After reading the Newbery books and talking with Sarah we realized that some, including she and I, have probably missed out on reading some of those "Oldies but Goodies" books. You know, those books that have been around for a good long while. Those books that have consistently been checked out from the library for many many years because they are that good.
As a result of being a little quirky ourselves, we have decided that we'd give y'all a choice between 3 classic books that have a little bit of quirkiness to them.
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
This book, as you probably noticed in When You Reach Me, is referenced in many books. It is one of the first soft Sci-Fi type of books for children published way back in 1962. It actually won the Newbery, and when you read the book you will realize why. The main characters, 3 children, are dealing with time and space travel in an adventure to save their father and much more. This is the first book in a series of four known as the Time Quartet. If this is the lucky book you decided to read, you will not be disappointed. You will most likely be glad that you have finally read this classic book that has been referenced in more books than you will ever realize.
The Giver by Lois Lowry
If the last time you read this book was in middle school or high school, or if you haven't read the book at all, it is time you read it. The Giver is a book that is set in the future in a Utopian type of society. You will be so intrigued the entire time you are reading this book, it will cause you to want to keep turning it's pages. It is a short book, but a fabulous story with a complex and fascinating theme. This book also won the Newbery in 1994, though it has been controversial.
From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg
This fabulous book, another Newbery winner, is an enjoyable read. It keeps you intrigued throughout by highlighting the adventure and mystery Claudia and James have while living in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC. They become fascinated with the history/mystery of an Angel statue Michelangelo might have crafted. Now, if you haven't read this book check it out from the library. It is another oldie but goodie that everyone should read.
Choose one or all of these to read. They are quick reads that you will enjoy and yet become a little more well versed with the children's classics. Enjoy these "Oldies but Goodies!"