I've never made official award predictions before, but since I read so much this year, I felt like I could try my hand at making them this year. I'm super bummed I'm not at ALA to attend the announcements, but I will be up early on Monday (even though I have the day off) and watching the live Twitter feed. So here's what I think will win (and I'm only doing the awards I feel I can predict):
What Will Win: When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
What I Want to Win: I'm not really sure, since I haven't read too much new MG fiction, but I'd love to see The Year The Swallows Came Early by Kathryn Fitzmaurice on the list somewhere.
My Thoughts:-Even though I didn't love When You Reach Me, so many people did and the buzz hasn't died down. The fans of this book can be passionate about it, so I wouldn't be surprised if it won.
What Will Win: Marcelo and the Real World by Francisco X. Stork
What I Want to Win: Lips Touch: Three Times by Laini Taylor
My Thoughts: Marcelo is another one that readers seem to love that I liked, but didn't think was great. I do think it reads like an award winner and it's very much a book I would give to adults who think YA is just fluff. It's a good read, but I don't want it to win because I think it has more adult appeal than teen appeal. I'm rooting for Lips Touch because I thought that book was amazing! Each story stood on it's own, it was dark and delicious storytelling and I want to buy my own copy and underline passages because they were so beautifully written.
UPDATE: Katie reminded me of Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson (which I haven't read yet) and If I Stay by Gayle Forman, which I loved. I think both books have a chance of getting honors, but I'm not sure they'll win. But I'd love to If I Stay get a shiny honor sticker on it!!
What Will Win and What I Want to Win: The Lion and the Mouse by Jerry Pinkney
My Thoughts: It's the most gorgeous picture book and it deserves the buzz-I hope it wins and I think it will. I would also love it if 14 Cows For America by Carmen Agra Deedy and Illustrated by Thomas Gonzalez makes an appearance on this list. This one made me cry and the artwork is beautiful and incredibly realistic and pulls you in.
I'm also pulling for Charles and Emma: The Darwin's Leap of Faith by Deborah Heiligman to make it on one or more lists-I could see it on the Sibert list, Printz or Newbery. Any non-fiction book that makes me excited and care about reading non-fiction deserves an award! I loved the author's use of letters as dialogue in this one and it was so lovingly researched and the writing made these people seem more real to me. It's a great read, even if you don't typically read non-fiction.
I love when the committees come up with complete surprises and shockers and I can't wait to see what's announced on Monday. Any predictions you'd like to share?