Official Newbery Winner January, 2010

When You Reach Me

Runners up:
Claudett Colvin; Evolution of Calpurnia Tate; Where the Mountain Meets the Moon; The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg

For more on the awards visit the ALA Literary Awards page

And the Bayside Mock Newbery winner is!!

Catching Fire

Runners up:
When You Reach Me; Evolution of Calpurnia Tate

June 6, 2009

Return to Sender by Julia Alvarez

After his family hires migrant Mexican workers to help save their Vermont farm from foreclosure, eleven year old Tyler befriends the oldest daughter, but when he discovers they may not be in the country legally, he realizes that real friendship knows no borders.

Family life fiction | grades 5-9


  1. This book has a uncommon but important theme in the world today and is appropriate for many age groups. The book is also very touching. The writing style seems to be for younger children, especially since the author will state the obvious and end that sentence with an exclamation point, like Effie in Catching Fire. Also, the plot is pretty easy to predict, especially compared to Catching Fire.

  2. I actually disliked this book. I thought the plot was a little too predictable and the writing was poor. I think it would be a stretch to say that this would be an appropriate read for a ninth grader because of the low level that it was written at, but at the same time a fifth grader might be disturbed by some of the scenes. I also did not like the subtle criticism of the way immigration was handled in the Bush administration. I would be very dissapointed if this book were chosen for the Newberry Award.


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