Starfish by Lisa Fipps

Starfish

by Lisa Fipps

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Bullied and shamed her whole life for being fat, twelve-year-old Ellie finally gains the confidence to stand up for herself, with the help of some wonderful new allies.

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Too Bright to See by Kyle Lukoff

Too Bright to See

by Kyle Lukoff

In the summer before middle school, eleven-year-old Bug must contend with best friend Moira suddenly caring about clothes, makeup, and boys; a ghost haunting; and the truth about Bug's gender identity.

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Unplugged by Gordon Korman

Unplugged

by Gordon Korman

As the son of a tech billionaire, Jeff Baranov has always gotten what he wanted. Until he's sent to summer camp where he's forced. to hand over his cell phone and participate in wholesome activities with other kids who bore him. When he notices the adults acting strangely, Jett is determined to get to the bottom of things, but can he convenience the other kids that he is no longer just a spoiled brat making trouble? 

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Unspeakable by Carole Boston Weatherford

Unspeakable

by Carole Boston Weatherford

The book traces the history of African Americans in Tulsa's Greenwood district and chronicles the devastation that occurred in 1921, when a white mob attacked the Black community. News of what happened was largely suppressed, and not official investigation occurred for seventy-five years. This picture book introduces young readers to the tragedy and concludes with a call for a better future.

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The Year I Flew Away by Marie Arnold

The Year I Flew Away

by Marie Arnold

After moving from her home in Haiti to her uncle's home in Brooklyn, ten-year-old Gabrielle, feeling bullied and out of place, makes a misguided deal with a witch.

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