HMC Ballot #3 Results:
The results from Heavy Medal Committee Ballot #3 are in…and we still don’t have a winner. Remember, we’re looking for one book with 8 first place votes and an 8 point lead over the second place title. Here’s where we stand:
|Ballot #3||1st (4 pts)||2nd (3 pts)||3rd (2 pts)||Total|
|Other Words for Home||2||5||2||27|
|The Remarkable Journey…||2||1||3||17|
|Pay Attention Carter Jones||2||1||2||15|
|Genesis Begins Again||3||0||0||12|
|Lalani of the Distant Sea||0||2||2||10|
It’s a fascinating list. The book with the most points has zero 1st place votes. And the book with the most 1st place votes is in 3rd place by total points. It shows how that “8 1st place / 8 point lead” rule is pretty important for getting a consensus winner. It also shows how hard it can be to meet that rule when you have so many excellent books contending.
We will try one more ballot. If we don’t get a true winner under the Newbery guidelines, we’ll declare a winner anyway. HMC members have their ballots. Comments below are welcome, but I also urge voters to consider the results and think about where your #4 Ballot votes will matter most. It seems fairly clear that some of the books are not going to win at this point, and if you’ve been supporting those, strongly consider moving a vote towards one of the stronger contenders. If it means that you cast a #1 vote for a book that you don’t feel is the most distinguished book of the year, all I can say is: that’s the Newbery process. It’s the kind of tough choice that most members make every year. Most likely several real Committee members will be wrestling with the same thing in a locked room in Philadelphia late tomorrow night.
However Ballot #4 falls out, we’ll declare a winner some time today. At that point, we’ll make a group decision (on HM) on how to award our Honor Books.
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 email@example.com.
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