Monday, January 18, 2010

The 2010 Newbery Medal - Some Quick First Thoughts

The 2010 Newbery Medal

When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead - I can't argue. The only nit I'd have to pick was mentioned in my initial review. That whole time travel thing is open to debate, I think, and I wonder if the committee discussed whether or not it affected the novel's worthiness. Obviously, they felt it didn't, seeing that it has that shiny medal on the cover.

The 2010 Newbery Honor Books

Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice by Phillip Hoose - Haven't read it.

The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly - Another one that gets no argument from me. I thought it moved a bit slow at times, but that's just personal preference. I liked Calpurnia, I liked her grandfather, and I liked how everything turns out in the end.

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin - Haven't read it.

The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg by Rodman Philbrick - A rousing "Woo-Hoo!" for this one. As I said in my initial review, how can you not like someone who says, "Telling the truth don't come easy to me, but I will try, even if old Truth ain't nearly as useful as a fib sometimes." Loved the book, love the choice.

More to come as I get the books read, as well as reactions to the Caldecott and Geisel awards. For now I'll simply say the Caldecott didn't stir too much excitement for me, but the Geisel awards? It's time to stand and cheer!

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