The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman —Whooo Hoo ! I suspect it will fly off the shelves like Holes does. I am also excited to see that Savvy got an honor award. I think the newbery committee did an excellent job this year.
Actually, I am really surprised to see The Graveyard Book as a winner. It starts out in a really grim place. An entire family is killed, except for the baby. The baby wanders into a graveyard and, at his parents’ request, the ghosts in the graveyard take care of him. It is about taking charge of your life and choosing your own path. It is a hopeful book. Grim and playful . I am so pleased.