This month's Children's Classics theme is Newbery Medal Winners. Last year my ds2 read several Newbery winners for 7th grade reading. I do try and pick medal winning books for him as well as good old classics for his reading curriculum. I trust the medal winners to be wholesome, well-written books that he will actually learn from and enjoy reading. So far all the ones we've used have met that criteria.
I asked ds which medal winner he most enjoyed last year and he picked the 2001 winner, A Year Down Yonder by Richard Peck. I was reluctant to even assign this book for his reading as he is "all boy" and the main character of this book is a young girl. I was afraid he would not get "into" it. He surprised me with his enthusiasm for this book. To me, that illustrates just how good a writer Peck is, to be able to reach and entertain a broad audience. The subject matter also easily lends itself to lessons on the Great Depression. I highly recommend it!