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December Nominations

It’s time for our final two nominations.  32 of you played our little game in the last round, and this is what we came up with.

(17) LIAR & SPY

(16) BOMB

(16) SPLENDORS AND GLOOMS

(8) NO CRYSTAL STAIR

(8) THE ONE AND ONLY IVAN

(7) SUMMER OF THE GYPSY MOTHS

(7) WONDER

(6) THE LIONS OF LITTLE ROCK

(6) STARRY RIVER OF THE SKY

(5) TEMPLE GRANDIN

(4) EACH KINDNESS

(4) MOONBIRD

(4) MR. AND MRS. BUNNY

(4) THREE TIMES LUCKY

(4) WE’VE GOT A JOB

(3) THE MIGHTY MISS MALONE

(3) TWELVE KINDS OF ICE

(2) CHICKADEE

(2) CHILD OF THE MOUNTAINS

(2) CODE NAME VERITY

(2) CROW

(2) KINDRED SOULS

(2) THE MIGHTY MARS ROVERS

(2) REMARKABLE

(2) TITANIC

(2) WATER SINGS BLUE

(1) ABOVE WORLD

(1) ABRAHAM LINCOLN & FREDERICK DOUGLASS

(1) BENEATH A METH MOON

(1) A BLACK HOLE IS NOT A HOLE

(1) THE BROKEN LANDS

(1) DUMPLING DAYS

(1) FALSE PRINCE

(1) THE GREAT UNEXPECTED

(1) THE HUMMING ROOM

(1) JAKE AND LILY

(1) JEPP, WHO DEFIED THE STARS

(1) NO NAME BABY

(1) ONE FOR THE MURPHYS

(1) PALACE OF STONE

(1) SAME SUN HERE

(1) SEE YOU AT HARRY’S

(1) SERAPHINA

(1) SHADOW ON THE MOUNTAIN

(1) SUMMER ON THE MOON

(1) WOODEN BONES

Now give us your full list of seven, and I promise I won’t try to psychoanalyze anyone this time based on their nominations.  Just peruse the aforementioned list, and build support around an existing title, or stretch us to more seriously consider an absent one.

I’m going to pass on the titles with more than six nominations, even though I could easily vote for some of them, namely LIAR & SPY.  I could lend my support to many nonfiction titles, particularly TEMPLE GRANDIN, WE’VE GOT A JOB, and TITANIC, but I’m going to go with TEMPLE GRANDIN because it has the most nominations to date, and another one would push it into that next tier of contenders.  For my other nomination, I’m going to pick CHICKADEE, a book that surprised me–and which has stayed with me.  Increasingly, I’m thinking it’s possibly as distinguished as any middle grade novel out there, but I’d need another read to sure.  So my nominations altogether are–

BENEATH A METH MOON

BOMB

CHICKADEE

MOONBIRD

NO CRYSTAL STAIR

TEMPLE GRANDIN

TWELVE KINDS OF ICE

Since BOMB, MOONBIRD, and NO CRYSTAL STAIR remain my top three, I would have nominated those regardless, but the rest are strategic, subject to the direction this particular mock super committee is headed in.

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Jonathan Hunt About Jonathan Hunt

Jonathan Hunt is the County Schools Librarian at the San Diego County Office of Education. He served on the 2006 Newbery committee, and has also judged the Printz Award, the Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards, and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. You can reach him at hunt_yellow@yahoo.com

Comments

  1. Mark Flowers says:

    OK, let’s see, my five first nominations were:

    BOMB
    LIAR AND SPY
    WE’VE GOT A JOB
    TITANIC: VOICES FROM THE DISASTER
    MR AND MRS BUNNY: DETECTIVES EXTRAORDINAIRE

    My final two are:

    PALACE OF STONE
    MIGHTY MISS MALONE

    both are among my favorites of the year, but I’m definitely voting for them to try to get them each more in the conversation, rather than voting for my actual next choice THE ONE AND ONLY IVAN

  2. Kristin says:

    My top choices feel a bit strange to me on paper. I wouldn’t consider my bottom two choices as really appropriate for Newbery, which is why they’re at the bottom; they’re too mature in nature, but they were both great books overall. However, I don’t really feel that strongly about a lot of the possible choices out there. If somebody had to call me to the carpet about what I really believe are true Newbery contenders they would really only be Liar & Spy, Starry River of the Sky and Twelve Kinds of Ice. Humming Room and Wonder are good books, but they were just shy of excellent to me.

