In case you haven't been parked in front of a computer since the crack of dawn, hoping for leaking news from the Newbery-Caldecott committees, here they are--the 2012 American Library Association award winners:
Newbery--Jack Gantos for Dead End in Norvelt
Honors--Eugene Yelchin--Breaking Stalin's Nose
Thanhha Lai--Inside Out and Back Again
Caldecott--Chris Raschka for A Ball for Daisy
Lane Smith--Grandpa Green
Coretta Scott King Award Author: Kadir Nelson for Heart and Soul
Honors--Patricia McKissack--Never Forgotten
Eloise Greenfield--The Great Migration
Illustrator--Shane W. Evans for Underground: Finding the Light to Freedom
Honors--Kadir Nelson--Heart and Soul
Printz--John Corey Whaley for Where Things Come Back
Honors--Maggie Stievater--Scorpio Races
Craig Silvey--Jasper Jones
Christine Hinwood--The Returning
Daniel Handler (aka "Lemony Snicket")--Why We Broke Up
Congratulations, one and all. And now let the speculations fly! All over the country book lovers are cheering or gnashing their teeth or wondering why it will take "one to three weeks" for Amazon to get the book in stock. (Answer...the publisher was caught without sufficient inventory for a huge sudden sale rush.)
I shall keep my own observations to myself, except for the fact that I have never been right about the big awards. The closest I have gotten to predicting correctly is for the honors books (this year I had Inside Out and Back Again on my list). Mysterious are the ways of The Committees.
Other observations--this is the first time in a long time that there was not one single dystopian novel on the list! Can life be getting better?? There were a lot of historical novels (yippee, since I write historical novels). Only one truly contemporary book (Why We Broke Up). All the award winning illustrators were also the authors of their books. What does this mean? I have not the slightest idea.
All I know is that I have a lot of good reading ahead of me (I did read all the Newbery honors and winner in advance, but none of the Printz books).
Mary Ann Rodman
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