The people at the Children's Book Council have opened the polls for the Children's Choice Awards. Are you a child? WERE you a child? Well, click here to vote for your favorites from the past year. There's a nice little place for teachers, librarians and booksellers to vote. That's us, adults. Vote there.
I picked Inside Out and Back Again to win in the Battle of the Books for a couple of reasons. One, I did not like the narrator's voice in Heart and Soul. I felt it fictionalized the telling and this history is too important to be fictionalized. But, I am pretty sure that is just me. That voice also makes the story immediate, which might be more important.
Second, I liked Ha's story. I liked how Ha and her brothers overcame bullying and managed to fit in. This was a story of a victory. There is a truth to this story of assimilation that transcends one culture. And yet, I appreciated reading about how Ha and her family kept parts of their culture alive.
Once again, both books had such merit and are so well-written that I would not have been disappointed either way. BoB gives me a reason to wake up and race to my computer every morning! Squeee!!! (as the middle schoolers might say!)
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