Poetry takes the Newbery
This year's finalists lack literary merit.
The Best Bad Luck I Ever Had
An appealing young adult novel about race relations in the early twentieth century.
Mildred D. Taylor’s Short Stories
Mildred Talyor has written several books based on her family's history.
This Coretta Scott King Award winner is a prequel to "Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry."
Benjamin and the Paradise Project
Eleven-year-old Benjamin discovers the truth about himself in this science fiction mystery.
The Wonder of Charlie Anne
Sometimes being a good friend means taking risks.
Amos Fortune, Free Man
In this biography of an African slave, Yates demonstrates that to forgive can sometimes be human as well as divine.
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|highly recommended: you must read this!
recommended: age-appropriate and entertaining
acceptable: not outstanding but not problematic
some reservations: contains potentially problematic scenes or concepts
not recommended: not appropriate for intended readers