Honor For a Reason

>> Sunday, September 12, 2010

I'm (finally) done with my Newberry Honor binge.
Here are my top ten. These ones that, surprisingly, didn't make me yawn and actually ended up as some of my favorite books:

Shen of the Sea by Arthur Bowie Chrisman
A beautiful collection Chinese folktales, as rich, splendid and dashing as The Arabian Nights.

Carry On, Mr. Bowditch by Jean Lee Latham
It was a fantastic adventure on the high-seas filled with so much heart; like "Captain and Commander" for a younger audience.

The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare
I never expected it book to be so exciting. It sure surprised me with romance, prejudice, and a heavy dose of heroism.

The Gammage Cup by Carol Kendall
An absolutely enchanting, splendid book that felt like a friend the minute I read the first line. All about being your own person. Wonderful story and delightful characters.

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L'Engle
I've been avoiding this book for years. Now I wonder why. A great adventure with a moral that had me actually rooting for the characters.

The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi
Such a swash-buckling tale about overcoming doubt and fear. I couldn't put it down, it was so addicting. Also, I cried.

The Giver by Lois Lowry
I honestly believe that everyone who can read should read this. Emotional, thought-provoking, and potent, I think this will be a classic. If it isn't already.

The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo
Charming story of a mouse that saves a princess in a kingdom of outlawed soup.

Princess Academy by Shannon Hale
Like I once said, this is an extraordinary book with likable characters and a plot-line that surpasses its title. Gosh, I love it so much.

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin
Another one of those addicting books. This was such a magical ride that left me loving every second of it. A cleverly-woven tapestry of a book, I highly recommend it. (No, seriously. As in, go read it now.)


Kirthi September 12, 2010 at 8:12 PM  

Wow, these are great books! I haven't read of 4 of them, but they'll be on my TBR list!

The Golden Eagle September 13, 2010 at 4:36 AM  

I LOVE The Witch of Blackbird Pond, The Giver, and The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle. :D

I really disliked Princess Academy, though. Maybe it's just because the premise isn't my style.

Sananora September 13, 2010 at 12:15 PM  

I love "The Gammage Cup"...its a real nice lighthearted book (to an extent), have you read the sequel? Its called "The Whisper of Glocken" its pretty good.

Bethany Mattingly September 13, 2010 at 12:49 PM  

I found your blog a couple of blog hops! Thanks for the reading suggestions. A couple have definitely made it to my reading list.

Eldarwen September 13, 2010 at 12:58 PM  

Hey Celtic Traveler! I don't care if you do a caption contest. Have at it! :):):)

Celtic Traveler September 13, 2010 at 6:30 PM  

Sanora-No, I haven't read the sequel (Yet, of course).

Bethany-Thanks so much for following!

Your guys' commments make my day:)

Margaret W. September 19, 2010 at 10:29 AM  

Just adore Despereaux, and I remember reading "Witch of Blackbird Pond", I really enjoyed it.

The Director November 19, 2011 at 2:31 PM  

I LOVE The Witch of Blackbird Pond. :) <3 :)

And Carry On, Mr. Bowditch ;)

What is Captain and Commander? I know Master and Commander but I've never heard of that one.....

Celtic Traveler November 19, 2011 at 9:37 PM  

Opps. Meant to write *master* and commander:)

The Director November 19, 2011 at 9:38 PM  

That's what I thought ;) *nods* Great book.

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