Jan 29, 2014
It's awards season! First up, the John Newbery Award for Excellence in Children’s Literature which has been awarded to outstanding American children’s literature since 1922. It is the oldest medal of its kind.
This year, the Newbery Award went to Kate DiCamillo for Flora & Ulysses : The Illuminated Adventures. Ms. DiCamillo, who resides in Minneapolis, has won this award once before, in 2004, with The Tale of Despereaux. She also won a Newbery Honor Medal in 2001 for Because of Winn-Dixie.
Flora & Ulysses is a charming and quirky novel of self-discovery, acceptance, and family love. Flora, a loner who lives with her mother, happens to be looking out of her bedroom window one morning when she sees her next door neighbor vacuum up a helpless squirrel. Much to Flora’s astonishment, the squirrel survives – with special powers. He can fly! He can understand English! How can these two unlikely friends save the world, protect the weak, and soften hardened hearts? Why, with poetry and donuts, of course! Ms. DiCamillo’s text is accompanied by K. G. Campbell’s illustrations, published in cartoon panel format and lending a vital role in the telling of Flora and Ulysses’ story. The Ramsey County Library owns Flora & Ulysses in print, audio and downloadable print and audio formats.
Four books were named as Newbery Medal Honor Books this year. They are:
Doll Bones by Holly Black, a ghost story about three friends who set out on a quest to bury the china doll they are sure is made from the ground-up bones of a dead girl.
The Year of Billy Miller by Kevin Henkes which tells the story of a year in the life of second grader Billy Miller as he navigates friendships, schoolwork and the family dynamics of his working mother and stay-at-home father.
One Came Home by Amy Timberlake, a historical novel set in Wisconsin that tells the tale of Georgie Burkhardt who sets out on a journey determined to clear the name of her sister who she believes has been falsely accused of theft.
Paperboy by Vince Vawter which introduces the tale of a boy named “Little Man”, who is burdened with a stutter making speech almost impossible for him, and who agrees to take on a paper route exposing him to the dangers of neighborhood bullies, unhappy housewives, and most difficult for him, talking out loud to others.
Check out one of these award winners today!
(Contributed by Monica S.)