Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Newbery TBR

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is top ten books on my winter to-be-read list. In 2018, I’m going to try really hard to get through the past Newbery winners that I haven’t read yet. Here are 10 Newberys that I swear I’m going to read this winter. (Please send motivation. I need it.)

My Newbery TBR

Criss Cross – Lynne Rae Perkins

She wished something would happen. 
Something good. To her. Checking her wish for loopholes, she found one. Hoping it wasn't too late, she thought the word soon. 
Meanwhile, in another part of town, he felt as if the world was opening. Life was rearranging itself; bulging in places, fraying in spots. He felt himself changing, too, but into what? 
So much can happen in a summer.

A Year Down Yonder – Richard Peck

It's 1937, and while rumor has it that the worst of the Depression is over, the "Roosevelt recession" is firmly in place. It's not bad enough that Mary Alice's dad has lost his job, or that her parents are being forced to move into a "light housekeeping" room, or that her older brother Joey has gone off to plant trees out west with the Civilian Conservation Corps. Now Mary Alice must spend a year living with her feisty and formidable grandmother in a hick town where the other kids in school think of her as the "rich Chicago girl." Grandma Dowdel is well known about town and most of the residents cower in fear at the mere sight of her. It's a fear well justified, for the woman has little tolerance for fools, a rifle she knows how to use, and a knack for cooking up outrageous schemes. At first, Mary Alice finds herself an unwitting (and often unwilling) accomplice to some of Grandma's more shocking manipulations, but as time goes by, Mary Alice discovers a knack of her own when it comes to conniving.

Out of The Dust – Karen Hesse

When Billie Jo is just fourteen she must endure heart-wrenching ordeals that no child should have to face. The quiet strength she displays while dealing with unspeakable loss is as surprising as it is inspiring. 
Written in free verse, this award-winning story is set in the heart of the Great Depression. It chronicles Oklahoma's staggering dust storms, and the environmental—and emotional—turmoil they leave in their path.

The View from Saturday – E.L. Koingsburg

How has Mrs. Olinski chosen her sixth-grade Academic Bowl team? She had a number of answers. But were any of them true? How had she really chosen Noah and Nadia and Ethan and Julian? And why did they make such a good team? It was a surprise to a lot of people when Mrs. Olinski's team won the sixth-grade Academic Bowl contest at Epiphany Middle School. It was an even bigger surprise when they beat the seventh grade and the eighth grade, too. And when they went on to even greater victories, everyone began to ask: How did it happen? 
It happened at least partly because Noah had been the best man (quite by accident) at the wedding of Ethan's grandmother and Nadia's grandfather. It happened because Nadia discovered that she could not let a lot of baby turtles die. It happened when Ethan could not let Julian face disaster alone. And it happened because Julian valued something important in himself and saw in the other three something he also valued. 
Mrs. Olinski, returning to teaching after having been injured in an automobile accident, found that her Academic Bowl team became her answer to finding confidence and success. What she did not know, at least at first, was that her team knew more than she did the answer to why they had been chosen.

The Midwife’s Apprentice – Karen Cushman

The girl known only as Brat has no family, no home, and no future until she meets Jane the Midwife and becomes her apprentice. As she helps the sharp-tempered Jane deliver babies, Brat—who renames herself Alyce—gains knowledge, confidence, and the courage to want something from life: "A full belly, a contented heart, and a place in this world."

Missing May – Cynthia Rylant

When May dies suddenly while gardening, Summer assumes she'll never see her beloved aunt again. But then Summer's Uncle Ob claims that May is on her way back—she has sent a sign from the spirit world. 
Summer isn't sure she believes in the spirit world, but her quirky classmate Cletus Underwood—who befriends Ob during his time of mourning—does. So at Cletus' suggestion, Ob and Summer (with Cletus in tow) set off in search of Miriam B. Young, Small Medium at Large, whom they hope will explain May's departure and confirm her possible return.

Maniac Magee – Jerry Spinelli

Jeffrey Lionel "Maniac" Magee might have lived a normal life if a freak accident hadn't made him an orphan. After living with his unhappy and uptight aunt and uncle for eight years, he decides to run—and not just run away, but run. This is where the myth of Maniac Magee begins, as he changes the lives of a racially divided small town with his amazing and legendary feats.

The Whipping Boy – Sid Fleischman

A shout comes echoing up the stairway “Fetch the whipping boy!”
A young orphan named Jemmy rouses from his sleep. “Ain't I already been whipped twice today? Gaw! What's the prince done now?” It was forbidden to spank, thrash, or whack the heir to the throne. Jemmy had been plucked from the streets to serve as whipping boy to the arrogant and spiteful Prince Brat.

