Let me start off by saying I can't even imagine the challenges facing a Newbery committee. Getting 15 book fanatics to agree on a few titles? Im. Possible.
But if Mr. Newbery had given me a magic wand for this year, I would have waved it over a few titles the committee overlooked:
Amelia Lost, by Candace Fleming. Fleming and flyers: what could be better???
Horton Halfpott, by Tom Angleberger. This story begins with a riff on a corset and ends well for the least-born of the manor. Classic.
Hound Dog True, by Linda Urban. Linda can do more with fewer words than anyone I know. And I am in therapy to get over my jealousy of her creating a guide to life based on a school custodian's methods.
The Trouble with May Amelia, by Jennifer Holm. In my humble opinion, this is Jenni's best. BEST. And you don't have to be Finnish to appreciate May Amelia's ups and downs.
What books are you passionate about that were overlooked? I will gladly pass my wand on to you!