I’ve wrapped up my reading for the year (128 fiction and non-fiction books). Now it’s time to reveal my favorite moments in Middle Grade literature. The big-name award groups recognize their favorite books, but my Golden Cup Awards look within the stories to find the best in 15 unique categories.
Without further delay, here are my GOLDEN CUP AWARDS for 2020:
FAVORITE VOICE (FEMALE PROTAGONIST) TIE:
Pippa Park in PIPPA PARK RAISES HER GAME
Lexington Willow in THE ELEPHANT’S GIRL
Nellie in STEALING MT. RUSHMORE
FAVORITE VOICE (MALE PROTAGONIST) TIE:
Daniel Summers in DAN UNMASKED
Max Cordoba in MANANALAND
J.J. Picket in 1 FOR ALL
The American South in CLEAN GETAWAY
FAVORITE BOOK WITH DIVERSE CHARACTERS:
FAVORITE OPENING LINE:
(From THE PLACES WE SLEEP)
It arrives like a punch in the gut
like a shove in the girl’s room
like a name I won’t repeat.
FAVORITE ANIMAL CHARACTER (TIE):
Alicia the Cow in TORO
Mr. Penguin in the CATASTROPHIC CRUISE
FAVORITE CHARACTERS FROM HISTORICAL FICTION:
Glory Bea in BLUE SKIES
FAVORITE FRIENDSHIP (TIE):
Hank and Maisie in WE COULD BE HEROES
Ware and Jolene in HERE IN THE REAL WORLD
Matt and Eric in THE BOYS IN THE BACK ROW
LEAST LIKED CHARACTERS:
The Parents in STEALING MT. RUSHMORE
MOST MEMORABLE NON-FICTION READ:
That’s all for this year. Good-bye 2020. Don’t let the door hit you on the way out!
What were your favorite MG moments from 2020?