Ballot #2 Results…Well?
Interestingly, our results are not much different.
We had 41 voters this time. The spread (also in Google Docs):
Title 1st 2nd 3rd Total points
FORGE 4 5 1 33
KEEPER 5 9 8 63
SUGAR 0 0 5 10
KKK 1 3 1 15
KNEEBONE 3 2 4 26
DREAMER 2 2 7 28
DARK EMPEROR 0 3 2 13
CONSPIRACY 6 4 5 46
COUNTDOWN 3 7 3 39
ONE CRAZY 17 6 5 96
ONE CRAZY SUMMER again is by far the runaway with first place votes, total votes cast (28, over next KEEPERS 22) …. but still lacks the majority of first place votes. By pretty much the same margin. It has 41.5% of the first place votes…in Poll #1, it had 40%.
The middle ground shifts a tiny bit, but not much really. KEEPER is, in both ballots, the next title down in points, and one could make an argument for it being a single honor book. CONSPIRACY, COUNTDOWN and FORGE make up the next pack, though they’ve switched places (CONSPIRACY climbed up, and FORGE dropped down…I wonder if its just because we weren’t talking about it recently?), with DREAMER and KNEEBONE kind of huffing and puffing next trying to make a show, but not quite. In this second ballot that whole middle field is a bit muddier than it was last time. And I can’t help but think, looking at it (all very “typical” Newbery choices…none of our underdogs!), that that middle field, in this particular forum, is just a popularity contest.
I don’t think other voting…in the way we’ve been doing, is going to produce different results. So I’m going to be bold and call this a winning ballot for ONE CRAZY SUMMER.
I also think, personally, that when you look at both ballots, we have one single honor book: KEEPER. It rises far above, in both. In this ballot, it’s the only other title besides ONE CRAZY SUMMER that had a vote cast by more than half of the voting body. In my experience, balloting for honors rarely changes the mix much…just spreads the points out to help people come to a decision that could have been made on the winning ballot. We might produce results that got us to include the whole shebang of the middle ground, but still with a significant spread. Recall that the honors go forward together…all as equally “also” distinguished.
What do you think? I’m expecting you to tear me apart here, so go at it.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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