Anyway, in honor of "touche" children's literature, a list of my five favorite Newbery Winners.
1. Bridge to Terabithia
I swear, this book ends up on every "favorites" or "top 10" list I make that it's eligible for. I love it so much. If you haven't read it yet, buy yourself a box of tissues and sit down and read it. Because it's amazing. And the movie is pretty good too, actually.
2. Criss Cross
Lynne Rae Perkins
One of the more recent winners (2006), this book seriously deserved it. Perkins is a master of words and this book, like her earlier All Alone in the Universe completely resonated with me. It's a very character-driven story that sometimes seems to be lacking in plot, but all the different threads of this book come together so perfectly. It's incredible.
3. The View from Saturday
E. L. Konigsburg
Please don't ambush me for thinking this is better than the formidable The Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler. Because it really is the best.
4. The Higher Power of Lucky
There's just something wonderful about this book. Probably, um, the whole entire thing, actually.
5. Ginger Pye
This book is definitely the oldest on my list -- it won in 1952 -- and I haven't read it in ages, but I remember absolutely loving it.
What are your favorite Newberries?