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2014 Mind the Gap Awards: The books that didn’t win at ALA

Mind the Gap 2014 Awards

Too Grim(m)? Far Far Away by Tom McNeal
Better Luck Next Time The Thing About Luck by Cynthia Kadohata, illustrated by Julia Kuo
Didn’t Pan Out Bo at Ballard Creek by Kirkpatrick Hill, illustrated by LeUyen Pham
Have You Seen My Big Gold Seal? Have You Seen My New Blue Socks? by Eve Bunting, illustrated by Sergio Ruzzier
Foreclosed On Building Our House by Jonathan Bean
Busted Bluffton: My Summers with Buster
by Matt Phelan
Declawed Mr. Tiger Goes Wild by Peter Brown
Popped The Big Wet Balloon by Liniers
KO’d The Mighty LaLouche by Matthew Olshan, illustrated by Sophie Blackall
Lights Out On a Beam of Light by Jennifer Berne, illustrated by Vladimir Radunsky
Kept in the Dark The Dark by Lemony Snicket,
illustrated by Jon Klassen
Who Put Baby in the Corner? A Corner of White by Jaclyn Moriarty
Stop, You’re Both Pretty Boxers & Saints by Gene Luen Yang,
color by Lark Pien

From the July/August 2014 issue of The Horn Book Magazine.



  1. KT Horning says:

    Didn’t Mr. Tiger Goes Wild win a Boston Globe Horn Book Award? I know The Dark won a Charlotte Zolotow Medal.

    Or does this only refer to ALA awards?

  2. Roger Sutton Roger Sutton says:

    Because it’s in our ALA issue, it includes books ignored by the ALA.

  3. Sophie and I saw this as Brian is getting ready for Vegas. I can’t tell you how hurt he is not to have won any Mindies! Maybe next year, Brian!

  4. Roger Sutton Roger Sutton says:

    What a LOSER, right?

  5. On A Beam of Light was brilliant. Someones must have been looking through their lenses dimly… 😉

  6. I thought The Real Boy by Anne Ursu was overlooked – but the real world of book awards is often strange and unpredictable.

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