Thursday, June 25, 2015

Newbery Possibilities: Summer Prediction Edition

Betsy Bird's Newbery/Caldecott 2016 Summer Prediction Edition is now available from School Library Journal.  Here's her list of Newbery possibilities followed by my commentary.  Click on the link above to read Betsy's blog post which also includes Caldecott possibilities.

Circus Mirandus by Cassie Beasley
I just picked this up from the holds shelf at my library.  It was highly recommended by Donalyn Miller and Franki Sibberson in their session at All Write.  It's next in my stack to read.

Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan 
One of the members of my student book club showed up with an ARC of this book in the fall.  She loved it.  Linda of Teacher Dance reviewed it recently here.  Linda liked it so much that she gave a copy to Ruth Ayres which I spotted on Ruth's writing spot from The Choice Literacy writing retreat.

Gone Crazy in Alabama by Rita Williams-Garcia
This is Williams-Garcia's newest title in the series that began with One Crazy Summer and PS Be Eleven.  Bird ran an experiment with some librarians to see if it can stand alone.  It won hands down!  We read One Crazy Summer several years ago in our Mock Newbery club. 
As soon as I read PS Be Eleven, I'm adding this title to my library request list.  

Goodbye, Stranger by Rebecca Stead
This title was also recommended by Donalyn Miller and Franki Sibberson.  You may remember that Stead won the Newbery award in 2010 for When You Reach Me.   

Tricky Vic:  The Impossibly True Story of the Man Who Sold the Eiffel Tower by Greg Pizzoli
This is the only title recommended by Bird that is unknown to me.  I'm always happy to see nonfiction on the Newbery possibility list.  I'll request it from the library.  

The War that Saved my Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
This title has been in my want-to-read stack before.  Sometimes I have to return titles before I get them read.  Lori Carter, blogger friend from All Write, was listening to this as she traveled to and from All Write.  She reviewed it here.  

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