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 5, 2009

Mare's War by Tanita Davis

Teens Octavia and Tali learn about strength, independence, and courage when they are forced to take a car trip with their grandmother, who tells about growing up Black in 1940s Alabama and serving in Europe during World War II as a member of the Women's Army Corps.

World War II fiction | Family life fiction | grades 6 up


  1. Really good book! I don't think it has that much adult/ya content, and it was a great subject I had never read about. It was a fresh outlook on segregation and life now, along with not discriminating against the elderly and thinking "well they are just old.." The characters were perfect and the history was interesting. 5*****

  2. I just sarted reading this book and it seems really good.I think that the road trip teaches the girls to appreciate their grandmother more. However in the Then sections the grandmother's use of double negatives and other gramatical errors is a little hard to read.

  3. I have this and I'm planning to read it SOON!!! It sounds amazing!

  4. I loved the style of writing this book used, which was basically going back and forth from past to present. I thought there were some interesting facts about World War II that I've never heard about.


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