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Title: Newbery and Caldecott contenders for 2012
Post by: Betsy on December 27, 2011, 11:04 AM
Any guesses? Predictions? Comments? Concerns?

(I looked to see if there was another thread on this topic but couldn't find one.)
Title: Re: Newbery and Caldecott contenders for 2012
Post by: Jaina on December 27, 2011, 11:22 AM
I want Okay For Now, which I loved, to win the Newbery.  Everyone seems to be predicting Breadcrumbs or Bigger than a Breadbox (I haven't read either, but I need to!).

I have heard buzz for I Want My Hat Back for Caldecott.  I would like to see You WILL Be My Friend! get something.
Title: Re: Newbery and Caldecott contenders for 2012
Post by: cindoh on December 27, 2011, 11:51 AM
Another vote for Okay for Now.
Title: Re: Newbery and Caldecott contenders for 2012
Post by: olmue on December 27, 2011, 12:07 PM
Haven't read Okay for Now, but Breadcrumbs looks like a good Newbery contender to me.
Title: Re: Newbery and Caldecott contenders for 2012
Post by: hairaplenty on December 27, 2011, 12:15 PM
Is Breadcrumbs out?  I had our local B & N look it up for a gift, and the lady didn't recognize the title.  Go figure!
Title: Re: Newbery and Caldecott contenders for 2012
Post by: mrh on December 27, 2011, 12:39 PM
Breadcrumbs is out. I got it from my library recently.

My prediction is Okay for Now for the Newbery. I've read other good books this year, but to me OFN is a runaway winner.
Title: Re: Newbery and Caldecott contenders for 2012
Post by: ChristineSarmel on December 27, 2011, 01:05 PM
I LOVED Breadcrumbs.
Title: Re: Newbery and Caldecott contenders for 2012
Post by: jodyjl on December 27, 2011, 01:16 PM
I've heard nothing but good things about Okay for Now. I'm still waiting for my copy to come in at the library!
Title: Re: Newbery and Caldecott contenders for 2012
Post by: Mike Jung on December 27, 2011, 02:19 PM
Err. I haven't read OKAY FOR NOW or BREADCRUMBS yet, so I'm going to refrain from making any predictions - I'd probably refrain anyway, as my predictive powers are weak - but I'd love to see Joanne Rocklin's ONE DAY AND ONE AMAZING MORNING ON ORANGE STREET get some attention, it's a wonderful, wonderful book.

I WANT MY HAT BACK is aaaaaawesome! I also think Mary Lyn Ray and Marla Frazee have a serious contender with STARS.

ETA: Also, what about the Printz Award? My short list thus far is FALL FOR ANYTHING by Courtney Summers and IMAGINARY GIRLS by Nova Ren Suma, although again, I haven't read very many of the contenders - Sara Zarr's HOW TO SAVE A LIFE will get a lot of support, I'm sure, and I've heard really good things about Steve Brezenoff's BROOKLYN, BURNING.
Title: Re: Newbery and Caldecott contenders for 2012
Post by: KatyD on December 27, 2011, 03:30 PM
For the Caldecott, I loved Patrick McDonnell's ME...JANE, Stephen Savage's wordless pb, WHERE'S WALRUS?, and Michael Hall's unique PERFECT SQUARE. I read so many awesome pbs this year. The decisions will be tough, I'm sure.
Title: Re: Newbery and Caldecott contenders for 2012
Post by: Sheila on December 27, 2011, 04:02 PM
Hi,

I am reading Okay for Now and liking it although I was not a fan of The Wednesday Wars. I've heard talk of The Monster Calls and Inside Out and Back Again as Newbery contenders. I read and appreciated the latter but haven't read Monster. I really like Eddie's War by Carol Saller and Junonia by Kevin Henkes better than either Okay for Now or Inside Out. I hope both of them (Saller and Henkes) get recognition for their quiet but beautifully written books.
Title: Re: Newbery and Caldecott contenders for 2012
Post by: Barbara Etlin on December 27, 2011, 04:39 PM
I would have liked THE WEDNESDAY WARS to have won in its year; it's one of my all-time favourites. Too bad they can't give awards retroactively.

