Category Archives: Awards

Book Review: Truth Be Told

Author: Hank Phillippi Ryan Publisher: Forge Books 2014 Awards: Agatha Award for Best Contemporary Novel It’s time to see what Jane Ryland is up to. I thoroughly enjoyed the first two novels in this series (see list below) that I … Continue reading

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Book Review: Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

The purpose of the More Diverse Universe Challenge is to draw attention to authors of color. As you can see, I’m a few days late in celebrating my second author in this challenge. (See my post celebrating Zora Neale Hurston HERE.) … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Wrong Girl

. Author: Hank Phillippi Ryan Publisher: Forge Books, 2013 Format: Audiobook Narrated by Ilyana Kadushin Awards: 2013 Agatha Award for Best Contemporary Novel Do you like reading the books that win awards? If so, you’ll like reading this author. Hank … Continue reading

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Book Review: All the Light We Cannot See

Author: Anthony Doerr Publisher: Scribner, May 2014 Format: Audiobook Narrated by Zach Appelman Awards: The Pulitzer Prize and Finalist for National Book Award Why I Read This Book: I read so many glowing reviews about this book when it first … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Graveyard Book

. Author: Neil Gaiman Publisher: HarperCollins, 2008 Genre: Children/Middlegrade Format: Audiobook Narrated by the author Awards: Newberry Medel Winner 2009 I’m on a course to read all of the Newberry Medal winners that I missed over the last couple of busy … Continue reading

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2015 Award Winner: The Crossover

Author: Kwame Alexander Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014 Genre: Middle Grade Fiction (Ages 9 to 12) Award: Newbery Medal Winner for 2015 Twelve-year-old twins Josh and J.B. not only love the game of basketball, they’re very good players. They come … Continue reading

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Newberry Honor Winner 2011: One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia

Publisher: Amistad, 2010 One of my challenges this year is to read some of the Newberry Award winners. In my experience, these stories, although written for children, are some of the best around. One of my favorites in this book, … Continue reading

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Newberry Medal Winner 2011: Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool

According to Ruth Graham in a recent Slate.com article, I should be embarrassed to be reading YA and/or children’s books. I don’t know Ms. X, but her bullying tactics mean nothing to me. I love reading good books no matter … Continue reading

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Newberry Award Winner 2012: Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos

This week is National Children’s Book Week. I’m happy to share the word and throw a little light on a group of books that has given me so many pleasurable reading hours. I didn’t leave those books behind when I … Continue reading

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Newberry Medal Winner 2014: Flora and Ulysses

I’m finally ready to begin working on the Newberry Reading Challenge. Because of my Triple Dog Dare Challenge, I couldn’t read anything new for the first three months of the year. It had to be books already on my shelves. … Continue reading

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