ACL Meeting Friday Jan. 8th, Gene Yang Named Ambassador, Mock Newbery Results

Happy New YearACL Meeting Friday, January 8, 2016:  Just a quick reminder for our Bay Area members!  Please join us for our ACL Meeting on Friday, January 8, 2016, from 9am12:30p, at the Oakland Main Library.   We will have our usual Book Reviewing and a discussion of Distinguished Books. We will also have a Professional Development session. For more information, see:

Gene Yang Named Library of Congress Ambassador for Young People’s Yang.jpgLiterature: Award-winning graphic novelist Gene Luen Yang has been named the Ambassador for Young People’s Literature by the Library of Congress. The former Bishop O’Dowd High School (Oakland) teacher received the Printz Award for the best young adult book in 2006 for his graphic novel, American Born Chinese. Yang is the first graphic novelist named to this post, which was previously held by children’s book authors Jon Scieszka and Kate DiCamillo.

Most DangerousOakland Mock Newbery Results: Many ACL members attended the Mock Newbery meeting led by Nina Lindsay of the Oakland Public Library. Twenty book lovers were present at the January 3rd meeting, where 15 people voted because they had read all nine titles under consideration. They were unable to come to a consensus, with the third (and final) ballot results:

MOST DANGEROUS: Daniel Ellsberg…: 38 points (6 1st, 2 2nd, 4 3rd…12 votes)

ROLLER GIRL: 33 points (2 1st, 7 2nd, 2 3rd…11 votes)

HIRED GIRL: 22 points (4 1st, 2 2nd, 2 3rd,…8 votes)

GOODBYE STRANGER: 19 points (3 1st, 1 2nd, 1 3rd….6 votes)

DROWNED CITY: 14 points (1 1st, 2 2nd, 2 3rd…5 votes)

GONE CRAZY IN ALABAMA: 9 points (1 2nd, 2 3rd…3 votes)

Check out Nina’s column for School Library Journal with the full story: .

listen slowlySan Francisco Mock Newbery: Message from Carla Kozak: SFPL children’s librarians, and teacher/librarians from SFUSD, held a Mock Newbery discussion and vote on Friday, Dec. 18, 2015, with the following list of books:

Audacity (Crowder, Melanie)

Boys Who Challenged Hitler (Hoose, Phillip)

Echo (Ryan, Pam Muńoz)

Goodbye Stranger (Stead, Rebecca)

Jumbies (Baptiste, Tracey)

Last Stop on Market Street (de la Pena, Matt)

Listen, Slowly (Lai, Thanhha)

Roller Girl (Jamieson, Victoria)

War That Saved My Life (Bradley, Kimberly Brubaker)

Way Home Looks Now (Shang, Wendy Wan-Long)

There were two discussion groups.  The results from Group 1:

Listen, Slowly was the winner.  There also was one honor book, The War that Saved My Life.

The results from Group 2: War That Saved.jpg

The War That Saved My Life was the winner. There were two Honor books: Listen, Slowly and The Way Home Looks Now.

We look forward to the actual results on Monday morning, January 11, 2016, from ALA Midwinter in Boston.

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