I just spent the morning with the prickly, feisty, outspoken, altogether splendid Georgie Burkhardt of Amy Timberlake’s terrific new novel, One Came Home. The book is an adventure, a mystery, and a love song to the natural world. I didn’t get out of bed until I had finished the delicious last page: 'I say let all the earth be alive and overwhelmingly so…Let me feel how I bump up against every other living thing on this earth. Let me learn to spin.' Run out and read it. Right now.

Newbery Medalist Karen Cushman