2012 Newbery Reading List
I’m still waiting for my hold to come through for MOON OVER MANIFEST. I’ve moved from 5th to 2nd, but there is only one copy in our county-wide system–until the additional orders are processed. So I’ll have to save my comments until next year.
In the meantime, I’m already looking forward to the great crop of 2012 Newbery books. We already mentioned SMALL PERSONS WITH WINGS by Ellen Booream (three starred reviews so far), OKAY FOR NOW by Gary Schmidt, and AMELIA LOST by Candace Fleming (one star) as three books to particularly watch out for. Here are another ten that I am looking forward to.
ALEXANDER HAMILTON by Jean Fritz (one star) . . . I’ve actually read this one and liked it, but not necessarily in an award kind of way. Nevertheless, Fritz has such a compelling voice that it’s worth a look.
BOOTLEG by Karen Blumenthal . . . She won a Sibert Honor for her first book on the Stock Market Crash, but LET ME PLAY, her book on the Title IX, was even better–and tragically underappreciated. Now she turns her attention to Prohibition.
CHIME by Franny Billingsley (two stars) . . . We’ve waited a decade for a new book from the author of THE FOLK KEEPER and this one looks to be just as good. But it also looks like it might be “too old for the Newbery.” Is it?
DOGTAG SUMMER by Elizabeth Partridge (one star) . . . An award-winning nonfiction author delivers a debut novel about a Vietnamese refugee girl.
FLESH AND BLOOD SO CHEAP by Albert Marrin (one star) . . . a history of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire. Hmmm. His last book was pretty divisive here.
HURRICANE DANCERS by Margarita Engle (one star) . . . I’ve never been the biggest Engle fan . . . but pirates! Okay, I’m interested now.
INSIDE OUT AND BACK AGAIN by Thanhha Lai (two stars) . . . A debut novel in verse based on the author’s experience as a Vietnamese refugee. Great cover, too. Comparisons to DOGTAG SUMMER?
THE PENDERWICKS AT POINT MOUETTE by Jeanne Birdsall . . . Yay! The Penderwicks are back! Yippee!
THE TROUBLE WITH CHICKENS by Doreen Cronin (one star) . . . The picture book author of CLICK CLACK MOO and DIARY OF A WORM debuts a charming new mystery series for the younger crowd. Looks interesting!
YOUNG FREDLE by Cynthia Voight (one star) . . . A companion to ANGUS AND SADIE. Too many animal stories in the canon? Room for one more? Lois Lowry also publishes BLESS THIS MOUSE. So two more? Hmmm.
Please comment on these or chime in with your own suggestions . . .
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About Jonathan Hunt
Jonathan Hunt is the Coordinator of Library Media Services at the San Diego County Office of Education. He served on the 2006 Newbery committee, and has also judged the Caldecott Medal, the Printz Award, the Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards, and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org
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