Skip to main content

Newbery Awards, Part 4 (and Last)

Sigh. There’s not enough time to write about all the wonderful books before the winner is named tomorrow. In addition to Keeper and Countdown, there are (in no particular order) The Dreamer by Pam Munoz Ryan, Chasing Orion by Kathryn Lasky, The Mysterious Howling by Maryrose Wood, The Heart of a Samurai by Margi Preus, One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams Garcia, and The Candymakers by Wendy Mass. I guess that’s my shortlist.

Some of those I loved and am sure won’t win (Chasing Orion and The Mysterious Howling, to name names). Some I didn’t like so much (The Heart of a Samurai, but we know how I feel about historical fiction and all the while I was reading it, I feared a chapter like Herman Melville’s centerpiece of Moby Dick, detailing whaling in ways I didn't want to read about in college or now).

Of course, I’m looking forward to hearing who the winner is. And to another year of fantastic reading.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

What I Haven't Read in 2017

I made an odd sort of promise to myself this year: Read fewer books. The past few years, I been reading at a pace of about 100 books per year – a mix of children’s (but not counting picture books), young adult, and adult – and I felt as if I was reading too quickly and perhaps forgetting what I was reading. (Thank goodness for Goodreads.)
However, I consider it a very important part of my job as a librarian to keep up with what’s published, even if it’s a daunting task. Hundreds of thousands books are published each year in this country, so obviously it’s beyond even a superhero librarian (and I’m not one of those) to keep all those titles straight. But I try to at least know something about some books. We have two public-facing desks in my library – one is called the information desk; the other, reference. If you are working at the information desk, you will be asked for book recommendations. You will be asked, have you read this book? You will be asked to help select a book for a r…

"Beartown" by Fredrik Backman

I’m about to be overly effusive: I loved Beartown by Fredrik Backman and I think it is one of the best books I’ve ever read. (See Tangent 1.)

Backman lured us into his Swedish world of curmudgeons and the neighbors who love them with A Man Called Ove and his other novellas. But this isn’t A Man Called Ove. This book has a much larger scope. This feels like the book Backman has always wanted to write but had to wait to give to us until he developed an audience. You got it, bro. I will read whatever else you write in the future. This book more deeply develops his ideas about communities. It is also about parenthood and all the responsibilities that go along with it. It’s about family and best friends who are like family. It’s about belonging. It’s about sorrow and happiness. And there’s some hockey. (Tangent 2.)
You will hate some of the parents (Kevin’s, William’s). You will love some of the teens (Amat, Maya, Ana, Benji, Bobo, Leo...). Be prepared to feel emotions. The characters – a…