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The one thing I hate about animal stories is that after you've almost read the entire book and you really care about the animal, they go and tell you about how the animal died.—Stacy O'Brien in Wesley The Owl, as the chapter about Wesley's death of advanced old age begins.
Of the 25 winners and runners-up chosen from 2000 to 2005, four of the books deal with death, six with the absence of one or both parents and four with such mental challenges as autism. Most of the rest deal with tough social issues.—Valerie Strauss, Washington Post.
The Newbery has probably done far more to turn kids off to reading than any other book award in children's publishing.—John Beach, associate professor of literacy education at St John's University
- ↑ He was right.
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