The 1964 winner of the Newbery Medal is a loose, light-hearted story that shows us a slice out of an ordinary kids life in Manhattan in the 1960s. Written in the present tense and first person singular, it seems to capture effortlessly the way of speaking of a city youth at a point in his life when many changes are taking place.
The memoir I Don’t Want to Be Crazy, by Samantha Schutz, is a harrowing true story that chronicles the struggles of a girl with anxiety disorder during one of the most pivotal stages of her life – college.
There is an old saying that says that babies don't come with a manual – now they do, and it's in audio, so your hands are free!
The daily grind of pen and paper can feel stale. Greta Solomon’s latest book, Heart, Sass & Soul, provides countless remedies for tired writers.
A huntress and an assassin race to find a magical artifact in Hafsah Faizal's debut novel, a story of adventure and discovery set in a quasi-Arabian world.
After a daring escape from New York City, Magdalys and her friends are headed south to search for her older brother, Montez, whom Magdalys hasn’t seen since he left to fight for the Union Army.
Izzy, a devoted gamer, gets more than she bargains for when she's transported into the world of her newest video game, Dungeon City. Pretty soon she's spending all of her time in the game – which means falling asleep in school, ghosting her friends, and getting herself into much more trouble than she expected.
Hey, Kiddo, by Jarret J. Krosoczka, is a graphic memoir about Krosoczka’s life. The memoir is subtitled How I Lost My Mother, Found My Father, and Dealt with Family Addiction, which sums up the book pretty nicely.
Scarlet is used to hanging out with her foster brother and ditching her therapy sessions. She is in for a surprise when she travels through a magical door and ends up in Avalon, home of the Fayes, where answers about her parents and who she really is are waiting.
After learning that the 5 Worlds beacons must be lit in a specific order to unlock their powers, Oona, An Tzu, and Jax Amboy are headed to Moon Yatta to light the red beacon – but the conditions there are even worse than our heroes feared.
This is a 1972 Newbery Medal winner about a misfit farm boy in Virginia who befriends the tomboyish city girl who moves in next door, and how they invent an imaginary kingdom together. The one complaint I have about this book is that there could have been so much more of it; it seems to go way too fast. It is a breathlessly lyrical moment of beauty where one would like to linger for a while, but its over so soon.
Father-son love is one of my favorite themes in literature, and this story plays to that strength in an unusual way. You might call it a father-son love triangle, meaning nothing kinky by it.
This 1974 Newbery Medal winner, by the author of the Newbery Honor Book One Eyed Cat, is a bitter, painful story told in hauntingly beautiful words.
The third book in the series that began with The Mouse and the Motorcycle, and continued with Runaway Ralph, takes off when Ralph befriends the son of the hotels new housekeeper. Ryan agrees to take Ralph to school with him, but things turn out as neither of them planned.
The sequel to The Mouse and the Motorcycle finds Ralph the mouse growing discontented in his hotel lobby home. His younger brothers, sisters, and cousins keep pestering him to let them ride his toy motorcycle, and his mother and uncle wont leave him alone. Finally Ralph decides to runaway to a camp whose bugle calls he can hear every morning and evening.
This book is about the friendship between a boy named Keith, who has a toy motorcycle, and a mouse named Ralph who learns to ride it.
I should have read this book 20 years ago. This story about a lonely boy, learning to live with his parents divorce, going to a new school where he has no friends, and making his first efforts as a writer, won the Newbery Medal in 1984--the year my parents split up. In lots of ways, its like reading the story of my life; but obviously it isnt about me, and the poignancy of the story isnt just in my head, or it wouldnt have …
I know a Christian man--I am not sure I would call him a good Christian man, but I wont deny that he is a sincere one--who raised his sons forbidding them to own or read books about magic, mythology, or science fiction. He was so strict about it that when one of his sons (who rather liked sci-fi and fantasy) went out of town for the summer, he raided the boys bedroom and threw out all his books. The same son later turned down …
Trey is very protective of his sensitive, mute little brother, Lou. They live with their grandparents on an outer island of the Bahamas, from which they often cross to an uninhabited isle to look at shells, birds, and fish. But now Long Pond Cay is threatened by powerful developers who want to build a hotel and casino on the spot and spoil all the beauty and life that is there.