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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.


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