This week was another round of Newbery’s and it did not disappoint! These last few weeks have shown me that I LOVE award books. They are always quality books, and time well spent. Without further adieu, here are my Newbery picks for this week.
Ramona Quimby, Age 8.
I’ve read most of the Ramona books before, but seemed to have missed this one. In this story, we are introduced to third grade Ramona, with new excitements and worries in her life. Each chapter tells a different event that happens to Ramona during the school year. I’ve never made the connection before this, but Ramona reminds me an awfully lot of Sue Heck from The Middle. Anyone agree?
Nonetheless, this is an very relatable book, and addresses a lot of common issues faced by the average family. I think that’s also why someone today could relate to it, just like someone in 1981 could when the book was first published. Beverly Cleary never disappoints!
Al Capone Does My Shirts
The story is told from the perspective of Moose Flanagan, a 7th grade boy that moves to Alcatraz with his parents and older sister Natalie. Moose’s dad works on Alcatraz as an electrician and prison guard. A big part of the story is centered around Natalie, who has a disability. This book is set in the 1930s, so people have a different attitude towards Natalie. Her mother is in denial, and refuses to admit that Natalie is older than Moose. (Every year they celebrate Natalie turning 10 on her birthday). Moose has a lot of insight for his age, and helps his parents realize what is best for their family.
A big category for Newbery awards is setting, and this author nailed it! I could picture this whole book, as if it was being played out before me. I blew through this book and plan to look for the two books that follow it! Would highly recommend to everyone.