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December Nominations

This is the third and final time that the Newbery committee will trade nominations (3 in October, 2 in November, 2 in December).  In order for a book to be on the table for discussion, it must first be nominated, so we may see many people use their final two nominations, not to build consensus, but to highlight some of those outliers.  That’s not the case for me, however.  Since many of my previous nominations went to outliers, I’m going to spend my final couple nominations building consensus.

You may recall that my previous five were–

THE ANIMAL BOOK

ERUPTION!

IF YOU WANT TO SEE A WHALE

THE THING ABOUT LUCK

WHAT THE HEART KNOWS

You may also remember that I was considering FAR FAR AWAY, GHOST HAWK, and THE TRUE BLUE SCOUTS OF SUGAR MAN SWAMP for my final two nominations.  I’m still very high on all three titles, but I’m going to make a purely strategic choice and nominate–

FAR FAR AWAY

THE TRUE BLUE SCOUTS OF SUGAR MAN SWAMP

Please let us know what your seven nominations are, and remember that, unlike the real committee, you are allowed to change your mind here to better reflect the reading and reflecting that you have done in the past month.  I’ll also mention that the real committee submits their nominations anonymously and they see all of the new nominations at once.  So for all intents and purposes, this list is only meant to suggest the range of titles that the committee might expect to see once they get their final set of nominations, how those nominations have varying levels of support, and how that prioritizes the final reading push of committee members as they prepare for their January deliberations.

For your benefit, I’m including below the final tally for the previous round of nominations.  You’ll notice that we slighted two of the top vote getters–DOLL BONES and THE REAL BOY–when we made our Mock Newbery shortlist.  If we were more concerned about prediction than simulation than surely we would have included them, but we expect them to have a strong showing when the Virtual Mock Supercommittee votes next month–and perhaps when the real Newbery committee votes, too!

(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

(1)  BATTLE BUNNY

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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. Leonard Kim says:

    BREAKFAST ON MARS — probably technically eligible, and leaving aside the question of who would get the award, I think everything about this is Newbery-level. Also, I think unlike other non-novel contenders, no mental re-orientation is required because of genre to recognize this.

    BATTLE BUNNY — Sure. The only problem I had was that the best line comes a little too early (“Because today I’m going to whomp on you, birdbrain, and pluck you like a sick chicken!”)

    My previous five:
    THE CENTER OF EVERYTHING
    IF YOU WANT TO SEE A WHALE
    FLORA AND ULYSSES
    ONE CAME HOME
    TRUE BLUE SCOUTS

    • DaNae says:

      With BATTLE BUNNY, Leonard you have just earned my undying devotion: POWER IS GOOD, POWER IS MINE!

      • Katy says:

        DaNae – I recently used a shot of that image and that phrase in a recent presentation related to weeding. It is my new catchphrase.

  2. Danyelle says:

    THE THING ABOUT LUCK
    IF YOU WANT TO SEE A WHALE
    PENNY AND HER MARBLE
    WHAT THE HEART KNOWS
    FLORA AND ULYSSES
    THE ADVENTURES OF SOUTH POLE PIG
    ZEBRA FOREST

  3. DaNae says:

    To:
    TRUE BLUE SCOUTS OF SUGAR MAN SWAMP
    THE THING ABOUT LUCK
    DOLL BONES
    LOCOMOTIVE
    BETTER NATE THAN EVER
    I will add:
    P.S. BE ELEVEN
    FAR, FAR AWAY

  4. Mark Flowers says:

    CLEMENTINE AND THE SPRING TRIP – not only is this probably my personaol favorite book of the year (if not the book I find most distinguished), but I just really want to keep it in the conversation.
    THE REAL BOY
    IF YOU WANT TO SEE A WHALE
    THE WATER CASTLE – I seem to be among the last to find this a strong candidate, but I’m sticking with it.
    PRIMATES – still the best GN of the year
    THE CENTER OF EVERYTHING
    FLORA AND ULYSSES – funny!

