I've read a lot of books this year, many of them on THE LIST, but few have made the impression of Diamond Willow by Helen Frost. I love how she created the story within the story, her beautiful descriptive language, her character development and the careful selection of words.
Helen Frost says so much in so few words that this one makes my list of favorites. I have handed it to at least a dozen kids, and they have all recommended to a friend. In my opinion that's the mark of a great children's book.
Here's my review from July.
A Year of Reading
The Reading Zone