I just finished the Newbery Honor book, Breaking Stalin's Nose by Eugene Yelchin.
I try to keep up with new books and was surprised as anyone when this was given a Newbery Honor as I'd never heard of it. But I will certainly give the committee a tip o' the hat - this was a great book. A quick read, and one that could be an excellent book for even junior high social studies classes. I'm giving it to my Russian-speaking daughter. And, it took me 55 minutes to read - so now I'm at an even 8 hours read for #48hbc.