Who Was the Newbery Award Winner? OMGBookworm Mia Wenjen Has an OMGguess!

Later today, the Newbery winner for 2013 will be announced, along with a slew of other children’s and Young Adult awards, in a star-studded night capped off by a speech by the Newbery winner. Think Oscars but for children’s books!

I wrote about all of my predictions here (and I’ll be posting the winners on January 28th on Pragmatic Mom as they are announced), but my vote for the award, and a perfect gift for your OMGchildren is…

The Great Unexpected by Sharon Creech. (Fingers crossed!)*

This book is probably Sharon Creech’s finest to date with a tightly constructed interwoven plot that is From The Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler (the outside narrator that the plot turns on) meets Irish faerie magical realism. While the cast of characters is large, each person plays a role in this story that spans generations of sorrow yet wraps up in a denouement that is both inspiring and satisfying. The Newbery award seems to favor a windy plot set in small town Americana. I put my money on this book for the top Newbery award!

Need more convincing that your OMGchildren will love this one? Here is a beautiful passage straight from the book:

I had big thoughts to match the big wind. I wondered if we find the people we need when we need them. I wondered if we attract our future by some sort of invisible force, or if we are drawn to it by a similar force. I felt I was turning a corner and that change was afoot.

In the little town of Blackbird Tree live two orphan girls: one Naomi Deane, brimming with curiosity, and her best friend, Lizzie Scatterding, who could talk the ears off a cornfield. Naomi has a knack for being around when trouble happens. For she knows all the peculiar people in town—like Crazy Cora and Witch Wiggins and Mr. Farley. But then, one day, a boy drops out of a tree. The strangely charming Finn boy. Then the Dingle Dangle man appears, asking all kinds of questions. Curious surprises are revealed—three locked trunks, a pair of rooks, a crooked bridge, and that boy. Soon Naomi and Lizzie find themselves zooming toward a future neither could ever have imagined. Meanwhile, on a grand estate across the ocean, an old lady whose heart has been deceived concocts a plan. . . .

As two very different worlds are woven together, Newbery Medal winner Sharon Creech celebrates the gossamer thread that connects us all, and the great and unexpected gifts of love, friendship, and forgiveness.

*Ok, so the Newbery went to The One and Only Ivan, but The Great Unexpected is still a great book for the OMGkids!!

The Great Unexpected
Ages: 8-12

Check out all of our monthly book reviews by Mia Wenjen of the fantastic blog Pragmatic Mom!


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