Oh poo. It seems as though Roger Sutton was at the same Simon & Schuster party that I was. That'll larn me not to try to speak to new people. I highly encourage you to read his take on both that and on the later Newbery/Caldecott proceedings (though I do take serious issue with any discussion of Shannon Hale that contains the word "coltish"). Also take some time to view pics of Nina Lindsay in a glorious mask at the following.