Monica Edinger remarks on a tidbit picked up in an interview with Betsy Bird, questioning the expectation for “popularity” in Newbery books, and indeed, on our ability as adults to gauge that popularity.
Monica occasionally posts “Thoughts on Newbery“, and I encourage you to browse these for some provoking discussions. She’s good at taking the questions we all seem to have about the Newbery, and trying to see where they correlate with the criteria…and at pushing the boundaries of those criteria. And if you dip back all the way to 2007, you’ll find a raging debate on the sequel-issues in Turner’s The King of Attolia. I encourage you to read this one as you take a chance to comment on Jonathan’s thoughts on Conspiracy of Kings.