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Comic Guide to the Mock Newbery

My colleague Amy Martin is not only a very talented librarian (expert toddler storytime in heels and backwards), but a very talented comic book artist.  She’ll be one of the particpants in this Sunday’s Mock Newbery, and for our elucidation, offers this guide (in two parts):

Amy Martin Comics Your Guide to the 2011 Mock Newbery Part One

Amy Martin Comics Your Guide to the 2011 Mock Newbery Part Two

Nina Lindsay About Nina Lindsay

Nina Lindsay is the Children's Services Coordinator at the Oakland Public Library, CA. She chaired the 2008 Newbery Committee, and served on the 2004 and 1998 committees. You can reach her at


  1. Mark Flowers says:

    Conspiracy: “Fourth in a series about a lot of boring kingdoms doing made-up political things. Did I mention lots of characters have the same names, AND multiple names, AND/OR the same name as the country they’re from? . . . I do not tend to read books with words like ‘magus’ or ‘coronation’.”

    Sorry Jonathan – I know you love Conspiracy, but this description is hilarious.

  2. Jonathan Hunt says:

    It got a chuckle from me, too. We knew we were in for this kind reaction which is why Nina was so hesitant about including the book at first. I disagree with Amy’s assertion that a Newbery book must stand alone . . .

    Best line, though, was about KEEPER . . . Characters built like 8-tier wedding cakes: charm, precision, depth, heft and the end product is super sweet.

  3. This was wonderful, but Amy is sadly misguided about both the awesomeness of books with magi and coronations, and the TOTALLY non-boring nature of Conspiracy in particular. Real dorks appreciate this. :-/

  4. Delightful…the criteria may allow us to consider design etc only if it detracts, but clearly we can use it all when thinking about the contenders. Methinks though that Amy clearly needs a map for COK:)

  5. Validation! I am not alone in nerddom with my obsession of ALA in January.

    I also loved the synopsis. (Is there a plural for that word?)

  6. Mark Flowers says:

    @ DaNae: synopses

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