I was a pretty big fan of Breadcrumbs, but I think this one is even more well-crafted, (and - crucially, at the Newbery table - less potentially divisive). I don't want to steal the thunder of Sam's upcoming review, but everything - character, setting, theme, style - fits together to make a truly distinguished novel. Ms. Ursu is at the top of her game.
I luuuuuurve it.
The Fairly Large Silver Medals
I love this one almost as much as I love The Real Boy, but I think it will go silver - partly due to its sequel status. As I believe Sam is going to point out in an upcoming post, there's actually nothing in the rules preventing sequels from winning, but they've been overlooked for the medal for the past couple of decades.
Linda Urban's about due for some Newbery recognition, isn't she? And maybe this is the book that will earn it. It was the first book I reviewed this year, and its intricate structure and emotional honesty have stayed with me for lo these many months.
But what about...?
Why This Post is Full of Bologna
Here's what's still sitting on my "to read" shelf:
...and many more. So I will no doubt be eating my words come November, December, and most assuredly, January.