Mock Newbery!

Each year we invite readers young and old to join us as we ask: What new children's book will win the Newbery Medal? We call it Mock Newbery.

Last year, our KCLS Mock Newbery winner was The Wild Robot and the real Newbery went to The Girl Who Drank the Moon

This year there are many strong contenders that could earn that shiny gold sticker. Here are the five books we've selected for our KCLS Mock Newbery shortlist:

Forever, or A Long, Long Time

This is an emotional book about the inner life of Flora, a girl who grew up in multiple homes through the foster care system. Now Flora is eleven years old and trying hard to trust her new mom and believe that she will be with her forever.

Vincent and Theo

Vincent Van Gogh is famous for his paintings, but what do you know about the man himself? (Besides that thing about him cutting off his own ear...) In this biography, readers learn that the support and love of his brother Theo made his magnificent art possible. 

Midnight Without A Moon

This is a powerful coming-of-age story set in 1955 Mississippi. 13-year-old Rose Lee Carter is tired of missing school to pick cotton on her family's farm, but she's not sure she's ready to abandon her troubled community for the promise of a better life up north.

Train I Ride

Can you imagine boarding a train to go live with a distant relative you've never met? Almost-13-year-old, green-haired, cynical Rydr has no other family left to take care of her. Her long trip from Palm Springs to Chicago gives her time to reflect on her painful past and hope for a better future. 

Beyond the Bright Sea

A baby in a basket washes up on a tiny island. When this book begins that abandoned baby is now 11-year-old Crow and she is starting to get curious about her origins. Where did she come from? And who put her in a basket and let her drift off to sea? 

You can take part in Mock Newbery by reading these books and letting us know what you thought of them by leaving a comment. In January 2018 we will open online voting to decide our winner. 

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