When it comes to literary awards, the Newbery is my first love. These are the books I've loved this year. I don't know if they'll win any awards tomorrow, although I would be happy if they did. cf. The Newbery Award winners (and one Honor book) they reminded me of.
Masterpiece by Elise Broach; illustrated by Kelly Murphy (Henry Holt). cf. From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler.
The Cabinet of Wonders by Marie Rutkoski (FSG). cf. The Hero and the Crown.
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman; illustrated by Dave McKean (HarperCollins). There is no comparison.
The Penderwicks on Gardam Street by Jeanne Birdsall (Knopf). cf. Thimble Summer.
The Porcupine Year by Louise Erdrich (HarperCollins). cf. The Long Winter.
Now I'm off to read Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson (Simon and Schuster). I've been wanting to read it since it was named a finalist for the National Book Award, and I have a good feeling about its chances for a Newbery tomorrow.
See you in the morning!