With less than two days to go until the Newbery/Caldecott announcements, I feel woefully unprepared to guess which book might win what. There are too many 2012 titles still on my TBR list. So I’m going ignore the popular frontrunners (e.g. Bomb, Splendors and Glooms, The One and Only Ivan) and focus on some dark horse entries that might surprise us all:
Bink and Gollie, Two for One by Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee, illustrated by Tony Fucile: a marvelous story on the edge of easy reader/early chapter book/graphic novel. Seems like a long shot for Newbery glory, but I’d love to see some Geisel recognition.
In a Glass Grimmly by Adam Gidwitz: because we need more funny award-winning books, and it has plenty of heart as well.
Kindred Souls by Patricia MacLachlan: again, not much buzz, but it’s a book where every word felt right.
Son by Lois Lowry: simply put, let’s not underestimate Lois Lowry. One of those rare MG/YA books told from what’s essentially a grown-up’s perspective, and it works.