As 2015 draws nearer its close, my mock Newbery List is becoming crowded with contenders. At the forefront:
The Hired Girl by Laura Amy Schlitz
Echo by Pam Ryan Munoz Ryan
Orbiting Jupiter by Gary Shmidt
A Nearer Moon by Melanie Crowder
Fish in a Tree by Lynda Hunt
Others I have yet to read include: The Lightning Queen by Laura Resau and The Thing about Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin.
Sadly, Kenneth Oppel’s The Nest is not a contender because the author is Canadian. Many have included Goodbye Stranger but I found it so weak and disinteresting that I didn’t finish it.
Some other mock Newbery lists:
Jonathan Hunt @ SLJ : 2016 Newbery Watch List
Anderson’s Book Shop : 2016 Mock Newbery Candidates
Eva Perry Mock Newbery Blog : First Nominations for 2016