Hitty: Her First Hundred Years
keeps defeating my attempts to liveblog it - it's a very densely packed book, I could write a dissertation on it, but not in a week! - so while I figure out what to do with that, I'm stepping back a few years to 1923, the year when The Dark Frigate
by Charles Boardman Hawes was the only book on the Newbery list.
In 1923, Canadian author L.M. Montgomery, already famous for the Anne of Green Gables
series, published the unrelated novel Emily of New Moon simultaneously in the US and Canada
. That means Emily
is eligible for my "Mock Newberys of the Past" series under the same section of the Newbery rules which allowed Neil Gaiman's Graveyard Book
, published simultaneously in the US and Britain, to win the 2009 Newbery. (I don't know if Emily
would have been eligible at the time, but I follow modern Newbery rules throughout, not having a complete list of year-by-year changes to the Newbery rules to work with.)
Sooo I'm liveblogging Emily of New Moon
as a Mock Newbery candidate opposite The Dark Frigate
. MAY THE BEST BOOK WIN. ;P( and GO! )
And I am just DONE with this Emily-can-do-no-wrong, everybody's-picking-on-her, mess of a book.