All in all, I'm very happy with the results, and echo a lot of the thoughts here.
LOVE Ivan. Very deserving winner. And I'm so glad Splendors and Glooms got an honor. That's the book I'd have been *most* disappointed to see get nothing. But there were so many strong MGs this year. I'm both pumped and feeling so very aware of how high the bar is.
Also surprised by no mention for Wonder and TFIOS, especially the latter. I'd've thought Wonder was a shoo-in for Schneider, if nothing else.
A fun surprise is that Gary Schmidt was mentioned -- not for What Came From the Stars, but for writing the PB whose illustrator won the Belpre.
I am also very glad that these awards aren't about popularity. I know we sometimes moan about award-winners not being kids' favorites, but I wouldn't change the fact that these awards are about quality, as best we can measure it.
Finally, what is it with ALL the titles this year that end with the word "stars"?