I saw When You Reach Me coming, was unimpressed by Calpurnia Tate, hated Homer Figg, and read the Grace Lin title but didn't even comment on it as it seemed too young.
As for the Printz Awards, everyone in the office laughed when I read the description of Going Bovine, but no one wanted to read it. The only one they nailed was Monstrumologist. Great, great book, and Rick Yancey deserves this. Students will actually read this book.
Again, sigh. Remember, NOWHERE in the criteria does it say that actual children have to actually like the books. Keep this in mind, librarians, before you buy the books.
John Newbery Medal for most outstanding contribution to children’s literature
“When You Reach Me,” written by Rebecca Stead, is the 2010 Newbery Medal winner.
Four Newbery Honor Books also were named: “Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice” by Phillip Hoose ; “The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate” by Jacqueline Kelly ; “Where the Mountain Meets the Moon” by Grace Lin; and “The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg” by Rodman Philbrick.
Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in literature written for young adults
“Going Bovine,” written by Libba Bray, is the 2010 Printz Award winner.
Four Printz Honor Books also were named: “Charles and Emma: The Darwins’ Leap of Faith” by Deborah Heiligman; “The Monstrumologist” by Rick Yancey; “Punkzilla” by Adam Rapp; and “Tales of the Madman Underground: An Historical Romance, 1973” by John Barnes.