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Mock Newbery Discussion List and Details

Sunday, January 11th, 1pm-5pm
Golden Gate Library
5606 San Pablo Ave.Oakland, CA 94608

If you plan on coming:

        1) Please RSVP to Sharon McKellar , or put your name/email in a comment
        2) Read the Newbery Terms & Criteria
        3) Read all eight titles below with those criteria in mind
        4) Come ready to discuss and vote!

Titles for Discussion:

After Tupac and D Foster 
by Jacqueline Woodson

Alvin Ho: Allergic to Girls, School and Other Scary Things  
by Lenore Look

by Laurie Halse Anderson

Highway Cats
by Janet Taylor Lisle

My One Hundred Adventures 
by Polly Horvath

The Porcupine Year
by Louise Erdrich

The Trouble Begins at 8 
by Sid Fleischman

The Underneath 
by Kathi Appelt

Please note that this event is intended for adult participants. 

Nina Lindsay About Nina Lindsay

Nina Lindsay is the Children's Services Coordinator at the Oakland Public Library, CA. She chaired the 2008 Newbery Committee, and served on the 2004 and 1998 committees. You can reach her at


  1. I read the Newbery Terms and Criteria, and notice that they’re originally from 1978, revised in 1987 (or something like that). I’m wondering what the original terms were, and how often they’ve been revised. Given the discussion about changing the award, it seems to me it would be interesting to see whether and, if so, how, they have changed over the years.

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