I also really enjoyed two memoirs, El Deafo (a graphic novel) and Brown Girl Dreaming (a verse novel). Jacqueline Woodson just won the National Book Award for Brown Girl Dreaming!
Cartwheeling in Thunderstorms, which I adored, can’t be considered for the Newbery because Katherine Rundell is from the UK. I also loved her book, Rooftoppers!
I have three books on my to-read list that have shown up on multiple Mock Newbery lists. The Crossover is a novel in verse, and The Family Romanov (Russian history) and The Port Chicago 50 (Civil Rights history and a National Book Award finalist) are informational books.