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Into the final weeks!

As Jonathan and I head into our Mock Discussion weekend, you can expect to hear our discussion results soon, and we’ll invite others to post their results and thoughts as well (Sam already shared some here, for instance).

The actual award announcements are on Monday January 27, in Philadelphia.  Between our Mock results and the actual ones, we’ll try to squeeze in some discussion on titles that we haven’t touched on yet, and weren’t on our shortlist.  I’ve got a few in mind.  Which ones are you hoping to discuss here?



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. Melissa McAvoy says:

    Would love to discuss Zebra Forest and Doll Bones. I found Zebra Forest an amazing first novel, with a haunting quality. It’s subject matter has distinct lack of curb appeal. A local bookseller says they can’t move it; adults don’t want to buy that plot for their kids. However I found the nuanced metaphor of the hostage situation (Treasure Island, Iran, convict dad, children in general) deeply resonant and think it has a lot to offer children. Doll Bones combines an appealing, spooky plot, but delivers a sensitive evocation of the strains among childhood friends as they grow up and are pressured to abandon childhood games, affections and openness.

  2. Sheila Welch says:

    I’d like to read some discussion of PAPERBOY.

  3. I have a rash of students who LOVE What We Found in the Sofa and How it Saved the World. I feel certain that it will win our Newbery Club balloting next week. I feel equally as certain that it will not win the actual Newbery. But popular appeal? It has that!

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