Yeay! Yeay! Yah-ye-yah-yah Yeay!!! Jack Gantos won the Newbery Medal for his brilliant story, Dead End in Norvelt.
So well deserved
If I told you that you would love a story about a boy who who gets grounded for his entire summer and has to make amends by helping a local senior citizen write obituaries while the story goes on to explore the many facets of death, you’d say, “No way! That story doesn’t sound interesting at all.”
You said the same thing when I tried to explain the story line of Holes by Louis Sachar to you, too, and that story was phenomenal when you finally read it.
So, listen to me this time. Watch the book trailer. Watch the author interview. But read this book!
After learning that her favorite teacher will be leaving for a trip to Egypt and will be absent for the remainder of the year, Clementine writes a horrible letter to get rid of the substitute and get Mr. D’Matz to stay.–from library catalog.
I’ve got to admit that I’ve never really been a fan of Junie B. Jones nor Judy Moody (poor grammar and bad attitudes and all) but there are plenty of children who adore both of them and that is fantastic! Not everyone loves everything. So I was hesitant to try Clementine’s Letter by Sara Pennypacker but I’m glad I did. Clementine is funny and imperfect and real. And the way she navigates her world is brilliant. Anyone who loves Judy Moody, Junie B. Jones, Amber Brown, or Ivy + Bean will love Clementine.
Any kid who has ever been frustrated by parents who don’t let him/her do his own homework is going to LOVE this book. I thought it was a really cute and enjoyable story. I can see why it was nominated for the 2012 Massachusetts Children’s Book Awards.
Afraid he will always be an outsider like ex-planet Pluto, nine-year-old Oliver finally shows his extremely overprotective parents that he is capable of doing great things without their help while his class is studying the solar system.–library catalog
If you enjoyed How Oliver Olson Changed the World, then you would also enjoy Stink: Solar System Superhero and Alvin Ho: Allergic to Girls, School, and Other Scary Things.
Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool
Newbery Medal, 2011
I finished reading this book two nights ago and it is still haunting me (in a good way.) Abilene Tucker is quite an extraordinary girl who is looking for stories about her Daddy and trying to find “home” in Manifest, Kansas. What she finds will change her deeply . . . as it did me.
Incredibly beautiful writing combined with complex characters and soulful storytelling. I just might have to read it again
Mrs. D'Elia is the Librarian in a very purple elementary school library. She believes that every child should have at least one favorite book. If you are a child and you don't have a favorite book yet, come and visit me in the library because we need to fix that.