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Once again, I'll be making a presentation in very early November on the Newbery and Caldecott frontrunners. I have my own list, but I'd like to hear yours -- maybe something I have missed.

Because this is an extensive project I undertake every year, please make sure the books you love are eligible for the awards this coming January. Not that I don't love a good book, but I have to focus on the books who have a chance to win.

At this point, I'm still rooting for Wonder, though I know it has it's critics.
I haven't found a Caldecott I'm committed to.

Would be interested in what you think.
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#1 - September 28, 2012, 08:12 AM
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I'm cheering for The Lions of Little Rock. Also loved See You at Harry's and Summer of the Gypsy Moths.
#2 - September 28, 2012, 08:56 AM

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I just read and loved THE ONE AND ONLY IVAN by Katherine Applegate. So far, that's my pick.

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#3 - September 28, 2012, 09:18 AM
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I'm rooting for WONDER as well.
#4 - September 28, 2012, 09:24 AM
GRAVE IMAGES, Scholastic Press 2013
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WONDER for one, but I'll think more on it.
#5 - September 28, 2012, 09:57 AM
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VAMPIRINA BALLERINA series (Disney-Hyperion)
SUNNY'S TOW TRUCK SAVES THE DAY (Abrams)
GROUNDHUG DAY (Disney-Hyperion, 2017)
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I was completely gobsmacked by Kate Milford's THE BROKEN LANDS - it's a flipping masterpiece.
#6 - September 28, 2012, 10:09 AM

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I think KATERINA'S WISH by Jeannie Mobley is a possible dark horse contender. It's a debut that's quietly gathered starred reviews but I haven't seen it discussed anywhere in the blogosphere (similar to MOON OVER MANIFEST, I dare say). Full disclosure, the author is a friend of mine, but I genuinely think this is a well-written story with important and inspirational themes, but also a sweetness and sense of fun (magic) that will appeal to child readers. It's historical fiction set in early 1900s Colorado coal mines. I think the story can resonate with children today who have parents struggling to make ends meet or working dead-end jobs and give them a sense of empowerment or hope that they can not only dream a bigger future for themselves but act on it as well.

I also think LIAR & SPY by Rebecca Stead is a contender, as well as WONDER as others have mentioned.
#7 - September 28, 2012, 10:49 AM
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Yes, KATERINA'S WISH is definitely a dark horse contender!
#8 - September 28, 2012, 10:50 AM

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We really love If All the Animals Came Inside by Eric Pinder!  :love5:

Collage illustrations can often look flat, but Marc Brown’s jump right off the page.  I saw the cover when it came out and placed an order that same day.

Can’t think of another one I’d nominate for the Caldecott Medal at this moment, but I’ve been picking up a lot of older titles this year.
#9 - September 28, 2012, 11:16 AM

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Newbery:  SUMMER OF THE GYPSY MOTHS or THE ONE AND ONLY IVAN

Caldecott:  EXTRA YARN, CHLOE AND THE LION, or GREEN
#10 - September 28, 2012, 11:40 AM
You're never too old to become younger. - Mae West

So far, my top pick is Wonder. It has its detractors, and I see their point, but I loved it. Liar & Spy is awesome, too, though the consensus is that it's not as stellar as When You Reach Me.
#11 - September 28, 2012, 03:24 PM

My vote is for Wonder too...  (I didn't realize it had detractors. I'll have to see what the criticisms were because I thought it was amazing.)
#12 - September 28, 2012, 05:26 PM

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Newberry: The One and Only Ivan or Wonder. I read Liar & Spy but didn't think it was as good as When you reach Me.

Caldecott: Extra Yarn

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#13 - October 01, 2012, 12:03 PM
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Wonder. But I also was blown away by Gary Schmidt's What Came from the Stars.
#14 - October 01, 2012, 01:44 PM
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Love all these. But have any others read Summer and Bird, by K. Catmull? It's out tomorrow -- I snagged an ARC. I think it's a contender. Magical realism, deeply literary, and unique.
#15 - October 01, 2012, 02:04 PM
THE SINISTER SWEETNESS OF SPLENDID ACADEMY, 2012
NIGHTINGALE'S NEST, Feb. 20, 2014
WISH GIRL, Feb. 24, 2015
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Sheila O'Connor also has another book coming out soon - Keeping Safe the Stars. I haven't read it yet, but it's compiling stars (er, review stars). Sparrow Road was so wonderful, I'm sure it will not disappoint.

