Five Newbery predictions

In case you haven’t been keeping track, for the last two years I’ve predicted the Newbery honor books, but the actual medalist has not made my list.  I have a funny feeling I’m not getting it right at all this year.  It just didn’t seem like there was a lot of Newbery caliber, and some of the authors I’ve picked already have a medal of some color.

Wishtree by Katherine Applegate.  Published by Feiwel and Friends.

Feels like a bit of a long shot to me, but it’s a beautiful story with a timely message, and it has a lot of younger kid appeal, which, as an elementary librarian, I appreciate.  Link to Amazon


The War I Finally Won by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley.  Published by Dial Books.

One of my two favorite middle grade novels of the year.  But will the committee give an award to a sequel of an honor book?  Link to Amazon.


Patina by Jason Reynolds.  Published by Atheneum.

Last year, I was hoping Ghost would win.  This year, I am hoping Patina will win.  Next year, I may be hoping Sunny will win (due out in April, 2018).  Link to Amazon.


Orphan Island by Laurel Snyder.  Published by Walden Pond Press.

A beautifully written, mysterious story of orphan children living on an mist-shrouded island.  I am still hoping there is a sequel that answers some of my questions. Link to Amazon.


Beyond the Bright Sea by Lauren Wolk.

My other favorite middle grade novel of 2017.  Lauren Wolk was just honored last year for the equally good Wolf Hollow.  Will she do it again?  All will be revealed on the morning of February 12.  Link to Amazon.




3 thoughts on “Five Newbery predictions

  1. I loved The War I Finally Won–such a lovely follow up and just as good, if not better than its predecessor. Wishtree also grew on me, and I became more invested as I read, though I still did not love it nearly as much as The One & Only Ivan.

    I liked Orphan Island, but I did not feel a great attachment to it. I didn’t find Patina to be nearly as powerful as Ghost, which I loved.The voice didn’t work for me, and there were logistical details about her mother that kept taking me out of the story.

    A few MG titles that I loved: The End of the Wild by Nicole Helget; Me and Marvin Gardens by Amy Sarig King (loved this so much more than her surreal stuff, like Still Life with Tornado), and A Boy Named Bat. 🙂

    Haven’t yet read either of the Wolk books–must get on that!


  2. Thanks for sharing your favorites, Maria! I haven’t read The End of the Wild, and wasn’t a huge fan of Me and Marvin Gardens. I did like A Boy Named Bat…you’ll see that one on an upcoming list this week!


  3. Hi Janet!
    I think your picks are right on!
    I do like Short because, from the “new & not to miss” themed book talks you give to my class, this one is in the hands of the most kids…and they loved it!


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