Newbery shocker!

glee%2Bnovelization Newbery shocker!What?? Glee: The Beginning isn’t even an honor book? I know! Shocking. And I wouldn’t have even brought it up (mostly because a novel based on a TV show that’s successful due to the fabulous musical numbers doesn’t have much to offer—even if it does include a “Gleetastic Poster Inside”), but when we received ALA’s spring 2011 graphics catalog in the office, and I saw this:

ala%2Bgraphics%2Bglee Newbery shocker!I remembered that I’d promised Katie I’d write something about the damn book. The trouble is, as much as I love the show (or loved the show—I think it’s lost its way) and the characters, I can’t get past the first few pages of the novel. Exhibit A:

“Rachel Berry paused outside the door to Principal Figgin’s office just long enough to straighten her kneesocks and smooth down the sides of her corduroy skirt. Her bright white button-down and pink-and-green argyle sweater-vest seemed to scream overachiever…”

I rest my case.

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Kitty Flynn is executive editor of The Horn Book Guide.

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