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What’s Your Favorite Chapter Book of 2013?

Cast your vote for the 2014 Newbery Medal…

And you could win a copy of the official winner!

Since the Newbery Medal selection committee doesn’t make their nominations public (they’re very secretive), we came up with our own list of potential winners.

Check them out and read them yourself, then visit the Central Library Youth Services desk to fill out a voting slip, or cast your vote here in the comments.


The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp
by Kathi Appelt

Grades: 3-6
Twelve-year-old Chap Brayburn, ancient Sugar Man, and his raccoon-brother Swamp Scouts Bingo and J’miah try to save Bayou Tourterelle from feral pigs Clydine and Buzzie, greedy Sunny Boy Beaucoup, and world-class alligator wrestler and would-be land developer Jaeger Stitch.



Doll Bones
by Holly Black

Grades: 4-6
Zach, Alice, and Poppy, friends from a Pennsylvania middle school who have long enjoyed acting out imaginary adventures with dolls and action figures, embark on a real-life quest to Ohio to bury a doll made from the ashes of a dead girl.



The Water Castle
by Megan Frazer Blakemore

Grades: 4-6
Moving into an inherited mansion in Maine with their mother and stroke-afflicted father, three siblings uncover a mystery involving hidden passageways, family rivalries, and healing waters.


Ghost Hawk
by Susan Cooper

Grades: 5-8
At the end of a winter-long journey into manhood, Little Hawk returns to find his village decimated by a white man’s plague and soon, despite a fresh start, Little Hawk dies violently but his spirit remains trapped, seeing how his world changes.



The Boy on the Porch
by Sharon Creech

Grades: 4-6
One day a young couple wakes to find a boy asleep on their porch. Unable to speak, the boy cannot explain his history. What kind of people would leave their child with strangers? All John and Marta know is that they have been chosen to care for this boy. As their connection to him grows, they embrace his exuberant spirit and talents. The three of them blossom into an unlikely family, but how long can their happiness last?



Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventure
by Kate DiCamillo

Grades: 4-6
Rescuing a squirrel after an accident involving a vacuum cleaner, comic-reading cynic Flora Belle Buckman is astonished when the squirrel, Ulysses, demonstrates astonishing powers of strength and flight after being revived.



Zebra Forest
by Adina Rishe Gewirtz

Grades: 5-8
Annie tells her brother stories about their dead father – that he was a pirate, or pilot, or secret agent. But then something shocking happens to unravel all their stories: a rattling at the back door, an escapee from the prison holding them hostage in their own home. Driven by suspense and psychological intrigue, this novel deftly portrays an unfolding standoff of truth against family secrets, and offers an affecting look at two resourceful, imaginative kids as they react and adapt to the hand they’ve been dealt.



by Mark Goldblatt

Grades: 6-8
In Queens, New York, in 1969, twelve-year-old Julian Twerski writes a journal for his English teacher in which he explores his friendships and how they’re effected by girls, a new student who may be as fast as Julian, and especially an incident of bullying.



A Tangle of Knots
by Lisa Graff

Grades: 3-6
Destiny leads 11-year-old Cady to a peanut butter factory, a family of children searching for their own Talents, and a Talent Thief who will alter her life forever.



The Year of Billy Miller
by Kevin Henkes

Grades: 2-5
Seven-year-old Billy Miller starts second grade with a bump on his head and a lot of worries, but by the end of the year he has developed good relationships with his teacher, his little sister, and his parents and learned many important lessons.



The Thing about Luck
by Cynthia Kadohata

Grades: 5-8
Just when twelve-year-old Summer thinks nothing else can possibly go wrong in a year of bad luck, an emergency takes her parents to Japan, leaving Summer to care for her little brother while helping her grandmother cook and do laundry for harvest workers.



Counting by 7s
by Holly Goldberg Sloan

Grades: 5-8
Twelve-year-old genius and outsider Willow Chance must figure out how to connect with other people and find a surrogate family for herself after her parents are killed in a car accident.

Hokey Pokey
by Jerry Spinelli

Grades: 5-8
Ever since they were Snotsippers, Jack and the girl have fought, until one day she steals his bike and as he and the Amigos try to recover it, Jack realizes that he is growing up and must eventually leave the “goodlands and badlands of Hokey Pokey.”



One Came Home
by Amy Timberlake

Grades: 5-8
In 1871 Wisconsin, thirteen-year-old Georgia sets out to find her sister Agatha, presumed dead when remains are found wearing the dress she was last seen in, and before the end of the year gains fame as a sharpshooter and foiler of counterfeiters.



The Real Boy
by Anne Ursu

Grades: 4-6
A shy boy named Oscar who works as the hand to a powerful magic worker becomes the only person who can save his village from an evil monster.



Navigating Early
by Clare Vanderpool

Grades: 5-9
An Odyssey-like adventure of two boys’ incredible quest on the Appalachian Trail where they deal with pirates, buried secrets, and extraordinary encounters.



The Newbery Medal is awarded by the Association for Library Services to Children each year and celebrates “the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.” The official Newbery Medal and Honors will be announced on Monday, Jan. 27, 2014.


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