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

August 4, 2009

Kaleidoscope Eyes by Jan Bryant

In 1968, with the Vietnam War raging, thirteen year old Lyza inherits a project from her deceased grandfather, who had been using his knowledge of maps and the geography of Lyza's New jersey hometown to locate the lost treasure of Captain Kidd.

Mystery | Verse | grades 6-up


  1. This is a great blend of historical fiction (Vietnam War era), mystery, and adventure. It is written in verse which at first I thought would turn me off but each chapter changes and the verse flows with the action. I loved the characters, their family situations, and the details about the summer of 1968. It is all a very real snapshot of what life was like then. On top of all of that is a search for buried treasure that is fun, adventuresome, and very believable.

    I think this book has a good shot at the Newbery.

  2. This was a great book, it had an interesting time period also. It has a strange style of writing: verse, but it actually gave a lot of insight on all the characters and is easy to follow. I loved the reference to the strange idols at the time, and the maturing of the main character. The plot is fun, and a little bit exciting and magical, as they search for buried treasure

  3. I thought this was a fun and exciting book also. I liked how the author made a serious topic a little brighter and less depressing. I agree that the time period is interesting and I have noticed that several new books are set during the Vietnam War.


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