So how did we do in my second annual Predict the Future contest? Well, no one guessed any of the gold medal winners.
But we came close.
Some of the books we thought would win gold actually won silver.
Please Ignore Vera Dietz coming in with a Printz honor award! Woot! I'm so happy for you, Amy King! (I was hoping it would win the Printz award itself, but it's still wonderful).
And One Crazy Summer not only received a Newbery Honor (silver) but also the Coretta Scott King Author Award (it was a National Book Award finalist this past year as well).
I urged you to read it back in September 2010), but I listened to the conventional wisdom that a debut novel never wins gold. Now I know miracles CAN happen.
Along with Janice (bookballoon), I still love The Dreamer, and I'm happy that it won the Pura Belpre award.
As for Newbery Honors, I must admit I'm surprised at Dark Emperor, which I adore and thought would win a Caldecott Honor.
And I haven't read Turtle in Paradise or Heart of a Samurai, so there are two more to add to my ever-growing TBR list, along with Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi, this year's Printz Award winner.
As for the Caldecott, we were all off. I predicted that A Sick Day for Amos McGee would win a Caldecott honor, but never dreamed it would receive the gold medal itself. It's well deserved, though. It's a charming little book.
So technically, there were no winners in my own little Gold Medal contest here, but since two people mentioned books that actually received SOME kind of award, I'm feeling generous today. (And I'll let you in on a bookseller secret -- when it comes to Newbery and Caldecott awards, customers don't really care whether a book has the gold or silver medal on it. We shelve all the award winners and honors together). So without further ado...
I'm awarding a copy of ONE CRAZY SUMMER (winner of a Newbery honor and CSK Author Award) to...
Check your email, Stephanie -- I'll be asking for your mailing address.
And I'll award a copy of either Ballet for Martha (which got a Sibert honor instead of the Caldecott) or The Dreamer (which got the Belpre instead of the Newbery) to...
A hearty thanks to all who entered (and those of you lurking without commenting -- chime in next time!). Hope you had fun.
What about all of you? Are you surprised at some of the awards? Pleased? Disappointed?