Friday, February 17, 2006

More Award Winners!

A Wreath for Emmett Till which won Boston Globe and Horn Book honors, ALA "best book for young adults", Printz honor, as well as being a Coretta Scott King honor book is a book of interlinked sonnets...

15 sonnets reflecting on the life, death and legacy of Emmett Till, the last line being the first line of the next sonnet, the final one being comprised of the first lines of the previous sonnetts, a fairly impressive feat and very well done.

Except for the 9/11 references they didn't fit and just seemed to cheapen it.

Show Way was a Newberry honor book, even though it's short (21 unnumbered pages) and is the story of the author's ancestors and the quilts they made showing the underground railway path. But what really sets this book apart is its illustrations... a quilt of color and photographs, and the text and page layout is like a quilt and gorgeous. Even if they did put Maryland as a southern state (which would have made DC's position hard!).

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