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LARC Mocks: 2018 Chapter Books

Working list of starred reviews to be considered for the Mock Caldecott and Newbery Award

Chapter Books

Please alpha by author. If title is already on the list, please add abbreviation and date to it. (PW = Publishers Weekly, SLJ = School Library Journal, HB = Horn Book, Kirkus = K, Booklist = BL The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books = BCCB (feel free to add other journal titles and abbreviations)

Applegate, Katherine.  Ending #1: The Last.  BL 3/1/18

Abawi, Atia. A Land of Permanent Goodbyes. PW 11/13/17, K 12/1/17

Acevedo, Elizabeth. The Poet X. PW 1/22/18

Acros, Carrie.  We Are All That's Left.  BL 3/15/18

Adeyemi, Tomi. Children of Blood and Bone. PW 1/1/18

Ahmadi, Arvin. Down and Across. PW 10/16/17

Ahmed, Samira. Love, Hate, and Other Filters. PW 10/16/17

Albert, Melissa.  The Hazel Wood  K 10/15/17, PW 11/13/17

Alexander, Kwame.  Rebound.  BL 3/15/18

Almond, David. The Tale of Angelino Brown. PW 12/18/17, K 1/1/18

Anderson, John David.  Granted  K 11/15/17, SLJ 2/18

Balliett, Blue.  Out of the Wild Night K 12/15/17

Berquist, Emma. Devils unto Dust. PW 3/5/18

Bhathena, Tanaz. A Girl Like That. PW 11/27/17

Bigelow, Lisa Jenn  Drum Roll, Please  SLJ 2/18

Black, Holly. The Cruel Prince. PW 10/16/17

Blake, Ashley Herring. Ivy Aberdeen's Letter to the World. PW 1/1/18, K 12/15/17, SLJ 1/18

Bliss, Bryan.  We'll Fy Away.  BL 3/1/18.

Bliss, Harry.  Grace for Gus  K 11/15/17, HB 1- 2/18, 

Boothby, Ian. Sparks! BL 2/15/18

Brown, Peter. The Wild Robot Escapes. BL 1/1/18

Caines, Rachel and Ann Aguirre. Honor Among Thieves. PW 12/4/17

Callender, Kheryn.  Hurricane Child  K 12/15/17, SLJ 1/18, BL 2/1/18

Cameron, Neill.  Mega Robo Bros K 12/15/17

Carroll, Emma  Strange Star  SLJ 1/18

Chao, Gloria. American Panda. PW 11/20/17

Charles, Tami.  Like Vanessa K 1/15/18, BL 3/1/18

Cherry, Alison. The Pros of Cons. PW 1/1/18

Choldenko, Gennifer.  Al Capone Throws Me a Curse. BL 3/1/18

Choi, Mary H. K. Emergency Contact. PW 1/1/18

Clare, Gwendolyn.  Ink, Iron, and Glass K 12/15/17

Clayton, Dhonielle.  The Belles K 12/1/17

Connor, Leslie.  The Truth as Told By Mason Buttle  K 10/15/17, PW 11/6/17

Crowley, Kieran. The Misfits Club. BL 1/1/18

Curtis, Christopher Paul. The Journey of Little Charlie. PW 10/30/17, K 12/1/17, SLJ 1/18

Dasgupta, Sayantani  The Serpent's Secret  SLJ 1/18

de Fombelle, Timothee.  The Book of Pearl  K 11/15/17

Dellaira, Ava. In Search of Us. PW 1/15/18

Dominguez, Angela  Stella Diaz Has Something to Say  SLJ 1/18

Evans, Lissa.  Wed Wabbit  K 12/1/17

Finlay, Adrianne.  Your One and Only  K 11/15/17

Gaughen, A. C. Reign the Earth. PW 11/6/17

Gemeinhart, Dan.  Good Dog  K 12/15/17

Gilbert, Kelly Loy.  Picture Us in the Light.  BL 3/15/18

Hand, Cynthia.  My Plain Jane.  BL 3/15/18

Hargrave, Kiran Millwood. The Island at the End of Everything. BL 2/1/18

Hartman, Rachel.  Tess of the Road  K 11/15/17

Hashimi, Nadia. The Sky at Our Feet. PW 1/22/18, K 1/15/18

Hiranandani, Veera.  The Night Diary K 1/1/18, PW 1/15/18, SLJ 1/18

Hitchcock, Shannon.  One True Way  K 12/15/17

Johnson, Maureen. Truly Devious. PW 10/23/17

Johnson, Terry Lynn.  Avalanche!   K 10/15/2017

Johnson, Varian  The Parker Inheritance  SLJ 12/17, K 1/1/18

Kadohata, Cynthia. Checked. PW 12/4/17, BL 1/1/18

Kaufman, Amie.  Ice Wolves  K 12/15/17

Keller, Tae.  The Science of Breakable Things  K 12/15/17

Kelly, Erin Entrada  You Go First  SLJ 12/17

Klages, Ellen.  Out of Left Field.  BL 3/15/18

Knight, Xanthe Gresham.  Wild Swans  K 1/15/18

Konen, Leah.  Love and Other Train Wrecks   K 10/15/2017

Krulik, Nancy. Grilled Cheese and Dragons. PW 10/30/17

Lasky, Kathryn.  The Quest of the Cubs  K 11/15/17

Lawson, Richard. All We Can Do is Wait. PW 11/27/17

Lucier, Makiia. Isle of Blood and Stone. PW 3/5/18

Magras, Diane. The Mad Wolf's Daughter. PW 1/8/18

Mass, Wendy and Rebecca Stead. Bob. PW 3/5/18

McAnulty, Stacy  The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl  SLJ 2/18

