1st Ballot Results – Far from the End
The Heavy Medal 15 have cast their first ballots, and the results are below. There is no winner at this point because a Medal winner needs to receive 8 first place votes (VINCENT AND THEO has 3) and the margin between 1st and 2nd place must be at least 8 (I’M JUST NO GOOD AT RHYMING leads by 5). Members must now continue discussion of the books still remaining on the ballot, then vote again.
In the real Committee, titles that received no votes would be removed from contention, which in our case would drop only one title. In order to accelerate the process, Roxanne proposed that we eliminate all books with no first place votes; that would drop 7 from contention. One member, though, noted that LOVING VS. VIRGINIA stands in sixth place in terms of point total, ahead of six books that did receive a first place vote. Should LOVING VS. VIRGINIA be included in the 2nd ballot?
This particular situation wouldn’t come up in the real committee, since they would not eliminate books that did receive any vote. After a bit of back and forth email discussion and reconsidering her original proposal, Roxanne decided that the only title eliminated from the table is Orphan Island which did not receive any vote. All the other titles are up for further discussion before second round of balloting which will happen after discussion today (and perhaps tomorrow).
As a new experiment, we are going to try to reserve the Comment area for the Heavy Medal Mock Newbery Fifteen members as much as possible so they are talking to each other.
Heavy Medal 15: 1st Ballot Results:
Title 1st Place 2nd Place 3rd Place Total Pt. All’s Faire in Middle School 2 1 11 Beyond the Bright Sea 1 2 8 Clayton Byrd Goes Underground 1 1 5 First Rule of Punk 1 2 8 The Hate U Give 1 1 5 Hello Universe 1 1 7 Her Right Foot 1 1 6 I’m Just No Good at Rhyming 2 1 3 17 Loving Vs. Virginia 3 9 Orphan Island 0 Patina 1 2 Princess Cora and the Crocodile 1 2 10 Real Friends 1 2 Refugee 1 1 7 Tumble and Blue 2 6 Vincent and Theo 3 12 War I Finally Won 1 2 1 12 Wishtree 1 2 8—
(Note: To check the math, there should be 15 votes each for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. The total number of points added up should be 135. This chart checks out on both.)
About Steven Engelfried
Steven Engelfried was the Library Services Manager at the Wilsonville Public Library in Oregon until he retired in 2022 after 35 years as a full-time librarian. He served on the 2010 Newbery committee, chaired the 2013 Newbery Committee, and also served on the 2002 Caldecott committee. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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