So you've got some free time coming over the holidays--how about reading some of the contenders for the Newbery Medal ? Then when the winner is announced - you can say "oh, yeah, I've read that already." These three seem to be showing up on just about every list I've seen:
Lots of libraries, bookstores, websites... have mock, or imitation, Newbery voting by the library users or customers or whatever. (The real winner is chosen by a committee.) Here are some of the books that are coming up on these lists of possible winners:
The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate  In central Texas in 1899, eleven-year-old Callie Vee Tate is instructed to be a lady by her mother, learns about love from the older three of her six brothers, and studies the natural world with her grandfather, the latter of which leads to an important discovery.
When you reach me  As her mother prepares to be a contestant on the 1980s television game show, "The $20,000 Pyramid," a twelve-year-old New York City girl tries to make sense of a series of mysterious notes received from an anonymous source that seems to defy the laws of time and space.
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon  Minli, an adventurous girl from a poor village, buys a magical goldfish, and then joins a dragon who cannot fly on a quest to find the Old Man of the Moon in hopes of bringing life to Fruitless Mountain and freshness to Jade River
Here are some others that I've seen on a lot of the mock Newbery lists:
The Magician's Elephant  When ten-year-old orphan Peter Augustus Duchene encounters a fortune teller in the marketplace one day and she tells him that his sister, who is presumed dead, is in fact alive, he embarks on a remarkable series of adventures as he desperately tries to find her.
All the Broken pieces  Two years after being airlifted out of Vietnam in 1975, Matt Pin is haunted by the terrible secret he left behind and, now, in a loving adoptive home in the United States, a series of profound events forces him to confront his past.
A Season of Gifts  Relates the surprising gifts bestowed on twelve-year-old Bob Barnhart and his family, who have recently moved to a small Illinois town in 1958, by their larger-than-life neighbor, Mrs. Dowdel.
Mostly true adventures of Homer P. Figg  Twelve-year-old Homer, a poor but clever orphan, has extraordinary adventures after running away from his evil uncle to rescue his brother, who has been sold into service in the Civil War.
The Rock and the River  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.
January 17, 2010 is when the announcement of all the medal winners will be made, so you've got til then to try and get these books read, otherwise you'll be placing a request later, because once the announcement of the winner is made, all our copies of the winning book will get checked out right away.