I’ve become quite addicted to the larger font sizes on ebooks and find it is driving many of my reading choices these days. My July project for the Award-Winning Books Challenge was to read all the Newbery winners I hadn’t read that are available through Overdrive. A doable goal since it was only four titles.
Criss Cross by Lynne Rae Perkins is a sweet summer story. Wow, this one brought back memories of junior high. While, as Debbie longed for, special things do happen this summer, it’s not a story for action lovers, but rather those who love character development and realistic personal growth.
Bud Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis. What a character! Loved Bud’s voice as well as the characters along the way. Definitely an engaging book for exposing children to the Depression. Having read The Mighty Miss Malone first, I have to say Deza seemed like a mighty strange character in this book. Makes me want to reread the section in her book that recounts their meeting.
Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech. Loved this book. What an interesting cast of characters and what a shocking turn of events. Sal’s voice completely drew me in. I do believe she could make a flea fascinating. Oh, what marvelous grandparents has! So glad I finally read this one. Inarticulate gushing all around!
A Door in the Wall by Marguerite de Angeli is a quiet and inspiring story about a spoiled boy who loses use of his legs. Or, as I said on Goodreads, an “outline of a very interesting story executed in rather dull fashion.” The kind Brother who guides him and shows him the “doors in the wall” is the type of mentor we want for all children, but every conflict was resolved in such brief fashion that it was all rather dull despite the robbers, potential bullies and invaders. While I sometimes think books today have gotten too long, A Door in the Wall was a clear example of earlier children’s literature that is too short and thus lacking in detail.
To see what other challenge participants have been reading this month, visit the August Award Winning Books post.