Twenty five people met yesterday at the Rockridge Branch of the Oakland Public Library for several hours of spirited discussion on our shortlisted titles. We broke into two groups with Nina facilitating one discussion and I facilitating the other. Nina will report on her group a bit later today, but here are the results for my group.
WHERE THE MOUNTAIN MEETS THE MOON by Grace Lin
CLAUDETTE COLVIN by Phillip Hoose
MARCHING FOR FREEDOM by Elizabeth Partridge
WHEN YOU REACH ME by Rebecca Stead
When we finished a lively first round of discussion, there was such admiration for so many titles that I was really not sure how the voting would go. We had ten voters in my group (plus two people who had not read all of the books, but joined in the discussion). On the first ballot, MOUNTAIN had four first place votes, CLAUDETTE three, MARCHING two, and WYRM one. We removed ALMOST ASTRONAUTS, CHARLES AND EMMA, and THE DUNDERHEADS (sob!) from contention for having little to no votes, but the remaining books remained fairly close in terms of overall points. On the second ballot, MOUNTAIN received the five votes to win, but did not have the point spread, and we removed CALPURNIA for dwindling support. On the third ballot, MOUNTAIN received the votes and the point spread. We had to make a decision, then, between only CLAUDETTE as an honor book or all three (as CLAUDETTE always stood a handful of votes above the other two).