Wednesday, January 13, 2010


Here is your official reminder about the 1st annual Northern Utah, East of the Great Salty Lake, West of the Rockies, Adult Mock Newbery. We will work on the name, never fear. As I mentioned last month, the meeting will be held at my school library:

Snow Horse Elementary,
1095 Smith Lane, Kaysville,
This Saturday, January 16th
10:00 A M.

It should be a swell time, with many thanks to my Principal, Kathleen, for arranging that there will be heat for the occasion. Although an extra sweater might not go amiss as we tend to have a barn of a room to heat.

The list of books chosen for discussion are:

  • Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice by Phillip Hoose
  • When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
  • Wild Things by Clay Carmichael
  • The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate Jacqueline Kelly
  • All the Broken Pieces by Ann Burg
  • Season of Gifts by Richard Peck

Please consider coming even if you have not read the entire list, or indeed any of the list. In fact if you have another title you would like to put forward don't be shy about singing it's praises. It's not like I got the word out in a timely manner and this year will be about setting a precedent and possibly coming up with a name for our group. When I choose this weekend last month, pushing it to the latest possible weekend, I forgot what a juicy long weekend it was for leaving town and not coming to Mock Newberys. At this point I will be thrilled if I'm not muttering to myself in a corner. If it helps, I believe there will be treats.

The Second announcement is that it is time for another Kid Lit Pie Night. Brooke and I have been in negotiations and have settled on a time and place:

Wednesday January 27th
7:30 P M
Bountiful Marie Callenders
406 S. Main, Bountiful, UT

Those of us who were able to make it to the pilot meeting had such a satisfying time, talking about all things involving books that are targeted well below our median age. Consider this an open invitation to anyone in the vicinity, with the same passion/obsession, looking for an outlet this side of harassing shoppers in the children's section of Barnes and Noble. Timing will be just right to hash over the results of the upcoming non-mock ALSC awards. Hopefully there will be rejoicing and not too many brandishing pitchforks because their favorites were robbed.


  1. It's a bit short notice for me to make it to the Mock Newbery (already have plans! Arrgh!) but pie night is definitely on.

  2. Holy cow! A mock Newbery discussion and a event featuring pie!? That's it, I'm moving to Utah! Your discussion list looks great it promises to be a full day for you. Karen and I will be posting our picks on Literate Lives this weekend.