It was tough narrowing down my top three.
Funny, charming, but with enough gravitas and realism to make this a kid-friendly and appealing look into an Asian-American family's life, particularly generation and cultural gaps. I'm exceedingly fond of this book and was sorry that it seemed to have been forgotten come the end of the year and the "Best Of 2011" lists.
The Trouble With May Amelia
Huge Jennifer Holm fan. Kids love her, parents love her, critics love her. I ask you, what does this woman have to do to get a Newbery Medal?
I love this book, and I don't care what anybody says. It's funny! It has danger! Suspense! A mouse that goes on adventures! Yes, this was one of several mouse adventures stories this year, but so what?
Friday: Look for my 2011 picks for poetry and young adult fiction. And then Monday...the Youth Media Awards!