Breaking Book News: And the Award Goes To…

January 20th, 2010 by

Yes, the Golden Globes were on Sunday, but who cares about the glitz and glamor of Hollywood? I’m talking about the American Library Association’s annual awards that went out on Monday — including the Newbery Medal.

The Newbery Medal is like the holy grail for children’s book writers. Or if you’re not an Indiana Jones fan, then think of it like the MVP award for the best kids’ book author of the year. Or if you’re not into sports, you can consider it like the Blue Ribbon for, well, for anything that’s super competitive. In other words, the Newbery Medal is a really, really cool thing to get.

When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead

When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead

And this year, the Newbery went to… [drumroll, please]… When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead! If you missed my previous blog post about the book, then you missed out on an excellent piece of writing. Whoops, I should probably be celebrating Rebecca Stead, not congratulating myself. So here’s a little rundown of When You Reach Me:

Imagine you’re just going about your life — going to school, hanging out with your best friend, spending time with your mom and her boyfriend — and then all of a sudden you get a message from the future. WHA?! Personally, I’d freak out and hide under my bed covers for a while. But not Miranda, the protagonist in When You Reach Me. And that’s good, because it makes for a much more interesting book!

So if you want to see who won the kidlit world’s version of the Heisman Trophy, check out When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead.

And then try out this year’s Newbery Honor books (aka, the runners-up):

Oh, man, I’m never going to make a dent in my To Be Read list, am I?!

— Karen

5 Responses

  • Hahaha me writes:
    January 20th, 2010 at 4:38 pm

    Hope you don’t get offended by this Karen, but I read When You Reach Me and I actually didn’t like it! I’m not much a time-travel person. The stuff in that book is SO confusing!!! But I like it better than A Wrinkle in Time…

    • Karen from Kidsmomo writes:
      January 20th, 2010 at 9:31 pm

      @Hahaha me: I’m totally not offended! Everyone is allowed — nay, encouraged to have their own opinion about books. That’s what Kidsmomo is all about! Also, you may have noticed that our next theme is time travel books. I hope we can find some that you like!

      • Hahaha me writes:
        January 21st, 2010 at 4:42 pm

        Oh, I don’t mind time travel books! It’s when the author tries to EXPLAIN their theory of time travel. That’s were it gets confusing!

      • Bat writes:
        January 26th, 2010 at 10:15 am

        Wormholes, probably. That would be how time travel probably works. They’re a rip in the fabric of space-time, so they can be used for faster-than-light and time travel. They’re basically a portal to anywhere and anywhen.

  • Hahaha me writes:
    January 26th, 2010 at 4:36 pm

    Scary!!! I don’t know my history that well, and I certainly DON’T want to end up in the future!

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