It is the day after Labor Day, and time to getting rolling on a new season of Heavy Medal!
Jonathan signed us off in January with a list to look forward to, and you’ve all been adding to it as the months have trickled by. Danae is excited about THE CROSSOVER, THE FAMILY ROMANOV, and REVOLUTION. Jennifer Schultz concurs on the later two and adds HALF A CHANCE. Genevieve says: GHOSTS OF TUPELO LANDING, A SNICKER OF MAGIC, and FIVE, SIX, SEVEN, NATE! are at the top of her list.
Focussing on the spring and early summer list for now, what are your top choices for the Newbery? If you haven’t yet this year, why not take a quick review of the Newbery Criteria, and tell us why you think your favorite titles could be considered “the most distinguished.”
This past May, I chaired the Boston Globe Horn Book Awards Committee…a completely different kind of selection process, which some of you’ll remember us talking about with Thom Barthelmess a couple of years ago. I will say that THE PORT CHICAGO 50 is also tickling my fancy for Newbery, and those who remember how I felt about BOMB may be surprised, but I think this one has none of that one’s hang ups. My favorite spring fiction so far is WEST OF THE MOON, but Jonathan tells me he’s not quite as wild for it as I am. The one I’m not so wild about myself? ….REVOLUTION.
So throw out your thoughts, and we’ll start discussing spring titles.