For those who wish to mock with us, please run out and try to get your grubby hands on the following titles:
- Liar and Spy, by Rebecca Stead
- Mr. and Mrs. Bunny - Detectives Extraordinaire! by Polly Horvath
- Splendors and Glooms, by Laura Amy Schlitz
- The One and Only Ivan, by Katherine Applegate
- We’ve Got a Job: The 1963 Birmingham Children's March, by Cynthia Levinson
1. None of these books were published later than August. We know it can be difficult to find copies of books published later in the year, so no Twelve Kinds of Ice for us.
2. We wanted an assortment of titles that will generate the liveliest, most thoughtful discussion possible, so we chose books that represent humor and seriousness, fiction and nonfiction, and both ends of the Newbery age range.
We had to leave a lot of great titles by the wayside for various reasons. We know Wonder is at the top of many people's lists. We like it too, but both of us feel that the five titles above are even better. Hey, it's a strong year.
Conversely, these five titles do not represent the definitive Top Five of the year for either Sam or me (maybe we'll post those lists in January). We had to compromise on a couple of things in order to provide for the best possible discussion.