I also want the scoop on Wonder.
#16 - October 01, 2012, 02:07 PM

I hadn't read the One and Only Ivan until yesterday and was blown away by it. As much as I love Wonder, my pick would now be Ivan.
#17 - October 03, 2012, 09:18 AM

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Wow, I'm about to pick up Ivan from the library, so now I'm really intrigued!

Adding Laura Amy Schlitz's Splendors and Glooms to the discussion.
#18 - October 03, 2012, 10:25 AM
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Take a look at  Step Out Gently by Helen Frost, photographed by Rick Lieder for Caldecott.
#19 - October 05, 2012, 08:14 AM

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Wonder  has  many things going for it and many fans, but it felt too drawn out to me and too smiley-face happy at the end. It just didn't convince me that this was how things really would have gone for these characters. But it's getting people thinking and talking, which are good things for a book to do.

I liked Summer on the Moon by Adrian Fogelin. Anyone else read that?
#20 - October 05, 2012, 05:57 PM
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Agreed that KATERINA'S WISH is a definite dark horse contender. Full disclosure--the author is a friend, but KATERINA has earned three starred reviews so far, and it's only been out just over a month.

My TBA list is teetering, but I'm most looking forward to reading IVAN based on what others are saying.

#21 - October 05, 2012, 06:34 PM
FLYING THE DRAGON (Charlesbridge, 2012)
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Just took a look at KATERINA'S WISH. Sounds like a really good read. Will have to read it ASAP! Thanks.
#22 - October 08, 2012, 09:29 AM
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Caldecott, Patrice Barton,  "Mine" (I'm hoping I have the right year of release!
#23 - October 09, 2012, 04:00 AM
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Oh, another idea--MALCOLM AT MIDNIGHT by W.H. Beck.  Really, really good.  Different.  Kind of like MRS. FRISBY.

#24 - October 09, 2012, 04:50 AM
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SUNNY'S TOW TRUCK SAVES THE DAY (Abrams)
GROUNDHUG DAY (Disney-Hyperion, 2017)
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I just finished THE ONE AND ONLY IVAN and that's now leapt to the top of my list. WOW, that's a great story. That's my new pick for the winner.

I also read THE GREAT UNEXPECTED by Sharon Creech. I really liked it and think it will be batted around as a contender, but it wouldn't be my personal pick this year.
#25 - November 11, 2012, 08:39 AM
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I'm a big fan of THE ONE AND ONLY IVAN. 

I have mixed feelings about WONDER. In the end I didn't find it convincing.  I guess that's because I'd read AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF A FACE by Lucy Grealy, which is a nonfiction of account of somebody (also strong and spunky) who had to deal with the same issue.  Kids are cruel, people are cruel, and there are no easy solutions.  BUT good for the author for at least making kids think.
#26 - November 11, 2012, 09:47 AM
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I just read KATERINA'S WISH.  The book has some fantastic secondary characters.  I enjoyed it and I liked that it didn't have a perfect happy ending.  Some of the situations and character reactions were a little unbelievable for historical fiction, but that's probably just me being nit-picky.  It's a very enjoyable read. 
#27 - November 11, 2012, 11:14 AM

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Bumping this up as the date moves closer!

My picks are:

WONDER
ONE AND ONLY IVAN
SEE YOU AT HARRY'S

But...what will be the contender that *no one suspected* this year? :) I still haven't read KATERINA'S WISH by Jeannie Mobley but will check it out!
#28 - January 13, 2013, 12:29 PM
BLACKOUT -- available now
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I actually haven't read a whole lot of middle-grade this year, but one that I read and liked a lot is called CROW by Barbara Wright. I interviewed the author on the blog, From the Mixed-Up Files, but I haven't seen many reviews of CROW, so I'm thinking a lot of folks missed this wonderful book. It seems like the kind of novel librarians would like too.

I also loved SEE YOU AT HARRY'S and THE MARBLE QUEEN and would be thrilled to seem them both get recognized.
#29 - January 23, 2013, 05:38 PM
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#30 - January 23, 2013, 05:41 PM
Plumb Crazy (Swoon Romance, 2014)
Big Fuzzy Coat (MeeGenius!)
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