The American Library Association released their list of 2009 award winners today, and Neil Gaiman’s most recent book for middle grade readers (or readers of any age who know where to find the best fiction around), The Graveyard Book, topped this list as this year’s Newbery gold medalist. (Insert amazed and delighted swearing here). For once, I’ve actually read the winner prior to its, well, winning, and enjoyed it very much. In a creepy-crawly sort of way. Congrats Mr. Gaiman!