Yes, Laura Amy Schlitz, author of the wonderful "A Drowned Maiden's Hair," has snagged the Newbery Medal with her medieval dialogues, the first non-novel to win in almost twenty years..
Three Newbery Honor books were named: “Elijah of Buxton,” by Christopher Paul Curtis, “The Wednesday Wars,” by Gary D. Schmidt, and “Feathers,” by Jacqueline Woodson..
A fairly predictable lot--disappointing, because there's not much in the way of surprise, yet better than 2007's curveball, the obscure "Higher Power of Lucky."
They sure covered their Issues this year ... War, check. Racial tensions, check, check. Nate Wilson's all-white cast, with its wise father-figure, didn't have a chance. Tack "Leepike Ridge" onto my list of Outrages: Books That Deserved the Medal..
The Caldecott prize, however, makes up for the lack of astonishing revelations in the Newbery department. Hugo Cabret? A 500+ page novel? The book even Betsy Bird dismissed? Excuse me while I pop my head outside..
Nope, no sign of Chicken Little. But still. Wow.