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November Nominations

Okay, it’s time for us (and the real Newbery committee) to submit two more nominations for the month of November.  You’ll remember that my October strategy was to simply nominate the three best books.  If, since that time, I have come to believe that another one or two books have genuinely supplanted one of those titles then I would absolutely nominate them.  Otherwise, I will probably be a little bit more strategic with these next nominations.

You may remember that my October nominations were ERUPTION!, THE THING ABOUT LUCK, and WHAT THE HEART KNOWS.  None of those have really slipped in my estimation, but there is another group of novels that I have been seriously considering, books that I really liked, especially in light of our vigorous and stimulating conversation here: THE TRUE BLUE SCOUTS OF SUGAR MAN SWAMP, FAR FAR AWAY, and GHOST HAWK.  And, as always, I appreciate a small handful of nontraditional Newbery books: IF YOU WANT TO SEE A WHALE, THE ANIMAL BOOK, WITH A MIGHTY HAND (a retelling of the Torah), and TREASURY OF EGYPTIAN MYTHOLOGY.  Since I’m being somewhat strategic here, I would peek again at the previous list of nominations.

(9) THE THING ABOUT LUCK

(7) THE REAL BOY

(5) P.S. BE ELEVEN

(4) DOLL BONES

(3) TRUE BLUE SCOUTS OF SUGAR MAN SWAMP

(3) THE YEAR OF BILLY MILLER

(3) THE CENTER OF EVERYTHING

(2) CLEMENTINE AND THE SPRING TRIP

(2) ERUPTION

(2) COUNTING BY 7s

(2) IF YOU WANT TO SEE A WHALE

(2) FLORA & ULYSSES

(2) THE WATER CASTLE

(1) WHAT THE HEART KNOWS

(1) SALT

(1) PRIMATES

(1) GHOST HAWK

(1) HOKEY POKEY

(1) FAR FAR AWAY

(1) TWERP

(1) PENNY AND HER MARBLE

(1) ODD DUCK

(1) THE CANARY IN THE COAL MINE

(1) ZEBRA FOREST

(1) HIDDEN SUMMER

(1) A TANGLE OF KNOTS

(1) BETTER NATE THAN EVER

(1) LISTENING FOR LUCCA

(1) JINX

(1) ONE CAME HOME

I can totally get behind TRUE BLUE SCOUTS, but since it’s doing relatively well with 3 votes, I’ll probably pass this time around, and then I still have the option of spending a December nomination on it.  IF YOU WANT TO SEE A WHALE has two nominations while FAR FAR AWAY and GHOST HAWK each only had a single nomination.  They all need more support.  I’m definitely going to spend a nomination on the WHALE book to get it into the middle of the pack, and I’ll use the same wait-and-see strategy for GHOST HAWK and FAR FAR AWAY that I’m using for TRUE BLUE SCOUTS.  That allows me to spend a second nomination on one of my remaining no-chance-in-hell books: THE ANIMAL BOOK, WITH A MIGHTY HAND, and TREASURY OF EGYPTIAN MYTHOLOGY.  I’m obviously quite realistic about the chances of these books, but I so strongly believe that the committee not only needs to consider the breadth of its charge, but they need to bring these kinds of books to the table for actual discussion, that I am willing to spend a precious nomination on one of them.  This is kind of like playing eenie meenie miney mo since I have no previous suggestion list to guide me, but I’m going to go with . . . THE ANIMAL BOOK.

Thus, my five nominations to date include–

THE ANIMAL BOOK

ERUPTION

IF YOU WANT TO SEE A WHALE

THE THING ABOUT LUCK

WHAT THE HEART KNOWS

Please submit your list of five nominations.  Last year I said you couldn’t change your first three (because I wanted to closely mimic the Newbery process), but the reality is that most of us are way behind in our reading when compared to the real committee, so again we are going with the snapshot model.  Give me the five books that you would nominate today, regardless of what you nominated previously.  Go.