    So, here’s my seven picks:

    1-LIAR & SPY
    2-STARRY RIVER OF THE SKY
    3-TWELVE KINDS OF ICE
    4-THE HUMMING ROOM
    5-WONDER
    6-CODE NAME VERITY
    7-SERAPHINA

  3. Brandy says:

    Bomb*
    Liar & Spy*
    Moonbird
    No Crystal Stair
    The One and Only Ivan
    Splendors and Glooms
    Water Sings Blue*

    *The ones I personally like the most.

  4. Fine.

    My first three were:
    BOMB
    LIAR & SPY
    SPLENDORS AND GLOOMS

    Next I went for:
    EACH KINDNESS
    JEPP, WHO DEFIED THE STARS (and so am delighted to see that others agree with me, say Nancy Werlin:)

    To end two final favorites that may get a bit more attention with another vote or two or three…
    THREE TIMES LUCKY
    WE’VE GOT A JOB

  5. Wendy says:

    Are we supposed to stick with our original choices, or can we start from scratch now?

  6. Ed Spicer says:

    I haven’t played much this time around. Sorry. Craziness abounds. I have read much, however. So I don’t think it is cheating too much to pipe in now at the end, although I am going to post fast and not second guess myself. These are the books I am still thinking about for various reasons (number 8 would be a book I have not seen discussed here–but I won’t swear to it–The Peculiar). And while I have read quite a bit, I haven’t read everything yet–just reclaimed (actually purchased another copy) of Splendors and Glooms, which I will be reading soon:

    1. Liar & Spy
    2. Bomb
    3. The One and Only Ivan
    4. Moonbird
    5. Each Kindness
    6. Wonder
    7. Seraphina

  7. TeenReader says:

    From before:
    WONDER
    THE MIGHTY MISS MALONE
    ABRAHAM LINCOLN & FREDERICK DOUGLASS
    SPLENDORS & GLOOMS
    REMARKABLE

    To add:
    Well, I guess since it’s between S&G and Bomb for my official favorite for the Newbery, I better lend my support to BOMB. And then…ugh, I have so much reading left to do, but I’ll go with TEMPLE GRANDIN, because that’s definitely in my top five right now, so I’d lend my support in hopes of it getting an honor.

  8. Danyelle says:

    I would like to nominate eight, but since I can only choose seven . . .
    Bomb
    Liar & Spy
    Crow
    Splendors and Gloom
    Starry River of the Sky
    Temple Grandin
    The One and Only Ivan

  9. Eric says:

    First five were:
    BOMB
    LIAR & SPY
    DUMPLING DAYS
    Next two
    SHADOW ON THE MOUNTAIN
    CODE NAME VERITY

    For the final two I’d like to add some support to the two funniest books of 2012:
    MR AND MRS BUNNY
    DANGER GOES BERSERK

    Still hoping for single honor year this time around. I like my other nominations but feel that the top two are head and shoulders above everything else this year. I would be ecstatic if Sheinkin gets the medal and Stead nabs the only honor.

  10. Cecilia says:

    My original three were:
    SPLENDORS AND GLOOMS
    BOMB
    EACH KINDNESS

    then I added
    TEMPLE GRANDIN
    STARRY RIVER OF THE SKY

    I think my final two will be
    TWELVE KINDS OF ICE
    JEPP WHO DEFIED THE STARS

  11. Bomb
    The One and Only Ivan
    Three Times Lucky
    Moonbird
    Same Sun Here
    LIAR & SPY
    EACH KINDNESS

  12. Donna Miller says:

    Here are mine – in no particular order:
    Summer of the Gypsy Moths
    Liar and Spy
    Each Kindness
    Mighty Miss Malone
    One for the Murphys
    The Lions of Little Rock
    Wonder

  13. I missed the last round, but if it’s all right, I’ll play this time.

    TWELVE KINDS OF ICE
    THE ONE AND ONLY IVAN
    MOONBIRD
    MR. AND MRS. BUNNY
    WOODEN BONES
    LIAR & SPY

    and, if I may be allowed the liberty of adding one title that doesn’t have any votes, but that I feel strongly about,

    BREATHING ROOM

    These aren’t in any particular order as of yet. I’m still trying to measure my top few against each other in a way that satisfies me.

