Fuse #8

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Guess That Book!

I am gone. I have hopped a plane for Seattle and as you read this I am undoubtedly sitting on a tarmac somewhere waiting for my plane (#43 in line) to take off. Once I arrive it's five fast-paced days of debate and consensus. I'm very excited. The best part? Informing the winners at 6:30 a.m. (Seattle time) that they've won. It's enough to make you want to have 50 Newbery honors, just so you can make that call again and again. I'm living for that moment.

But of course, this all means that I am away from blogging. I don't own a laptop so I won't be updating anything at all. I won't even glance at Fuse #8 while I'm away either. Nope. So when the winners are announced you'll have to find out by some other means.

Or you could watch it LIVE! Like you were there and everything.

Following a successful 2006 pilot, the American Library Association (ALA) will provide a free live Webcast of its national announcement of the top books and video for children and young adults - including the Caldecott, King, Newbery and Printz awards - on January 22 at 7:45 a.m. PST. The award announcements are made as part of the ALA Midwinter Meeting, which will bring together more than 10,000 librarians, publishers, authors and guests in Seattle from January 19 to 24.

You simply go here at 10 a.m. PST/1 p.m. EST and all will be revealed.

So let's have some fun in my absence. What do you think will get the Newbery proper? Go on, don't be shy. Write in your number one, and ONLY your number one, pick. I'm curious to see how many of you get it right. As you shall see, there is a reason why no high stakes gambling involves children's literary awards.

So what'll win?

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33 Comments:

At 12:46 AM , Blogger Mary said...

I am hoping for Clementine by Sara Pennypacker, but it's such a fine year for children's literature, it's harder than usual to guess.

 
At 12:49 AM , Anonymous jess said...

King of Attolia! Well, that's my heart's desire, at least.

 
At 12:52 AM , Blogger Kelly said...

I'm going for A Drowned Maiden's Hair!

Go, Betsy! I hope you have a great time.

 
At 9:02 AM , Anonymous Kate said...

I'm reading A Drowned Maiden's Hair now, and I completely adore it! Go ADMH!

 
At 9:14 AM , Blogger MotherReader said...

My vote is for Yellow Star. Blew. Me. Away.

I do wonder, however, if it has that "oh, no. not another Holocaust book." in terms of the Newbery. I'll also admit that I haven't read A Drowned Maiden's Hair yet, which everyone raves about. (Not my fault, it's still on order at my library.) Clementine is wonderful, but seems a little light for the Newbery, but you never know.

 
At 9:42 AM , Blogger Jennifer Schultz said...

I have a really soft spot in my heart for Penny From Heaven, so I'll say that one.

I have ADMH on request. It's always checked out in our system (3 branches).

 
At 9:48 AM , Blogger Chris said...

I liked a drowned Maiden's Hair very much also. But I would very much like to see something more fun win- like Kiki Strike, or the Case of the Missing Marquess. Can I hope the Octavian Nothing doesn't win? (Is it for too old an audience?) I recognize it is a tour de force/masterpiece- but I don't want a good for you/hard to read book. Reading should be fun for kids.

 
At 9:58 AM , Blogger celerysoda said...

I'm still mulling over my pick. I just read and loved A Drowned Maiden's Hair, but I also came away wondering, why was it so long? Nearly 400 pages! Admittedly, it read superfast, but given the story's relative simplicity, I think it could have been told in less than 300.

 
At 10:27 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm pulling for Toys Go Out by Emily Jenkins. So lovely and perfect!

K

http://kidlit.vox.com/

 
At 10:59 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yellow Star, because kids really need to read this book. -L

 
At 12:03 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

The King of Attolia should win. Turner produced the most polished writing of the year, as well as a great story.

 
At 12:22 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm hoping for THE HIGHER POWER OF LUCKY, which hasn't gotten as much attention as it deserves.

 
At 3:24 PM , Blogger Lisa Yee said...

Yellow Star.

 
At 9:13 PM , Blogger Erin said...

Penny From Heaven

 
At 9:32 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yellow Star. This is the book I'm telling everyone about and is on my list to give to many people when their birthdays roll around.

 
At 7:10 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

A Drowned Maiden's Hair

 
At 10:32 AM , Anonymous Jaime said...

Hattie Big Sky!

 
At 11:54 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

A True and Faithful Narrative!!

 
At 2:59 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why isn't anyone talking about Russell Freedman's Freedom Walkers for the Newbery? That book was perfect in all ways. Is it because it's eligible for the Sibert?

 
At 3:59 PM , Blogger Christy Lenzi said...

The Loud Silence of Francine Green by Karen Cushman

 
At 12:29 PM , Blogger julie said...

http://www.crooksandliars.com/2007/01/18/colbert-on-the-oreilly-factor/

(In case you missed it)

 
At 1:30 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd love it to be King of Attolia, but doubt it will be...

 
At 7:44 PM , Anonymous Jen Robinson said...

I agree with Chris, about how great it would be to see something fun, like Kiki Strike, win this year. But I think that it's going to be Yellow Star. Looking forward to finding out.

 
At 11:26 PM , Blogger Esme Raji Codell said...

I don't like to play favorites, but I have special rooting feelings for COUNTING ON GRACE by Elizabeth Winthrop for Newbery, AN EGG IS QUIET by Dianna Hutts Aston for anything, Michele Knudson's LIBRARY LION for anything! I bet David Weisner will get something for FLOTSAM, though I don't know if there's room on his shelf. And hey, I'd like to see Marla Frazee get a Caldecott nod for her spot illustrations in CLEMENTINE! They were so wonderful.

 
At 1:36 AM , Anonymous sam leopold said...

a drowned maidens hair is my favorite. my daughter loves king of attolia. my youngest girl picks yellow star. and my son picks gossamer.

 
At 9:42 AM , Blogger celerysoda said...

I just read Alabama Moon over the weekend, and while I don't know if it was my favorite book of the year, I think it deserves a spot in this list, too! :-)

 
At 10:49 AM , Anonymous elizabeth fama said...

Pout. I couldn't find space on the live-feed web cast. The music stopped and there were no empty chairs!

 
At 11:09 AM , Anonymous jess said...

I had the same problem - now the suspense is killing me.

 
At 11:16 AM , Anonymous rebecca said...

same here -- sadness. In this day and age, there should be SOME way to find out before 1 pm . . .

 
At 11:28 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

*SPOILER*




I got lucky!

The Higher Power of Lucky by Susan Patron

 
At 11:58 AM , Blogger Jennifer Schultz said...

YALSA blogged the results live: http://blogs.ala.org/yalsa.php

Very happy that Penny From Heaven was one of the Honor books.

 
At 2:50 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fuselet!

You absolutely must tell us a loooonnnngggg story about "the Call"!

Katherine

 
At 9:37 PM , Blogger Erin said...

Yes yes, long story please!!!

 

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