Our family completed yet another Newbery Medal Award Winner in Karen Hesse’s The View from Saturday.
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)
- Out of the Dust (1998)
- Bud, Not Buddy (2000)
- 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 (1999)
- A Wrinkle in Time (1963)
- The Higher Power of Lucky (2007)
- Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! (2008)
- The Graveyard Book (2009)
- The View From Saturday (1997)
- Moon Over Manifest (2011)
- Criss Cross (2006)
This was one of our least favorite reads to-date. Granted, due to a busy holiday schedule, this book took far longer to read than it usually does, but the book just did not captive my children’s imagination (nor mine). Along with that, there were glimmers of content that I had to skim over because I did not believe that the topic was age-appropriate.
The format and premise of the book was so promising. The concept of how an unlikely team is compiled from unsuspecting characters is compelling . . . but the narrative never really gels (and the ending is a bit abrupt). That being said, my favorite quote was when one character suggests, “The storm in our private lives had picked him up and put him out of place. Me, too. I, too, had been picked up from one place and set down in another. I, too, had been stranded. We both needed help resettling” (60).
As far as our next selection, we will take a step back from Newbery Award winners to read through a series that was highly recommended from me by a trusted family member – Peter and the Starcatchers. Have you read any of them? If so, do you care to share your experience?