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Norvelt is next up in my TBR pile. Never heard of the honor book with Stalin's name in the title (sorry, I forget it). But I'm guessing that's also historical? Newbery really loves historical, despite the fact that so many editors and agents say it doesn't sell.

Very surprised by the almost total passing-over of Okay for Now, though I also found some of the later plot twists coming out of nowhere and over the top. But now I'm very eager to see what I think of Gantos's book alongside it.
#61 - January 23, 2012, 01:28 PM
Adventures of Jenna V. Series
Caroline Grade Mysteries
The Journey of Emilie
Anne Bradstreet: America's Puritan Poet

I liked Dead End in Norvelt quite a bit. (The audio is fantastic.)  But I was a little surprised by the few honors (There was a collective gasp when they announced only two honor books). Given that there were SO MANY books this year worthy of the silver (and gold) stickers, I was more amazed there were not more honor books.

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#62 - January 23, 2012, 02:45 PM
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The Stalin book I had heard of ... considered buying it for my Stalin obsessed 12 year old.
#63 - January 23, 2012, 03:12 PM
Making metaphors out of molehills for over thirty years.

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Yes, Dave, I couldn't believe that really *nothing* else could be ranked *as good as* IOABA or STALIN.
#64 - January 23, 2012, 04:34 PM
BLACKOUT -- available now
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