Whisper's attempt at the NewBerry winners

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Whisper's attempt at the NewBerry winners

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març 2, 2009, 9:17pm

I found this group this evening and am delighted. In 2009 I want to read as many NewBerry winning books as possible.

I just finished Kira-Kira by Cynthia Kadohata and From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg

Editat: set. 10, 2009, 6:02pm

Hi Whisper 1!

Welcome to the Newbery Challenge group. What did you think of Kira-Kira by Cynthia Kadohata? and From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler? by E.L. Konigsburg? I remember loving that book as a girl!

Happy reading!

març 5, 2009, 6:39pm

Hi Whisper,
Just wanted to check this challenge out. Do you have a reading plan or just whatever strikes your fancy? There are so many ways to set goals, like maybe picking a certain year and reading all the winners in that year. Just curious because I might just join this challenge as well.

març 5, 2009, 10:03pm

Hi Lorie
You raise a great question. I don't really have a serious plan, so I would be open to suggestions.

Nice to see you here, as well as on the 75 book challenge.

I'm currently reading A View from Saturday, E.L. Konigsburg's other Newberry award winning book.

març 5, 2009, 10:06pm

Message #2, Thank you for the welcome.

The answer to your questions is this:
Kira-Kira is a stunningly beautiful book.
I liked the creativity of From The Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil Frankweiler, but it did not hold the sheer beauty of Kira-Kira.

Lorie, has an interesting question and I'm wondering how you tackle the list of Newberry Award winners.

març 5, 2009, 10:49pm

I don't know what you're going to do with your challenge, Linda, but I've decided for my own that I work better without structure, which just ends up making me feel like I'm in school and a failure when I read other things instead. So I've just adopted as a life goal or sorts to read as many Newbery Award Winners, and honor books, too, as possible.

març 6, 2009, 8:42am

You and I are alike in many ways. I initially reacted to the question by thinking "oh, no a plan...I don't have a plan!"

By the way, I'm almost finished with E.L. Konigsburg's A View From Saturday. It is so wonderfully heartwarming that I hate it to end. This is her second Newberry Award winning book.

març 6, 2009, 8:55am

I love A View from Saturday, Linda! I remember being in middle school when it won the award and absolutely loving it.

març 7, 2009, 11:46pm

I finished The Whipping Boy by Sid Fleischman.. next up..Miss Hickory.

març 8, 2009, 12:01am

Ooh, I'm excited for you, Linda! Miss Hickory is oodles of fun.

març 13, 2009, 1:46am

I finished the 1997 Newbery Award winning book
The Midwife's Apprentice by Karent Cushman

març 18, 2009, 9:42am


My reading is part of my senior year thesis so I do have to stick to a plan, somewhat, just to get through the stack before graduation. I have planned to read each book consecutively, starting from 1922 and reading each year's winner up to 2009. However, I am now finding it helpful to read with a similar theme or books set in the same time period together. I have to write about each book I read so after I read Tales from Silver Lands I started on ...and now Miguel and then Shadow of A Bull and I have yet to read Secret of the Andes. Since all of these titles concern Spanish or Latin American culture I find it easier to write a critical review of each book if I read them all together as a group.

I really liked Shadow of A Bull. I adhore bull fighting but the writing itself is very clean; it's a good story well told.


març 21, 2009, 7:51am

Thanks Sharon.
I'm heading to the library today to return some of the Newbery books I've read. I'll see if they have Shadow of a Bull. I appreciate your recommendation.

març 23, 2009, 4:40pm

You're making great progress so far. Good luck on your plan-less plan to read them all. ;)

març 24, 2009, 9:13pm

Nicole. Thanks for your comments. I finished the Newbery honor book Richard Peck A Long Way From Chicago. I laughed so darn hard. What a wonderful book.

I'm currently reading Missing May, yet another stellar work.


juny 18, 2009, 12:47am


Have you read A Year Down Yonder by Richard Peck? It won the Newbery medal in 2001 and is a sort of sequel to A Long Way from Chicago.

juny 18, 2009, 9:08am

Yes, I've read that book and it was so funny.

juny 18, 2009, 7:10pm

Hello Whisper!
Just found this group and joined and wanted to drop a line and say hi :)
Read any Newbery books lately? I think the last one I finished was A Long Way from Chicago. I found a used copy of A Wrinkle in Time recently - I think that will be my next.

set. 10, 2009, 6:05pm

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L' Engle is a great read! Enjoy and drop back to give us your review.


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