The Oakland “Heavy Medal” Mock Newbery
Sunday December 12th, 2010, 12noon-5pm
- RSVP to me for details/location.
- Read the Newbery Criteria. (Optional for Newbery Nerds: read the whole manual!)
- Read the 8 books for discussion. You really have to read all 8! If you’re having trouble getting your hands on a particular title, just let me know.
- Show up (starting an hour earlier this year, so bring a brown bag if you like)!
For those of you not in or near Oakland CA, Wendy at Six Boxes of Books (a previous local) may be getting something going online.
And Jonathan and I are still hatching our scheme for a Dec 13-Jan 9 round of virtual voting with a longer shortlist. We can’t really simulate online the type of discussion and process the actual committee has. But we do want to have a way for those of you who are willing to read more than 8 books and are eager to really compare the full range of contenders to do so. Plus, we have some Oct/Nov favs that we’re not including, which I mentioned in the comments on yesterday’s post ….about why there are no late fall books on the shortlist you’re about to see below.
December 12th Shortlist…in alphabetical order by title….
You were all predicting yesterday that this would be up here. It was the first book we discussed, and the first book we discussed for a second time. It provokes all sorts of great discussions about the sequel problem, and I’m sure someone will bring up the age level question, even though it’s so clear to me that this is a “type” of reader book, not an “age” of reader. (Sure, it takes some age to read it. But I think that some age is 11/12.) I actually banished this one from my initial shortlist sort, because I didn’t want to be biased, or typecast, as a Turner fan. But when it came down to it, looking at the quality of the writing, I couldn’t help myself.
Huh? Well recall that Jonathan brought it up a little while ago….and it’s been steadily growing on me. I started off liking it, and now I’m truly impressed at the layers of interaction that it gives readers with the text(s). Take a look.
I’m impressed by this one, but not totally won over myself. Yet I find the arguments for it compelling, and widespread. It’s certainly shaping up to be one of “the” books (along with Keeper) that everyone talks about for the Newbery. So here it is!
Maybe better than The Underneath? The comments keep coming on this post.
My dark horse. Anyone else read it yet?
No surprise on this one, I should think.
We brought this one up earlier, but not many of you have picked up on quite how much we like it. There’s plenty of room for argument on this one (mostly regarding “interpretation of theme or concept”), but this may have been the first title we picked for the shortlist.
Certainly one of the strongest of the strong nonfiction offerings this year. Now you have to read it.