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Coming down to it

With just a few days left until our ballot, I’m still deliberating on what three titles I will vote for, and in what order. At the beginning of this month, Jonathan and I each posted on DARK EMPEROR, and it handily rose above the rest of the pack at our live discussion.  This is still […]

Too Many Books, Too Little Time

We’re quickly running out of time to discuss numerous other Newbery possibilities.  Betsy mentioned the usual suspects in her last Newbery/Caldecott prediction post, opining that we may well have a wild card winner this year.  So without further ado, some more wild card possibilities . . . THE CLOCKWORK THREE by Matthew Kirby . . […]

Marked: Kneebone, Sir Charlie, Keeper, and Dreamer

The Newbery Terms and Criteria provide the following definitions of “distinguished”: 3. “Distinguished” is defined as: • Marked by eminence and distinction; noted for significant achievement. • Marked by excellence in quality. • Marked by conspicuous excellence or eminence. • Individually distinct. These definitions don’t seem to help me much on their own, but with a book in hand, […]

Forge, Countdown, One Crazy Summer

As we enter our last week of discussion before our online voting commences (next Monday, January 3rd), I want to try to touch on each of our shortlisted titles again, in comparison. I was glad to add FORGE and COUNTDOWN to the mix because I think they provide interesting comparison with ONE CRAZY SUMMER, which […]

The Odyssey

Sing to me, O Muse, of that man of many troubles, Odysseus, skilled in all ways of contending, who wandered far after he helped sack the great city of Troy.  Sing through me, and tell the story of his suffering, his trials and adventures, and his bloody homecoming. ZEUS: These mortals do love to blame […]

Last minute stocking stuffer or tax write-off?

ALSC online education is once more presenting KT Horning’s course The Newbery Medal: Past and Present from February 7 to March 18th, 2011.  KT has assembled an unmatched curriculum delving into the history and trends of the Newbery Medal. Space is limited, so sign up now.

Ninth Ward

Ninth Ward has shown up on several Mock Newberies and best-of-the-year lists (as well as in many of your comments here).  It’s a new author (her first novel for young readers at least) in a refreshing and captivating voice.  Rhodes does a wonderful job of establishing sensory setting–the suffocating heat and darkness of that night trapped […]

Top Seven

I solicited October (top three) and November (top five) nominations, and now it’s time for the final December (top seven) nominations.  We’re almost certainly a couple of weeks behind the real committee in that regard, and they did not have the luxury of tweaking their nominations with each successive round.  However, they not only had […]

Retrospect and Audience

A Conspiracy of Kings, p.117 “…the magus said thoughtfully, ‘That lying little monster complained about everything: the food, the horses, the blankets, the company. He even found falut with the stories I told by the fire, but I cannot recall that he ever once complained about the climbing.’ ‘So many things are obvious in retrospect, […]

Virtual Mock Newbery…Midwinter Preamble

Welcome to the Virtual Mock Newbery. Though we won’t be discussing our titles together in real time, I do want to try to set the mood. (Here’s a soundtrack for those who work better with one. Make sure to right click to open it in a new tab/window) I’d like you to pretend you are a […]