  14. Benji Martin says:

    Here are my seven:

    1. The One and Only Ivan
    2. The Mighty Miss Malone
    3. Splendors and Glooms
    4. The Seven Tales of Trinket
    5. Jepp, who Defied the Stars
    6. Summer of the Gypsy Moths
    7. One For the Murphys

  15. Chelsea C. says:

    My other nominations were:
    Bomb
    Splendors and Glooms
    Water Sings Blue
    Chickadee
    The Broken Lands

    For my final two, I have to go with two that I just think are too good to ignore, even though they already have some support. So my final 7 would be:
    Bomb
    Splendors and Glooms
    Water Sings Blue
    Chickadee
    The Broken Lands
    Twelve Kinds of Ice
    Starry River of the Sky

    For what it’s worth, our staff Mock Newbery just held a first round vote to narrow down our shortlist, and our finalists are:
    Bomb
    Splendors and Glooms
    Three Times Lucky
    Twelve Kinds of Ice
    Wonder
    I was pretty surprised at what rose to the top. Liar & Spy, Ivan, and Starry River were almost there, but not quite.

  16. Jonathan Hunt says:

    Wendy, yes, please keep the nominations you entered previously and then add two more–just for the sake of consistency. The real committee, of course, doesn’t have the luxury of changing their nominations, but then, too, the real committee not only has the benefit of having read more widely, but also knowing what has been suggested already. Perhaps a better model for the future would be to treat October and November nominations as something more than suggestions, but less than nominations, giving people the flexibility to change their mind before setting things in stone in December.

    And, yes, Sam, if you missed either of the two previous rounds then feel free to chime in now with your full list of seven. Keep them coming and in several days I’ll complile the total results below.

  17. Sondy says:

    Which was the post where we commented with our top 5? I can’t seem to remember what my 4th and 5th choices were….

  18. Sondy says:

    I found it — Twelve Kinds of Meth post. http://blogs.slj.com/heavymedal/2012/11/12/twelve-kinds-of-meth/

    Hmm. I’d pick a different top 5 voting now. Though I do know #6, but need to mull over things a bit for #7.

  19. Genevieve says:

    Previously:

    *LIAR & SPY
    THREE TIMES LUCKY
    THE MIGHTY MISS MALONE
    *SPLENDORS AND GLOOMS
    NO CRYSTAL STAIR

    New additions:

    *BOMB
    WONDER

    *=top choices

  20. DaNae says:

    Oct:
    Three Times Lucky
    Summer of the Gypsy Moths
    Splendors and Glooms

    Nov:
    Bomb
    Temple Grandin

    Dec:
    Liar & Spy
    The One and Only Ivan

    Jepp and Chickadee are next my to read list. I’m glad the real committee doesn’t need to wait for late release dates.

    BTW, guess where I will be Jan. 28th!

  21. Cari says:

    I didn’t vote last time because I hadn’t read enough but here we go:

    Liar & Spy
    Splendors and Glooms
    No Crystal Stair
    Starry River of the Sky
    The One and Only Ivan
    Bomb
    The Mighty Miss Malone

    I just finished Splendors and Glooms yesterday but I was so sucked up into the story I can’t stop thinking about it, the same way that little bits of Liar & Spy keep coming back to me even though I read that one way back in September. I’m about half way through Moonbird and I am really enjoying it. I think it will probably bump The Mighty Miss Malone off of my list once I’m done with it. I am surprised that Summer of the Gypsy Moths is getting so much attention. I admit I didn’t finish it, so I guess I’ll have to pick it back up!

