The official Newbery Committee reads books with certain criteria in mind. It judges books on theme, plot, setting, style and characters. You, too, will judge the books you read on these criteria!

* 1. Your name:

* 2. Theme: This is what the book is about, or the MESSAGE behind the book. Did the theme work for you?

* 3. Plot: This is what happens in the book, or in other words, the storyline. Consider whether the plot held your attention and whether the ending tied together for you. Overall, how would you rank the plot?

* 4. Setting: This is the world of the book--where and when the story takes place. How well did the author do with the setting?

* 5. Style: This is the manner in which an author chooses to write his or her story.

  Yes No Sort of
Was the writing style appropriate for the type of story?
Did you like the writing style?

* 6. Characters: Was the main character (or characters) well-developed and interesting?

* 7. How would you rate this book?

* 8. Do you think the official Newbery Award Committee might select this book to win the Newbery Award? Do you think this book deserves to win the Newbery Award?

  Yes No
It might win.
In my opinion, it deserves to win.

* 9. Is there anything else you want to write? For example, is there something that you particularly liked or disliked about the book? If this is a Newbery contender for you, what distinguishes it from other books?