However, we weren't willing to concede defeat to Mother Nature, and Rachael set up an online poll. Twenty of our scheduled participants voted on our reading list, which means that we're able to announce that the winner of our 2015 Maryland Mock Newbery is...
Brown Girl Dreaming, by Jacqueline Woodson
It's not really a surprise choice, given the way that Brown Girl Dreaming has swept to victory at many of the other Mock Newbery awards we've seen this year. Our group voted for it overwhelmingly -- it was such a runaway winner, actually, that we didn't name any honor books.
Will the real Newbery committee also name Jacqueline Woodson's book the winner? Tune in to the YMAs tomorrow morning to find out!