For the most recent July/August issue of the Horn Book Magazine, Roger Sutton asked various people to list a book that had been completely passed over (i.e. it was not even an Honor book) for the Newbery or Caldecott. Surprisingly, four people–Betsy Hearne, Pat Scales, Terri Schmitz, and Illene Cooper–identified the same book on the Newbery side of the question: THE GOATS by Brock Cole. I say surprisingly because we asked the same question here a couple of years ago and THE GOATS wasn’t even mentioned once. Now I liked THE GOATS, but I didn’t like it that much, and even if I did, I don’t think I would recognize it over LINCOLN or HATCHET, even in hindsight. What do you think?
Other books mentioned as aggrieved Newbery contenders included CHAINS (Betsy Bird), A CONSPIRACY OF KINGS (Nina Lindsay), THE PEOPLE COULD FLY (K.T. Horning), HARLEY (Dudley Carlson), THE PHANTOM TOLLBOOTH (Stephen Roxburgh), I HADN’T MEANT TO TELL YOU THIS (Cathryn Mercier), THE LONG SECRET (Elizabeth Law), HEAVEN (Deborah Taylor), THE ALFRED SUMMER (Amy Kellman), THE SATURDAYS (Peter Sieurta), ORWELL’S LUCK (George Nicholson), WEASEL (Trev Jones), SCOOTER (Leonard Marcus) . . . and not that anyone asked or anything, but HARRIS AND ME (Jonathan Hunt). What book would you contribute to this list?