The Newbery Challenge KIDS: Back in Time (a Rigorous Book Club)

$15.00 now, and $15.00 every 2 weeks on Sunday

In this Newbery book club, students discuss each novel that has won the Newbery Medal. We read deeply and then discuss analytically. This is a challenge!

First payment: February 5, 2023


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  • STARTS: Jan 17, 2023
  • COURSE LENGTH: Every 2nd Week
  • LIVE CLASSES: Tuesdays 12:00 PM - 12:45 PM
  • TEACHER: Ali Marie
  • CALENDAR: View Entire Calendar


**New sections starting in June 2023! Join us from the beginning and go back in time!**

Scroll down for the Newbery Challenge Book Club schedule. We have one section running from now until June, which is when more sections will be added.

Are you up for the challenge?

We are reading every book that has won the Newbery medal, starting with the 2022 winner and working our way back in time to 1922! We discuss a new novel during each class. The novel should be read before class. This isn’t your average book club! Feel free to join us for all the books, or just the ones you want. Pop in and out of the class as you wish. This class will be ongoing until we finish!

ALL SECTIONS MEET EVERY OTHER WEEK. You are not charged for the weeks we do not meet.


Students will learn reading strategies, how to analyze, who they are as readers, and how to communicate about literature and life! They will begin to develop their own criteria for evaluating the books they read, and they will begin to understand the type of readers they are. To do this, each student takes a turn in talking about the book and the teacher will probe a bit to get each learner to do a little deeper thinking. Because it’s a discussion class, we encourage students to leave their cameras on, to use the chatbox to expand the discussion and to think about what they want to say before class begins. This isn’t your average book club! Feel free to join us for all the books, or just the ones you want. Pop in and out of the class as you wish, or transfer to different sections if you schedule changes. Sometimes students don’t quite finish the book, but they are still welcome to attend–they can tell me they would like to pass on the discussion and just want to listen; however, we also ask questions that are applicable to reading in general, and these topics can be discussed whether they read the book or not. This class will be ongoing until we finish! Students will earn a badge for each book they complete. Examples of in-class activities are below. Students will:
1. discuss literature with the instructor and other students in a large group.
2. discuss how American literature has changed over the past 100 years.
3. reflect on how literature reveals elements of humanity or the world in which we live.
4. speak aloud and use the chatbox to participate in the conversation.
5. articulate an evaluation of the novel and why they think the way they do.
6. learn how to analyze a literary character.
7. learn how to analyze a piece of literature for the theme.
8. learn how to analyze conflict to reveal character and theme.
9. learn elements of the story.
10. learn point of view.
11. learn how to analyze literature in light of the culture in which it is written.

THERE ARE MULTIPLE SECTIONS OF THIS CLASS. If a section is sold out, keep your eye out as students tend to move in and out based on vacations, etc. You can transfer from one section to another without missing any discussions about novels. Students can send transfer request emails to their teacher for a different section week to week. This class will continue year-round so long as enrollment stays strong; sections may be merged at some point. To learn more about each book, look at the list from the Albuquerque library.

**This schedule is displayed in U.S. Time zones**
***Students should finish reading the book before we meet***

Week starting Jan 15–We discuss (2003) Crispin: The Cross of Lead by Avi
Week starting Jan 22–NO CLASS
Week starting Jan 29–We discuss (2002) A Single Shard by Linda Park
Week starting Feb 5–NO CLASS
Week starting Feb 12–(2001) A Year Down Yonder by Richard Peck
Week starting Feb 19–NO CLASS
Week starting Feb 26–(2000) Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Curtis
Week starting Mar 5–NO CLASS
Week starting Mar 12–(1999) Holes by Louis Sachar
Week starting Mar 19–NO CLASS
Week starting Mar 26–(1998) Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse
Week starting Apr 2–NO CLASS
Week starting Apr 9–(1997) The View from Saturday by E.L. Konigsburg
Week starting Apr 16–NO CLASS
Week starting Apr 23–(1996) The Midwife’s Apprentice by Karen Cushman
Week starting Apr 30–NO CLASS

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