My Newbery frustration? On Friday I read Olive's Ocean, by Kevin Henkes, which was an Honor winner for 2004.
I could not figure out why this book hadn't won the Newbery-- I couldn't even remember the winner for 2004. I looked it up: The Tale of Despereaux (which I thought was a 2005 winner). Can you imagine the difficulty? Despereaux is far and away one of the best books I've read in the last decade, though I feel for sure if Olive's Ocean had been published any other year, it would have been a winner for sure. Newbery Winner or Honor aside, Olive's Ocean is an amazing book that deserves a read.