I think Schmidt is a great writer. But I didn't much like OKAY FOR NOW. It was just...okay (heh)...but there were a few scenes that were hard to take. I think it should have been a YA instead of an MG because of the violence and the theme of child abuse. As a YA, it would have been appropriate. (And I would have skipped reading it if I had known.) 
Title: Re: Newbery and Caldecott contenders for 2012
Post by: ShirleyH on December 27, 2011, 05:14 PM
I loved Okay For Now.
Title: Re: Newbery and Caldecott contenders for 2012
Post by: dave r on December 27, 2011, 05:37 PM
I just blogged about this today.

www.riterdave.blogspot.com


I'm a fan of OKAY FOR NOW and WITH A NAME LIKE LOVE. But I also absolutely love A Monster Calls, The Trouble with May Amelia, and Dead End in Norvelt.

Breadcrumbs was not on my list. I saw it pop up early, but it's not been getting much attention lately. Most of the readers I know feel the ending "confrontation" was slight. But the writing itself is quite well done.

I've also seen Heart and Soul tossed out there for both Newbery and Caldecott.

Caldecott" Me...Jane and Grandpa Green are showing up on a lot of lists. I'm leaning towards Swilr by Swirl and All the Water in the World.

Printz" Blink and Caution has been talked about a lot. I'm blown away by Scorpio Races and Leverage (which has REALLY been overlooked this year) I think Ashfall deserves some recognition.

keep reading and writing,
dave r

Title: Re: Newbery and Caldecott contenders for 2012
Post by: Ruth Donnelly on December 27, 2011, 05:50 PM
I haven't read Okay for Now, but I glanced through it. Not really my kind of book--but definitely well-written and the sort of book that might win.
I loved 13 Gifts by Wendy Mass.
And I can't wait to read Breadcrumbs, which does sound like my kind of book.
I love Kevin Henke's writing, too, and want to read Junonia.

What about Wonderstruck? Or The Penderwicks at Point Mouette?
Title: Re: Newbery and Caldecott contenders for 2012
Post by: Jaina on December 27, 2011, 06:08 PM
It's fascinating to me how people react to different books, esp. re: awards.  So easy to see that we all bring diff. things to the table as readers or prefer diff. reading experiences.

You can count me in the "liked Okay For Now much better than Wednesday Wars" camp.  My only exception is that I didn't like ONE twist of Okay For Now toward the end--if you've read it, you might be able to guess which one I mean-- because I felt it was just one twist too many.  It's a beautifully written book and everything I want to do in my own writing.  I do feel it's older MG, but not quite YA.  Or maybe young YA with a MG sensibility--either way, that's usually the age range my own writing lands in.

Sometimes I find the sort of books that win these awards deadly dull reading (I'm sorry to say, usually historical fiction turns me right off, for instance).  But Okay For Now made me stop several times from pure admiration of a perfectly-crafted sentence.  I could also relate to the narrator, big time.  And to be honest, it made me cry real tears more than once, which is more than I can say for most books.

If we are talking younger to middle MG, I have to give a shout-out to my friend Linda's Hound Dog True, which of course I think is lovely and understated and so neatly crafted, as all her writing is.  Though I read this ms. many times in a variety of forms (Linda being a crit. buddy), I STILL found myself sniffing over one page in particular when reading it in book form.  Linda never fails to touch my heart and mind and puts her finger on why I love and write MG.

Title: Re: Newbery and Caldecott contenders for 2012
Post by: KatyD on December 27, 2011, 06:56 PM
Yes. HOUND DOG TRUE is magnificent. "Lovely" is the perfect descriptive word to sum it up.
Title: Re: Newbery and Caldecott contenders for 2012
Post by: dinalapomy101 on December 27, 2011, 06:59 PM
Caldecott: I WANT MY HAT BACK is fabulous! But are the illustrations "enough" for it to get noticed for Caldecott? I'm really not sure since I don't read many pbs right now. But the illos in WONDERSTRUCK were fab even though I didn't like the story as much as HUGO. I would give it a Caldecott over a Newbery.

Newbery: OKAY FOR NOW (Schmidt), AVIARY (Kathleen O'Dell), CLOSE TO FAMOUS (Joan Bauer), BIGGER THAN A BREAD BOX (Snyder)

Printz: IMAGINARY GIRLS (Suma), BLOOD RED ROAD (Young), BETWEEN SHADES OF GREY (Sepetys), EVERYBODY SEES THE ANTS (King), HOW TO SAVE A LIFE (Zarr), CHIME (Billingsley)
Title: Re: Newbery and Caldecott contenders for 2012
Post by: olmue on December 27, 2011, 08:19 PM
What about ... The Penderwicks at Point Mouette?