  22. Sondy says:

    I’m not sure I’d make the same list now, but it’s easy to add two I’ve read in the last month. This gives me:

    Palace of Stone
    Summer of the Gypsy Moths
    The One & Only Ivan
    Mighty Mars Rovers
    We’ve Got a Job
    Starry River of the Sky
    Twelve Kinds of Ice

    Favorites? Well, hard to say. I think I’d be pretty open to discussion if I were on the committee. I should add that I still haven’t read Bomb, but hope my hold will come in before I take time off after Christmas.

  23. Erin says:

    So, I don’t think I submitted my top five, but here are my top seven:

    1: Child of the Mountains
    2. Bomb
    3. The One and Only Ivan
    4. Three Times Lucky
    5. Step Gently Out
    6. Splendors and Glooms
    7. One for the Murphy’s

  24. Sherri T. says:

    My top seven:

    1) Splendors and Glooms- the one to beat in my opinion- just lovely writing, interesting plot, slow reveals, great characters- can’t say enough good about this book.
    2) Mr. and Mrs. Bunny, Detectives Extraordinaire- my personal favorite. I love the characters- Mrs. Bunny and her fedora slay me. And the Marmot? I’m buying a hardcover copy and I will read this one to my children.
    3) Twelve Kinds of Ice- beautiful, evocative, nostalgic for adults but I think also very interesting for kids.
    4) Summer of the Gypsy Moths- loved the first chapter especially, not as excited about the ending.
    5) A Black Hole is Not a Hole- I really, really liked Moonbird and Bomb as well but I think I would have found them difficult to read as a child.
    If I have to add two more I would say Three Times Lucky and The One and Only Ivan.

  25. Martha says:

    To my previous nominations of:

    Bomb
    Moonbird
    No Crystal Stair
    Mr and Mrs Bunny
    Code Name Verity

    I add:
    Splendors and Glooms
    Chickadee

    And I think the three books I could most successfully defend in an actual Newbery committee situation are Bomb, Splendors and Glooms, and, believe it or not, Mr. and Mrs. Bunny.

  26. Nina Lindsay says:

    I didn’t participate in round 2 so feel like I’d be cheating getting into this round, but it is fun to think about those last two. Sometimes it’s about getting a title onto the table that you just think should be there for the discussion, a possible outlier (MR & MRS BUNNY? CODE NAME VERITY?). Could be one that you didn’t leap for on first read because it wasn’t flashy, but it’s just stuck in your mind and grown and grown (CHICKADEE). Sometimes, too, I’d consider a last nomination to go to one that’s already has clear and early support. It’s a way of getting behind it too, and also lending strength to your “outlier” titles by suggesting that those are the ones that stand up to the rest of the pack.

  27. Julie Corsaro says:

    First five (actually, six — I cheated) were:

    1) Twelve Kinds of Ice
    2) Liar & Spy
    3) Bomb
    4) Temple Grandin
    5) Wonder
    6) Son

    My seventh (I just read it) is Starry River of the Sky.

  28. Cherylynn says:

    First five:
    1.Splendors and Glooms
    2. Kindred Souls
    3. Wonder
    4. Temple Grandin
    5. Each Kindness

    Two more
    6. Starry River of the Sky
    7. Moonbird

  29. Wendy says:

    Original five:
    NO CRYSTAL STAIR
    JAKE & LILY
    KINDRED SOULS
    CHICKADEE
    BOMB

    Adding:
    TITANIC: VOICES FROM THE DISASTER
    THE GREAT UNEXPECTED

    I would certainly think about MR. AND MRS. BUNNY, since it seems like there’s growing-but-still-small support there. And LIAR & SPY is in my “real” top list.

  30. Georgie says:

    Original five:
    1. One and Only Ivan
    2.Liar and Spy
    3.Great Unexpected
    4.Splendors and Gloom
    5.We’ve Got a Job

    New:
    6.Palace of Stone
    7.Chickadee

  31. Marcie Haloin says:

    Wonder
    One and Only Ivan
    Bomb
    Mighty Miss Malone
    Liar and Spy
    Splendors and Glooms
    Lions of Little Rock

  32. Jonathan Hunt says:

    I’ll update the following list if we get another flurry of nominations, but thus far we have 27 nominations, and here are the results.

