Anderson's Mock Newbery 2018

Anderson’s Mock Newbery Candidates, 2018

Participation and Voting Information

Our voting will take place in January, prior to the Newbery Award announcement at ALA Mid-Winter.  Details to follow.  To participate in voting, schools must purchase the complete mock set or partial set (15 books) from Anderson’s. Special discounts apply.   Individual readers may vote through our in-store program.  Please contact one of our stores for more information or to place your order.

Amina’s Voice by Hena Khan.   A Pakistani-American Muslim girl struggles to stay true to her family’s vibrant culture while simultaneously blending in at school after tragedy strikes her community in this sweet and moving middle grade novel.  Grades 3-7

Auma’s Long Run by Eucabeth Odhiambo.   When AIDS devastates thirteen-year-old Auma's village in Kenya during the 1980s, Auma must choose between staying to help her family and working toward a track scholarship that will take her away from home.  Grades 3-6

Beyond the Bright Sea by Lauren Wolk.  Set adrift on the ocean in a small skiff as a newborn, twelve-year-old Crow embarks on a quest to find the missing pieces of her history. From the author of the Newbery Honor-winning Wolf Hollow.  Grades 5-8

Clayton Bird Goes Underground by Rita Williams-Garcia.  In this new novel from award-winning author Rita Williams-Garcia, when aspiring bluesman Clayton Byrd loses his beloved grandfather, he must figure out what to do with all his anger and sadness—and finally learns to play a blues song all his own.  Grades 3-7

Ethan I Was Before by Ali Standish.  A charming and captivating story about friendship, grief, and forgiveness. After Ethan loses his best friend and moves from Boston to small-town Georgia, he discovers that life can be transformed in one moment, but that one moment doesn’t have to define him for life.  Grades 3-7

Exact Location of Home by Kate Messner, Believing his long-absent father is missing and leaving clues behind through geocaching, Zig, thirteen, relies on his love of electronics, a garage sale GPS unit, and his best friend, Gianna, to search for answers. Grades 3-6

First Rule of Punk by Celia Perez.  Roller Girl meets School of Rock in this illustrated middle grade novel about identity, friendship, and riot-girl power by librarian and debut author Celia C. Pérez.  Grades 4-7

Glass Town Game by Catherynne Valente.  The four Bronte siblings enter a fantasy world of their own creation in this new spin on Narnia from the award-winning bestselling author of The Girl who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of her own Making.  Grades 5-8

Hello Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly.  Universe is a funny and poignant neighborhood story about unexpected friendships. Told from four intertwining points of view--two boys and two girls--the novel celebrates bravery, being different, and finding your inner bayani (hero).  Grades 5-8

In the Shadow of the Sun by Anne O’Brien.  An exciting adventure that offers a rare glimpse into a compelling, complicated nation. An unforgettable novel of courage and survival. Grades 3-6

Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus by Dusti Bowling.   Aven Green loves to tell people that she lost her arms in an alligator wrestling match, or a wildfire in Tanzania, but the truth is she was born without them.  It's hard to solve a mystery, help a friend, and face your worst fears. But Aven's about to discover she can do it all…even without arms.  Grades 5-8

Me and Marvin Gardens by Amy Sarig King.  The first middle-grade novel from YA superstar Amy Sarig (A.S.) King is a boy-meets-animal story like no other.   Grades 3-7

One Last Word by Nikki Grimes.  Acclaimed author Nikki Grimes’s new poetry book focuses on the Harlem Renaissance, paired with full-color art from renowned artists.   Grades 5-8

Orphan Island by Laurel Snyder.  A deep, compelling, heartbreaking, and completely one-of-a-kind literary middle-grade novel about a mysterious island where, each year, a boat arrives with one new child . . . and takes the oldest child away.  Grades 3-7

Perfect Score by Rob Buyea.  From the beloved author of Because of Mr. Terupt and its sequels comes a new middle-grade school story with a very special cast of unforgettable characters who discover that getting the perfect score--both on the test and in life--is perhaps not so perfect after all.  Grades 3-6

Refugee by Alan Grantz.  Although separated by continents and decades, Josef, a Jewish boy living in 1930s Nazi Germany; Isabel, a Cuban girl trying to escape the riots and unrest plaguing her country in 1994; and Mahmoud, a Syrian boy in 2015 whose homeland is torn apart by violence and destruction, embark on harrowing journeys in search of refuge, discovering shocking connections that tie their stories together.  Grades 3-6

Saving Marty by Paul Griffin.  Fans of Because of Winn Dixie will adore this warm and heart-wrenching story of the friendship between a boy and a pig who thinks it's a dog.  Grades 5-8

See You in the Cosmos by Jack Cheng.     In the tradition of Counting by 7s and Walk Two Moons comes a funny, luminous, utterly moving novel about a space-obsessed boy, his dog Carl Sagan, and a journey toward family, love, hope, and awe.  Grades 5-9

Speed of Life by Carol Weston.  Missing her mother who died last year, fourteen-year-old Sofia finds an anonymous outlet for her personal questions and deep, dark secrets in the Dear Kate advice columnist, until, much to her horror, Sofia's father starts dating Kate.  Grades 5-8

Tumble and Blue by Cassie Beasley..  From the author of Circus Mirandus comes the magic-infused story of a golden gator, two cursed kids, and how they take their destinies into their own hands.  Grades 3-7

Unexpected Life of Oliver Cromwell Pitts by Avi.  High adventure from a master storyteller about one boy's attempt to fend for himself among cruel orphan masters, corrupt magistrates, and conniving thieves.  Grades 5-8

Walking with Miss Millie by Tamara Bundy.  After moving with her mother and deaf brother to Grandma's small Georgia town in the 1960s, Alice copes with feelings of isolation by befriending the elderly black woman who lives next door.  Grades 5-8

War I Finally Won by Kimberly Bradley.  This sequel to the Newbery Honor-winning The War that Saved My Life continues Ada’s World War II journey as new challenges force her to figure out who she really is now that she’s free.   Grades 4-7

Warden’s Daughter by Jerry Spinelli. From Newbery Medalist Jerry Spinelli (Maniac MageeStargirl) comes the “moving and memorable” story of a girl searching for happiness inside the walls of a prison.   Grades 4-7

Wishtree by Katherine Applegate.  An oak tree and a crow help their neighbors embrace their differences in this beautiful, nuanced middle-grade novel. Grades 5-8

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Beth VanCurine, (630) 355-2665
Downers Grove:  Kathleen March,  (630) 963-2665
LaGrange: Sandra Law,   (708) 582-6353 


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