Lynne Rae Perkins
NPR stories about Lynne Rae Perkins
Lynne Rae Perkins' coming-of-age novel about a group of friends is this year's winner of the John Newbery Medal, awarded to outstanding writing in children's literature. Criss Cross tells the story of 14-year-old Debbie as she wishes something would happen to her to make her life different.
Long after the remote control car dies and the talking dolls stops working, children will return to the books loved adults give them. Children's librarian Maria Salvadore shares her favorites from 2005. A printable list and excerpts are featured.
Young people at the crossroad between childhood and adulthood confront the choices that must be made along the way in this title recommended for 12- to 14-year-olds by children's librarian Maria Salvadore.