I admit there are books whose writing I admire and yet don't personally love--books I know are ripe for those kinds of awards. (Maybe I am more of a commercial reader or something...) However, if I'm going to pick a book I love love love that also has the required literary element, then YES from me to the Penderwicks! How could I have forgotten?
Title: Re: Newbery and Caldecott contenders for 2012
Post by: Betsy on December 27, 2011, 10:00 PM
I have nothing to add to this discussion.

I'm ashamed to admit I haven't read any of these books.  I spend most of the year reading adult books, then about this time of the year--I reserve all the contenders at the library and go through as many as I can as quickly as I can.  So thanks for all these suggestions.

But have you guys noticed how many of these potential award-winners were written by males?  It seems to happen that way most years--and 90% of the people who write for kids are females.  (I think the actual winners are more evenly balanced.)
Title: Re: Newbery and Caldecott contenders for 2012
Post by: Jaina on December 28, 2011, 06:15 AM
Betsy, I did notice that, esp. when a friend named his top 5 Caldecott contenders and every single one was written by a male.  I think we've had this discussion before, regarding the off-beat PB and the male author/illustrator, and how those books seem to stand out more, get more attention.

Isn't there something in the Caldecott wording that makes it sound like the award is given for breaking new ground in PBs?  Do males typically break new ground while females cultivate and perfect the old ground?

I feel sad that this may also be the case in MG and maybe even YA, too--that books written by guys get more press.  Men have been raised to take more chances, I guess?

But there's nothing in the Newbery or Printz award wording that says those awards are for breaking new ground, right?  Just perfection in that field . . .

This topic always makes an interesting discussion, but I hope the fur won't start flying over it here.  (Spoken like a female, right?)
Title: Re: Newbery and Caldecott contenders for 2012
Post by: Cpm on December 28, 2011, 06:24 AM
I really need to catch up on my newbery contenders. As for the caldecott, "Wonderstruck" and "Grandpa Green" are both strong contenders. I also love "I want my hat back" but we'll see what the committee thinks. I need to go get "Me..Jane". To the Library and Bookstore!

Betsy - I was thrilled when the winner of the Caldecott was announced this year, female and a first time illustrator. Win, win all the way.  :snowmanjump:
Title: Re: Newbery and Caldecott contenders for 2012
Post by: dinalapomy101 on December 28, 2011, 07:14 AM
Hmmmm...all of my picks for Newbery and Printz are written by women except OKAY FOR  NOW....
Title: Re: Newbery and Caldecott contenders for 2012
Post by: Kimberly Lynn on December 28, 2011, 09:42 AM
I picked up a ton of beautiful picture books this year, but my number one choice for the Caldecott Medal would be Balloons Over Broadway by Melissa Sweet.  I thought the way she used mixed-media collage to present Tony Sarg’s step-by-step creative process was brilliant.  She made a nonfiction book exciting for children and adults.

Can you tell how much I enjoyed it?  LOL!

I also think these picture books are Caldecott contenders:

Blackout by John Rocco.

How does one go about illustrating a story that takes place during a blackout?  I was thoroughly entertained by the child’s point of view during this crisis.  It positively glowed! 

Swirl by Swirl by Joyce Sidman
Illustrations by Beth Krommes

The Princess and the Pig by Jonathan Emmet
Illustrations by Poly Bernatene

The Gingerbread Man, Loose in the School by Laura Murray
Illustrations by Mike Lowery

 :love
Title: Re: Newbery and Caldecott contenders for 2012
Post by: mrh on December 28, 2011, 10:17 AM
I would love, love, love to see a Penderwicks title place in the Newberys.
Title: Re: Newbery and Caldecott contenders for 2012
Post by: Franzilla on December 28, 2011, 01:32 PM

But have you guys noticed how many of these potential award-winners were written by males?  It seems to happen that way most years--and 90% of the people who write for kids are females.  (I think the actual winners are more evenly balanced.)

Harold Underdown makes an interesting comment here, on this link: http://blogs.publishersweekly.com/blogs/shelftalker/?p=593

Recently the BBC in the UK had various 'faces' judge the sports personality of the year - and not a single woman contender was included! Turns out that they'd asked editors of 'lads' mags' to judge, and of those, only one had even put forward a single woman. So... what I'm saying is that it's not just about the BOOKS that the judges are reviewing, but also the judges. I couldn't find any stats on the ratio of men to women on the judging panels... that'd be interesting too, no?
Title: Re: Newbery and Caldecott contenders for 2012
Post by: jodyjl on December 28, 2011, 02:33 PM
Yes. HOUND DOG TRUE is magnificent. "Lovely" is the perfect descriptive word to sum it up.

