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

September 6, 2009

Al Capone Shines My Shoes by Gennifer Choldenko

Moose Flanagan, who lives on Alcatraz along with his family and the families of the other prison guards, is frightened when he discovers that noted gangster Al Capone, a prisoner there, wants a favor in return for the help that he secretly gave Moose.

Fiction | Grades 5-8


  1. This was a great book! I think I liked it even better than the first one. I think it can be read by many different age groups too... Right now, I would probably pick this one for the Newberry award.

  2. Annie you read it? I loved the first one so I can't wait for this one!!The first one was really funny and great for age groups

  3. Anna, We just got it today - I will reserve it for you!

  4. This was a really good book. I think it was even better than the 1st one. I really recomend it.

  5. This was a really good book. It was fun to read and I recommend it.

  6. I enjoyed this book, but a thought the beginning drag a bit. I thought once the action started it was hard to put down. I have bee to Alcatraz so I could picture some of the scenes really well. It is a fun book to read, but I don't think it will win the Newbery.


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