Sam: Man, I hope Wonder doesn't win.
Me: I think it probably won't, but I would actually rather have Wonder win than something that's both flawed and unappealing. coughsummerofthegyps
Sam: Gah. I'm trying to think how many of this year's books I'd actually be ok with winning.
Me: Good question!
It is a good question, isn't it? At some point in the discussion and voting process, I guess that's what the committee members have to decide: not only which book they're pushing for, but which ones they would accept as winners. Which books would leave them at the "I'm not super excited, but I am at peace with this choice" level on the consensus meter.
For me (and these are, of course, my feelings prior to the Mock Newbery discussion next Monday, so everything is subject to change), the list looks something like this.
Top Choices (totally behind any of these; smiley face on the consensus meter)
- Twelve Kinds of Ice (my actual first choice right now)
- Splendors and Glooms
- Liar and Spy
- Starry River of the Sky
- Mr. and Mrs. Bunny, Detectives Extraordinaire
- The One and Only Ivan
- No Crystal Stair
I won't go into my third tier. I've already mentioned my non-fandom re: Summer of the Gypsy Moths, but to delve further would be petty.
How about you guys?