  5. Genevieve says:

    My last five:
    FLORA & ULYSSES
    THE THING ABOUT LUCK
    P.S. BE ELEVEN
    BETTER NATE THAN EVER
    COUNTING BY 7S
    Now adding:
    CLEMENTINE AND THE SPRING TRIP
    HEAVEN IS PAVED WITH OREOS

  6. MJ says:

    Previous:
    THE GREAT AMERICAN DUST BOWL – Don Brown
    TRUE BLUE SCOUTS OF SUGAR MAN SWAMP – Kathi Appelt
    ZEBRA FOREST – Adina Gewirtz
    THE MIGHTY LALOUCHE – Matthew Olshan
    SALT – Helen Frost

    New:
    ETCHED IN CLAY – Andrea Cheng
    PAPA’S MECHANICAL FISH – Candace Fleming

  7. Amanda says:

    Attempts at consensus building:
    TRUE BLUE SCOUTS OF SUGAR MAN SWAMP
    IF YOU WANT TO SEE A WHALE

    My previous five:
    THE CENTER OF EVERYTHING
    THE THING ABOUT LUCK
    DOLL BONES
    THE REAL BOY
    BETTER NATE THAN EVER

  8. Hannah says:

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

    Adding:
    LINCOLN’S GRAVE ROBBERS
    THE THING ABOUT LUCK

  9. Nina Lindsay Nina Lindsay says:

    My first five were:

    THING ABOUT LUCK
    PS BE ELEVEN
    IF YOU WANT TO SEE A WHALE
    FAR FAR AWAY
    WHAT THE HEART KNOWS

    I don’t feel the need to build consensus with my nominations, since that’s what the discussion is for. So, to lend weight to considerations going into the discussion, I’m going to pull one from the bottom of the pack that I would like to see members really take seriously, especially in comparison to others:

    CLEMENTINE AND THE SPRING TRIP

    And then I’m going to give my last nomination to get a title on the list that is not there yet, because if it’s not nominated, it’s not discussed :

    COURAGE HAS NO COLOR

  10. Eric Carpenter says:

    My first five were:
    GHOST HAWK
    HOKEY POKEY
    FAR FAR AWAY
    DUKE
    YEAR OF BILLY MILLER

    Adding:
    BLUFFTON – Top GN and maybe top historical fiction title
    AFRICA IS MY HOME: A CHILD OF THE AMISTAD – looking back at my goodreads list of books read this year, Monica’s really jumps out as one that demands a reread (which is my top requirement for newbery consideration)

  11. Misti says:

    My previous five:
    The Real Boy
    Jinx
    Far Far Away
    Doll Bones
    The Thing About Luck

    I’ll keep those, and add:
    Navigating Early
    The Water Castle

  12. samuel says:

    THE THING ABOUT LUCK
    THE CENTER OF EVERYTHING
    WHAT THE HEART KNOWS
    TRUE BLUE SCOUTS OF SUGAR MAN SWAMP
    ADVENTURES OF A SOUTH POLE PIG
    CANARY IN A COAL MINE
    THE GREAT AMERICAN DUST BOWL

  13. Eihcir Notgnitrap says:

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

  14. Elaine says:

    I still love my 5 from November –
    FLORA AND ULYSSES
    TRUE BLUE SCOUT OF SUGAR MAN SWAMP
    IF YOU WANT TO SEE A WHALE
    DOLL BONES
    FROM NORVELT TO NOWHERE
    I’m excited about my additions – wonderful books both!
    CLEMENTINE AND THE SPRING TRIP
    WHAT THE HEART KNOWS
    I’m ordering copies of the last for my grandaughters – such a special, touching title!

  15. Carol says:

    I have not read widely this year as I have been busy with other considerations, but I am totally behind ONE CAME HOME by Amy Timberlake. Other titles I ahve appreciated are

    FLORA AND ULYSSES
    WHAT THE HEART KNOWS
    FAR FAR AWAY
    GREAT AMERICAN DUST BOWL

  16. THE CENTER OF EVERYTHING
    DOLL BONES
    FROM NORVELT TO NOWHERE
    THE HIDDEN SUMMER
    THE REAL BOY
    WHAT THE HEART KNOWS
    ZEBRA FOREST

  17. Cherylynn says:

    Thing About Luck
    Real Boy
    Navigating Early
    Doll Bones
    Center of Everything
    Water Castle
    Jinx

  18. Cecilia says:

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

    adding: THE THING ABOUT LUCK and LOCOMOTIVE

  19. Jonathan Hunt Jonathan Hunt says:

    Here’s what we have so far . . . Keep them coming.