 

 

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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. THE REAL BOY
    PENNY AND HER MARBLE
    FAR FAR AWAY
    BETTER NATE THAN EVER
    P.S. BE ELEVEN

  2. Cecilia says:

    THE REAL BOY
    THE TRUE BLUE SCOUTS OF SUGAR MAN SWAMP
    ODD DUCK
    WHAT THE HEART KNOWS
    BLUFFTON: MY SUMMERS WITH BUSTER

  3. DaNae says:

    TRUE BLUE SCOUTS OF SUGAR MAN SWAMP
    THE THING ABOUT LUCK
    DOLL BONES
    LOCOMOTIVE
    BETTER NATE THAN EVER

  4. Leonard Kim says:

    THE CENTER OF EVERYTHING
    IF YOU WANT TO SEE A WHALE
    FLORA AND ULYSSES
    ONE CAME HOME
    THE TRUE BLUE SCOUTS OF SUGAR MAN SWAMP

  5. Sondy says:

    I still feel way behind, so I’m not sure I even should nominate (and didn’t last time). But in the spirit of the thing, I’ll go with five good ones I’ve read so far:

    DOLL BONES
    JINX
    THE THING ABOUT LUCK
    HEAVEN IS PAVED WITH OREOS

    And for my out in left field nomination to extend people’s thinking:
    THE BOY WHO LOVED MATH

    I’m afraid I’m not strongly behind any of these, with Doll Bones being the one I’d probably fight for the hardest. I need to get reading! (Though my favorite book of the year so far, THE SCREAMING STAIRCASE, is not eligible.)

    • Jonathan Hunt Jonathan Hunt says:

      Sondy, can you talk a little bit more about HEAVEN IS PAVED WITH OREOS? I loved Catherine Gilbert Murdock’s first trilogy of books, and was only recently surprised to learn she’d done a younger book in the same setting. I’m powerfully curious . . .

      • Genevieve says:

        I have it on my nightstand and haven’t read it yet – if it’s as good as the Dairy Queen trilogy, I’ll have to add it to my December nominations!

      • Sondy says:

        Well, it’s not *quite* as good as the Dairy Queen trilogy. I wouldn’t have nominated it last year. But it’s a nicely written book. Characterization is the strong point. There’s maybe a little artificially much talking about DJ, but Dairy Queen fans should like that.

        Sarah is figuring out her relationship with Curtis, and she goes to Italy with her grandmother — good plotting, too.

  6. Hannah says:

    After much debating, I will stick with my original 3 and add 2 more:

    BETTER NATE THAN EVER
    COUNTING BY 7S
    FAR FAR AWAY
    SUGAR
    A TANGLE OF KNOTS

  7. DaNae says:

    Can I interrupt all this nomination flurry and tell everyone to run and read LOCOMOTIVE before they vote? As clearly, it has not been read widely enough or you would all be laying it down. :)

  8. Eric Carpenter says:

    GHOST HAWK (still not convinced that cultural sensitivity can be shoehorned into the accuracy criteria)
    HOKEY POKEY
    FAR FAR AWAY
    DUKE – I know we talked about HATTIE EVER AFTER but I think Larson’s DUKE is a better newbery choice.
    THE YEAR OF BILLY MILLER

    • Debbie Reese says:

      I shared GHOST HAWK today to an audience that included Wampanoag and Abenaki people, and scholars of both. The venue was a Yale conference on Indigenous Slavery and Incarceration. The audience groaned and laughed at the content of GHOST HAWK. Did my presentation lead the audience in a specific way? It was the same thing I’ve said in these discussions and at my site. The difference is that it was an informed audience familiar with misrepresentations of Indigenous people, and an audience who knows their history and culture. I think their reaction says a lot about the merits of the book.

  9. Mark Flowers says:

    THE REAL BOY
    CLEMENTINE AND THE SPRING TRIP
    IF YOU WANT TO SEE A WHALE
    FLORA AND ULYSSES
    THE WATER CASTLE

  10. Katy says:

    I still need to catch up on some reading, but for now:

    FAR FAR AWAY
    FLORA & ULLYSES
    SURE SIGNS OF CRAZY
    LOCOMOTIVE (I want it to win every award it possibly can)

    and then I’m torn between TRUE BLUE SCOUTS OF SUGAR MAN SWAMP and DOLL BONES

  11. MJ says:

    THE GREAT AMERICAN DUST BOWL
    TRUE BLUE SCOUTS OF SUGAR MAN SWAMP
    ZEBRA FOREST
    THE MIGHTY LALOUCHE
    SALT

  12. Nina Lindsay Nina Lindsay says:

    My first three stay the same:

    THING ABOUT LUCK
    PS BE ELEVEN
    IF YOU WANT TO SEE A WHALE

    And I’ll add a couple of low-lying outliers that I think are well as strong as some of those ones (that I’d also support) doing much better. I’ll save my last nominations for throwing more support to those, unless I find something else magical. So:

