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November Nominations Results – 67 titles so far!

Thank you all so much for another round of robust nominations.  Here are some stats:

  • 60 Heavy Medal readers have now participated in the nominations process since October.
  • 247 nominations total.
  • 39 of the 60 reader-nominators have put forward five titles each, the others nominated either just in October or just in November.
  • The list now contains 67 titles: from single mention to 18 nominations.

Of the 20 books with 5 or more nominations, we’ve had Heavy Medal posts on 12.  We’ll cover at least five of those in the next couple weeks (and yes, that includes JUST LIKE JACKIE). At the same time, we had 32 new titles nominated this month, so we’ll be looking at those (we’ve read some, but not all) and deciding what to highlight in the coming weeks. At the end of this post, please find all the titles and nomination counts for October and November combined. (This post, just so you know, has Steven’s name on it, but it’s written by both Steven and Roxanne)

There is one more round of nominations to come. We’ll call for 2 more nominations in the first week of December.

In the actual committee, with only 15 members nominating, and duplication of titles being supported, the total will be somewhat smaller than 67, even though the mathematical maximum number of titles would be 75 by now (15 people x distinct 5 titles each).  Of course, it also would not be the mathematical minimum of 5 if everyone nominated the exact same 5 titles. We imagine that the number is probably floating around 45 or so with a balance of unique nominations and overlapping ones.

As some readers have noted, November nominations resulted in Heavy Medal specific phenomena that would most likely not happen in a real Newbery Committee: single nominations, “incorrect” number of nominations, and friends and family nominations. Since this is a public forum and your HM bloggers are mere hosts of the site that do not select participants in the public discourse, certain guidelines for real Newbery Committee Members agreement have not been emphasized.  From the Newbery manual:

“Members should not accept appointment or nomination to an award committee if they have a close family relationship (parent, spouse/partner, son/daughter) or a personal relationship with the author or illustrator of any book that may be eligible which could reasonably be seen by an independent observer to cause a conflict of interest.”

And thus, even though The Unforgettable GuInevere St. Clair received 11 nominations, on the compiled list, we only listed it as receiving two nominations because most of the 11 nomination comments came in as single nominations from first time commenters who are family and professional associates of the author.  (We did follow up and verify this.)

We are glad that they found Heavy Medal, appreciate their strong support of the author, and wish that they will become long term HM readers.  However, we have to discount those nominations to present a more accurate picture.

Here are all your current nominees and the nomination counts they have received so far:

Four books received 10 or more nominations –

FRONT DESK – 18  (30%)

BOOK OF BOY – 13  (22%)

JOURNEY OF LITTLE CHARLIE – 12  (20%)

JUST LIKE JACKIE – 11  (18%)

 

Ten books received between 6 and 9 nominations –

LOUISIANA’S WAY HOME – 9  (15%)

PARKER INHERITANCE – 9  (15%)

SNOW LANE – 9  (15%)

GHOST BOYS – 8  (13%)

HEY KIDDO – 7  (12%)

REBOUND – 7  (12%)

TRUTH AS TOLD BY MASON BUTTLE – 7  (12%)

ASSASSINATION OF BRANGWAIN SPURGE – 6  (10%)

GIRL WHO DREW BUTTERFLIES – 6  (10%)

IVY ABERDEEN’S LETTER TO THE WORLD – 6  (10%)

 

Six books received 5 nominations –

BE PREPARED

BENEFITS OF BEING AN OCTOPUS

BOB

CARDBOARD KINGDOM

HARBOR ME

SWEEP

 

Six books received 4 nominations –

BOOTS ON THE GROUND

FAITHFUL SPY

HOPE IN THE HOLLER

NIGHT DIARY

PENDERWICKS AT LAST

POET X

 

Five books received 3 nominations –

ADVENTURES OF A GIRL CALLED BICYCLE

CHECKED

MAD WOLF’S DAUGHTER

MERCI SUAREZ CHANGES GEARS

SEASON OF STYX MALONE

 

