Friday, January 23, 2015

2015 FES Mock Newbery Winner

After months of reading and discussing the fourteen titles, members of the FES Mock Newbery Book Club have voted. 

The winner of the 2015 FES Mock Newbery Award is...

The Mark of the Dragonfly by Jaleigh Johnson

There were four honor books this year:

Rain Reign by Ann M. Martin

A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer L. Holm

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

2015 Mock Newbery List #2

Lunch meetings for the book club begin this week. Students should check out a book from the reading list soon. See Mrs. Potter at the FES Library or stop by the FML Library if you need a book from the lists.

Here are the titles on List #2.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

2015 Mock Newbery List #1

Welcome to the 2015 Mock Newbery Book Club!

Dear Fourth and Fifth Grade Students,

I've spent the summer reading lots of new children's books. So far I've selected nine titles for our first Mock Newbery reading list. A second list with several more titles will be released later in the fall. Special thanks goes to Meghan Dye from Falmouth High School. Meghan read books and made recommendations to the Mock Newbery list during the summer months.

Registration forms for 4th and 5th grade students interested in joining the Mock Newbery Book Club will be handed out in September. We will meet during designated lunch periods during the months of September, October, November, and December. Students will vote for their favorite Mock Newbery books in January.

Mrs. Potter

Mock Newbery Book Club Registration Form

Mock Newbery List #1

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Winner of the 2014 FES Mock Newbery Award

The winner of the 2014 FES Mock Newbery Award is....

Rump by Liesl Shurtliff

2014 Honor Books

Flora & Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo

The Water Castle by Megan Frazer Blakemore

Words with Wings by Nikki Grimes

Members of the 2014 FES Mock Newbery Book Club

Mrs. Potter has started reading 2014 titles and is on the lookout for books for next year's book club. Sign up for the 2015 FES Mock Newbery Book Club will take place in September.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

2014 FES Mock Newbery List #2

Sixty-five very excited readers have been making their way through List #1. Recently the second Mock Newbery list was revealed for a total of 15 titles. Students will continue to discuss the books during lunch meetings until January when they will vote for the book they think should win the 2014 Newbery Medal.

FES Mock Newbery List #2

Africa is My Home: A Child of the Amistad by Monica Edinger and Robert Byrd
Random House
Historical Fiction

Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures by Kate DiCamillo and KG Campbell
Candlewick Press

The Real Boy by Anne Ursu
Walden Pond Press

Words With Wings by Nikki Grimes
Realistic Fiction/Novel in Verse

The Year of Billy Miller by Kevin Henkes
Harper Collins
Realistic Fiction

Monday, September 2, 2013

Registration is Open for the FES Mock Newbery Book Club!

Are you in 4th or 5th grade? 
Do you love reading? 
Do you enjoy talking about books? 
Sign up for the FES Mock Newbery Book Club.

Mrs. Potter will visit 4th and 5th grade classrooms during the first weeks of school to explain how the book club works. Registration forms are due by Friday, September 13, 2013.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

2014 FES Mock Newbery List #1

While students and teachers are enjoying this beautiful, Maine summer, it's the perfect time to start thinking about the books the FES Mock Newbery Book Club will read in the fall. Students are encouraged to start checking out these books from the public library during the summer months. The FES Library will have multiple copies of each book in the fall.

Fourth and fifth grade students are invited to sign up for the FES Mock Newbery Book Club in September. Book club meetings take place during lunch once or twice each month. Mrs. Potter will visit all fourth and fifth grade classrooms with more details and registrations forms during the first weeks of school.

2014 FES Mock Newbery List #1
(List #2 will be announced in October.)

The Center of Everything by Linda Urban
Harcourt Children's Books
Realistic Fiction

Courage Has No Color by Tanya Lee Stone

Doll Bones by Holly Black
Margaret K. McElderry Books
Duke by Kirby Larson

A Girl Called Problem by Katie Quirk
Eerdman's Books for Young Readers
Realistic Fiction

Lincoln's Grave Robbers by Steve Sheinkin
Scholastic Press

The Mouse with the Question Mark Tail by Richard Peck
Dial Books for Young Readers

Rump: The True Story of Rumplestiltskin by Liesl Shurtliff

The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp by Kathi Appelt
Atheneum Books for Young Readers
The Water Castle by Megan Frazer Blakemore
Walker Books for Young Readers
Science Fiction

Friday, January 18, 2013

Announcing the Winner of the 2013 FES Mock Newbery

75 students in fourth and fifth grades took part in the Falmouth Elementary School Mock Newbery Book Club.

 For four months the students read books from the FES Mock Newbery Lists. We used the Newbery criteria to discuss the books during lunch meetings.

The votes have been counted, and the winner is...

  Wonder by R.J. Palacio


FES Mock Newbery Honor Books

(in order by voting)

The False Prince by Jennifer Nielsen

Liar & Spy by Rebecca Stead

The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

Special Thanks...

The FES Mock Newbery Book Club would like to thank August Scattergood and Jennifer Nielsen for Skyping with us.

We enjoyed talking with Augusta Scattergoodabout how she got the idea and did research for Glory Be.

We also liked hearing about The Runaway King (sequel to The False Prince) when we met Jennifer Nielsen.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Author Skype Event!

Members of the FES Mock Newbery Book Club are invited to Skype with
 Augusta Scattergood, author of Glory Be
from 3:30-4:30 on Wednesday, November 28th. 
Students need to sign up in advance with Mrs. Potter.

Many of the 75 members of the book club have read Glory Be this fall. The FES Library copies of Glory Be have been checked out 32 times since September 4th, and we still have a waiting list!

The historical fiction novel has had a huge impact on our readers; kids have had a lot to say about the character of Glory during our lunch discussions.

Ms. Scattergood lives in Florida, and she has graciously agreed to meet with our book club. Visit Augusta Scattergood's web site for more information about her background as a librarian and a writer.

Monday, October 22, 2012

The Spindlers

The Spindlers
by Lauren Oliver
Harper Collins

From the publisher:
One night when Liza went to bed, Patrick was her chubby, stubby, candy-grubbing and pancake-loving younger brother, who irritated and amused her both, and the next morning, when she woke up, he was not. In fact, he was quite, quite different.
When Liza's brother, Patrick, changes overnight, Liza knows exactly what has happened: The spindlers have gotten to him and stolen his soul.
She knows, too, that she is the only one who can save him.
To rescue Patrick, Liza must go Below, armed with little more than her wits and a broom. There, she uncovers a vast world populated with talking rats, music-loving moles, greedy troglods, and overexcitable nids . . . as well as terrible dangers. But she will face her greatest challenge at the spindlers' nests, where she encounters the evil queen and must pass a series of deadly tests—or else her soul, too, will remain Below forever.