Results for the San Diego Mock Newbery
We had seven participants, but only five voters so we had a much smaller group than Nina.
We decided on co-winners and one honor book!
THE FAMILY ROMANOV and WEST OF THE MOON
BROWN GIRL DREAMING
On our second ballot, here’s where things stood.
BROWN GIRL DREAMING = (1) 1st + (2) 2nd + (1) 3rd = 12 points
THE FAMILY ROMANOV = (2) 1st + (2) 2nd = 14 points
THE PORT CHICAGO 50 = (2) 3rd = 4 points
WEST OF THE MOON = (1) 1st + 2 (2nd) = (2) 3rd =15 points
We were deadlocked after two rounds. Our lone 1st place vote on BROWN GIRL DREAMING admitted that if we forced her off on a third ballot she would have voted for THE FAMILY ROMANOV, but we also noted that WEST OF THE MOON was on everybody’s ballot, too. So we wimped out and made everybody happy. BROWN GIRL DREAMING pulled ahead of THE PORT CHICAGO 50 for our lone Honor book. REVOLUTION did get a first place vote on the first ballot, but no additional votes.
My first round ballot was 1) THE FAMILY ROMANOV, 2) BROWN GIRL DREAMING, and 3) THE PORT CHICAGO 50. Then I switched PORT CHICAGO out for WEST OF THE MOON on the second ballot so that it would have the whole committee behind it. I’m a little foggy about the particulars of the discussion, but there were a couple points of fact that were questioned, one was in the family tree and another was in the main narrative. My copy’s at work and I’d like to look at these more closely before I say anything further. But I welcome comments from those who attended.
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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 email@example.com
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