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Link Du Jour: 2014 Newbery Hopefuls (According to Goodreads)

June is the time of year when the Mock Newbery favorites on Goodreads start taking shape. Let’s pull up the top five, and you can click here to see the entire list. While it’s far from a lock, the Goodreads list can be a good indicator of books that might end up in the Newbery discussion. How did last year’s list do? Three of the top 10 ended up with shiny stickers.

As for 2014, here’s the current status…


About Travis Jonker

Travis Jonker is an elementary school librarian in Michigan. He writes reviews (and the occasional article or two) for School Library Journal and is a member of the 2014 Caldecott committee. You can email Travis at scopenotes@gmail.com, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.


  1. I’d be careful about reading too much into the Goodread tea leaves. Check out their 2012 Newbery list (http://www.goodreads.com/list/show/8873.Newbery_2012). The medalist Dead End in Norvelt was #17 with Inside Out and Back Again at #4. and Breaking Stalin’s Nose not there at all. Moon over Manifest was #26 in the 2011 list.

  2. I’m going all in *pushes giant stack of poker chips to the center of the Newbery table* with The Center of Everything (Urban) and The Real Boy (Ursu). The year of the “U”!

  3. Adam Rex says:

    So happy to see ONE CAME HOME on here.

  4. Not a bad list, but P.S. Be Eleven is at the top of mine now. The only thing working against it is its sequel status.

  5. Stacy Dillon says:

    Chiming in with PS Be Eleven as well. This book is perfection. I don’t think the sequel status matters too much as this does stand on it’s own! I also can’t wait to start reading the reviews for Creech’s The Boy on the Porch!

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