Here are some of the more promising candidates for the 2013 Newbery Medal. Some of the starred review information may quickly become outdated–if it isn’t already.
THE ONE AND ONLY IVAN by Katherine Applegate (three stars) is a novel in prose poems with rich themes.
DRAGONSWOOD by Janet Lee Carey (two stars) is a sequel to the author’s earlier fantasy book.
THE MIGHTY MISS MALONE by Christopher Paul Curtis (two stars) is a sequel to Newbery Medal winner BUD, NOT BUDDY.
STEP GENTLY OUT by Helen Frost (two stars) is a single poem with striking photographic illustrations.
PENNY AND HER SONG by Kevin Henkes (three stars) is an easy reader.
PRINCESS ACADEMY 2 by Shannon Hale is coming in the fall. I can’t wait!
TITANIC: VOICES FROM THE DISASTER by Deborah Hopkinson (two stars) is a nonfiction account on the 100th year anniversary of the disaster.
THE LIONS OF LITTLE ROCK by Kristin Levine (three stars) is historical fiction about the year after the Little Rock Nine.
WE’VE GOT A JOB by Cynthia Levinson (three stars) is a nonfiction book about the 1963 Birmingham Children’s March.
SON by Lois Lowry, the final book in the Giver quartet, publishes in the fall.
NO CRYSTAL STAIR by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson (two stars) a documentary novel about the life of a Harlem bookseller.
THE FALSE PRINCE by Jennifer Nielsen is a fantasy adventure. Great pageturner. Should be a big hit with readers.
MILES TO GO FOR FREEDOM by Linda Barrett Osborne (three stars) is a lavishly illustrated nonfiction book about Jim Crow.
WONDER by R.J. Palacio (three stars) is about a kid with a deformed face about to start school for the first time.
MAY B by Caroline Starr Rose (two stars) is a historical novel in verse.
WHAT CAME FROM THE STARS by Gary Schmidt is an epic high fantasy with a contemporary setting. This one also comes in the fall.
LITTLE ROCK GIRL 1957 by Shelley Tougas (two stars) is a nonfiction book about the iconic photograph.
CROW by Barbara Wright (four stars) is a historical fiction set during the Reconstruction.
Please feel free to add your own recommendations here, now and throughout the spring and summer. See you in the fall. Signing off for now.