When I was in middle school, we had this list posted in our school library of award-winning and honor books. If we read one of these books, took the online test on it, and got above a certain score, we could be entered in a drawing to win prizes. And if we took so many of those tests, we were allowed to come to a party once a month during class time. Through this, I was introduced to such books as The Princess Academy by Shannon Hale, Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine, and The Wanderer by Sharon Creech. That list of Newbery Honor books introduced me to stories that I fell in love with and that I might not have otherwise given a chance.
Here at the Book Table, we have a section dedicated just to books that have won awards. This section contains not only novels, but picture books as well. Browsing through this section is a great chance to meet your next favorite book. We’ve highlighted a few of our personal favorites below.
Savvy by Ingrid Law
For generations, the Beaumont family has harbored a magical secret. They each possess a “savvy” -a special supernatural power that strikes when they turn thirteen. Grandpa Bomba moves mountains, her older brothers create hurricanes and spark electricity . . . and now it’s the eve of Mibs’s big day.
As if waiting weren’t hard enough, the family gets scary news two days before Mibs’s birthday: Poppa has been in a terrible accident. Mibs develops the singular mission to get to the hospital and prove that her new power can save her dad. So she sneaks onto a salesman’s bus . . . only to find the bus heading in the opposite direction. Suddenly Mibs finds herself on an unforgettable odyssey that will force her to make sense of growing up-and of other people, who might also have a few secrets hidden just beneath the skin.
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin
In the valley of Fruitless Mountain, a young girl named Minli spends her days working hard in the fields and her nights listening to her father spin fantastic tales about the Jade Dragon and the Old Man of the Moon. Minli’s mother, tired of their poor life, chides him for filling her head with nonsense. But Minli believes these enchanting stories and embarks on an extraordinary journey to find the Old Man of the Moon and ask him how her family can change their fortune. She encounters an assorted cast of characters and magical creatures along the way, including a dragon who accompanies her on her quest.
Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy by Gary D. Schmidt
Turner Buckminster can’t find anything good to say about his first six hours in Phippsburg, Maine, where even baseball is a different game. He’s about ready to light out for the Territories, where every shirt he wears won’t have to be starched white and no one will know him as the new minister’s son. But after meeting Lizzie Bright Griffin, a smart and sassy girl who lives on nearby Malaga Island, a poor community founded by former slaves, he doesn’t feel quite so miserable. Lizzie shows Turner how to hit a Maine baseball, dig for clams along the shore, and row a boat next to a whale–opening up a whole new world to him, one filled with the mystery and wonder of Maine’s rocky coast.
But the two soon discover that the town elders, along with Turner’s father, want to force the people of Lizzie’s island to leave so that a lucrative tourist trade can be started there. Although Turner is forbidden to step foot on the island, he and Lizzie try to save its people–and get caught up in a spiral of disasters that alter their lives forever.
Come check out the Award Winners section in our Children’s Book department. Don’t be afraid to ask for a recommendation or two…you might just fall in love with your new favorite book! 🙂