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review 2014-01-17 21:40
Doll Bones by Holly Black
Doll Bones - Holly Black

Well hello, my Newbery pick.


What a pitch-perfect coming-of-age, changing world, just-creepy-enough story. It has characters I adored, questions I wanted to answer, and just a touch of magical realism. I literally could not put it down, and read it in one sitting.

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review 2014-01-06 04:05
The Thing About Luck by Cynthia Kadohata
The Thing About Luck - Cynthia Kadohata

I'm trying to catch up on the various Newbery short list books before Midwinter at the end of the month, and this was the first read. It's a good one, too.


The thing with the books this year is that for me there's no Ivan. There's no one book that has leaped up and grabbed me around the neck and held on like last year's winner did. I'm not sure if I'm missing something, or if it's just that I'm not going to get as excited every year as I was last year. 




Cynthia Kadohata is a heavyweight. She's a writer's writer - one of those people whose every scene counts, whose every word counts. That's on full display in The Thing About Luck. It's beautifully written and exceptionally well characterized. It'll be brilliant for classroom use. I'm not sure it'll be my Newbery pick, but if it wins, I wouldn't be sorry.

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