Absolutely!

Also for the Printz award, I would give a nod to Lauren Myracle's SHINE.
Title: Re: Newbery and Caldecott contenders for 2012
Post by: LindaJoy on December 29, 2011, 05:13 AM
Enjoyed Wonderstruck. bread runs was beautifully written and so was LIESL and PO.  I'm currently reading Scorpio Races and re writing and story are strong.

I love hearing about great books.
Title: Re: Newbery and Caldecott contenders for 2012
Post by: laura pauling on December 29, 2011, 08:30 AM
I loved Okay For Now but maybe I went in with low expectations. The story was very moving and the writing excellent - even if some twists were one too many. I think it's more MG for adults. :) But that is often what wins awards.

But I haven't read Breadcrumbs, Bigger than a Breadbox, Hound Dog True, Liesl and Po...I hope to. It will be interesting to see!
Title: Re: Newbery and Caldecott contenders for 2012
Post by: J-Bert on December 29, 2011, 10:12 AM
A lot of great titles already mentioned!

I think DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE will be a strong contender for the Printz.

I haven't read widely enough this year to be able to make many predictions based off my own reading. I did read ONE AMAZING MORNING ON ORANGE STREET and I could see that getting an Honor sticker. Although it's not similar in plot at all, it reminded me a bit of THE WESTING GAME in its feel--many different characters and a little bit of mystery. Also, having grown up with a huge orange tree in my backyard, it tugged at my sentimental/nostalgic strings. :)

One book I heard a lot of Newbery buzz about earlier in the year was JEFFERSON'S SONS. Also AMELIA LOST by Candace Fleming.

For Caldecott I think Kadir Nelson's HEART AND SOUL has a good shot, and maybe JONATHAN AND THE BIG BLUE BOAT by Philip Stead. I could also see A BALL FOR DAISY by Chris Raschka, BLUE CHICKEN by Deborah Freedman,  or LITTLE WHITE RABBIT by Kevin Henkes getting a sticker.
Title: Re: Newbery and Caldecott contenders for 2012
Post by: hairaplenty on January 02, 2012, 08:06 AM
Everyone should have an Uncle Potluck--Hound Dog True--Made me cry and feel good about why I write.

I read Shine and liked it, but haven't read enough of the others to have a comparison base.  I am reading Sara Zarr's Once Was Lost, but is that this year?  As usual I love her writing.
Title: Re: Newbery and Caldecott contenders for 2012
Post by: jodyjl on January 02, 2012, 08:43 PM
Everyone should have an Uncle Potluck--Hound Dog True--Made me cry and feel good about why I write.



Me too, hairaplenty!
Title: Re: Newbery and Caldecott contenders for 2012
Post by: Kimberly Lynn on January 03, 2012, 08:47 AM
Let me add The Man in the Moon by William Joyce.  A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!  I got it for Christmas, but just now got around to reading it.  Cried like a big baby too, which is slightly ironic considering the subject matter.  Hah! 

The Caldecott Medal would fit quite nicely on the cover! :star2
Title: Re: Newbery and Caldecott contenders for 2012
Post by: CarrieF on January 03, 2012, 09:32 AM
But have you guys noticed how many of these potential award-winners were written by males?  It seems to happen that way most years--and 90% of the people who write for kids are females.  (I think the actual winners are more evenly balanced.)

Betsy, I also think this is very strange. I noticed that when Publisher's Weekly came out with its list of the best children's books of 2011. There was maybe one by a woman. I was really floored. Not that the ones they listed aren't great books, but the "odds" would predict something different. Here's the list:
http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/best-books/2011/childrens-picture#list

Perhaps men are more likely to put their work first. I know my writing usually takes a backseat to family life and obligations.

Carrie
Title: Re: Newbery and Caldecott contenders for 2012
Post by: amberturner on January 03, 2012, 10:36 AM
My vote goes to Wonderstruck for either award.
Title: Re: Newbery and Caldecott contenders for 2012
Post by: andracill on January 04, 2012, 08:24 PM
I think it's more MG for adults. :) But that is often what wins awards.

