Your Favorite Unlikelies & Ineligibles?
It’s that time of the year (almost December!) that avid readers start to realize that some 2018 books we adore are probably either not likely to get much support from the Newbery Committee or they are simply not eligible for consideration. Here are a few of mine:
Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert
Why I love it => It’s a dark fairy tale with a very modern, very realistic twist. It’s imaginative and nightmarishly disturbing.
Why it might not be a Newbery contender => The Committee members would probably consider it for readers older than the upper reach. Also, upsetting fantasy tales are not most people’s cup of tea.
Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman
Why I love it => It’s a powerful and equally impactful sequel to Scythe, one of my favorite books from last year. And the ending leaves me wanting more, immediately. And Thunderhead is such a cool A.I.
Why it might not be a Newbery contender => It’s a sequel. If many on the Committee did not read the first installment, it’s hard to convince them of the worth of the second book without demanding each person to read the first. It’s SciFi. SciFi is not everybody’s cup of tea.
My Beijing by Nie Jun (translated by Edward Gauvin)
Why I love it => It’s a whimsical and slightly melancholy graphic novel set in contemporary Beijing, told in several different vignettes, centered on a young child with a gimp leg and her grandfather’s backstory.
Why it could not be a Newbery contender => It’s an import. The author/artist is not eligible to win the Newbery.
What are some some titles that you admire but know that they have very little chance of sporting a Newbery seal come January 28th?
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About Roxanne Hsu Feldman
Roxanne Hsu Feldman is the Middle School (4th to 8th grade) Librarian at the Dalton School in New York City. She served on the 2002 and 2013 Newbery Committees. Roxanne was also a member of 2008-2009 Notable Books for Children, 2015 Best Fiction for Young Adults, and the 2017 Odyssey Award Committees. In 2016 Roxanne was one of the three judges for the Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards. You can reach her at at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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