Well, I was wrong. Wonder by RJ Palacio, did not win the Newbery this year, not even an honor medal! However, these fabulous books did!
2013 Newbery Award Winner - for the best literature written for children:
Wonder by R.J. Palacio is a book that stays with you for a very long time. It is hands down the best book (adult or children's) that I've read this year, and 2012 was a great reading year for me! If I were a school administrator I would require every fifth and sixth grade student to read this book, and maybe even up into the high school grades. The story of ten-year-old, August (Auggie) Pullman, truly shows how we shine from the inside and not from merely our appearances.