Just finished Sounder, the 1970 Newbery winner. Grim but beautiful writing. I've gone from the weirdest to the most depressing Newbery.
I'm switching gears for the next few hours. No more Newberys. My upcoming book is Chocolat, by Joanne Harris. My friend Teri, who is doing her own version of the Readathon, says that it's a great read.