Shortlist Title #12: Forge
Well, here it is: our final shortlist title. When I posted about FORGE earlier, I didn’t get many comments. I haven’t heard much Newbery buzz for this book, but I think the book features some very distinguished qualities, namely setting, characters, and theme.
We’ve already got two historical fiction titles on the shortlist (although ONE CRAZY SUMMER and COUNTDOWN take place in recent memory), but we know how much the Newbery committees have gravitated toward historical fiction over the years. How do you think FORGE compares with not only ONE CRAZY SUMMER and COUNTDOWN, but also the entire field of books?
Anyway, here’s our complete shortlist now . . .
FORGE by Laurie Halse Anderson
KEEPER by Kathi Appelt
SUGAR CHANGED THE WORLD by Marc Aronson and Marina Budhos
THEY CALLED THEMSELVES THE KKK by Susan Campbell Bartoletti
SIR CHARLIE by Sid Fleischman
THE KNEEBONE BOY by Ellen Potter
THE DREAMER by Pam Munoz Ryan
DARK EMPEROR by Joyce Sidman
A CONSPIRACY OF KINGS by Megan Whalen Turner
COUNTDOWN by Deborah Wiles
CITY DOG, COUNTRY FROG by Mo Willems
ONE CRAZY SUMMER by Rita Williams-Garcia
Please continue to add your thoughts about each of these titles because, while broadening the shortlist and the range of participants is a good thing, the trade off is that our discussions cannot approximate the face-to-face meetings of the actual committee (but our voting procedure should recreate an authentic experience). Please be sure to read all twelve titles if you plan to participate in our virtual mock Newbery.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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