Follow This Blog: RSS feed
Heavy Medal: A Mock Newbery Blog
Inside Heavy Medal

The view from the floor

Wonderful surprises! And really I’m so pleased to be surprised…over this weekend everyone’s been saying what a wide open field this has been, and if there hadn’t been surprises I’d have been gravely disappointed.

Hooray to ONE CRAZY SUMMER and DARK EMPEROR, which so many of you have appreciated here.

And hooray to those of you who said it over and over: MOON OVER MANIFEST, TURTLE IN PARADISE, and HEART OF A SAMURAI.  I like Beth’s “whew” post, and actually am having the same “whew.”   I think that this year’s publishing showcased such a variety of kinds of distinguished writing, we had to see some outliers.   Some key people, offline, told me to check out MOON OVER MANIFEST, and I did.  And I didn’t finish reading it. And that’s what makes horse races. ..or, rather, award discussions.

Though I’m missing seeing a bunch of the distinguished nonfiction we talked about, I’m really thrilled about the Sibert selections, and hope people take a look.

And the CSK winners for writing AND illustration showed up on the Newbery and Caldecott honors: wonderful parallels.

My computer’s been kaputing on me this conference, so I haven’t been as present online as I’d hoped (thanks Jonathan!)…My copy of MOON is back at work, so it’ll be the end of the week before I can finish.  I look forward to reading what you all have to say about it!

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. Kristin McIlhagga says:

    I haven’t read Moon or Turtle yet, they are next on the lists though. I was also glad to see the parallels between CSK and Newbery/Caldecott Honors – will make for great discussion in our children’s literature course!

  2. Nina when will the notables be posted? Or have they been already?

  3. Nina Lindsay says:

    DaNae… Notables had its last meeting this morning, so anyone who was there (I was boarding a plane) might have insight into how the voting turned out. They have to annotate their list, but sometimes they get the titles up first and replace it with an annotated list later. Sometime this week…I’d say, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see it tomorrow. Here’s the page I’d watch:


  1. […] This post was mentioned on Twitter by SchoolLibraryJournal. SchoolLibraryJournal said: The view from the floor – Heavy Medal: A Mock Newbery Blog #alamw11 […]

Speak Your Mind