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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

Adam, Jennifer. Lark and the Wild Hunt. K 5/1/22

Adler, Dahlia. Home Field Advantage. PW 4/25/22

Ahmed, Samira. Hollow Fires. PW 3/28/22

Albert, Melissa. Our Crooked Hearts. PW 4/18/22, BL 5/1/22

Allen, Kari.  Maddie and Mabel. SLJ 3/22

Almond, David. Brand New Boy.  K 3/15/22

Alston, Bria. Melody Lifts Her Voice. SLJ 3/22

Anderson, Beth.  Revolutionary Prudence Wright: Leading the Minute Women in the Fight for Independence.  K 12/15/21

Anderson, Lily. Scout's Honor. PW 2/21/22, BL 5/1/22

Anderson, Sophie. The Castle of Tangled Magic. PW 1/10/22

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

Applebaum, Kirsty.  Lifeling.  K 2/1/22, PW 2/14/22

Applegate, Katherine.  Doggo and Pupper Save the World. SLJ 3/22

Arnold, Elana K.  Just Harriet.  K 12/15/21, PW 1/3/22

Atta, Dean.  Only on the Weekends.  BL 4/15/22

Avi.  Loyalty.  SLJ 12/21

Avi.  City of Magic.  BL 5/15/22

Axelrod, Jadzia. Galaxy: The Prettiest Star. PW 4/11/22

Badua, Tracy.  Freddie Vs. The Family Curse.  K 3/1/22

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

Baskin, Nora Raleigh & Gae Polisner.  Consider the Ocotpus.  K 2/15/22

Barnett, Mac. The First Cat in Space Ate Pizza. PW 4/11/22, SLJ 5/22

Barnhill, Kelly.  The Ogress and the Orphans.  K 1/15/22, PW 1/31/22, BCCB 1/22, BL 2/1/22

Beil, Michael D.  Wreck at Ada's Reef.  K 12/15/21

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

Booth, Coe.  Caprice. K 3/15/22, PW 4/11/22

Broach, Elise. Duet. PW 4/11/22, BL 5/1/22

Broaddus, Maurice.  Unfadeable.  K 2/1/22, BL 2/15/22, SLJ 5/22

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

Brown, Rosanne A.  Shuri & T'Challa: Into the Heartlands.  BL 4/15/22, K 5/15/22

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

Calabrese, Keith.  Wild Ride.  K 12/15/21, PW 3/7/22

Capin, Hannah. I am Margaret Moore. PW 1/31/22

Case, Jonathan.  Little Monarchs.  BL 2/1/22, K 2/15/22

Castellanos, Alexis. Isla to Island. PW 2/7/22, K 3/1/22

Cate, Annette LeBlanc.  A Dragon Used to Live Here. K 4/1/22

Chee, Traci. A Thousands Steps Into Night. PW 1/31/22

Chokshi, Roshani. Aru Shah and The Nectar of Immortality. K 3/15/22

Chokshi, Roshani. Aru Shah and the End of Time.  K 5/15/22

Christmas, Johnnie.  Swim Team.  K 3/15/22, SLJ 4/22, PW 4/18/22

Ciccarelli, Kristen. Edgewood. BCCB 12/21

Cisneros, Ernesto.  Falling Short.  K 1/15/22, PW 1/24/22

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

Clayton, Dhonielle.. The Marvellers.  K 3/15/22, PW 4/4/22, SLJ 6/22

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

Corell, Matthew.  Cornbread & Poppy.  K 5/15/22

Cordova, Zoraida.  Reclaim the Stars: 17 Tales across Realms and Space.  BL 1/1-15/22, PW 1/3/22

