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BC Mock Newbery Club 2018: The Reading List

BC's 2019 Mock Newbery Medal goes to Refugee by Allan Gratz


The 2018 BCS Mock Newbery Review Site

Share your thoughts on the books you read here:

Book review guidelines:

  • Find the appropriate page to post your review - go to the Menu button on the top left to find the titles
  • Be sure to sign your reviews - add your first name and the first initial of your last name at the end of your review (ex. Kris H.)
  • Avoid "easy" opinions like "good" or "bad"
  • Be descriptive -  include what you did or did not enjoy about the book
  • Include details to make others interested in reading the book
  • No spoilers, please! Do not give away exciting details
  • Include "The Verdict" - is the book distinguished enough to win a Newbery award or not


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Kris Hartley-Maneri
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Middle School Librarian
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We are pleased to announce our five finalists!

Forget Me Not

When her mother breaks up with yet another boyfriend, Calliope meets Jinsong at her latest middle school, who becomes her friend despite her Tourette Syndrome and the embarrassment it can cause.

Orphan Island

A group of orphans wait each year for a boat to arrive on the island, replacing the eldest with the youngest, never to be seen again, as each remaining child child learns what it means to say goodbye to childhood forever.


Although separated by continents and decades, Josef, a Jewish boy livng in 1930s Nazi Germany; Isabel, a Cuban girl trying to escape the riots and unrest plaguing her country in 1994; and Mahmoud, a Syrian boy in 2015 whose homeland is torn apart by violence and destruction, embark on harrowing journeys in search of refuge, discovering shocking connections that tie their stories together.

Scar Island

Twelve-year-old Jonathan Grisby has been sent to the Slabhenge Reformatory School for Troubled Boys, a former lunatic asylum which is currently run by a sadist who enjoys punishing the boys and setting them against each other; but when a lightning strike kills all the adults the boys find themselves suddenly free--and trapped on Scar Island which seems to be sinking into the ocean.

See You in the Cosmos

Eleven-year-old Alex Petroski, along with his dog, Carl Sagan, makes big discoveries about his family on a road trip and he records it all on a golden iPod he intends to launch into space.

2018 Contenders: The Reading List for grades 4-8

Here are the contenders for the 2018 BCS Mock Newbery award: