2019 Newbery Club

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    This is a mock Newbery club. The purpose of the club is to read and evaluate a selection of the best middle grade books published during the past year. This is a collaborative club with other middle schools in the Rochester area. In January/February, club members from all schools will come together and vote for the book they believe deserves to win the Mock Newbery Award based on official Newbery criteria.

    Club Expectations:

    • Attend as many meetings as you can. It's ok to miss a few, just be sure to keep reading and participating in the online discussions.
    • Read all required books and complete a Newbery Book Log for each of them.
    • Share ideas and opinions respectfully & with an open mind.
    • Participate responsibly in online discussions. Remember, you're representing BRMS!

    Club Meetings:

    • Meetings will be held after school from 2:40 to 3:15 in the library.
    • Mandatory pre-field trip meeting. Club members attending the field trip must attend the pre-trip meeting.
    • Field Trip to Irondequoit Public Library for final celebration and Mock Newbery Award voting on Wednesday, January 22.

Newbery Club Files

Meeting Dates

  • Next Meeting: Friday, January 17

    See Mrs. Baller if you are not able to attend!

    Final Celebration at the Irondequoit Public Library Wednesday, January 22

Field Trip Forms

Newbery Books

  • Extraordinary Birds

    Extraordinary Birds

    by Sandy Stark-McGinnis Year Published: 2019

    December believes she is a bird. The scar on her back is where her wings will sprout, and one day soon, she will soar away. It will not matter that she has no permanent home. But then she’s placed with foster mom Eleanor, a kind woman with secrets of her own. December begins to see that her story could end a different way – but could she ever be happy down on the ground?

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  • Genesis Begins Again

    Genesis Begins Again

    by Alicia Williams Year Published: 2019

    This deeply sensitive and powerful debut novel tells the story of a thirteen-year-old who must overcome internalized racism and a verbally abusive family to finally learn to love herself.

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  •  Lalani of the Distant Sea

    Lalani of the Distant Sea

    by Erin Entrada Kelly Year Published: 2019

    Twelve-year-old Lalani Sarita takes on the impossible task of traveling to the legendary Mount Isa, towering on an island to the north. Generations of men and boys have died on the same quest -- how can a timid young girl in a tiny boat survive the epic tests of the archipelago?

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  •  Look Both Ways

    Look Both Ways

    by Jason Reynolds Year Published: 2019

    Ten tales (one per block) about what happens after the dismissal bell rings, and brilliantly weaves them into one wickedly funny, piercingly poignant look at the detours we face on the walk home, and in life.

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  •  New Kid

    New Kid

    by Jerry Craft Year Published: 2019

    Seventh grader Jordan Banks, instead of sending him to the art school of his dreams, his parents enroll him in a prestigious private school known for its academics, where Jordan is one of the few kids of color in his entire grade. As he makes the daily trip from his Washington Heights apartment to the upscale Riverdale Academy Day School, Jordan soon finds himself torn between two worlds—and not really fitting into either one.

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  •  Other Words for Home

    Other Words for Home

    by Jasmine Warga Year Published: 2019

    A gorgeously written, hopeful middle grade novel in verse about a young girl who must leave Syria to move to the United States. This lyrical, life-affirming story is about losing and finding home and, most importantly, finding yourself.

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  •  Pay Attention, Carter Jones

    Pay Attention, Carter Jones

    by Gary Schmidt Year Published: 2019

    Carter Jones is astonished early one morning when he finds a real English butler on the doorstep - one who stays to help the Jones family, which is a little bit broken. In addition to figuring out middle school, Carter has to adjust to the unwelcome presence of this new know-it-all adult in his life and navigate the butler's notions of decorum. And ultimately, when his burden of grief and anger from the past can no longer be ignored, Carter learns that a burden becomes lighter when it is shared.

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  •  Pet


    by Akwaeke Emezi Year Published: 2019

    There are no monsters anymore. Jam and her best friend, Redemption, have grown up with this lesson all their life. But when Jam meets Pet, a creature, who emerges from one of her mother's paintings and a drop of Jam's blood, she must reconsider what she's been told. Pet has come to hunt a monster, and the shadow of something grim lurks in Redemption's house. Jam must fight not only to protect her best friend, but also to uncover the truth, and the answer to the question--How do you save the world from monsters if no one will admit they exist?

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  •  The Bridge Home

    The Bridge Home

    by Padma Venkatraman Year Published: 2019

    Four determined homeless children make a life for themselves in Chennai, India.

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  • The Line Tender

    The Line Tender

    by Kate Allen Year Published: 2019

    June of her twelfth summer brings more than the end of school and a heat wave to sleepy Rockport. The tide brings a great white--and then another tragedy, cutting short a friendship everyone insists was "meaningful" but no one can tell Lucy what it all meant. To survive the fresh wave of grief, Lucy must grab the line that connects her depressed father, a stubborn fisherman, and a curious old widower to her mother's unfinished research on the Great White's return to Cape Cod.

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  •  The Undefeated

    The Undefeated

    by Kwame Alexander Year Published: 2019

    Highlights the unspeakable trauma of slavery, the faith and fire of the civil rights movement, and the grit, passion, and perseverance of some of the world's greatest heroes. The text is also peppered with references to the words of Martin Luther King, Jr., Langston Hughes, Gwendolyn Brooks, and others, offering deeper insights into the accomplishments of the past, while bringing stark attention to the endurance and spirit of those surviving and thriving in the present.

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