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2018 Newbery Medal Winners

Yes, it is almost the end of 2018 so we are a bit behind the times here at Compass Book Ratings.  However, we remain committed to having reviews in our database for Newbery Winner and Honor Books.  These books are often recommended by teachers and librarians.  They also remain continuously in print.  And sometimes (not always), they are truly amazing reads.  Here is our take on the 2018 round-up.

Newbery Winner

Hello, Universe - Book CoverHello, Universe

by Erin Entrada Kelly

Although this was the winner for 2018, frankly it was a little under-whelming.  A nice story and nice characters, but didn’t quite have anything that would really “wow” a reader.


Newbery Honor Books

Crown: Ode to the Fresh Cut, Book CoverCrown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut

Written by Derrick Barnes, illustrated by Gordon C. James

The Newbery Awards can cover picture books all the way up to young adult books.  This is a picture book with vibrant illustrations and a positive message.


Long Way Down, Book CoverLong Way Down

By Jason Reynolds

A compelling read that will have a strong impact on readers.  Note though, that is a book from the other end of the age spectrum and firmly in the young adult demographic. (It was also a Prinz winner.)  There is  a tendency to think of Newbery books as “children’s books”.  This book is completely worthy of all the accolades it has received.  Recommended!

Piecing Me Together, Book CoverPiecing Me Together

By Renée Watson

Our reviewer, MaryLou, called it last February when this book was first published.  “Stellar YA contemporary novel!”  Highly recommended, also!

An accountant and CPA by profession, I found myself a book reviewer for Squeaky Clean Reads by happenstance. When the opportunity came to transform that website into Compass Book Ratings, I was excited to seize it and meld my business background with my love of books. As the mother of three teenage sons, I have read a large number of children and young adult books and I believe that there is great value in a content review service. As much as we would love to read everything our children read, there just isn’t enough time. I also appreciate being able to select books for myself that are really worth my precious and limited reading time. I believe there is a book out there for everyone–they just have to find it!

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