Book: A Year Down Yonder by Richard Peck

Revisiting a great book.

Sarah's Notebook

Wrong Way Newbery

On LM_Net, a library listserv I belong to, there has been recent discussion about the Newbery Medal and if it has lost its way. A recent article posed the same question in School Library Journal.

While the SLJ article discussed previous decisions that are now looked at mistakes, choosing The Secret of the Andes over Charlotte’s Web for example, and never choosing a Laura Ingalls Wilder book for the top award, it mostly looks at the last few years where often the unusual book is chosen. I have to admit I didn’t care for many of the titles that won from the last few years and I think it’s a question well worth discussing.

Richard Peck Is A Winner in My Book

However, the fact I was most disappointed to read that A Year Down Yonder by Richard Peck, the 2001 winner, never landed on the best…

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Sarah Uthoff - Trundlebed Tales

Sarah S. Uthoff is the main force behind Trundlebed Tales striving to bring the History, Mystery, Magic and Imagination of Laura Ingalls Wilder and other greats of children’s literature and history to life for a new generation. Uthoff is a nationally known Laura Ingalls Wilder authority and has presented at five of the Wilder homesites, many conferences and numerous libraries, museums, and events around the Midwest. Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos, listen to her podcast, and find her on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, and Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.

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