Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Moving on

Having read all or some of Ask Me No Questions, The Book of Story Beginnings, and Rules...I'll just say that none of these fine books do it for me in terms of Newbery criteria. And there's the secret of reading your way through the Newbery committee: you don't have to finish every book...unless it end up being strongly advocated for by another committee member. Inevitably, someone loves the book you don't. If anyone wants to make a convincing pitch for one of these titles, please do.

3 Comments:

Blogger bkwmn said...

I would like to suggest BREAD AND ROSES by Katherine Paterson. Her writing is just so invigorating- after reading a few less than stellar books, this one just rose to the top of my list.
Micki

4:23 PM  
Blogger Kelly Fineman said...

I adore RULES. Its characters have stayed with me for months and months after I first read it. It gets billed as a book about dealing with autism sometimes, but it's not really that. Sure, Catherine deals with her brother, David, who has autism, and she's embarrassed by him, but lots of 12-year old girls are embarrassed by their younger brothers. Her brother is just more understandably different than some others.

In the end, the reason the book sticks with me is for the relationship that develops between Catherine and Jason, a nonverbal boy in a wheelchair whom she befriends. There's one scene in particular that I easily conjure in memory, and that usually still brings tears to my eyes. It involves running, and if you'd read that far, you'd remember this book too. And it would stand out.

1:20 PM  
Blogger Nina said...

Ok...I'll go back and finish off RULES--I hadn't gotten to the running part.

4:33 PM  

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