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These three books clearly distinguished themselves from the pack.  Here are their stats.

WOLF HOLLOW . . . 40 (1st) + 20 (2nd) + 22 (3rd) = 264

THE INQUISTOR’S TALE . . . 38 (1st) + 19 (2nd) + 17 (3rd) = 243

GHOST . . . 21 (1st) + 30 (2nd) + 25 (3rd) = 224

I’ll try to grab some time later this weekend to add some other information, but . . . thoughts?

Jonathan Hunt About Jonathan Hunt

Jonathan Hunt is the Coordinator of Library Media Services at the San Diego County Office of Education. He served on the 2006 Newbery committee, and has also judged the Caldecott Medal, the Printz Award, the Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards, and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. You can reach him at


  1. Well then. I have the audio of INQUISITOR’S TALE downloaded and driveway full of snow. I will get busy. But nothing will convince me that GHOST shouldn’t be at the top.

  2. Leonard Kim says

    My dispassionate prediction is that we will see the same result Monday, but I hope there are committee members fighting the good fight for WHEN GREEN BECOMES TOMATOES.

  3. Meredith Burton says

    I’m sorry. My computer didn’t read the medal-winner to me. Was Wolf Hollow, The Inquisitor’s Tale and Ghost the honor titles? Which book won? Thanks.

    I have read a bit of The Inquisitor’s Tale and, for some reason, I’m having trouble getting into it. That’s very strange as I loved Gidwitz’s Grimm trilogy. I don’t know if I just am not in a medieval mood or what. I’m kind of thinking it’s the audio narration. As these characters are supposed to be English, I’m having trouble with the American accents. But, I’m picky as far as audiobooks are concerned, so please don’t let my ramblings influence you.
    I still remember how much I loved Laura Amy Schlitz’s Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! I still read it at least once every year, and it never gets old. Maybe we’ll have another book set in medieval times to win an award. You can certainly tell that Mr. Gidwitz did lots of research, and the humor is his trademark style, so I appreciate that.

    I finally read Ghost and loved it. Still think As Brave as You was my favorite of Rennold’s books, but that’s probably because I don’t read many sports-themed books. Ghost melted my heart, and I loved Coach Otis! What a wonderful role model!

    • Jonathan Hunt Jonathan Hunt says

      Yes, WOLF HOLLOW is the Medal and the other two are honor books.

    • Meredith,

      I’m not too far into INQUISITOR’S and while I’m enjoying it just fine, what I am finding jarring is the complete lack of effort to tailor the language to the time. You hit on an excellent example with Schlitz’s book, where we knew with her careful choice of vocabulary, the people were from another era, and not sitting at the local pub in 2016,

  4. I would be very happy if we see the same results Monday from the official Newbery committee! Wolf Hollow is my top hope for the Newbery, and the Inquisitor’s Tale is probably my next favorite middle-grade novel of 2016. Ghost didn’t stand out so much for me and wasn’t a personal favorite, but I did find it to be good enough that I wouldn’t be surprised or disappointed if the Newbery committee appreciates it more than I do.

  5. Interestingly, the Goodreads Mock Newberry Group had nearly the same result- Wolf Hollow with Gold – Ghost second
    /Honor – Inquisitor’s Tale third/honor. Last I checked, there was no official decision about how many honors total. I’d be happy to see these results, but I’m with Leonard. I’d love to see some recognition for When Green Becomes Tomatoes.

  6. I would be very happy with Wolf Hollow for the medal, and Inquisitor for an honor. Ghost did not impress me enough to make my list for the medal stand.

  7. Jonathan Hunt Jonathan Hunt says

    Next 5–

    (120) SOME WRITER!
    (110) THE WILD ROBOT

  8. sam leopold says

    LOVE The Girl Who Drank The Moon!!! But 82 points away from third??? Wow……

  9. Meredith Burton says

    I agree with the commentor above. The language in Inquisitor’s Tale is very modern, and that is rather jarring to me. But, I think that’s just Mr. Gidwitz’s style as he did the same thingin his Grimm books. Perhaps it will get children interested in the Middle Ages.

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