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BC Mock Newbery Club 2020: The Reading List

BC's 2020 Mock Newbery Medal goes to PLANET EARTH IS BLUE!


      The winner of BC's 2020 Mock Newbery Award!

The 2019 BCS Mock Newbery Review Site

Share your thoughts on the books you read on the Mock Newbery 2020 blog.

Mock Newbery 2020

Book review guidelines:

  • Find the appropriate page to post your review - go to the Menu on the top left to find each title's page.
  • Be sure to sign your reviews - add your first name, the first initial of your last name, and grade at the end of your review (ex. Kris H., 5th Grade).
  • 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" - whether or not the book distinguished enough to win a Newbery award, in your opinion, using the Newbery Medal criteria.

Newbery Book Review Examples from Last Year!

Refugee, by Alan Gratz

"I can't describe with words how much I enjoyed this book. It is about three different refugees fleeing from different places for different reasons at different times. The plot is amazingly fluid, the author moves between characters at exactly the right time, the ending blew my mind, and the characters are so interesting. It is a novel, but it is still set in real time periods with real historical situations. Now, my opinion. Have you read the last part? This book was incredible. It managed to be distinguished, thrilling, fun, and suspenseful. I would recommend this to anybody and everybody and it is very distinguished." - Avi R., 7th grade.

See You in the Cosmos, by Jack Cheng

"See you in the cosmos was a very good book. It is about  a boy named Alex  who is 11. Each chapter is a recording filmed on his i pod.  This book was very creative and exiting and once you start reading it, you just really want to know what happens next." -Noah K.

Forget Me Not, by Ellie Terry

"This book is a love story in the raw. It is about a girl who's mom is dating, breaking up and moving. It is sad at some times but is definitely  a Newbery contender. I love the plot and the characters are very real."  - Micah W., 4th Grade

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The 5 Finalists


New Kid

Planet Earth Is Blue

The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise

We're Not from Here

2020 Contenders: The Reading List for grades 4-8

Here are the contenders for the 2020 BC Mock Newbery award: