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A Newbery Contender

18 Apr

I’ve read many books published in 2013 and I have finally found my first Newbery contender.

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The Center of Everything by Linda Urban takes place in one brief moment of one day. Ruby Pepperdine, chosen to give this year’s founder’s day speech, is standing in a circle, awaiting her time to speak. As she stands there, she reflects on the events that have led her there, friendship, family, death, time travel, and the meaning of “should”. The book starts of slowly and builds. You are drawn into Ruby’s world in such a gentle way you hardly even realize how hooked you are until you are completely hooked. It’s the creative way the book is organized and the empathetic writing that makes this a Newbery contender. Ruby is standing in a circle, at the center of everything, trying to make sense of the world. The story isn’t linear; it passes back and forth between present to past in a way that lets us know Ruby intimately. Urban’s focus on the details Ruby sees as she stands in the circle is almost poetic. I can think of several kids and adults who will love this book.

2013 Hub Reading Challege check in #10

13 Apr

My favorite YA book of 2012 was Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein. I was thrilled to see it on YALASA’s Printz, Best Fiction & Amazing Audio lists, so I decided it would be the audiobook with which I cross the finish line.

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Yes, I have read 25 of the 80+ books on the Hub Challenge list.  Cue fanfare.

I was both excited and a little nervous.  First, I was thrilled to revisit a book I loved so much. When I read it the first time, I couldn’t put it down and read it in a day. Nothing else got done that day, except a couple of walks for the girls. And yet, I was nervous. Would the voices of the audio version match those in my head? There’s a lot you don’t know until you read Kittyhawk, the second part of the book. Was the whole thing ruined because I knew what was ring to happen? But it worked. I loved Julie’s voice, read by Morven Christie.  At first, I wasn’t thrilled with ‘s portrayal of Maddie, voiced by  Lucy Gaskell but soon grew to be OK with it.

Even though I’ve read the required 25 books, I’m still continuing to read for the Challenge. I also completed #26: My Friend Dahmer by Derfe Backderf, a great graphic novel on a terrible subject.

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Backderf went to middle & high school with Jeffrey Dahmer and has told the story of their high school years here. If not for the Challenge, I would never have read this book. It is not a fun read, but it is certainly interesting. And it made me think of all the stupid things I did in high school; what I paid attention to and what I ignored. It is worth picking up.

2013 Hub Reading Challenge check-in #1

9 Feb

I have 2 library cards, do you?  One is a regular card. The other is an educators card.  Yup, Multnomah County Library honors teacher so much, they let us have a special card with special privileges.  I can place 40 holds, not just the 15 of the regular card, and  get my books for 6 weeks, not 3. In exchange, I have to be honorable and use this card for professional materials. A sweet deal because I always max out my holds.

I think I got all the books for the Reading Challenge via hold. My tally for this week is 8, but only because I can count the 5 books I read for the Non-fiction Challenge.

First up was Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz.

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What a beautifully written book. I understand why it won 3 awards.It comes over you slowly, until you are so immersed in the story you don;t want to let it go.

Next, I read David Leviathan’s Every Day.It was a great read, moving along quickly, with very likable characters.

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It also made you think about gender and free will. I’ve read a couple of other books by Levithan and he really knows how to write for the YA demographic.

Finally, I listened to John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars, in the car.

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I had events after school 4 nights this week, so it didn’t take that long. Like Levithan, Green really gets his audience and anything by him is almost certain to please.

Here’s what’s on deck for this week:

1. The Miseducation of Cameron Post

2. Inheritance – 24 CDs in the car….this might take more than week

3. Somebody Please Tell Me Who I Am

I also need to get back to work on the vest I’m knitting.

2013 Awards

28 Jan

2013 Newbery Awards  – I totally called this one! And cried in the staff room while it was announced.

WINNER

The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

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HONOR BOOKS

Splendors and Glooms by Laura Amy Schlitz

Bomb by Steve Sheinkin – I called this for the Sibert…see below

Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage

 

2013 Caldecott Awards

WINNER

This Is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen

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HONOR BOOKS

Creepy Carrots illustrated by Peter Brown

Extra Yarn illustrated by Jon Klassen  – This was my first choice.  At least I got the illustrator right.

Green by Laura Vaccaro Seeger

One Cool Friend illustrated by David Small

Sleep Like a Tiger illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski

2013 Geisel Awards

WINNER

Up, Tall and High by Ethan Long

HONOR BOOKS

Let’s Go for a Drive by Mo Willems

Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons by Eric Litwin

Rabbit and Robot: The Sleepover by Cece Bell

 

2013 Robert F. Sibert Medal

2013 Robert F. Sibert Award

Informational book award for children:

WINNER

Bomb by Steve Sheinkin  – I called this!!!!

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HONOR BOOKS

Electric Ben by Robert Byrd

Moonbird by Phillip M. Hoose

Titanic by Deborah Hopkinson

2013 YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction

WINNER

Bomb by Steve Sheinkin – ditto

FINALISTS

Steve Jobs by Karen Blumenthal

Moonbird by Phillip Hoose

Titanic by Deborah Hopkinson

We’ve Got a Job by Cynthia Levinson

Bomb by Steve Sheinkin

2013 Margaret Edwards Award

Significant and lasting contributions to YA Literature:

Tamora Pierce – Awesome!!!!  I reread The Song of the Lioness quartet and the Protector of the Small quartet this summer.

2013 Printz Award

WINNER

In Darkness by Nick Lake

HONOR BOOKS

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Saenz

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein  – This was my pick

Dodger by Terry Pratchett

White Bicycle by Beverley Brenna

 

Here are the winners I need to read:

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz

In Darkness  by Nick Lake

White Bicycle by Beverley Brenna

Splendors and Glooms Laura Amy Schlitz

 

 

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