I would probably give it to Hokey Pokey by Jerry Spinelli.
And I would definitely give Newbery Honors to Doll Bones by Holly Black and The Lost Kingdom by Matthew J. Kirby, and maybe give one to The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp by Kathy Appelt as well.
But I didn’t read nearly enough last year to do any any truly knowledgeable award giving. I’m sure there are many other worthy titles that I just didn’t get around to reading. Still, all these books I’ve listed are worth your time.