A good article from School Library Journal on recent Newbery award winners and their lack of appeal to readers.
Personally, I thought Rules by Cynthia Lord was more deserving of a win that The Higher Power of Lucky was. And I loved Hattie Big Sky but found Penny from Heaven totally forgettable. So, at least for 2007 I think the committee was about half right.
Now here's a question: What are your favorite Newbery's that most people haven't read?
I've always adored The Trumpeter of Krakow (1929) and Invincible Louisa(1934)
Then, a few years ago, I picked up Carry On, Mr. Bowditch (1956) and was surprised at how much I enjoyed it!