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2010 Blue Ribbons

It’s a year of surprises, at least for us.  We’re surprised and wistful that fewer stellar picture books meant less difficulty than usual in winnowing down the list, and we’re surprised and delighted by the unusually strong showing of the younger-than-YA titles in the fiction section.  It was a good year for history, poetry, and well-turned whimsy, and a fairly even-handed year on the gender front.  
It was also a year that saw us again facing the challenge of the multivolume series, those sequential volumes that work together to create a literary achievement beyond that of each individual book.  We’ve decided to try something new: since it’s the end of the decade, we’re using the past ten years as the focal period and honoring, in a list we’re calling True Blue Series, what we consider to be the top-flight series that completed their cycle between 2001-2010. 

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Deborah Stevenson, Editor





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