Like Jenny, I too have a growing pile of books I've read that are now waiting for me to review. But unlike Jenny, one of them isn't a 1000-page behemoth that at least gives her a good excuse for why she hasn't been able to get to the computer! As it is, I've only got time to do a couple of them here, but I will try to get to the others soon. The books I've read lately are very different from each other, but have several things in common: Short, require minimal investment, and given to me by my sister-in-law when she was cleaning out her personal library.
(Note to self: When a fellow reader with good taste gives you books from her personal library, remember there's probably a good reason she is getting rid of them.)
That's not really doing the story justice, but you don't really need much more than that. Once you get started, the book has enough momentum to keep you going. Like I said, the story, subject, and setting were all really interesting. But not as gripping as I would normally expect from a Newberry winner. I've heard that there is a whole series about Crispin, but I haven't decided on whether I'm invested enough in his story to continue it. However, I would definitely recommend it to it's older children / early teen audience.
I was going to write more about some of the other books I've read, but I realized that none of them really belong paired with a children's novel like Crispin. So I'll save those for another time. In the meantime, if you have read the series I would love to hear if you think it's worth continuing or not.