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First Time a Charm?: A debut novel that could be a Newbery contender

A MANY FEATHERED THING “is a spot-on depiction of the utter middle-ness of adolescence.” Guest Blogger Sara Beth explains why even though Lisa Gerlits’ book is a “debut novel from an unknown author,” it just might have a chance at a Newbery Award.

A Graphic Novel Repeat? Could SNAPDRAGON become the second consecutive Newbery winner in this popular format?

The title character in Kate Leyh’s SNAPDRAGON is “smart, strong, brash, independent, and aware of her outsider status: it gets to her, but she refuses to be someone she’s not, and that takes guts.” Guest blogger Aud explores the distinguished qualities of this engaging graphic novel, which could be a contender for the 2021 Newbery Medal.

Guest Blogger Post: KENT STATE

In his introduction to KENT STATE, Guest Blogger Leonard writes: “the book is beautiful. It is powerful. It directly and continually involves the reader from the very first line.” Join the Mock-Newbery discussion of Deborah Wiles’ innovative book.


Guest blogger Lynette notes that In KING AND THE DRAGONFLIES, “Grief can…reside in the
conversations that we have and the words, both said and unsaid, the dead leave behind…” Join our Mock Newbery discussion of Kacen Callender’s powerful novel.

Guest Blogger Post: WHEN YOU TRAP A TIGER

Guest Blogger Cheryl introduces WHEN YOU TRAP A TIGER, stating that the book leads readers to feel “like we were grabbing points of light and hope in a world of darkness.” Join our discussion of Tae Keller’s excellent novel.


“Serious books are not always funny, and funny books don’t always incorporate serious topics, but when it is done right a book can really shine.” Guest Blogger Courtney kicks off our discussion of FROM THE DESK OF ZOE WASHINGTON by Janae Marks.