The Oakland Public Library Mock Newbery was held this afternoon at the Rockridge Branch. Fifteen people gathered for a spirited discussion of the shortlisted books, and we are pleased to announce our Medal winner and Honor books. Without further ado–
DARK EMPEROR by Joyce Sidman
THEY CALLED THEMSELVES THE KKK by Susan Campbell Bartoletti
A CONSPIRACY OF KINGS by Megan Whalen Turner
ONE CRAZY SUMMER by Rita Williams-Garcia
Here’s how it happened . . .
Two people had to leave early so we had 13 voters, meaning the winning book needed at least 7 first place votes and a 7 point spread. We got that on our first ballot. Keep in mind that a first place vote is worth 4 points, a second place vote is worth 3 points, and a third place vote is worth 2 points.
DARK EMPEROR (8 first, 2 second = 38 points)
ONE CRAZY SUMMER (3 first, 3 second = 21 points)
THEY CALLED THEMSELVES THE KKK (1 first, 2 second, 4 third = 18 points)
A CONSPIRACY OF KINGS (3 second, 4 third = 14 points)
THE KNEEBONE BOY (3 second, 1 third = 11 points)
KEEPER (1 first, 2 third = 8 points)
THE DREAMER (1 third = 2 points)
SIR CHARLIE (1 third = 2 points)
We had a runaway winner in DARK EMPEROR, but the next five books–from ONE CRAZY SUMMER to KEEPER–were separated by several points, making a decision based on the final ballot seem somewhat arbitrary. I think that’s a big reason we decided to re-ballot for our Honor books. When I got home, I detected a mistake in our point tally, and I will need Nina to confirm this, but I think A CONSPIRACY OF KINGS should have been credited with 17 points. This would have created a significant gap between ONE CRAZY SUMMER, THEY CALLED THEMSELVES THE KKK, A CONSPIRACY OF KINGS, and the other books on the ballot. Such a gap may have negated the need for another ballot, but nevertheless we proceeded to a second ballot for the Honor books . . .
THEY CALLED THEMSELVES THE KKK (3 first, 4 second, 3 third = 30 points)
ONE CRAZY SUMMER (6 first, 1 third = 26 points)
A CONSPIRACY OF KINGS (1 first, 6 second, 1 third = 24 points)
THE KNEEBONE BOY (2 first, 1 second, 2 third = 15 points)
THE DREAMER (1 first, 2 third = 8 points)
KEEPER (1 second, 2 third = 7 points)
SIR CHARLIE (1 second, 1 third = 5 points)
We discussed having between 1 to 4 honor books, but a large majority voted to have 3. I’m sure you’re all dying to know how the discussion went on each title. Stay tuned . . .