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 8, 2009

The Rock and the River by Kekla Magoon

In 1968 Chicago, fourteen year old Sam Childs is caught in a conflict between his father's nonviolent approach to seeking civil rights for African-Americans and his older brother, who has joined the Black Panther Party.

Civil rights fiction | Historical fiction | grades 6-10


  1. I really think this will win the Newbery. The time period is interesting because it is such recent history,yet there aren't many books on the topic. It is hard to predict the plot or easily say what choice the character should make. It is well written, has marvelous themes, and is realistic. I'm not sure if it fits the age range well because some of the scenes may not appropriate for elementary school kids and some 5th graders with the description of how badly some blacks were mistreated. The facts seem to be correct, and I really like how they give a little history after the story. Other than the possible age problem, I think this book could win the award.

  2. This book was very well-written, but the subject matter might have been a little heavy for a younger audience. It would be a good one for the Prince Award, though.


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