Not too long ago author Rick Riordan posted a piece on his blog about his son's battle with the Newbery Award winning Ginger Pye by Eleanor Estes. I'm a bit ashamed to say that I've never read any Estes myself. About a year ago I had the childlike optimism to believe that I'd read through all the Newbery winners from oldest to most recent. And boy, let me tell you, after slogging through Dolbry, The Dark Frigate, and Waterless Mountain, something as engaging as Caddie Woodlawn was like an oasis of readability in the midst of good litera-toor.
So I'm sympathetic with Riordan's post. It's a little early in the season, though. Usually the Is the Newbery Award Worth It? type articles don't start cropping up until at least October. Looks like Rick's got a jump on the season.