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Newbery Winners New in Paperback!

For the first time in a long time (that I can remember, which isn't saying too much...) the Newbery winners from last year are in paperback just as the 2011 winners are being announced.  I would like to call your attention to them and, while I have not reviewed all of them myself, I did include links to reviews that I found informative.

When You Reach Me
by Rebecca Stead.  This book is in my top ten, for sure, and I am thrilled that the paperback edition still has Sophie Blackall's illustrations.  For my review, click here.

The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg 
by Rodman Philbrick.  You can read a review at Civil War

The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate 
by Jacqueline Kelly.  You can read Cindy Hudson's review of the book at Mother-Daughter Book  Hudson is author of the superb Book-by-Book:  The Complete Guide to Creating Mother-Daughter Book Clubs, which is an excellent resource.

Claudette Colvin:  Twice Toward Justice
by Phillip Hoose.  You can read Ruth Conniff's review in the New York TimesBook Review from 2009.

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin: Book Cover

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon 
by Grace Lin comes out in paperback in April of 2011.  Besides being an amazing story (for my review click here) Where the Mountain Meets the Moon is rich with gorgeous illustration and perhaps took a bit longer to print in paperback.  I hope they do justice to Lin's gorgeous artwork in the paperback.

AND:  Winner of the National Book Award new in paperback:

mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine.  Apparently this book was divisive among adult readers and people drew lines in the sand.  For Besty Bird's critical review over at SLJ, click fuse #8.  For an enthusiastic reviews visit Semicolon and Forver Young:  A YA Lit Blog.


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