    (19) BOMB

    (16) LIAR & SPY

    (16) SPLENDORS AND GLOOMS

    (13) THE ONE AND ONLY IVAN

    (8) WONDER

    (8) TWELVE KINDS OF ICE

    (8) MOONBIRD

    (8) STARRY RIVER OF THE SKY

    (7) TEMPLE GRANDIN

    (7) THE MIGHTY MISS MALONE

    (6) NO CRYSTAL STAIR

    (6) THREE TIMES LUCKY

    (6) EACH KINDNESS

    (5) SUMMER OF THE GYPSY MOTHS

    (5) CHICKADEE

    (5) MR. AND MRS. BUNNY

    (4) WE’VE GOT A JOB

    (3) PALACE OF STONE

    (3) CODE NAME VERITY

    (3) JEPP, WHO DEFIED THE STARS

    (3) ONE FOR THE MURPHYS

    (2) THE LIONS OF LITTLE ROCK

    (2) SERAPHINA

    (2) WATER SINGS BLUE

    (2) TITANIC

    (2) KINDRED SOULS

    (2) THE GREAT UNEXPECTED

    (1) BENEATH A METH MOON

    (1) THE HUMMING ROOM

    (1) ABRAHAM LINCOLN & FREDERICK DOUGLASS

    (1) REMARKABLE

    (1) CROW

    (1) DUMPLING DAYS

    (1) SHADOW ON THE MOUNTAIN

    (1) DANGER GOES BESERK

    (1) SAME SUN HERE

    (1) WOODEN BONES

    (1) THE SEVEN TALES OF TRINKET

    (1) THE BROKEN LANDS

    (1) THE MIGHTY MARS ROVERS

    (1) CHILD OF THE MOUNTAINS

    (1) STEP GENTLY OUT

    (1) A BLACK HOLE IS NOT A HOLE

    (1) SON

    (1) JAKE & LILY

    BOMB, LIAR & SPY, and SPLENDORS AND GLOOMS have consistenty rated as the top choices throughout all rounds of nominations, and they are always so close as to be virtually in a dead heat. THE ONE AND ONLY IVAN, however, has picked up one vote shy of a majority. The other big gainer here is TWELVE KINDS OF ICE which has undoubtedly been picking up readers since its November publication.

  33. Jonathan Hunt says:

    Booklist Editors’ Choice is now out–

    http://www.booklistonline.com/Booklist-Editors-Choice-Books-for-Youth-2011-Gillian-Engberg/pid=5201404

    Here is the composite best books list for Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal, Kirkus Reviews, Horn Book, and Booklist–with Bulletin to come on January 1. I’m hoping Jen will once again provide the link for her updated spreadsheet.

    five lists–

    THIS IS NOT MY HAT
    THE FAULT IN OUR STARS
    CODE NAME VERITY

    four lists–

    NO CRYSTAL STAIR
    LIAR & SPY
    JIMMY THE GREATEST
    AND THEN IT’S SPRING
    GRAVE MERCY
    WONDER
    WE’VE GOT A JOB
    EXTRA YARN
    Z IS FOR MOOSE
    MOONBIRD
    SPLENDORS AND GLOOMS

    three lists–

    THE DIVINERS
    IN A GLASS GRIMMLY
    ASK THE PASSENGERS
    THE BRIDES OF ROLLROCK ISLAND
    SON
    EVERY DAY
    PENNY AND HER DOLL
    LITTLE WHITE DUCK
    ISLAND
    THE MISEDUCATION OF CAMERON POST
    THE RAVEN BOYS
    CHUCK CLOSE
    ABRAHAM LINCOLN & FREDERICK DOUGLASS
    DODGER
    GREEN
    SERAPHINA
    KEEPING THE CASTLE
    MY BOOK OF LIFE BY ANGEL
    THREE TIMES LUCKY
    BEYOND COURAGE
    DRAMA
    I HAVE A DREAM
    A HOME FOR BIRD

