Whew, I finished up the list just in time – I polished off Where the Mountain Meets the Moon yesterday afternoon, and Almost Astronauts before I went to bed (late). Good thing, too, because here are the results!
- Almost Astronauts: 13 Women Who Dared to Dream by Tanya Lee Stone. Candlewick, 2009.
- Heart of a Shepherd by Roseanne Parry. Random House Books for Young Readers, 2009.
- How Oliver Olson Changed the World by Claudia Mills. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2009.
- The Magician’s Elephant by Kate DiCamillo. Candlewick, 2009.
- Red Sings from Treetops: A Year in Colors by Joyce Sidman. Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, 2009.
- A Season of Gifts by Richard Peck. Dial, 2009.
- When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead. Wendy Lamb Books, 2009.
- Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2009.
Our winner is Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, with When You Reach Me as the closest competition. Heart of a Shepherd also got a good chunk of votes, but only about half as many points as WYRM, and I can’t remember if it was declared an honor book as well. The next title down only had a third as many points as Heart, so those three were clearly at the top. They were also my three choices, in exactly the same order. If I’d had a 4th vote, it would’ve gone to Red Sings From the Treetops, which impressed me more on each rereading, but didn’t stay with me in the same way as the novels.
As an added bonus, I placed second in the quiz to identity Newbery winners based on their first lines, and won myself a copy of Where the Mountain Meets the Moon – sweet! Now it had really better win. Just kidding. Still debating whether or not to arise before the crack of dawn to try and get on the webcast…or sleep and see the winners at a decent hour here on the west coast.