100 things to do before I go. 1-20

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Sign for the Appalachian Trail in Pennsylvania...

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Amanda, over at etc has started a list of “100 things to do before you go” and has invited her readers to join in. So I am! She has her list divided into smaller lists of 20, which I also like and am going to shamelessly copy. So here are my first 20:

  1. Visit Pompeii
  2. Visit Florence and it’s museums
  3. Visit Rome
  4. It wouldn’t be a bad idea to just spend an extended amount of time in Italy. Like several months. Or maybe a year.
  5. Learn Italian
  6. Learn to paint in the sumi-e style
  7. Learn more about Zen (and maybe practice it if it suits me)
  8. Learn to play guitar
  9. Learn to play the banjo
  10. Read all of the Newberry Award winners.
  11. Learn the art of glass blowing.
  12. Get paid to be a photographer (travel photography would be ideal)
  13. Write a damn good poem
  14. Hike the Appalachian Trail.
  15. Live at the ocean (again)
  16. Learn to crochet
  17. Make a fancy quilt like “Dear Jane
  18. canoe down the Little Spokane River
  19. run a marathon
  20. be my own boss

Stay tuned for the next 20… In the next few days… Or week…

Newbery books listed by rank

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This was posted on a list-serv I belong to. I thought it was very interesting in light of my wanting to read through all of the Newberry books.

Since 1922, the single “most distinguished contribution to children’s literature” has been given the annual John Newbery Medal by the Association of Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association. Every list you’ve probably ever seen arranges these award winners by year of award, or perhaps by author. Not this one.

Finally, the list everyone really wants… the awards, arranged–not by year–but by how much a totally biased group of readers enjoyed them. What is this group’s opinion of what is really the most fun Newbery winner to read? Well, read on…

The completely biased, non-scientific, Newbery Book Discussion Group met monthly to digest a randomly selected past Newbery book and an equally random pot luck dinner. Group members are primarily teachers and librarians. All like to read children’s and young adults’ books. None can pass up a Dove Bar while arguing the merits of the book under discussion.

For nearly five years, this Group read, debated, and ate its way to creating a list of Newbery winners in rank order of what we liked best. In November 2000, the Group “reordered” the list and decided to discuss and add the latest Newbery winner each year. The annotations, like the ranking itself, reflect the flavor of the Group’s discussion.

check it out here:
Newbery Ranking – Allen County Public Library

The Higher Power of Lucky

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The Higher Power of LuckyI just now finished reading the newly awarded Newberry Award winner for 2007, The Higher Power of Lucky. I was kind of surprised that this book won because I hadn’t really noticed any buzz about it. I also hadn’t read it so I promptly placed a hold on it at the library.

It’s about a girl whose mother has died. Electrocuted after a storm in the desert. Brigitte, Lucky’s father’s first wife, comes all the way to to California from France to take care of Lucky. All goes well until one day Lucky notices that Brigittes’ suitcase is packed. Lucky is afraid Brigitte is going to move back to france, and leave her at an orphanage in L.A. So Lucky decides to run away. She decides that the best, most perfect day to run away is the day there is a terible windstorm in Hard Pan, California.

I’m not sure what to think of this book. I did enjoy it. It was beautifully written. The illustrations were wonderful. But was it Newberry Medal good? I don’t know. I think I need to brew on that for awhile.