Cordova, Zoraida.  Valentina Salazar Is Not a Monster.  BL 5/1/22, PW 5/9/22

Crowder, Melanie. Jumper. PW 5/9/22

Culley, Betty.  The Natural Genius of Ants.  BL 5/1/22

Daly, Niki. Fly High, Lolo. SLJ 4/22

DasGupta, Sayantani. Debating Darcy. PW 1/10/22

Delahaye, Rachel.  Little Owl Rescue. SLJ 3/22

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

Diederich, Phillipe.  Diamond Park.  BL 3/1/22

Eagar, Lindsay. The Patron Thief of Bread. PW 3/14/22, K 4/1/22, SLJ 6/22

Eagle, Judith.  The Pear Affair.  K 2/1/22

Earle, Phil.  When the Sky Falls.  BL 5/15/22, SLJ 5/22

Edkins Willis, Maggie.  Smaller Sister. K 3/15/22

Elliott, L.M.  Louisa June and the Nazis in the Waves.  K 1/15/22, PW 1/31/22, BL 3/1/22, SLJ 3/22

Elliott, Rachel. The Real Riley Mayes. PW 4/18/22

Elliot, Zetta & Lyn Miller-Lachmann.  Moonwalking.  BL 2/15/22

Elliott, Zetta.  Moonwalking.  K 2/15/22

Ellis, Deborah. Step. SLJ 4/22

Engle, Margarita.  Singing With Elephants. K 3/1/22, PW 4/11/22

Everett, Sarah.  How to Live without You.  BL 5/1/22

Fajardo, Kat. Miss Quinces. SLJ 5/22

Ferguson, Jen. The Summer of Bitter and Sweet. PW 4/11/22, BL 5/1/22

Fernandez, Kelly.  Manu.  SLJ 12/21

Ferry, Beth. The Invisible Whale. PW 1/10/22

Foxe, Steve.  Costume Capers. SLJ 5/22

Frick, Kit. Very Bad People. PW 2/14/22

Friend, Natasha.  The Wolves Are Waiting.  BL 2/15/22

Gao, Laura. Messy Roots: A Graphic Memoir of a Wuhanese American. PW 1/10/22

Gino, Alex. Alice Austen Lived Here. PW 2/21/22, BL 3/1/22

Glaser, Karina Yan.  A Duet for Home,  PW 2/7/22, K 2/15/22

Gomera-Tavarez, Camille.  High Spirits: Short Stories on Dominican Diaspora.  BL 2/15/22, PW 2/21/22

