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YMA/BOB Crossover!


(This is penned by Battle Commander third, Jonathan Hunt.)

Nine of our sixteen BOB finalists made off one some kind of recognition at Monday’s ALA Youth Media Awards Announcements, including I’m pleased to note the Newbery Medal (which we often manage to omit entirely–not this year!)

Here’s a rundown of how BOB books fared–

ANNA AND THE SWALLOW MAN by Gavriel Savit . . . Odyssey Award.  I called this one.  Best listening experience ever! 

FREEDOM IN CONGO SQUARE by Carole Boston Weatherford and R. Gregory Christie . . . Caldecott Honor.  One of my favorite picture books of the year!

FREEDOM OVER ME by Ashley Bryan . . . Newbery Honor.  Roxanne and Monica had to fight me off to keep this one on the list.  Smart cookies, those two.

GHOST by Jason Reynolds . . . Odyssey Honor.  We were expecting more for this title, but this recognition coupled with all the other accolades Reynolds has piled up will ensure the book has legs.

THE GIRL WHO DRANK THE MOON by Kelly Barnhill . . . Newbery Medal.  Yes!  Fantasy!  Love!

MARCH BOOK THREE by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell . . . Printz Award, CSK Award, Sibert Medal, Nonfiction Award.  Four award sweep!  Unprecedented!  Plus, it won the NBA and the Walter heading into this historic weekend.

THE PASSION OF DOLSSA by Julie Berry . . . Printz Honor.  Yay!  So good.  I was right there with Someday My Printz Will Come. 

SAMURAI RISING by Pamela Turner and Gareth Hinds . . . Nonfiction Award finalist.  This was announced back in December so is kind of old news, but still.

THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR by Nicola Yoon . . . Printz Honor.  Yay again!  Romance getting award love.  Hurrah!

Stay tuned.  Later in the week, we’ll reveal the books that we hated to leave out of the field . . .









  1. I was ecstatic to see The Girl Who Drank the Moon win the Newbery. That was one of my favorites of 2016. I just wish I would have known a few days earlier as I reviewed it in our local newspaper on Sunday, January 22nd. Would have been nice to add a line about it winning the Newbery in the review. Oh well! I guess this way I just look really well informed to have chosen the book right before it was honored.

  2. Paige Ysteboe says:

    I just hope The Girl Who Drank the Moon doesn’t suffer from the Newbery Curse during the battle. I love that book!

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