Book 1: The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
This book got a lot of hype through the year, so I had it pulled pretty early on to read. But for some reason, it just kept staring at me from the pile and I never really made my way into it. When it was named the 2013 Newbery winner, I knew that I definitely had to read it now. So two nights after the recognition was bestowed upon Ivan, I read his story. It was a nice, heartwarming story of a gorilla, Ivan, in a mall zoo and his companions - both animals and humans - and where he ends up. It was a story about stories, perseverance, heart, caring, love. It was a nice story.
But I still think Wonder by R.J. Palacio should have won the Newbery.