Newbery Also-Rans

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The highlight of the year for children’s fiction is the announcement of the Newbery Medal award and honor books early on a cold (usually) January morning. Speculation runs high prior to the announcement, with many titles under consideration by the Newbery committee. Here are a few also-rans from 2016, titles which were mentioned in numerous mock-Newbery blogs and sites. They didn’t win the medal or an honor designation, but they are certainly worth a read!

All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook

Eleven-year-old Perry was born and raised by his mom at the Blue River Co-ed Correctional Facility in tiny Surprise, Nebraska. His mom is a resident on Cell Block C, and so far Warden Daugherty has made it possible for them to be together. That is, until a new district attorney discovers the truth–and Perry is removed from the facility and forced into a foster home. When Perry moves to the “outside” world, he feels trapped. Desperate to be reunited with his mom, Perry goes on a quest for answers about her past crime. As he gets closer to the truth, he will discover that love makes people resilient no matter where they come from .. but can he find a way to tell everyone what home truly means?

Booked

Twelve-year-old Nick loves soccer and hates books, but soon learns the power of words as he wrestles with problems at home, stands up to a bully, and tries to impress the girl of his dreams.

Maybe a Fox

An otherworldly fox is born to help eleven-year-old Jules, who is grieving over the death of her sister.

Raymie Nightingale

Hoping that if she wins a local beauty pageant her father will come home, Raymie practices twirling a baton and performing good deeds as she is drawn into an unlikely friendship with a drama queen and a saboteur.

Summerlost

Following the sudden deaths of her father and autistic younger brother, Cedar Lee spends the summer working at a Shakespearean theater festival, making a new friend, and coming to terms with her grief.

The Wild Robot

Roz the robot discovers that she is alone on a remote, wild island with no memory of where she is from or why she is there, and her only hope of survival is to try to learn about her new environment from the island’s hostile inhabitants.