This is definitely how I see it -- and since I'm not much of a MG reader these days, I seldom read the contenders.  I have loved many of the older Newbery books, but the more recent years' (with a couple of notable exceptions) haven't interested me at all -- and my son, who's prime age for Newbery books (supposedly) has shown no interest (except in SAVVY, which he loved).

Of course, it's still interesting to follow and wonder :)
Title: Re: Newbery and Caldecott contenders for 2012
Post by: Jaina on January 05, 2012, 08:32 AM
I think Okay For Now should win because it's simply a GREAT book, not because it's "one of those books that should win" or "more for adults" or anything like that.  It is high-quality, full of heart, has important themes, and is great for the age group.  Is it the first thing kids of that age group will reach for?  Probably not.

So I just went to look at the language on the ALA site.  The Newbery is for the "most distinguished contribution to American literature for children."

Distinguished, on my laptop dictionary:  "successful, authoritative, and commanding great respect."

There are many books out there that were probably much loved, but would not get respect, great or otherwise.  Maybe a "popularity" award is called for, determined by # of check-outs by patrons.

All I know is--I read Okay For Now and felt great respect for Schmidt's work all the way through, as well as being entertained and touched and interested.  I wished it was me that had written those words--right up 'til (almost) the end.
Title: Re: Newbery and Caldecott contenders for 2012
Post by: andracill on January 05, 2012, 09:06 AM
I'm glad they have this award -- I think it's a great idea to keep a record of strong contributions to children's literature.  Even if few(er) kids might read them now, I bet they'll appreciate them when they're older.  Of course, I read most of the Newbery winners of my day -- granted, there weren't nearly as many kids' books back then, so I didn't have as many options.  But still, I loved most of them!
Title: Re: Newbery and Caldecott contenders for 2012
Post by: jodyjl on January 07, 2012, 10:41 AM

There are many books out there that were probably much loved, but would not get respect, great or otherwise.  Maybe a "popularity" award is called for, determined by # of check-outs by patrons.



Well, they do have the Young Readers Choice Award every year which is pretty much a popularity contest, although the nominees are selected by librarians.
Title: Re: Newbery and Caldecott contenders for 2012
Post by: ChristineSarmel on January 07, 2012, 01:06 PM
Some of the state contests are voted on by kids. I know Nebraska's is. The nominees are picked by librarians, but lately there have been some nominees that seemed to be geared toward a reluctant reader.
Title: Re: Newbery and Caldecott contenders for 2012
Post by: KLM on January 07, 2012, 01:58 PM
My 12 yo daughter and I both agree: Okay for Now is AWESOME. Such a great book. The voice leaps off the page. We both loved it so much, we both, independently, told my husband, "You should read this!" So he's reading it right now (we've got a bullypulpit here).

We often share and discuss books. She's on the Teen Advisory Board at her middle school. Today I bought Anne Ursu's Breadcrumbs. She told me, "Oh, I've heard of that one. I want to read it." It was a book they discussed at her last TAB meeting.

They should poll young readers and adults and whatever books rank highly on both lists -- those should be the ones that win.
Title: Re: Newbery and Caldecott contenders for 2012
Post by: Betsy on January 07, 2012, 02:26 PM
I just finished Okay For Now.  Awesome and riveting. 

When I really thought about the plot, there are some unbelievable elements--plot twists, character transformations, etc.  (I'd like to be more specific, but don't want to post any spoilers.) The book keeps you so transfixed that you don't really notice any of this until you think about it later. 

And I agree that the theme is a really important one.

I can see it going either way for the Newbery.
Title: Re: Newbery and Caldecott contenders for 2012
Post by: Ruth Donnelly on January 07, 2012, 02:30 PM
My goal is to read as many Newbery shortlist books as I can by Jan 23. I've reviewed a couple on my blog; hope to do a few more.

The Romeo and Juliet Code (http://readatouille.blogspot.com/2012/01/book-review-romeo-and-juliet-code.html)
The Fingertips of Duncan Dorfman (http://readatouille.blogspot.com/2012/01/one-of-my-favorite-resolutions-to-read.html)   :love

The Penderwicks at Point Mouette

The Emerald Atlas

Some that I really want to read are:
Breadcrumbs
Wonderstruck
The Trouble With May Amelia
No Passengers Beyond This Point
The Wikkeling
The Unwanteds

I won't get to all of these in the next two weeks, obviously. Next year I'm going to start earlier!