    (12) THE THING ABOUT LUCK

    (9) THE TRUE BLUE SCOUTS OF SUGAR MAN SWAMP

    (9) WHAT THE HEART KNOWS

    (8) FAR FAR AWAY

    (7) IF YOU WANT TO SEE A WHALE

    (6) DOLL BONES

    (6) THE REAL BOY

    (6) FLORA & ULYSSES

    (6) THE CENTER OF EVERYTHING

    (4) P.S. BE ELEVEN

    (4) BETTER NATE THAN EVER

    (4) CLEMENTINE AND THE SPRING TRIP

    (3) THE WATER CASTLE

    (3) COUNTING BY 7s

    (3) ZEBRA FOREST

    (3) THE GREAT AMERICAN DUST BOWL

    (2) ONE CAME HOME

    (2) THE YEAR OF BILLY MILLER

    (2) LOCOMOTIVE

    (2) JINX

    (2) NAVIGATING EARLY

    (2) FROM NORVELT TO NOWHERE

    (2) LINCOLN’S GRAVE ROBBERS

    (2) THE ADVENTURES OF A SOUTH POLE PIG

    (2) BLUFFTON

    (1) THE HIDDEN SUMMER

    (1) HOKEY POKEY

    (1) ERUPTION!

    (1) PENNY AND HER MARBLE

    (1) GHOST HAWK

    (1) THE ANIMAL BOOK

    (1) ODD DUCK

    (1) SUGAR

    (1) A TANGLE OF KNOTS

    (1) DUKE

    (1) THE MIGHTY LALOUCHE

    (1) THE CANARY IN THE COAL MINE

    (1) BREAKFAST ON MARS

    (1) AFRICA IS MY HOME

    (1) PRIMATES

    (1) ETCHED IN CLAY

    (1) PAPA’S MECHANICAL FISH

    (1) COURAGE HAS NO COLOR

    (1) SALT

    (1) BATTLE BUNNY

    • Leonard Kim says:

      Hey, where’s my Battle Bunny nomination!? I’m serious about that one.

      (Also I think you may have left out the 1 nomination for Salt and the 3 for Water Castle.)

      • Jonathan Hunt Jonathan Hunt says:

        Yikes! Let me know if I missed any others. I actually had BATTLE BUNNY and WATER CASTLE on my list, but completely spaced SALT.

  20. Martha says:

    P.S. BE ELEVEN
    THING ABOUT LUCK
    YEAR OF BILLY MILLER
    FAR FAR AWAY
    COUNTING BY 7S
    +
    PENNY AND HER MARBLE
    BLUFFTON

  21. Jennifer R says:

    I finally feel like I’ve read enough of the titles to participate in nominations.

    THE TRUE BLUE SCOUTS OF SUGAR MAN SWAMP
    THE YEAR OF BILLY MILLER
    FAR FAR AWAY
    THE THING ABOUT LUCK
    P.S. BE ELEVEN
    ODD DUCK
    WHAT THE HEART KNOWS

  22. Cheryl says:

    ZEBRA FOREST
    FAR FAR AWAY
    THE TRUE BLUE SCOUTS OF SUGAR MAN SWAMP
    BETTER NATE THAN EVER
    ONE CAME HOME
    YAQUI DELGADO WANTS TO KICK YOUR ASS
    PS BE ELEVEN

    • Jonathan Hunt Jonathan Hunt says:

      You provocateur, you! If we have such a problem with “scrotum” on page 1 then what are we gonna do with “ass” in the title? ;-)

      • Cheryl says:

        I know, I know. Wouldn’t it cause a stir? (cue the mad laughter …)

        All of us who read it for our last mock Newbery meeting felt it was such a strong book. Meg Medina builds such an incredible feeling of psychological claustrophobia. We felt the box developing around Piddy.Powerful.

  23. Erin says:

    My Five:

    The Thing about Luck
    Center of Everything
    Navigating Early
    Hattie Ever After
    Flora and Ulysses

    Still need to read True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp, Counting by Sevens, Beholding Bee, P.S. Be Eleven and numerous others…

  24. Sarah says:

    THE ANIMAL BOOK
    CLEMENTINE AND THE SPRING TRIP
    DOLL BONES
    ERUPTION!
    LOCOMOTIVE
    P.S. BE ELEVEN
    THE THING ABOUT LUCK

  25. TeenReader says:

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

  26. samuel says:

    i know it is late but I would like to replace AMERICAN DUST BOWL with DOLL BONES IN MY nominations above

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