I just checked the date. It was on August 4 that I e-mailed several of my favorite readers to suggest that they read When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead. And today it won the Newbery Medal! I am very happy and not one bit surprised. As I said to my friends way back in August, Stead’s book is hard to describe. It’s a mystery. It’s realistic. It has an element of the fantastic—see what I mean? Hard to pigeonhole. But now no book seller has to decide where to shelve it. It goes on the shelf for Newbery winners!