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