    two lists–

    CHILDREN OF THE WOLVES
    GOLDILOCKS AND THE THREE DINOSAURS
    THE GIRL WITH BORROWED WINGS
    THE SUMMER OF THE GYPSY MOTHS
    NEVER FALL DOWN
    BOOT & SHOE
    HOMER
    OCEAN SUNLIGHT
    UNSPOKEN
    THE BEAR IN THE BOOK
    DREAMING UP
    A CERTAIN OCTOBER
    TITANIC
    ELECTRIC BEN
    BOMB
    FIRE IN THE STREETS
    OH NO!
    A BLACK HOLE IS NOT A HOLE
    LIFE IN THE OCEAN
    IT JES’ HAPPENED
    COLD SNAP
    TWLEVE KINDS OF ICE
    STARRY RIVER OF THE SKY
    SADIE AND RATZ
    FIFTY CENTS AND A DREAM
    ONE TIMES SQUARE
    THE BEETLE BOOK
    THE MIGHTY MARS ROVERS
    WHO COULD THAT BE AT THIS HOUR?
    TIGER LILY
    THE ONE AND ONLY IVAN
    SPINDLERS
    THE WICKED AND THE JUST
    THE FAIRY RING
    ARISTOTLE AND DANTE
    THE IMPOSSIBLE RESCUE
    MY NAME IS PARVANA
    THE MIGHTY MISS MALONE
    BITTERBLUE
    SLEEP LIKE A TIGER

  34. Jen J. says:

    Ask and ye shall receive! I was off yesterday, but got everything updated this morning!

    http://ow.ly/fs615

    I will note that I counted 41 titles that had made two lists, but only see 35 above. All other numbers seem to match. I’m having a hard time sorting out what’s missing right now though. I’ll try to get back to that later.

    If my math is correct 17 of Booklist’s 55 titles named were unique to that list (of course that may change when the Bulletin releases theirs). That struck me as a really high percentage for a list that size (31%) so I did a little math. PW has 11 of 40 unique for now (27.5%), SLJ 16 of their 65 (25%), Horn Book 2 of their 27 (7%). Kirkus has approximately a bazillion unique since their list is giant compared to the other journals. So Booklist is a little high, but not as much higher as I thought it might be.

    So far 255 unique titles have been named by these five journals – and I’ve only read 25 of them so far – so much to read, so little time! I did recently finish Liar & Spy and loved it. Looking forward to what I’ll love next!

  35. Jen J. says:

    Ok, figured out how to compare titles from Jonathan’s list to the spreadsheet.

    I actually show 23 titles with three best lists:
    I HAVE A DREAM moves from the 2-list list and A HOME FOR BIRD

    I show 41 2-list titles with the following additions to Jonathan’s list above:
    THE CHILDREN AND THE WOLVES
    THE GIRL WITH BORROWED WINGS
    GOLDILOCKS AND THE THREE DINOSAURS
    LULU AND THE DUCK IN THE PARK
    NEVER FALL DOWN
    SLEEP LIKE A TIGER
    SUMMER OF THE GYPSY MOTHS

  36. Jennifer P. says:

    My list:

    WONDER
    THREE TIMES LUCKY
    LIAR & SPY
    LIONS OF LITTLE ROCK
    REMARKABLE
    A BLACK HOLE IS NOT A HOLE
    SUMMER OF THE GYPSY MOTHS

    I feel good about these, so no judgy-judgy!!

  37. Jonathan Hunt says:

    Thanks for the corrections, Jen. I double checked and amended the list above.

  38. Jess says:

    SPLENDORS AND GLOOMS
    LIAR AND SPY
    THE HUMMING ROOM
    SUMMER OF THE GYPSY MOTHS
    STARRY RIVER OF THE SKY
    MR. AND MRS. BUNNY
    MOONBIRD

    There are so many I haven’t had a chance to read yet, so I’m sure the list would look different if I’d read more widely this year (being a Cybils panelist is leading to a lot of fantasy and not much nonfiction/realistic fiction!)

