I WAS WRONG
and I’ve never been more happy to be more wrong. The Graveyard is the best written book for children this year by an American author or resident—and with clear child appeal. In my first post I noted just a few examples of the fine craft that I found on first reading—craft that reveals itself only upon scrutiny, as it should, letting the whole piece breathe and move like a real thing. This is what we mean when we talk about “distinguished” children’s literature…and with clear child appeal! I’m so glad ALSC has found clarity of interpretation around this criterion (previous publication), and that it meant we could include it: it is an outstanding example of what so many of us want the Newbery to be.
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About Nina Lindsay
Nina Lindsay is the Children's Services Coordinator at the Oakland Public Library, CA. She chaired the 2008 Newbery Committee, and served on the 2004 and 1998 committees. You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org
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