While most writers prefer to wait until after the ALA announces their winners to complain about the picks and mock the judges, I am going to put myself on the line by attempting to pick the winners of the Newbery, Caldecott (even though I rarely read picture books), and Printz. Also, since this is my blog, I will tell you who ought to win.
Now obviously I have not read every single book, but neither have the judges. Admittedly, I have not even read all of the "contenders." I will not let this stop me. I haven't seen any of the Academy Award nominees either, but that Slumdog Millionaire looks like a winner to me. (See how easy that was?) I will however put an asterisk next to those books I have not read. Transparency and all that.
And so...my predictions and picks for the 2009 Newbery, Caldecott, and Printz awards:
ALA's Winner: The Underneath
My Winner: The Underneath
Honor Books: The Hunger Games* and Waiting For Normal
(And no, I can't believe I haven't read The Hunger Games either, because it sounds right up my alley.)
Other books I think are deserving: Savvy and Shooting the Moon
ALA's Winner: We Are the Ship* (It just sounds like a winner, ya know?)
My Winner: ?
Honor Books: In a Blue Room* and Wave*
Hey, I told you I don't read picture books.
ALA's Winner: The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing: Traitor to the Nation, Vol. II (Wow, what a mouthful. Would someone kindly suggest to Mr. Anderson that, while he is brilliant, it might do to shorten his titles. Ya know, to something like Feed or Thirsty. Something like that.)
My Winner: The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks
Honor Books: Nation* and Trouble
Other deserving books: The Adoration of Jenna Fox and Graceling*
There. I've now exposed myself to your scathing rebuttals and mocking commentary when the actual awards are announced tomorrow and I'm proven to be a nimcompoop. Oh, and since we're here, let's just get this out of the way right now:
2010 Printz Pick: Sophomore Undercover (Duh.)
Twilight Quote of the Day:
"I was selfish, I was hurtful. I tortured the ones I loved."
--Bella, Eclipse, p. 517