    FAR FAR AWAY
    WHAT THE HEART KNOWS

  13. Holly says:

    THE TRUE BLUE SCOUTS OF SUGAR MAN SWAMP
    ONE CAME HOME
    PS BE ELEVEN
    FAR FAR AWAY
    HOKEY POKEY

  14. samuel says:

    THE THING ABOUT LUCK
    TRUE BLUE SCOUTS OF SUGAR MAN SWAMP
    THE CENTER OF EVERYTHING
    THE CANARY IN THE COAL MINE
    THE ADVENTURES OF A SOUTH POLE PIG

  15. Genevieve says:

    FLORA & ULYSSES
    THE THING ABOUT LUCK
    P.S. BE ELEVEN
    BETTER NATE THAN EVER
    COUNTING BY 7S

    But I still have to read HEAVEN IS PAVED WITH OREOS, TWERP, and LOCOMOTIVE.

  16. THE REAL BOY
    ZEBRA FOREST
    THE HIDDEN SUMMER
    FROM NORVELT TO NOWHERE
    TWERP

    …as of right now!

  17. Martha says:

    The Thing About Luck
    Far, Far Away
    PS Be Eleven
    Penny and Her Marble
    One Came Home

  18. Nancy Baumann says:

    The Thing about luck
    Doll bones
    P.S. Be eleven
    Eruption
    Jinx

  19. Judy Freeman says:

    Hokey Pokey
    The Year of Billy Miller
    Flora & Ulysses
    Locomotive
    The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp

  20. Jonathan Hunt Jonathan Hunt says:

    Here’s what we have so far, but keep them coming, and I’ll redo this list once the thread peters out.

    (8) THE THING ABOUT LUCK

    (7) THE TRUE BLUE SCOUTS OF SUGAR MAN SWAMP

    (7) FAR FAR AWAY

    (6) P.S. BE ELEVEN

    (5) FLORA & ULYSSESS

    (4) THE REAL BOY

    (4) IF YOU WANT TO SEE A WHALE

    (4) BETTER NATE THAN EVER

    (3) DOLL BONES

    (3) WHAT THE HEART KNOWS

    (3) LOCOMOTIVE

    (3) ONE CAME HOME

    (3) HOKEY POKEY

    (2) ERUPTION!

    (2) PENNY AND HER MARBLE

    (2) THE CENTER OF EVERYTHING

    (2) JINX

    (2) COUNTING BY 7s

    (2) THE YEAR OF BILLY MILLER

    (2) ZEBRA FOREST

    (1) GHOST HAWK

    (1) THE ANIMAL BOOK

    (1) ODD DUCK

    (1) BLUFFTON

    (1) HEAVEN IS PAVED WITH OREOS

    (1) THE BOY WHO LOVED MATH

    (1) SUGAR

    (1) A TANGLE OF KNOTS

    (1) DUKE

    (1) CLEMENTINE AND THE SPRING TRIP

    (1) THE WATER CASTLE

    (1) SURE SIGNS OF CRAZY

    (1) THE GREAT AMERICAN DUST BOWL

    (1) THE MIGHTY LALOUCHE

    (1) SALT

    (1) THE CANARY IN THE COAL MINE

    (1) THE ADVENTURES OF THE SOUTH POLE PIG

    (1) HIDDEN SUMMER

    (1) FROM NORVELT TO NOWHERE

    (1) TWERP

  21. TeenReader says:

    DOLL BONES
    THE WATER CASTLE
    PS BE ELEVEN
    THE HIDDEN SUMMER
    BETTER NATE THAN EVER

  22. Kat says:

    PS BE ELEVEN
    LOCOMOTIVE
    ERUPTION
    THE YEAR OF BILLY MILLER
    FAR FAR AWAY

  23. Brandy says:

    My reading of anything not MG Spec Fiction has been sidelined until January. I feel like I haven’t read quite enough to support anything for certain, but as it stands:
    P.S. Be Eleven
    Doll Bones
    A Song for Bijou
    The Lost Kingdom
    The Real Boy

  24. Jen says:

    The thing about luck
    Flora and Ulysses
    Locomotive
    Hokey pokey
    The Grimm conclusion

  25. Anne says:

    Counting By Sevens
    Hokey Pokey
    PS Be Eleven
    Jinx
    Zebra Forest

  26. Jonathan Hunt Jonathan Hunt says:

    The system has somehow swallowed Riche Partington’s nominations which were as follows–

    COUNTING BY 7s
    THE THING ABOUT LUCK
    THE TRUE BLUE SCOUTS OF SUGAR MAN SWAMP
    P.S. BE ELEVEN
    LINCOLN’S GRAVE ROBBERS

