. . . huh. Something about that title just don't sound right.
January is only three months away, which means that award speculation started some . . . uh . . . nine months ago. Mock awards are a staple of school and public librarians looking to expend some of that speculative energy. Well, now some genius on Goodreads has come up with a new way to hold Mock Newbery/Caldecotts/Printzes - lists which the public can add to and vote up. Here they be: Newbery 2011, Printz 2011, and 2011 Caldecott Hopefuls
Let the frenzied ballot-box-stuffing begin. All my Newbery clicks are currently going to Sharon Draper's Out of My Mind, but that may be because I haven't read Deborah Wiles' much-loved Countdown yet.
Okay, and I know I may get tomato'd for this, but I don't think Mockingjay belongs on the Newbery list. Printz, oh, hells yes. All kindsa yes. But not the Newbery, folks. What do you think? Who will you vote up?
Thanks to 100 Scope Notes for the link.
Edited to Correct: the title of Mockingjay. I said The Hunger Games at first. Thanks for the correction, Mike!
THE HUNGER GAMES isn't eligible since it published in 2008.
It all depends on whether one defines teens as children, or only preteens. ("The Medal shall be awarded annually to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children published by an American publisher in the United States in English during the preceding year.")
And every time I look at those requirements, I'm reminded again that it bugs me that winners have to be U.S. residents or citizens, something that's not true for the Printz.
I think the Printz has changed that. I always think of McKinley's The Blue Sword, Newbery winner, as something that's more of a Printz title now because it's SUCH a YA book to me.
I agree, it is wacky about the residency reqs.
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