The Night Gardener and Rain Reign
As you all vote, and as we await the results of Jonathan’s San Diego Mock Newbery, I wanted to invite discussion on two contenders that did not make our shortlist, but did many others, and which I expect to see (yup, there they are!) in your online Mock Ballots. Neither Jonathan nor I could quite find our way to these, even though they are both accomplished. In hindsight THE NIGHT GARDENER felt a little flatter to me than in comparison to our other contenders, but I recognize it might be this year’s DOLL BONES. RAIN REIGN requires a reader tune into that voice, which is artfully done, but…well, when we asked for you to convince us, no one stepped up for it. Now’s the time!
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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 email@example.com
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