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LARC Mocks: 2022 Chapter Books

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

2022 Chapter Books

Anderson, John David.  Riley's Ghost.  BL 12/1/21

Barker, Kathryn. Walking Romeo. PW 11/15/21

Blake, Kendare.  In Every Generation.  BL 12/15/21

Brown, Echo.  The Chosen One: A First-Generation Ivy League Odyssey.  BL 11/1-15/21

Brown, Waka T.  Dream, Annie, Dream.  K 11/1/21, BL 1/1-15/22

Browne, Mahogany L. Vinyl Moon. PW 12/6/21

Burrows, Sophie.  Crushing.  BL 1/1-15/22

Burton, Jessie. Medusa. PW 12/6/21

Ciccarelli, Kristen. Edgewood. BCCB 12/21

Clark, Zack. The Lock-Eater. BCCB 12/21

Cohen, Jennieke, My Fine Fellow. PW 12/6/21

Cordova, Zoraida.  Reclaim the Stars: 17 Tales across Realms and Space.  BL 1/1-15/22

Dhillon, Navdeep Singh.  Sunny G's Series of Rash Decisions.  BL 11/1-15/21

Hartman, Rachel.  In the Serpent's Wake.  BL 12/15/21

Haydu, Corey Ann. Lawless Spaces. PW 11/29/21

Hur, June.  The Red Palace.  BL 1/1-15/22

Hutchinson, Shaun David.  Howl.  BL 1/1-15/22

Johnson, Varian.  Mister Miracle: The Great Escape.  BL 1/1-15/22

Kao, The.  Magical Boy, v.1.  BL 1/1-15/22

Khorram, Adib.  Kiss and Tell.  BL 1/1-15/22

Kurilla, Renee.  The Flower Garden.  BL 1/1-15/22

Lainoff, Lillie.  One for All.  BL 1/1-15/22

Latham, Irene & Charles Waters.  African Town.  BL 12/15/21

Lloyd-Jones, Emily.  Unseen Magic.  BL 1/1-15/22

Lord, Emma. When You Get the Chance. PW 12/6/21

Lorentz, Dayna.  Wayward Creatures. K 11/15/21

Luqman-Dawson, Amina.  Freewater.  BL 1/1-15/22

Madden, Tobias.  Anything but Fine.  BL 11/1-15/21

Paulson, Gary.  Northwind.  K 11/1/21, PW 12/6/21, BL 1/1-15/22

Peters, Shawn.  The Unforgettable Logan Foster.  BL 11/1-15/21

Raman, Akshaya.  The Ivory Key.  BL 11/1-15/21

Reynolds, Jason.  Ain't Burned All the Bright.  PW 11/15/21, BL 12/1/21

Schwartz, Dana.  Anatomy: A Love Story.  BL 12/15/21

Sepetys, Ruta. I Must Betray You. PW 12/20/21, BL 1/1-15/22

Shammas, Nadia & Sara Alfageeh.  Squire.  BL 1/1-15/22

van Rijckeghem, Jean-Claude. Ironhead, or, Once a Young Lady. PW 12/20/21

Woods, Brenda. When Winter Robeson Came. BCCB 12/21

Zarr, Sara. A Song Called Home. PW 12/20/21

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.