Grabenstein, Chris.  Mr. Lemoncello's Very First Game.  BL 4/1/22

Grehan, Meg. Baby Teeth. PW 4/4/22

Grey, Melissa. Valiant Ladies. PW 5/2/22, BL 5/15/22

Grimsley, Jim.  The Dove in the Belly.  BL 5/15/22

Haddix, Margaret Peterson.  The School for Whatnots.  K 1/1/22, BL 4/15/22

Hahn, Dee. The Grave Thief. SLJ 2/22

Hale, Bruce. Clark the Shark: Friends Forever.  SLJ 4/22

Hansen, Dustin.  The Legend of the Dream Giants.  K 1/1/22

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

Hassan, Rochelle.  The Prince of Nowhere.  K 3/15/22

Hay, Sam. Happily Ever After Rescue Team. SLJ 2/22

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

Howell, Destiny. High Score. PW 4/25/22, BL 5/15/22

Hunter, Eric.  Exile From Shadowclan.  K 4/1/22

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

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

Ibanez, Isabel.  Together We Burn.  BL 4/1/22

Iwai, Melissa.  Gigi and Ojiji.  SLJ 4/22

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

Kagawa, Julie. Shinji Takahashi and the Mark of the Coati.  SLJ 5/22

Kann, Victoria.  Pinkalicious: Kindergarten Fun.  SLJ 4/22

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

Keller, Tae,  Jennifer Chan is Not Alone. K 3/15/22, SLJ 4/22, BL 5/1/22

Kelly, Erin Entrada.  Those Kids From Fawn Creek.  K 1/1/22, PW 1/31/22

Kemmerer, Brigid. Forging Silver Into Stars. PW 5/2/22

Kemp, Laekan Zea.  Heartbreak Symphony.  BL 4/1/22

Khan, M.T.  Nura and the Immortal Palace.  K 5/15/22

Khorram, Adib.  Kiss and Tell.  BL 1/1-15/22, PW 1/31/22

Kim, Graci.   The Last Fallen Moon.  BL 5/1/22

Kuo, Jane.  In the Beautiful Country.  SLJ 4/22

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

LaDelle, Ebony. Love Radio. PW 4/11/22

Lai, Remy.  Rainbow the Koala. SLJ 3/22

Lai, Remy. Star the Elephant.  SLJ 3/22

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

Lasky, Kathryn.  The Secret of Glendunny: The Haunting.  K 1/15/22, BL 2/1/22

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

Leali, Michael.  The Civil War of Amos Abernathy.  BL 4/1/22, SLJ 6/22

Levithan, David. Answers in the Pages. PW 4/18/22, SLJ 5/22

Lewis, Erika.  Kelcie Murphy and the Academy for the Unbreakable Arts.  BL 2/15/22

Lezotte, Ann Clare.  Set Me Free. SLJ 12/21

Lin, Judy I.  Magic Steeped in Poison.  BL 3/1/22

Lippincott, Rachael & Alyson Derrick.  She Gets the Girl.  BL 4/15/22

Liu, Marjorie. Wingbearer. PW 1/17/22, SLJ 3/22

Lloyd-Jones, Emily.  Unseen Magic.  BL 1/1-15/22, SLJ 2/22

Lockhart, E. Family of Liars. PW 3/21/22

Lockington, Mariama J.  In The Key Of Us.  K 3/1/22, PW 3/7/22, SLJ 5/22

Lonesborough, Gary.  Ready When You Are.  BL 3/1/22

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

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

Lowe, Mari. Aviva Vs. The Dybbuk.  HB 1 -2/22, K 5/1/22

Lowery, Mike. Out in the Wild. PW 2/14/22

Luqman-Dawson, Amina.  Freewater.  BL 1/1-15/22,  K 12/15/21

Lukoff, Kyle.  Different Kinds of Fruit.  K 2/15/22, BL 3/1/22, SLJ 5/22

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

Maguire, Gregory.  Cress Watercress.  K 1/15/22, PW 1/31/22

Maldonado, Crystal. No Filter and Other Lies. PW 1/3/22

McCall, Guadalupe Garcia. Echoes of Grace. PW 4/18/22

McCarthy, Cory. Man o' War. PW 4/11/22

McDunn, Gillian.  Honestly Elliott.  K 1/1/22, PW 1/24/22, BL 3/1/22, SLJ 4/22

McLemore, Anna-Marie.  Lakelore.  PW 1/31/22, BL 2/1/22

McQuiston, Casey. I Kissed Shara Wheeler. PW 3/21/22, BL 5/1/22

Melleby, Nicole.  The Science of Being Angry.  BL 5/15/22, SLJ 5/22

Membrino, Anna. Big Shark, Little Shark, and the Missing Teeth. SLJ 5/22

Merchant, Tamzin. The Mapmakers. SLJ 6/22

Meyer, Joanna Ruth.  Wind Daughter.  BL 4/15/22

Moore, Linette.  The Prisoner of Shiverstone.  BL 5/15/22

Morpurgo, Michael.  The Puffin Keeper.  K 2/15/22, SLJ 3/22

Moser, Erwin. Boris the Cat: The Little Cat With Big Ideas. HB 1 -2/22

Nannestad, Katrina.  We are Wolves.  K 12/1/21, SLJ 3/22

Nazemian, Abdi.  The Chandler Legacies.  BL 2/15/22

Nye, Naomi Shihab.  The Turtle of Michigan.  K 1/15/22, SLJ 4/22

O'Connor, George.  Dionysos: The New God.  K 12/15/21

Older, Daniel Jose. Ballad & Dagger. PW 3/28/22

Ormsbee, Kathryn.  Growing Pangs.  BL 5/15/22

Page, Tyler.  Button Pusher.  BL 2/1/22, PW 2/7/22

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

Phelan, Matt. The Sheep, the Rooster, and the Duck. PW 1/10/22, K 1/1/22, BL 3/1/22

Pilkey, Dav.  Perspectives.  K 1/1/22

Pimienta, Jose. Twin Cities. K 5/1/22

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

Randall, Julian.  Pilar Ramirez and The Escape from Zafa.  K 12/15/21, PW 1/31/22

