I’m sure we’re not done with A Season of Gifts, but I’m sure exhausted and fried by this discussion, and need to take a break.
Meanwhile: I’ve seen in comments here and also at Debbie Reese’s blog, many people who–symphatetic to "my camp"–suggest they now have no desire to read the book.
That was never my intention, though people’s reading choices are their own. However: I strongly encourage those who have been participating in the debate on this book, or are intrigued by the debate, to read the book. We need a wider forum of informed readers on this one. That’s what a Mock Newbery is all about.
And you have a chance now, to read and reflect, because I’m about to change the subject.