  27. Danyelle says:

    THE THING ABOUT LUCK
    IF YOU WANT TO SEE A WHALE
    WHAT THE HEART KNOWS
    PENNY AND HER MARBLE
    THE REAL BOY

  28. The Thing about Luck
    True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp
    Year of Billy Miller
    Counting by 7
    Hokey Pokey

  29. Benji Martin says:

    Navigating Early
    The Center of Everything
    The Real Boy
    Doll Bones
    Water Castle

  30. Elaine says:

    I’m still reading but:
    Flora and Ulysses
    True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp
    If You Want to See a Whale
    Doll Bones
    From Norvelt to Nowhere

  31. Kelly says:

    Doll Bones
    One Came Home
    Penny and Her Marble
    The Year of Billy Miller (That’s right, two for the Henk)
    If You Want to See a Whale

  32. Hayley says:

    My five are:

    The Real Boy
    Doll Bones
    The Lost Kingdom
    Zebra Forest
    One Came Home

    but i haven’t read a lot of the others mentioned yet.

  33. Alissa B. says:

    Loved True Blue Scouts. It wasn’t as awesome as Keeper, but anything Kathi Appelt writes is genius!

  34. Cherylynn says:

    1. Read Boy
    2. Navigating Early
    3. The Thing about Luck
    4. Doll Bones
    5. Center of Everything

  35. Cheryl says:

    1. Zebra Forest
    2. Better Nate Than Ever
    3. P.S. Be Eleven
    4. One Came Home
    5. The True Blue Scouts of Sugarman Swamp

  36. Jonathan Hunt Jonathan Hunt says:

    Here’s another update. If we get another rush of late voters, then I’ll redo the list a final time in several more days.

    (13) THE THING ABOUT LUCK

    (12) P.S. BE ELEVEN

    (11) THE TRUE BLUE SCOUTS OF SUGAR MAN SWAMP

    (11) DOLL BONES

    (9) THE REAL BOY

    (8) FAR FAR AWAY

    (7) FLORA & ULYSESS

    (7) IF YOU WANT TO SEE A WHALE

    (6) BETTER NATE THAN EVER

    (6) ONE CAME HOME

    (6) HOKEY POKEY

    (5) COUNTING BY 7s

    (5) THE YEAR OF BILLY MILLER

    (5) ZEBRA FOREST

    (5) LOCOMOTIVE

    (4) WHAT THE HEART KNOWS

    (4) THE CENTER OF EVERYTHING

    (4) PENNY AND HER MARBLE

    (3) ERUPTION!

    (3) JINX

    (3) THE WATER CASTLE

    (2) THE HIDDEN SUMMER

    (2) FROM NORVELT TO NOWHERE

    (2) THE LOST KINGDOM

    (2) NAVIGATING EARLY

    (1) SONG FOR BIJOU

    (1) THE GRIMM CONCLUSION

    (1) LINCOLN’S GRAVE ROBBERS

    (1) GHOST HAWK

    (1) THE ANIMAL BOOK

    (1) ODD DUCK

    (1) BLUFFTON

    (1) HEAVEN IS PAVED WITH OREOS

    (1) THE BOY WHO LOVED MATH

    (1) SUGAR

    (1) A TANGLE OF KNOTS

    (1) DUKE

    (1) CLEMENTINE AND THE SPRING TRIP

    (1) SURE SIGNS OF CRAZY

    (1) THE GREAT AMERICAN DUST BOWL

    (1) THE MIGHTY LALOUCHE

    (1) SALT

    (1) THE CANARY IN THE COAL MINE

    (1) THE ADVENTURES OF THE SOUTH POLE PIG

    (1) TWERP

    • DaNae says:

      Not that Heavy Medal is in anyway about predictions, I am curious what the top five book were here this time last year?

      • Jonathan Hunt Jonathan Hunt says:

        Just checked. This is what we had last November–

        (17) LIAR & SPY
        (16) BOMB
        (16) SPLENDORS AND GLOOMS
        (8) NO CRYSTAL STAIR
        (8) THE ONE AND ONLY IVAN
        ——
        (4) THREE TIMES LUCKY

    • Barb Outside Boston says:

      Well, this group did a good job of predicting the NBA!

  37. Genevieve says:

    I was very pleased to see LIAR AND SPY get the Guardian Children’s Fiction award – Stead is the first American to win it. I was so disappointed when it got nothing at Newbery time.

