Last year, Sharon led a discussion about THE SECRET OF THE ANDES in an attempt to discover why the Newbery committee selected it over CHARLOTTE’S WEB. Since CHARLOTTE’S WEB did receive a Newbery Honor, it’s hard to argue that the book was truly robbed. No, what I’m looking for are books that were heavily favored to win, and yet got nothing, zip, nada. Perhaps the most famous example is TUCK EVERLASTING by Natale Babbitt. Jane Yolen recently cited her book, THE DEVIL’S ARITHMETIC, as another.
So . . . which books got robbed? SILENT TO THE BONE by E.L. Konigsburg? THE PENDERWICKS by Jeanne Birdsall? THE KING OF ATTOLIA by Megan Whalen Turner? THE ABSOLUTELY TRUE DIARY OF A PART-TIME INDIAN by Sherman Alexie? Tell us which books got robbed and why they deserved at least a share of Newbery glory.