Katherine Applegate. Katherine Applegate — also known as the K. A. Applegate of Animorphs, a book series I devoured as a kid. I spent many many phone calls on the Barnes & Noble in Corpus Christi, Texas, checking to see if the newest book had arrived yet. Trust me — they came out monthly and the series has well over 40 books.
And now? Now she is THE Newbery Author of the year. Wow. I am incredibly pleased with this award.
I made a goal a couple of years ago to read all the Newbery Medal Winners, and doing that changed my perception of quality of children’s literature. I have enjoyed children’s literature my whole life, but it was the Newbery Medal year-point-five-long binge that really taught me what elements make quality children’s literature. I have a sky-high respect for the Newbery Awards — they encapsulate all that I find valuable in children’s lit.
Unnnnfortunately. All the libraries in my area — and I do mean ALL — have this book either checked out or on hold. Sigh. I don’t want to wait that long. And asking for it for my birthday means the book is still a week away longer than I want it to be. So, I’m sorry Dan; I know you covet the “best present of the [holiday] award,” but I’m going to have to give this one to myself. Happy early birthday to me with Amazon and two-day shipping!