Thirteen books received 2 nominations – 

AMAL UNBOUND

BREAKOUT

DAY YOU BEGIN

ECHO’S SISTER

HURRICANE CHILD

MARCUS VEGA DOESN’T SPEAK SPANISH

OUT OF LEFT FIELD

PRINCE AND THE DRESSMAKER

SMALL SPACES

SUNNY

THUNDERHEAD

TWO ROADS

UNFORGETTABLE GUINEVERE ST. CLAIR

 

Twenty-three books received 1 nomination – 

ADRIAN SIMCOX DOES NOT HAVE A HORSE

ASTONISHING COLOR OF AFTER

ATTUCKS

BETTY BEFORE X

CARMELA FULL OF WISHES

DRUM ROLL PLEASE

FINDING LANGSTON

GRANTED

JAZZ OWLS

LAST

LIFEBOAT 12

LOVE PENELOPE

MARTIN RISING

MISCALCULATIONS OF LIGHTNING GIRL

NIGHTBOOKS

NOWHERE BOY

PETER & ERNESTO: A TALE OF TWO SLOTHS

REMEMBER BALLOONS

ROAD TRIP WITH MAX AND HIS MOM

SCIENCE OF BREAKABLE THINGS

SO TALL WITHIN

WHERE THE WATERMELONS GROW

YOU GO FIRST

 

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Steven Engelfried About Steven Engelfried

Steven Engelfried is the Library Services Manager at the Wilsonville Public Library in Oregon. He served on the 2010 Newbery committee, chaired the 2013 Newbery Committee, and also served on the 2002 Caldecott committee. You can reach him at sengelfried@yahoo.com.

Comments

  1. JUST LIKE JACKIE!!! Yes!

    That’s a lot of titles. Thank you for organizing all this.

  2. I missed this again, because my kids COULD NOT decide between Harbor Me and Ghost Boys for their 5th nomination, and I was worried it would come to blows.

    I’m glad to see Out of Left Field get some attention, because every one of my kids who have read it is advocating fiercely for it. It’s quiet but something about it is really reeling them in.

    Two library copies of Front Desk have been mysteriously lost in this process, if that’s any sign of anything.

    • Glad to hear that your kids are loving Out of Left Field! I thought it was terrific (nominated it in the first cycle).

  3. Mary Lou White says:

    Has Hope in the Holler been knocked off the list? If so, I would like to nominate it again.

    • Steven Engelfried Steven Engelfried says:

      It’s still on there, with four votes. But also with a typo, so if you searched for “holler” instead of “hollre” it wouldn’t have shown up. My bad….the typo is now fixed.

    • Mary Lou White says:

      Good grief…I looked 3 times and still missed it, but the 4th time was the charm! I now see Hope in the Holler on the list.

  4. Kate McCue-Day says:

    I was away and missed it!!! The Prophet Calls!!!

  5. Stephanie Stegall says:

    Oops I’m late. My 5th grade students top 5 are throughout the list posted:
    Benefits of Being an Octopus
    Out of Left Field
    Just Like Jackie
    Mad Wolfs Daughter
    Amal Unbound — we just finished it for GRA

    ***Our newest book is Willa in the Wood and that has become very popular! Out next read aloud is Ghost Boys and I think they will love it!***

    • steven engelfried says:

      Stephanie,
      We already totaled the November nominations, but we don’t want your students’ votes to get lost. When we call of nomination in early December, you can resubmit those five, to be sure they’re part of the count….and add two more.

  6. Steven,
    FYI. You also have a typo on Merci Suarez Changes Gears.

  7. Amanda Snow says:

    I’ve been a reader for a long time, but haven’t yet participated. I’m having such a great time seeing all your nominations!

  8. Teresa Bueti says:

    You mention 5 books with 10+ nominations, but then list only 4. Am I missing something? Thanks.

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