Dear Mr. Henshaw – Beverly Cleary

After his parents separate, Leigh Botts moves to a new town with his mother. Struggling to make friends and deal with his anger toward his absent father, Leigh loses himself in a class assignment in which he must write to his favorite author. When Mr. Henshaw responds, the two form an unexpected friendship that will change Leigh’s life forever.

Dicey’s Song – Cynthia Voigt

Thirteen-year-old Dicey Tillerman brings her abandoned family to the home of their eccentric grandmother to learn how to trust, and when to let go.

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


  1. Nice bear! Maybe he'll eat the snotty prince...

  2. I haven't read any of these. Criss Cross sounds good though. Great list!!

  3. These are all so great! I am thinking of setting my Goodreads reading goal a little higher next year and Newberry picks seem like a great way to read more books but enjoy quality writing. Also, Dear Mr. Henshaw sounds like the cutest thing ever.

  4. Great list. A Year Down Yonder grabs my attention because of the train on the cover. My husband is all about model trains so those things always catch my attention even though the synopsis is clearly not about trains. :D

  5. I might have read Dear Mr. Henshaw. I've definitely heard of it and Cleary was a big deal back in my youth.

    Anyway, good luck. :)

  6. Newbery has brought my attention to so many great young adult books over the years. Out of the Dust was a really good read, by the way. Hope you enjoy it.

    Here is our Top Ten Tuesday. Thanks for stopping by earlier today!

  7. Out of the Dust is a good one. Sad, but good.

    Thanks for visiting Shell's Stories!

  8. I completely forgot about some of these books!!!! I remember loving Maniac Magee (thanks for reminding me it existed). I also remember reading The Midwife's Apprentice and being "eh" as a kid, but also loving "Out of the Dust." Great list!

  9. I love Love LOVE Maniac Magee. it was a tough one for some of my students to understand, especially when discussing race, but it is an important book. I have meant to read "The View from Saturday" for ages, because I love "From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler" so...

    You can definitely make this goal, AJ! Happy reading!

  10. I’m a huge fan of Out of the Dust. It’s a quick read and it makes me cry. And cry.

    Read that one first!

  11. Ooh, great list. I've loved every Newbery winner I've ever read. From this list I've read Out of the Dust, Dicey's Song, Dear Mr. Henshaw, and A Year Down Yonder.

  12. I hope you get to read them this year. Sending you all the great energy to tackle all of them. Happy reading and have a wonderful week. 😁❤️

  13. Oh great goal for your winter reading! Looks like you've got some awesome books on this list. :)

  14. This looks like a great reading project for winter! I haven't read these, although I recognize a few that my daughter loved. Enjoy!

  15. While I haven't read any of these, I love seeing so many from the 80's and 90's. And seeing one from Beverly Cleary... that's like a blast from the past. She was a favorite when I was a child. Hope you manage to get to all of these!

  16. There are some great titles here. I haven’t read any but I did read a book by Richard Peck about the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair

  17. What a great goal, to read the Newberys! Of these, I've read The Whipping Boy and Dear Mr. Henshaw. Sid Fleischman is one of my favorite authors!

  18. I always try to read the Newbery books. My favorite of all time (so far) is Maniac Magee. I also loved Dear Mr. Henshaw.

  19. I've only read a couple of these, but it was a long time ago. I hope you enjoy them! Reading the award winners is a good goal! I did just read one Newbery Award winner, The Girl Who Drank the Moon, and I really enjoyed that one.

  20. I remember reading Maniac McGee in school, but I don't remember what I thought about it at all, because it was several years ago. I love this idea though, and it's one I just may steal, especially since my children are coming up on Newbery Award winning book reading themselves.

    Have a great week. - Katie

  21. The Midwife’s Apprentice was one a childhood favorite of mine! This is a great little reading challenge, I hope you find some good ones!

  22. I'm disappointed in myself. I haven't read any of these!

  23. I think it is great that you read all of these award winners. My daughter was in the book battle club in middle school and they focused on award winning books. She had a ton of fun!

  24. I loved The View From Saturday and the whole Tillerman cycle. Dicey's Song is a sequel.I liked Midwife's Apprentice, Out of the Dust, and Criss-Cross. I've liked books by all the other authors, but don't necessarily love each of these choices. Even as a kid, I found many Newbery medalists to be a bit ponderous.

  25. I hope you enjoy all of your TBR reads! They sound like fun :)

  26. I've read and loved all of these! I'm working on reading through the Newberys backwards, so I've gone from 2017 back to 1980 now. Criss Cross was one of my favorites because I loved the writing in it. Enjoy your Newbery reads!

  27. Is it terrible to admit... I don't think I've ever heard of any of these?? Ooops! Hope you enjoy reading all of these - and great way to create a list (by choosing a specific format, in this case, Newbery winners.)

    Thanks so much for visiting Finding Wonderland!!

  28. I actually haven't read OR heard of any of these! Thanks for sharing :)