Today I woke up REALLY early and my mom drove me up to the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana. I attended the adult Mock Newbery because tomorrow, when their kids Mock Newbery is, I will be at the Zionsville library hosting my own.
We spent 3 1/2 hours debating which book should win, and we finally chose Ninth Ward by Jewell Parker Rhodes. I really liked how Ninth Ward really retold the story of Lanesha as she lives through Hurricane Katrina, but didn't feel as strongly about it as some of the other books. The author didn't make it brutally real like it would have been, but I still liked the story.
The four honor books were:
They Called Themselves the K.K.K. - The Birth of An American Terrorist Group by Susan Campbell Bartoletti
Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine
Dark Emperor & Other Poems of the Night by Joyce Sidman
One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia
You can read more at their Mock Newbery blog.