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Author Neil Gaiman has been awarded the 2009 Newbery Medal for his quirky fantasy novel The Graveyard Book, which was illustrated by Dave McKean and published by HarperCollins Children’s Books.
"A delicious mix of murder, fantasy, humor and human longing, the tale of Nobody Owens is told in magical, haunting prose. A child marked for death by an ancient league of assassins escapes into an abandoned graveyard, where he is reared and protected by its spirit denizens." (ALA media release 1/26/09)
Neil Gaiman has also been in the news lately for another of his children's books. The movie version of his popular (and scary) novel Coraline will be released February 6, 2009.
Wasn't there a bit of controversy about last year's winner as well? Didn't a bunch of elementary school librarians or elementary school parents try to have it removed from the shelves?
Maybe it is just a sign of the times. Everything is controvertial. Everyone wants to sue someone. Every little thing is over-analyzed and scrutinized.
Since I love Gaiman, I will read it as soon as my ordered copy arrives. I'll let my 15 year old read it next and then my 9 year old. I am not sure that my 7 year old is ready yet. She cringes everytime she sees a commercial for Coraline :) But that is her personal taste, not that she needs to be sheltered from any type of literature.
>6 Whisper1:, Good to see you, too, Linda! I hope you do read The Graveyard Book, I think you'll really enjoy it.
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