Sunday, January 2, 2011

Countdown, The Dreamer, One Crazy Summer, and Keeper

Confession: I cannot stop thinking about the 2011 Newbery Medal. I've had two Newbery Medal nightmares. The winner is announced and my body gives out. I look around the room--everyone is talking about how they knew it would win. I scream, "WHAT? I'VE NEVER HEARD OF THAT BOOK!!" Can you relate?

I predict librarians around the country will place a shiny Newbery sticker on one of these books.

Countdown by Deborah Wiles

The Dreamer by Pam Munoz Ryan

One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams Garcia

Keeper by Kathi Appelt

Follow Deborah's blog! You might find an extreme close-up of me.

Deborah signs a copy of Countdown.

It looks like Pam Munoz Ryan revamped her website.

The Dreamer discussion guide

Pam Munoz Ryan discusses Esperanza Rising

Start reading One Crazy Summer

Travis Jonker and I love Keeper.

Borrow these awesome books from your school or public library. Whenever possible, please support independent bookshops.


  1. John - Trust will not ever look around saying "What? I've never even heard of that book." :-) Just another 8 days till the announcement. I can't believe I will be there.

  2. I'm leaving San Diego on Sunday. :( Thank you for the comment.

  3. All are such great books and are deserving! Thanks for suggesting them to me. I know I would not have read Keeper on my own and it is one of my favorite of the year. Thank you!!