Why did this book receive the Newberry Award?
I thought that books went through a strict rubric to be able to receive this award, but I suppose with this book it was not the case. Calpurnia's grandfather , who is the role model in this story, values a bat more than human life, he swears often (not just a couple times), and also mentions that he owns a book about drawing Female Nudes. I mean, really? It also talks about evolution sometimes, and talks about sexing and other things that really shouldn't be in a recipient of the Newberry Award. What is happening to our society when you can't find an appropriate and challenging book for kids? Authors put such stupid off-hand and unimportant, but still inappropriate and disturbing things in books. There is always that one thing that makes you think "Come on, why did you have to go and do that?" The problem is, that doesn't matter to people anymore, even though this is better than a lot, it still isn't very good
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing