Carry On, Mr. Bowditch, by Jean Lee Latham, 1955

One of my favorite things as a reader is to find an aging book that has worn well. That is certainly the case for this 1956 Newbery winner. It tells the life story of historical figure Nathaniel Bowditch. Bowditch spent most of his life in the seaport of Salem, Massachusetts. He was only two years old … Continue reading Carry On, Mr. Bowditch, by Jean Lee Latham, 1955

The Paperboy, by Vince Vawter

Along with capturing Newbery honors back in 2014, The Paperboy won a whole slew of awards. Check this out: A Newbery Honor Award Winner An ALA-ALSC Notable Children’s Book An IRA Children’s and Young Adults’ Choice An IRA Teachers’ Choice A Bank Street College of Education Best Book of the Year A National Parenting Publications Award Honor … Continue reading The Paperboy, by Vince Vawter

Kira-Kira, by Cynthia Kadohata

Before I dive into this review, I have a quick, fun note. A month ago I gushed about my favorite middle grade novel of 2016, The Girl Who Drank the Moon. A week and a half later the Newbery winner was announced. Guess what? I should have been on that panel! I finally broke my recent string … Continue reading Kira-Kira, by Cynthia Kadohata

Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! by Laura Amy Schlitz

I've avoided this book for years. It was published in 2007 and won the Newbery in 2008, but it didn't appeal to me. I like the history of the middle ages; it was one of my favorite courses in college. Still, I never picked this one up. Maybe it was the cover image. More likely, … Continue reading Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! by Laura Amy Schlitz

Echo, by Pam Munoz Ryan

I’ve seen this one on a few different sites lately, particularly on the review blog of Patricia Tilton, who always has great taste, so I picked it up. It’s Ms. Ryan’s newest, released only last year, and it lives up to her classic style. It claimed Newbery honors this year. Being a writer myself, I … Continue reading Echo, by Pam Munoz Ryan

El Deafo, by Cece Bell

This year's Newbery was announced not long ago, so I rushed to grab a copy of the new winner. I was rather disappointed. In fact, I haven't really liked a Newbery winner since 2011, Clare VanderPool's Moon Over Manifest. Perhaps all the edgier, more experimental types of literature like graphic novels and verse I've been seeing lately … Continue reading El Deafo, by Cece Bell