  39. Meghan says:

    I am among those who did not do the previous round (for which I blame pre-Christmas break elementary school festivities) but now have caught up with me reading and formulated this list:

    1. Three Times Lucky
    2. Mr and Mrs Bunny
    3. Temple Grandin
    4.Wonder
    5. See You at Harry’s
    6. The False Prince
    7. The Great Unexpected

    SO excited to see some support rallying for Mr and Mrs Bunny! I literally LOL-ed multiple times while reading it (dorky-yes, but it’s true). And I know this doesn’t factor in much, but Sophie Blackall’s illustrations were/are AMAZING! That girl’s got a Caldecott in her future :)

  40. Sam leopold says:

    My seven…..

    Splendors and Glooms
    The One and Only Ivan
    Liar And Spy
    Starry River Of the Sky
    No Crystal Stair
    Code Name Verity
    Goblin Secrets

  41. Jonathan Hunt says:

    I had saved all the comments that were posted belatedly and had planned to post them all back to the threads when we went live again. Well–confound it!–I’m using somebody else’s computer during the holidays, and the comments are gone now that I’ve returned from a little side trip. Most of them were from this thread–fortunately, I had recalculated the votes even if I didn’t write down the new ones. I’ve added Sam Leopold’s in, too. And here’s what we have.

    (21) LIAR & SPY

    (20) BOMB

    (20) SPLENDORS AND GLOOMS

    (17) THE ONE AND ONLY IVAN

    (13) STARRY RIVER OF THE SKY

    (12) WONDER

    (10) MOONBIRD

    (9) NO CRYSTAL STAIR

    (8) TWELVE KINDS OF ICE

    (8) TEMPLE GRANDIN

    (8) THE MIGHTY MISS MALONE

    (8) THREE TIMES LUCKY

    (7) SUMMER OF THE GYPSY MOTHS

    (7) MR. AND MRS. BUNNY

    (6) EACH KINDNESS

    (6) CHICKADEE

    (5) WE’VE GOT A JOB

    (4) PALACE OF STONE

    (4) CODE NAME VERITY

    (3) JEPP, WHO DEFIED THE STARS

    (3) ONE FOR THE MURPHYS

    (3) CHILD OF THE MOUNTAINS

    (2) THE LIONS OF LITTLE ROCK

    (2) SERAPHINA

    (2) WATER SINGS BLUE

    (2) TITANIC

    (2) KINDRED SOULS

    (2) THE GREAT UNEXPECTED

    (2) A BLACK HOLE IS NOT A HOLE

    (2) THE MIGHTY MARS ROVERS

    (1) BENEATH A METH MOON

    (1) THE HUMMING ROOM

    (1) ABRAHAM LINCOLN & FREDERICK DOUGLASS

    (1) REMARKABLE

    (1) CROW

    (1) DUMPLING DAYS

    (1) SHADOW ON THE MOUNTAIN

    (1) DANGER GOES BESERK

    (1) SAME SUN HERE

    (1) WOODEN BONES

    (1) THE SEVEN TALES OF TRINKET

    (1) THE BROKEN LANDS

    (1) STEP GENTLY OUT

    (1) SON

    (1) JAKE & LILY

    (1) GOBLIN SECRETS

  42. DaNae says:

    The top four above are my top four. What I question is would they be my top four in a vacuum? Or am I under some sort of Heavy Medal mind control? Is this the committee process at work or am I just the kid who follows the crowd? Deep self-examination to ponder for the new year.

  43. Sam B. says:

    I’m way, way late to this party, but just for fun I’m throwing my hat into the ring in support of Seraphina. What a brilliant piece of writing that is. It’s up there with No Crystal Stair, Moonbird and Liar & Spy on my personal list.

  44. DaNae says:

    Sam, what would your opinion be at having Seraphina in a K-6 school library, realizing we have many YA books such as The Hunger Games, The Uglies, etc. . . ?

  45. Sam B. says:

    Hey DaNae, based on the fact that you have Hunger Games, The Uglies, and so on, my opinion would be a yes: Seraphina belongs in your library.

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