Title: Re: Newbery and Caldecott contenders for 2012
Post by: Betsy on January 07, 2012, 11:18 PM
I finished INSIDE OUT & BACK AGAIN and WONDERSTRUCK.  I liked INSIDE OUT a lot.  In another year, I'd pick it for a Newbery. But I think OKAY FOR NOW is the most emotionally resonant.  On to HOUND DOG TRUE, which I know I'll love...because who could not love Linda's books.
Title: Re: Newbery and Caldecott contenders for 2012
Post by: Sheila on January 12, 2012, 07:25 PM
For a LOT of discussion, go to the School Library Journal's Heavy Medal Blog. They ended up with a short list of ten books, and after voting, Okay for Now came out on top. Although I can see some of its merits, I don't agree that it's great and really didn't even enjoy it. Just goes to show how taste figures into our opinions. Amelia Lost  and A Monster Calls were named their two honor books. It was lots of fun to get involved in the discussion, but, I have to admit, I kept wishing I could mention my 2011 book and ask if anybody had read it. Now, if I stopped writing and just read, I wouldn't have that problem!
Title: Re: Newbery and Caldecott contenders for 2012
Post by: jodyjl on January 14, 2012, 10:58 AM
I just got my copy of OKAY FOR NOW from the library, but my son grabbed it first. I must learn to be quicker!

Title: Re: Newbery and Caldecott contenders for 2012
Post by: LindaJoy on January 15, 2012, 05:16 PM
INSIDE OUT was just okay. Loved BREADCRUMBS and WONDERSTRUCK. My favorite though, beautifully written, is LEISL AND PO.
Title: Re: Newbery and Caldecott contenders for 2012
Post by: Kimberly Lynn on January 16, 2012, 04:01 AM
I’ve been going back over stacks of picture books, and I think Blackout by John Rocco is going to win the Caldecott Medal.  Balloons Over Broadway by Melissa Sweet will likely be an honor book.  Actually, I bet there’s going to be several honor books this year. 

But then again...

Opinions vary, and who knows what the committee will decide.  I hope these two picture books win, though! :reading2
Title: Re: Newbery and Caldecott contenders for 2012
Post by: Kimberly Lynn on January 22, 2012, 06:57 PM
Sherry Neidigh posted this fun link on Facebook:

http://www.webcastinc.com/client/ala-webcast/

(Live Webcast from ALA Youth Media Awards, January 23, 2012 - 7:45 CT) :EmoticonCuckooClock:



Title: Re: Newbery and Caldecott contenders for 2012
Post by: Ruth Donnelly on January 22, 2012, 07:40 PM
I take back what I said. I finally buckled down and read Okay For Now, and I loved it. I will be happy if it wins. Wish I could watch the live webcast, but I'll be in the car driving to work ... I'm checking it out as soon as I get there, though! Thanks for the link, Kimberly!

For Caldecott I like Me... Jane.
Title: Re: Newbery and Caldecott contenders for 2012
Post by: Tinamarie on January 22, 2012, 09:14 PM
I finished reading Okay For Now last week and felt surprisingly riled up by the end.

(Let me preface the remainder of my comments by first stating that I'd LOVE to be half as good a writer as Schmidt - I think he is AMAZING.)

I loved everything about the first third of the book:  the main character, all the other characters, the incredible voice, the prose, the premise, the humor, and the powerful and yet restrained way in which the abuse was communicated.

But, but, but...

Throughout the last 2/3 of the book, I found the plot points so wildly implausible that they jerked me right out of the story.  I can't remember the last time I read a book where I found myself thinking 'no, you're kidding' or 'seriously?' every few pages. Which was painful (sorry to sound dramatic, but I get dramatic over these things!) because I was so emotionally invested in the book and found all other elements of the story SO entertaining. 

But the crazy plot turns - I just couldn't swallow them.
Title: Re: Newbery and Caldecott contenders for 2012
Post by: Jeanne Ryan (Serenissima) on January 22, 2012, 10:57 PM
Of all the 2011 releases I read, across all age ranges, the only one that made me cry was OKAY FOR NOW. I'm hoping it wins.
Title: Re: Newbery and Caldecott contenders for 2012
Post by: Jaina on January 23, 2012, 07:11 AM
Anyone want to comment?  I feel like any speculating I did was in vain--as usual!  I never seem to have my finger on the pulse of awards people.
Title: Re: Newbery and Caldecott contenders for 2012
Post by: lgolden on January 23, 2012, 07:43 AM
Did anyone else hear the collective gasp when it was announced there were only TWO Newbery Honor books chosen? Wow!