McGhee, Alison.  What I Leave Behind. BL 3/1/18

McNeill, Malcolm.  The Beginning Woods K 1/15/18

Meriano, Anna.  A Dash of Trouble   K 10/15/2017

Messner, Kate  Breakout  SLJ 2/18

Murdock, Catherine.  The Book of Boy  K 11/15/17, BL 2/15/18

Murphy, Julie. Puddin'. PW 2/19/18

Na, An. The Place Between Breaths. PW 1/8/18, BL 3/1/18

O'Connor, George.  Hermes Tales of the Trickster  K 12/15/17

Pan, Emily X. R. The Astonishing Color of After. PW 1/22/18

Pearce, Philippa. Tom's Midnight Garden. PW 3/5/18

Perkins, Lynne Rae. Secret Sisters of the Salty Sea. PW 2/19/18, BL 3/1/18

Petruck, Rebecca.  Boy Bites Bug.  BL 3/1/18

Pirates, The Story and Geoff Rodkey. Stuck in the Stone Age. PW 12/18/17

Pla, Sally J.  Stanley Will Probably Be Fine  K 11/15/17

Polisner, Gae.  In Sight of Stars.  BL 3/1/18

Potter, Ellen.  Big Foot and Little Foot. BL 3/1/18

Pullman, Philip.  The Book of Dust La Belle Sauvage  K 11/15/17

Purcell, Kim.  This is Not a Love Letter  K 11/1/17

Rhodes, Jewell Parker  Ghost Boys  SLJ 1/18, BL 2/1/18, PW 2/19/18

Ribay, Randy. After the Shot Drops. PW 1/15/18

Richmond, Caroline Tung  Live in Infamy: A companion to The Only Thing to Fear  SLJ 1/18

Rocklin, Joanne. Love, Penelope. BL 1/1/18

Sappingfield, Eliot.  A Problematic Paradox  K 12/15/17

Schrefer, Eliot.  Mez's Magic   K 10/15/2017

Selznick, Brian and David Serlin. Baby Monkey, Private Eye. PW 11/20/17, K 12/15/17, SLJ 1/18

Shabazz, Ilyasah with Renee Watson  Betty Before X. PW 10/30/17, SLJ 12/17, K 11/1/17

Shusterman, Neal. Thunderhead. PW 11/6/17, K 12/15/17

Sorosiak, Carlie.  Wild Blue Wonder.  BL 3/1/18

Stamper, Vesper.  What the Night Sings  K 11/15/17, PW 11/20/17

Steiger, A.J.  When My Heart Joins the Thousand  K 11/1/17

Stevens, April.  The Heart and Mind of Frances Pauley  K 11/1/17

Stoddard, Lindsey.  Just Like Jackie  K 11/1/17

Sutherland, Tui T.  The Dragonet Prohecy  K 12/15/17

Thomas, Jan. My Friends Make Me Happy! PW 10/30/17

Tingle, Tim.  A Name Earned  K 1/1/18

Tyre, Lisa Lewis.  Hope in the Holler  K 12/15/17

Varon, Sara. New Shoes. PW 1/15/18

Verdi, Jessica.  And She Was  K 1/1/18

Vernon, Ursula.  Whiskerella  K 11/1/17

Viorst, Judith  Lulu is Getting a Sister  SLJ 2/18

Vivian, Siobhan. Stay Sweet. PW 2/19/18

Walton, Leslye. The Price Guide to the Occult. PW 1/8/18

Whitesides, Tyler.  The Wishmakers  K 11/1/17

Wyk, C. V. Blood and Sand. PW 11/13/17

Newbery Criteria

1. In identifying “distinguished contribution to American literature,” defined as text, in a book for children,

a. Committee members need to consider the following:

  • Interpretation of the theme or concept
  • Presentation of information including accuracy, clarity, and organization
  • Development of a plot
  • Delineation of characters
  • Delineation of a setting
  • Appropriateness of style.

Note: Because the literary qualities to be considered will vary depending on content, the committee need not expect to find excellence in each of the named elements. The book should, however, have distinguished qualities in all of the elements pertinent to it.

b.Committee members must consider excellence of presentation for a child audience.

2. Each book is to be considered as a contribution to American literature. The committee is to make its decision primarily on the text. Other components of a book, such as illustrations, overall design of the book, etc., may be considered when they make the book less effective.

3. The book must be a self-contained entity, not dependent on other media (i.e., sound or film equipment) for its enjoyment.
Note: The committee should keep in mind that the award is for literary quality and quality presentation for children. The award is not for didactic content or popularity.

Adopted by the ALSC Board, January 1978. Revised, Midwinter 1987. Revised, Annual 2008.