Finally, the Finalists!
After many emailed, texted, and phoned conversations, we finally made our choices.
In compiling the list, we try to balance between reader support: many of the titles have received strong HM reader support; critical success: winning other awards, making multiple end-of-the-year best lists, etc.; and the HM bloggers’ personal picks: since even one nomination could put a book on the table during the real Newbery process. We also believe that our Mock Newbery list should feature books representing varied genres and age-brackets while always centers the consideration of the Criteria: distinguished literary qualities.
So, here we go, in alphabetical order by title, we present to you the sixteen (yup, we have to squeeze one more in) books that will be discussed and eventually voted on, starting January 2nd, 2019.
- The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge by M.T. Anderson
- The Book of Boy by Catherine Gilbert Murdock
- The Faithful Spy: Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the Plot to Kill Hitler by John Hendrix
- Front Desk by Kelly Yang
- The Girl Who Drew Butterflies: How Maria Merian’s Art Changed Science by Joyce Sidman
- Hey, Kiddo by Jarrett J. Krosoczka
- A House That Once Was by by Julie Fogliano, illus. by Lane Smith
- The Journey of Little Charlie by Chrisopher Paul Curtis
- Louisiana’s Way Home by Kate DiCamillo
- The Night Diary by Veera Hiranandani
- The Parker Inheritance by Varian Johnson
- The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
- The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang
- The Season of Styx Malone by Kekla Magoon
- Small Spaces by Katherine Arden
- Sweep: The Story of a Girl and Her Monster by Jonathan Auxier
Tell us what you REALLY think: let the celebration and the indignation begin!
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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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