On a completely separate note: a huge congratulations to Maggie Stiefvater for her Printz Honor!!! Awesome!  :bow:
Title: Re: Newbery and Caldecott contenders for 2012
Post by: Anne Marie on January 23, 2012, 07:46 AM
Yes, I heard the gasp and I was surprised.  I thought there were more than two lovely contenders this year that could legitimately receive an honor.  That said, it is not my committee!!!
Title: Re: Newbery and Caldecott contenders for 2012
Post by: olmue on January 23, 2012, 07:48 AM
I was surprised that there were so many award books I'd never even heard of. My library is tiny and often doesn't get the award books until many months after the awards have been given, so I don't expect to have read all of them---but I've at least heard of most of them, usually! (However...I did make sure they had The Scorpio Races a while back--so that's one they have a jump on. Lgolden, I'm with you with that icon! :) ) Glad for the ones I recognized on there, although also surprised that some very lovely and moving books weren't even mentioned. :(
Title: Re: Newbery and Caldecott contenders for 2012
Post by: cindoh on January 23, 2012, 09:14 AM
Looking forward to reading many on the list I haven't yet, but also extremely disappointed Okay for Now wasn't recognized.
And yes, how wonderful for Maggie--congratulations!
Title: Re: Newbery and Caldecott contenders for 2012
Post by: Whizbee on January 23, 2012, 10:06 AM
Looking forward to reading many on the list I haven't yet, but also extremely disappointed Okay for Now wasn't recognized.

It got an Odyssey Honor (for audio books.)
Title: Re: Newbery and Caldecott contenders for 2012
Post by: dinalapomy101 on January 23, 2012, 10:28 AM
The Newbery Club in my district read OKAY FOR NOW, WONDERSTRUCK, and INSIDE OUT AND BACK AGAIN, so it was cool to see these three (of 9 read) titles end up on lists!
Our Newbery "committee" ALMOST put NORVELT on the list for the kids to read back in Sept but didn't! Gah!
The STALIN book -- wow! Never heard of it!

For our Printz Club, we read NONE of the books on the final list of 5 and only one of the MOrris books! We will now! One teen and myself did read SCORPIO RACES and told the group they should pick it up, so I'm glad we at least discussed one of the winners. :) On the plus side, I had bought all 5 Printzes for my lib collection even though I didn't read them all, so I felt like a winner, lol!

For Caldecott, BLACKOUT is a very cool book, and our J Librarian loves the garden animals book.

Such an exciting day for me at the library and the Newbery Club lunch! Congrats to all the winners! Now I have MORE reading to do!
Title: Re: Newbery and Caldecott contenders for 2012
Post by: Jean Reidy on January 23, 2012, 10:50 AM
It got an Odyssey Honor (for audio books.)

And if you haven't read it already, I HIGHLY recommend listening to it. The narrator is terrific. Reminds of the narrator for MARCELLO IN THE REAL WORLD. Need to check and see if it's the same guy!
Title: Re: Newbery and Caldecott contenders for 2012
Post by: mrh on January 23, 2012, 01:28 PM
Norvelt is next up in my TBR pile. Never heard of the honor book with Stalin's name in the title (sorry, I forget it). But I'm guessing that's also historical? Newbery really loves historical, despite the fact that so many editors and agents say it doesn't sell.

Very surprised by the almost total passing-over of Okay for Now, though I also found some of the later plot twists coming out of nowhere and over the top. But now I'm very eager to see what I think of Gantos's book alongside it.
Title: Re: Newbery and Caldecott contenders for 2012
Post by: dave r on January 23, 2012, 02:45 PM
I liked Dead End in Norvelt quite a bit. (The audio is fantastic.)  But I was a little surprised by the few honors (There was a collective gasp when they announced only two honor books). Given that there were SO MANY books this year worthy of the silver (and gold) stickers, I was more amazed there were not more honor books.

keep writing,
dave r
Title: Re: Newbery and Caldecott contenders for 2012
Post by: Lill on January 23, 2012, 03:12 PM
The Stalin book I had heard of ... considered buying it for my Stalin obsessed 12 year old.
Title: Re: Newbery and Caldecott contenders for 2012
Post by: dinalapomy101 on January 23, 2012, 04:34 PM
Yes, Dave, I couldn't believe that really *nothing* else could be ranked *as good as* IOABA or STALIN.