Saturday, March 17, 2018

The “Another Newbery” Book Haul


Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga’s Reviews. I get to show off all the books I’ve gotten recently.

This year, I’m going to try really hard to read a bunch of Newbery winners. Here’s my most recent batch of them.




The “Another Newbery” Book Haul









. . . And Now Miguel – Joseph Krumgold

Every summer the men of the Chavez family go on a long and difficult sheep drive to the mountains. All the men, that is, except for Miguel. All year long, twelve-year-old Miguel tries to prove that he, too, is up to the challenge. He, too, is ready to take the sheep into his beloved Sangre de Cristo Mountains. 
When his deeds go unnoticed, he prays to San Ysidro, the saint for farmers everywhere. And his prayer is answered . . . but with devastating consequences. 
When you act like an adult but get treated like a child, what else can you do but keep your wishes secret and pray that they'll come true?








It’s Like This, Cat – Emily Cheney Neville

My father is always talking about how a dog can be very educational for a boy. This is one reason I got a cat. 
Dave Mitchell and his father yell at each other a lot, and whenever the fighting starts, Dave's mother gets an asthma attack. That's when Dave storms out of the house. Then Dave meets Tom, a strange boy who helps him rescue Cat. It isn't long before Cat introduces Dave to Mary, a wonderful girl from Coney Island. Slowly Dave comes to see the complexities in people's lives and to understand himself and his family a little better.








Crispin: The Cross of Lead – Avi

"Asta's Son" is all he's ever been called. The lack of a name is appropriate, because he and his mother are but poor peasants in 14th century medieval England. But this thirteen-year-old boy who thought he had little to lose soon finds himself with even less—no home, no family, or possessions. Accused of a crime he did not commit, he may be killed on sight, by anyone. If he wishes to remain alive, he must flee his tiny village. All the boy takes with him is a newly revealed name—Crispin—and his mother's cross of lead.








The Tale of Despereaux – Kate DiCamillo

Welcome to the story of Despereaux Tilling, a mouse who is in love with music, stories, and a princess named Pea. It is also the story of a rat called Roscuro, who lives in the darkness and covets a world filled with light. And it is the story of Miggery Sow, a slow-witted serving girl who harbors a simple, impossible wish. These three characters are about to embark on a journey that will lead them down into a horrible dungeon, up into a glittering castle, and, ultimately, into each other's lives.








Kira-Kira – Cynthia Kadohata

Glittering. That's how Katie Takeshima's sister, Lynn, makes everything seem. The sky is kira-kira because its color is deep but see-through at the same time. The sea is kira-kira for the same reason and so are people's eyes. When Katie and her family move from a Japanese community in Iowa to the Deep South of Georgia, it's Lynn who explains to her why people stop on the street to stare, and it's Lynn who, with her special way of viewing the world, teaches Katie to look beyond tomorrow, but when Lynn becomes desperately ill, and the whole family begins to fall apart, it is up to Katie to find a way to remind them all that there is always something glittering—kira-kira—in the future.







Have you read any of these? What did you think?









23 comments:

  1. No, I haven't read any but they all look good, especially Miguel's story.

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  2. Haven't read any of them, but I think the Despereaux one was made into a movie. If you're into that.

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  3. I've not read any of these but I am intrigued about the boy who got a cat because of his father's comments about dogs. Hope you enjoy these.

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  4. Crispin is one I remember really enjoying back in middle school/junior high days. I think there are a few sequels to it, but I could never get into them.

    Enjoy your new books, and thanks for visiting Shell's Stories!

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  5. I have not read any of these - hope you enjoy your new treasures!

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  6. I have not read any of these, but I have a couple of them (in boxes somewhere). I love that you're trying to read some of these award winning books.

    Have a wonderful weekend. - Katie

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  7. I haven't read any of these, but I hope you will enjoy these!

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  8. I think The Tale of Despereaux looks really fun. And I've never heard of It's Like This, Cat but it looks really nice.

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  9. It's Like This, Cat sounds like something I'd love to read, AJ! I need to stalk you for your review!

    Have a lovely week!

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  10. I've just 1-clicked it's Like This, Cat after reading your post. I hope you've had a great week.

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  11. I used to read so many Newberry books when I was in school! And now I read like...zero.😂So I don't even recognise these and I feel so bad gah. Except for The Tale of Despereaux! My nephew is reading that though and loves it!

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  12. It's Like This, Cat looks like so much fun - and the cover is lovely!

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  13. I should really read The Tale of Despereaux sometime, I keep meaning to. Hope you enjoy this batch!

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  14. I've read Kira Kira and enjoyed it! I hope you like these books! :-) My haul!

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  15. Newberry hauls are the best :) I haven't read any of these, but they look really cool. Enjoy!

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  16. I remember reading It's Like This, Cat when I was in school and loving it and my son loved it too. I hope you enjoy all of these :)

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  17. Lots of great books. I haven't seen many of these. I will have to check them out. I hope you enjoy them all!

    Mary #SundayRoundup #10

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  18. With the exception of The Tale of Despereaux, all of these books are new to me. I hope you enjoy all of them :)

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  19. So many fascinating books. I've not read any of these but a few caught my eye:)

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  20. It's like this, Cat must be such a cute story :) Enjoy!

    Ronnie @ Paradise Found

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  21. The Tale of Despereaux looks so sweet!

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  22. Kira Kira is another one I confuse with Criss Cross and Krik? Krak!

    I haven't read any of these, except maybe "It's Like This, Cat" way back when it was a recent Newbery winner. I have it in a mental file with books like DInky Hocker Shoots Smack; Mom, The Wolfman, and Me, and The Cat Ate My Gymsuit. Avi is super hit or miss for me, and I like Kate DeCamillo, but feel like my window for reading about talking animals has long since closed.

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  23. I have to admit that I haven't heard of a lot of these... But I have heard of The Tale of Desperaeux. I know my best friend loved it and has recommended it to me since then :3

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