The Rebecca Caudill Young Readers’ Award has put together its 2010 master list. The 20 books on the list are read and voted on by children in grades 4-8. Here, at the WPL, the Rebecca Caudill list is divided between the Children’s and Young Adult Collection. The 14 titles in the Children’s Department are pulled out on a Caudill list rack near the reference desk and 3 of the titles are also on the Battle of the Books rack. Some of the titles are available on audio book. For more information on the Rebecca Caudill Award, visit www.rebeccacaudill.org. Lists of the 2010 master list are available at the Children’s Department desk and on the Rebecca Caudill rack.
I just finished one of the Caudill nominees, A Crooked Kind of Perfect by Linda Urban, and really enjoyed it. Narrated by 10 year old Zoe, the reader is allowed to share in the experiences of mastering the organ and performing at Perform-O-Rama, dealing with a father who is afraid to venture far from the house and a mom who works all of the time, and getting to know a boy she never thought she would be friends with. Urban’s characters are fun to get to know and those who read Zoe’s story may be able to relate to her feelings, friendships, and family life. The interest level for A Crooked Kind of Perfect is put at 4-7 grades. I’m currently in the middle of Dragon Slippers by Jessica Day George and I’ll let you know how I liked it!
Here is the 2010 list: