I have updated my rankings accordingly. Like I have mentioned several times before, the following list does not include the works that did not happen to make the list of award winners (but that we still enjoyed together) such as the seven books included in The Chronicles of Narnia, Hatchet (an honor recipient), and The Hobbit.
Here is the list to date (along with my respective reviews):
- The One and Only Ivan (2013)
- The Giver (1994)
- The Tale of Despereax (2004)
- Bridge to Terabithia (1978)
- Dead End in Norvelt (2012)
- Kira-Kira (2005)
- Shiloh (1992)
- Flora & Ulysses (2014)
- A Year Down Yonder (2001)
- Crispin: The Cross of Lead (2003)
- A Single Shard (2002)
- When You Reach Me (2010)
- Holes (1990)
- A Wrinkle in Time (1963)
- The Higher Power of Lucky (2007)
- Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! (2008)
- The Graveyard Book (2009)
- Moon Over Manifest (2011)
- Criss Cross (2006)
I really enjoyed this work. Thought-provoking and truly engaging. Far superior to some series that make up much of today’s dystopian-future genre (though I have nothing against Hunger Games and such). Some content might be a bit too much for younger readers but the author is careful to insinuate rather than be direct.
My favorite quote from this book was when the author describes the time and setting to be “The life where nothing was ever unexpected. Or inconvenient. Or unusual. The life without color, pain, or past” (1815).
I am encouraging my eleven year-old daughter to continue on in the series. I might even join her at some point in the future. Now on to the movie (though I have only heard disappointing reviews thus far).
As far as our next selection, we will tackle Bud, Not Buddy. Have you read it? If so, care to share your experience?