Let’s start with the Honor books, shall we?
Doll Bones by Holly Black
Zach, Poppy and Alice have been friends forever. They love playing with their action figure toys, imagining a magical world of adventure and heroism. But disaster strikes when, without warning, Zach’s father throws out all his toys, declaring he’s too old for them. Zach is furious, confused and embarrassed, deciding that the only way to cope is to stop playing . . . and stop being friends with Poppy and Alice. But one night the girls pay Zach a visit, and tell him about a series of mysterious occurrences. Poppy swears that she is now being haunted by a china doll – who claims that it is made from the ground-up bones of a murdered girl. They must return the doll to where the girl lived, and bury it. Otherwise the three children will be cursed for eternity . . .
Here’s our Scoop: The Doll Bones is a haunting, imaginative, and oddly enough, endearing story from the co-author of The Spiderwick Chronicles. Three friends set off on a quest to investigate a girl’s mysterious death…(click here for the full review)
The Year of Billy Miller by Kevin Henkes
When Billy Miller has a mishap at the statue of the Jolly Green Giant at the end of summer vacation, he ends up with a big lump on his head. What a way to start second grade, with a lump on your head! As the year goes by, though, Billy figures out how to navigate elementary school, how to appreciate his little sister, and how to be a more grown up and responsible member of the family and a help to his busy working mom and stay-at-home dad. Newbery Honor author and Caldecott Medalist Kevin Henkes delivers a short, satisfying, laugh-out-loud-funny school and family story that features a diorama homework assignment, a school poetry slam, cancelled sleepovers, and epic sibling temper tantrums. This is a perfect short novel for the early elementary grades.
Here’s our Scoop: The Year of Billy Miller is from the award-winning and beloved author, Kevin Henkes. As usual, Henkes writes a story that is humorous, relatable, and very well-written. Both genders will enjoy this read, but boys…(click here for the full review)
One Came Home by Amy Timberlake
In the town of Placid, Wisconsin, in 1871, Georgie Burkhardt is known for two things: her uncanny aim with a rifle and her habit of speaking her mind plainly. But when Georgie blurts out something she shouldn’t, her older sister Agatha flees, running off with a pack of “pigeoners” trailing the passenger pigeon migration. And when the sheriff returns to town with an unidentifiable body—wearing Agatha’s blue-green ball gown—everyone assumes the worst. Except Georgie. Refusing to believe the facts that are laid down (and coffined) before her, Georgie sets out on a journey to find her sister. She will track every last clue and shred of evidence to bring Agatha home. Yet even with resolute determination and her trusty Springfield single-shot, Georgie is not prepared for what she faces on the western frontier.
Here’s our Scoop: One Came Home is a Newbery Honor book that is essentially, as western for kids. The main character is a strong, smart and humorous heroine, who goes out on a quest to solve the…(click here for the full review)
Paperboy by Vince Vawter
An 11-year-old boy living in Memphis in 1959 throws the meanest fastball in town, but talking is a whole different ball game. He can barely say a word without stuttering, not even his own name. So when he takes over his best friend’s paper route for the month of July, he knows he’ll be forced to communicate with the different customers, including a housewife who drinks too much and a retired merchant marine who seems to know just about everything.
The paper route poses challenges, but it’s a run-in with the neighborhood junkman, a bully and thief, that stirs up real trouble–and puts the boy’s life, as well as that of his family’s devoted housekeeper, in danger.
Here’s our Scoop: What I love about the book, The Paperboy , is that it demonstrates empathy on so many levels. The main character, Victor, has a terrible stutter making it hard…(click here for the full review)
Congrats to these outstanding books for receiving the Newbery Honor Award. I love that each are unique and very different from each other, but special in its own way.
In the next blog, we will bring you our review of this year’s Newberry Award Winner! Stay tuned….