On a list serv recently, someone posted the results of a mock Newbery conducted by Bank Street College with young readers as the voters. One of the honor winners was A Crooked Kind of Perfect by Linda Urban.
The post listed some of the comments of the readers about each of the winning books.
A twelve-year-old reader said about A Crooked Kind of Perfect: "Not a word was wasted."
1. A pretty astute comment from a twelve-year-old, I think.
2. I couldn't agree more.
3. A nice goal to keep in mind with one's own writing.
P.S. The winner of that mock Newbery, by the way, was The True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex.