October Nomination Results: a mapmaker’s apprentice, the Romanian revolution, and human evolution lead the way
32 people participated in our nomination process for October, each naming their top three Newbery contenders so far. Some highlights:
- A total of 42 titles are on the list.
- No title received as many as ten nominations. THE LAST MAPMAKER leads the way with nine.
- 22 books received a single nomination. For comparison, only 15 received a single nomination last year, with roughly the same number of voters.
- One book that hadn’t received any suggestions (SWIM TEAM) jumped up the list with five nominations.
- The general sense I get from these results is that there are no real clear favorites so far, at least among Heavy Medal readers. Who knows what the real committee is thinking…?
The difference between “suggestions” (which we did from March – September) and “nominations” is important. Suggestions are the books that people feel are worth reading and thinking about, even if they might not be the best of the best. Just for fun, I divided number of nominations by number of suggestions to get a percentage for the top 10 suggested titles.
From this, I’m assuming that titles with lower percentages are ones that readers appreciated, but felt they weren’t strong enough compared to others, or maybe had flaws that would prevent them from contending. Another possibility: people assumed that others would nominate those titles, since the books had done so well in the suggestion rounds. So we may see people swing back around and nominate these more in November or December. In other words…it really doesn’t tell us anything…I just think it’s fun to play around with this stuff.
Here’s the full list of Heavy Medal Mock Newbery nominations for October. We’ll open up November nominations on October 1st.:
|THE LAST MAPMAKER||Soontornvat||9|
|I MUST BETRAY YOU||Sepetys||8|
|HOW TO BUILD A HUMAN||Turner||7|
|LOVE IN THE LIBRARY||Tokuda-Hall||5|
|THE OGRESS AND THE ORPHANS||Barnhill||5|
|AIN’T BURNED ALL THE BRIGHT||Reynolds||4|
|AND WE RISE||Martin||3|
|JENNIFER CHAN IS NOT ALONE||Keller||3|
|A DUET FOR HOME||Van Glaser||2|
|AFRICAN TOWN||Latham and Water||2|
|ANYBODY HERE SEEN FRENCHIE||Connor||2|
|AVIVA VS. THE DYBBUK||Lowe||2|
|HEALER AND WITCH||Werlin||2|
|NEW FROM HERE||Yang||2|
|THOSE KIDS FROM FAWN CREEK||Kelly||2|
|ALIAS ANNA: A TRUE STORY ABOUT OUTWITTING THE NAZIS||Hood||1|
|ATTACK OF THE BLACK RECTANGLES||King||1|
|COMB OF WISHES||Stringfellow||1|
|DIFFERENT KINDS OF FRUIT||Lukoff||1|
|FOOTPRINTS ACROSS THE PLANET||Swanson||1|
|IN THE KEY OF US||Lockington||1|
|MAIZY CHEN’S LAST CHANCE||Yee||1|
|MARSHMALLOW CLOUDS||Kooser & Wanek||1|
|MY OWN LIGHTNING||Wolk||1|
|SECRETS OF THE LOST CITY||Markle||1|
|SEEN AND UNSEEN||Partridge||1|
|THE FIRST THING ABOUT YOU||Hayden||1|
|THE PATRON THIEF OF BREAD||Eager||1|
|THE WOMAN WHO SPLIT THE ATOM||Moss||1|
|VIOLET AND JOBIE IN THE WILD||Perkins||1|
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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