Redgate, Riley.  Alone out Here.  BL 4/1/22

Rex, Michael C. Your Pal Fred. PW 4/18/22

Reynolds, Jason.  Ain't Burned All the Bright.  PW 11/15/21, BL 12/1/21, BCCB 1/22

Reynolds, Jason. Stuntboy, In the Meantime. HB 1 -2/22

Rogers, Alexandria.  The Witch, the Sword, and the Cursed Knights.  BL 3/1/22, SLJ 4/22

Romero, R.M. The Ghosts of Rose Hill. PW 4/4/22

Rubin, Adam. Ice Cream Machine.  SLJ 2/22

Saeed, Aisha.  Omar Rising.  K 12/1/21

Salvatore, Steven. And They Lived... PW 1/24/22, BL 2/15/22

San Miguel, Samantha.  Spineless. K 5/1/22, BL 5/15/22

Santat, Dan. The Aquanaut. PW 1/24/22

Scelsa, Kate. Improbable Magic for Cynical Witches. PW 3/14/22

Schwab, Victoria. Gallant. PW 1/17/22

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, BCCB 2/22

Shang, Wendy Wan-Long.  The Secret Battle of Evan Pao.  K 3/15/22, BL 5/15/22

Shaw, Tucker.  When You Call My Name.  BL 5/15/22

Skinner, Nicola.  Storm.  K 1/15/22, BCCB 2/22

Smallman, Steve.  Maggie Sparks and the Monster Baby.  SLJ 4/22

Solomon, Rachel Lynn. See You Yesterday. PW 3/14/22

Soontornvat, Christina.  The Last Mapmaker.  K 2/1/2, PW 2/14/22, SLJ 5/22

Standish, Ali.  Yonder.  K 3/1/22, PW 3/14/22, BL 5/15/22

Tabor, Corey R. Sir Ladybug. PW 1/10/22, BL 3/15/22

Tahir, Sabaa.  All My Rage.  BL 2/1/22

Taylor, Emily J., Hotel Magnifique. PW 2/7/22

Taylor, Will.  The Language of Seabirds.  K 5/15/22

Terciero, Rey.  Swan Lake: Quest for the Kingdoms.  K 12/1/21

Thomas, Sonja.  Sir Fig Newton and the Science of Persistence.  K 1/15/22

Thompson, Lin.  The Best Liars in Riverview.  BL 2/1/22

Tian, XiXi. This Place is Still Beautiful. PW 5/9/22

Ueda, Ryotaro.  Hana-chan and the Shape of the World. SLJ 12/21

Valente, Catherynne M.  Osmo Unknown and the Eightpenny Woods.  BL 2/15/22

van de Vendel, Edward.  The Days of Bluegrass Love.  BL 5/1/22

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

Velasquez, Elisabet. When We Make It. HB 1 -2/22

Venable, Colleen.  Best Friends for Never.  SLJ 3/22

Wallace, Kali.  Hunters of the Lost City.  K 2/1/22

Walters, Eric.  Bear in the Family.  SLJ 5/22

Werlin, Nancy.  Healer and Witch.  BL 2/1/22

White, Andrew Joseph.  Hell Followed with Us.  BL 4/1/22, PW 5/2/22

Willis, Maggie Edkins.  Smaller Sister. SLJ 3/22

Winters, Julian.  Right Where I Left You.  BL 3/1/22

Wolk, Lauren. My Own Lightning. PW 3/28/22, BL 5/15/22

Wolo, Mamie. The Kaya Girl. SLJ 6/22

Woodfolk, Ashley. Nothing Burns As Bright As You. PW 2/14/22, BL 4/15/22

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

Wyatt, Jacob.  The Well.  BL 2/1/22

Yang, Kelly.  New From Here.  BL 2/15/22

Yee, Bettty G.  Gold Mountain.  BL 5/15/22

Yee,  Lisa.  Maizy Chen's Last Dance.  HB 1 -2/22, BL 2/15/22

Zarr, Sara. A Song Called Home. PW 12/20/21, K 12/15/21, BL 2/15/22

Ziegler, Jennifer.  Worser.  K 1/15/22, BL 2/15/22

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.