What are the best books eligible for the 2018 Newbery award?

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    #1Beyond the Bright Sea

    Beyond the Bright Sea
    Beyond the Bright Sea is a coming-of-age and adventure novel written by Newbery-winner Lauren Wolk. It was released in May 2017. It won the 2018 Scott O'Dell award and was voted book of the year by NPR, School Library Journal, and others.

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    Marina Ávalos
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "This was an enjoyable book. It is definitely a Newbery contender. It is fun to research the topic and look up information about the Elizabeths Islands. The book was beautiful and not boring."
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    #2Hello, Universe

    Hello, Universe

    Hello, Universe is a Newbery Medal-winning light novel about friendship for young adults written by Erin Entrada Kelly and illustrated by Isabel Roxas. It was first released in March 2017. It won the Newbery Medal.


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    Mary King
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "This is a really fantastic book and it's hard to imagine that anyone wouldn't fall in love with it. The characters are really engaging and I really love the friendships that they develop throughout the book. It tells a really good story and teaches some really good life lessons. I couldn't put it down and definitely recommend it to anyone. "
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    #3Scar Island

    Scar Island

    Scar Island is an adventure and thrilling suspense coming-of-age novel for young adults written by Dam Gemeinhart. It was released in January 2017. It became a New York Times Editor's Choice selection and an Indie Next List book.


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    Roy Bell
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "This seemed like a rewrite of Lord of the Flies. The story takes place at a boys reform school on a coastal island. It is a former mental asylum. Dark, disjointed story and a pale substitute for the former classic. Not Newberry eligible in my opinion."
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    #4Her Right Foot

    Her Right Foot
    Her Right Foot is a quizzical and funny non-fiction novel authored by Dave Eggers and illustrated by Shawn Harris. It was released in September 2017. It the book of the year award from Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal, and more.

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    Michael Harris
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "This book did not speak to me and was definitely not eligible for 2018 Newbery award. It has some awards and was given decent reviews but did not catch my attention."
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    #5Clayton Byrd Goes Underground

    Clayton Byrd Goes Underground

    Clayton Byrd Goes Underground is a coming-of-age novel about music and family written by Newbery medal winner Rita Williams-Garcia. It was released in 2017 and was named one of the National Book Award finalists.


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    Phillip Lee
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "The 2018 Newbery award is an annual title given to only the most captivating and inspiring of novels. "Clayton Byrd Goes Underground" is the exemplary coming-of-age novel written by Rita Williams-Garcia. As a veteran of the Newbery medal, Williams-Garcia has crafted another beautiful work of literature to contend for the Newbery award."
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    #6Train I Ride

    Train I Ride

    Train I Ride is a coming-of-age novel written by Publishers Weekly Flying Start author Paul Mosier. It was released in January 2017. It is about a girl hearing stories of hard life during a train ride to Chicago.


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    Andrew Robinson
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "The best book eligible for the 2018 Newbery award is Train I Ride by Paul Mosier. The story focuses on a girl named Rydr. Due to her grandmother no longer being able to take care of her anymore, Rydr rides a cross-country train headed to Chicago to live with another relative. She has had a tough life so far but by the time her journey ends she is warmed and encouraged by other passengers stories and their advice to her. "
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    #7Amina's Voice

    Amina's Voice

    Amina's Voice is a heart-warming coming-of-age light novel for pre-teens and young adults written by Hena Khan. It was released in 2017. It was named among the Washington Post Best Children's Book of 2017.


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    Aanya Tata
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "Amina's Voice is a wonderful, relatable book about life and its trials and tribulations as a pre-teen. It's a heartwarming tale and offers a lot to think about and be comforted by during those very confusing preteen years. A great read."
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    #8Vincent and Theo

    Vincent and Theo

    Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers is a biography written by National Book Award finalist Deborah Heiligman. The book was released in 2017 and won the Printz Honor book, the YALSA Nonfiction Award, and SCBWI Golden Kite.


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    Hemant Rathore
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "Vincent and Theo was a fantastic look of the Van Gogh brothers and deserves any award that it is nominated for. I couldn't put the book down; it was that enjoyable. If you want accurate information about historical figures, I highly recommend this book."
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    Renegades is a dystopian romantic thriller novel for young adults written by famous author Marissa Meyer. It was released in November 2017 and has become a New York Times Bestseller and one of the Winter Kids' Indie List selection.


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    Gary Wells
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "This book comes as both a hardcover and an audiobook. It's written by Marissa Meyer, who has a great reputation."
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    #10The November Girl

    The November Girl

    The November Girl is a romantic fantasy and adventure novel written for young adults written by Lydia Kang. It was originally published in November 2017. It is about a magical teenage girl who fell in love with a runaway boy.


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    Harold Carroll
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "The November Girl has a really good storyline for someone reading at the teen level, I'd say. It's pretty unique and I could actually see it being turned into a movie."


Best What are the best books eligible for the 2018 Newbery award
1Beyond the Bright SeaBooks 28 Paid
2Hello, UniverseBooks 26 Paid
3Scar IslandBooks 25 Paid
4Her Right FootBooks 23 Paid
5Clayton Byrd Goes UndergroundBooks 21 Paid
6Train I RideBooks 20 Paid
7Amina's VoiceBooks 19 Paid
8Vincent and TheoBooks 18 Paid
9RenegadesBooks 3 Paid
10The November GirlBooks 1 Paid

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