Yes, we do know that the Newbery and Printz Awards are not open to random nominations by book websites, but with the official announcements just around the corner, we couldn’t resist putting on the table a couple of titles we think are worthy to win in 2014. Compass Book Ratings isn’t predicting they will win (award winners are at times mysterious choices), but we would let out a loud cheer if they did receive recognition.
The 2014 John Newbery Medal Should Go To…
Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan
This is a contemporary fiction novel which at first blush doesn’t seem to be a page-turner, but once you start reading, its protagonist and voice suck you in. Real-life problems with a hopeful ending are some of the things to love here. Most best-selling middle grade fiction is fantasy, magic, and action so this is definitely not a main stream pick (the Newbery committee has been accused of picking non-popular books), but it is a great read.
And the 2014 Michael L. Printz Should Go To…
Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys
This is historical fiction set in the 1950s in New Orleans. The protagonist Josie Moraine has moxie, nerves, and a heart full of hope. This is young adult fiction that adult readers can reach down and enjoy. (No, there are no female ninja/assassin/warrior protagonists in a love triangle and set in a dystopian society, but trust me, they don’t have anything on Josie.)
Interestingly, both authors were born in Michigan.
To learn more about these awards, the criteria, and selection process you may visit the Newbery Medal Homepage and the Michael L. Printz Homepage. After the ALA announces its official winners, Compass Book Ratings will be posting reviews for all the selected 2014 Newbery books; no promises for the Michael L. Printz books.
To see our analysis of prior award winning books, check our database for titles and/or go to the following related posts:
– Cindy, Editor