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The Honor

I’d hoped to have a post for you by now of Surrender Tree, but I’m still only almost done. (My bus keeps coming on time!)

You all know what Sharon and I think of After Tupac & Foster, The Underneath, and Savvy. What do you think? Here’s a challenge: give us a one to two word explanation as to why they are "distinguished." As a reminder, ALSC defines "distinguished" as:

  • marked by eminence and distinction: noted for significant achievement
  • marked by excellence in quality
  • marked by conspicuous excellence or eminence
  • individually distinct

Here’s my go:

indeliblely vivid


lyrical and tenacious

Ok, I guess I just allowed two-word + contraction. Go to it.

Nina Lindsay About Nina Lindsay

Nina Lindsay is the Children's Services Coordinator at the Oakland Public Library, CA. She chaired the 2008 Newbery Committee, and served on the 2004 and 1998 committees. You can reach her at


  1. Sadly, I have only read Savvy and about it I can only say *nice enough*

  2. I blogged about The Surrender Tree back in April. I managed to own three copies and kept putting it in the hands of students. It was a hidden treasure here. I don’t know why the photos don’t show on the post, but you can still read about where the book took me in my thoughts.

  3. After Tupac and D Foster – authentic kidvibe
    Savvy – deliciously fizzy
    Underneath – poetic thunder
    Surrender tree – (haven’t read – will soon!)

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