Twenty-three is a prime number. It is also the number worn by both Calvin Murphy and Michael Jordan during their stellar careers in the National Basketball Association. More importantly, it is now the number of Newbery Medal Winners that are in our growing Honors Library. These winners, like honor students, represent excellence. Easy to read middle school books - yes. But each of them delivers a message. We encourage you to take these winners out of the library and read them. Going home on the weekend? Take one, read it and bring it back. Easy peasy. There is one winner each year; to date, 91 of them in all. The selection committee also picks runners-up. They are called Newbery Honor books. We have 4 of them in the library right now too. From Johnny Tremain (1944) to Across Five Aprils(1965) to Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry (1977) to Bridge to Terabethia(1978) to Holes(1999) to Moon Over Manifest(2011) ... they are all excellent. I know many of them slipped past you on your way to high school. Reading is important. The library is yours. Take a book, read it, and bring it back. The first UMass Lowell Honors student to email me the answer to these two related questions will win a $25 gift card: What Newbery Honor book chronicles the life of Jethro Creighton, a boy who has a passion for learning during a difficult time in our nation's history? What was his teacher's name?