  38. Hannah says:

    I know this won’t count (and I’ve already nominated), but my Mock Newbery Committee (4th, 5th and 6th graders) voted for finalists today. Out of an original 40 or so books, we’ve narrowed it down to 8:

    A Song for Bijou
    Better Nate Than Ever
    White Fur Flying
    The Water Castle
    Beholding Bee
    Counting by 7s
    Jinx
    Rump

  39. Margaret says:

    THE THING ABOUT LUCK
    LOCOMOTIVE
    THE YEAR OF BILLY MILLER
    THE CENTER OF EVERYTHING

    Not necessarily in that order.

    And I’ll jump on the bandwagon for THE BOY WHO LOVED MATH.

  40. Destinee says:

    ONE CAME HOME
    TWERP
    THE CENTER OF EVERYTHING
    THE REAL BOY
    DOLL BONES

    All MG fiction! I wish something outside the box had jumped out at me this year, but my favorite picture book is probably JOURNEY and it’s wordless. (I haven’t gotten my hands on WHAT THE HEART KNOWS yet.)

  41. Misti says:

    The Real Boy
    Jinx
    Far Far Away
    Doll Bones
    The Thing About Luck

    Lots of fantasy, but it’s a really strong year for fantasy!

  42. Ms. Martha says:

    The Boy on the Porch
    Far, Far Away
    Lincoln’s Grave Robbers
    Listening for Lucca
    Navigating Early

  43. Renee says:

    Navigating Early
    Doll Bones
    The Real Boy
    The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp
    The Year of Billy Miller

    if I could add a few more – Hokey Pokey, Counting by 7s & Flora & Ulysses (although I’m not sure about the illustrations killing it’s chances)

  44. Amanda says:

    Keeping my October three:
    THE CENTER OF EVERYTHING
    THE THING ABOUT LUCK
    DOLL BONES

    and adding:
    THE REAL BOY
    BETTER NATE THAN EVER

  45. Jonathan Hunt Jonathan Hunt says:

    Final update until December Nominations . . .

    (16) THE THING ABOUT LUCK

    (15) DOLL BONES

    (13) THE REAL BOY

    (12) P.S. BE ELEVEN

    (12) THE TRUE BLUE SCOUTS OF SUGAR MAN SWAMP

    (10) FAR FAR AWAY

    (7) FLORA & ULYSESS

    (7) IF YOU WANT TO SEE A WHALE

    (7) BETTER NATE THAN EVER

    (7) ONE CAME HOME

    (7) THE YEAR OF BILLY MILLER

    (7) THE CENTER OF EVERYTHING

    (6) HOKEY POKEY

    (6) LOCOMOTIVE

    (5) COUNTING BY 7s

    (5) ZEBRA FOREST

    (4) WHAT THE HEART KNOWS

    (4) PENNY AND HER MARBLE

    (4) JINX

    (4) NAVIGATING EARLY

    (3) ERUPTION!

    (3) THE WATER CASTLE

    (2) THE HIDDEN SUMMER

    (2) FROM NORVELT TO NOWHERE

    (2) THE LOST KINGDOM

    (2) TWERP

    (2) LINCOLN’S GRAVE ROBBERS

    (2) THE BOY WHO LOVED MATH

    (1) A SONG FOR BIJOU

    (1) THE GRIMM CONCLUSION

    (1) GHOST HAWK

    (1) THE ANIMAL BOOK

    (1) ODD DUCK

    (1) BLUFFTON

    (1) HEAVEN IS PAVED WITH OREOS

    (1) SUGAR

    (1) A TANGLE OF KNOTS

    (1) DUKE

    (1) CLEMENTINE AND THE SPRING TRIP

    (1) SURE SIGNS OF CRAZY

    (1) THE GREAT AMERICAN DUST BOWL

    (1) THE MIGHTY LALOUCHE

    (1) SALT

    (1) THE CANARY IN THE COAL MINE

    (1) THE ADVENTURES OF THE SOUTH POLE PIG

  46. Tina Hudak says:

    Just picked up Twerp, and so excited to finally read it. I stopped before I was even 1/3 through it. I am not sure if it is just me, but I am having some problems with it. The writing about the folk tale John Henry, if the reader is young and does not know this tale, can be construed as very offensive. Also, the man with the “Afro” in the car racing segment, turns out to have stolen in! This seems like such a racist stereotype to me. Feedback is appreciated, although I deleted it from our catalog.

    Tina H.

  47. Tina Hudak says:

    County By 7s has my No. 1 vote!

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