I don't imagine that we have a whole lot of readers who don't also enjoy reading the undisputed champion of the Newbery blog world, Heavy Medal. They're on hiatus right now, but over the last couple days, there's been a lively discussion in the comments of their last post before their yearly break about what people think the leading 2014 Newbery contenders are as we near the halfway point.
It's well worth reading! I'm pleased to see that we've at least hit most of the consensus high points, although I also see a few books that we'll need to cover post haste! At any rate, I strongly recommend having a look at it if you'd like to see a snapshot of the books that have captured the interest of a lot of smart people.