The Phoenix Award & other stuff


The 2010 Phoenix Award was announced this week, and it is The Shining Company by Rosemary Sutcliff. I have not read it, but it sounds truly intriguing, and I plan on reading it.

I wasn’t aware of the Phoenix Award until I heard about it on the School Library Journal blog. Turns out I’ve read six of the winners, and I like their choices.

Speaking of SLJ, the Fuse #8 100 best children’s novels poll is done. Little Harry Potter and the Green Witch Ramona Mountain Game?!? Here’s the list to Elizabeth Bird’s post.

For those who know me, it’s no surprise that I’ve read most of these. Charlotte’s Web was the winner.

A long time ago I asked why Charlotte loved Wilbur in that book. I think that resonates with David Almond’s Heaven Eyes, and why Maureen loved all the Whitegate children, why Grampa loved Heaven Eyes: despite their flaws, Maureen and Grampa loved the children as parents (mothers, I would argue, despite the gender problem with Grampa). They loved unconditionally, with no expectation, the way Charlotte loved Wilbur.



One Response to “The Phoenix Award & other stuff”

  1. The Shining Company by Rosemary Sutcliff is indeed an excellent novel. (I am an interested reader, however; she was a close relative) More about the author if you are interested, at and about the phoenix award to RS at – she also won the award 25 years ago.

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