… And Now Miguel

046320NEWBERY MEDAL WINNER – 1954

… and Now Miguel

by Joseph Krumgold
illustrated by Jean Charlot

Age: 8 +

Interests: coming of age stories, farming, family, siblings, New Mexico, sheep, religion, responsibility

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Up a Road Slowly

Up_a_Road_Slowly_coverNEWBERY MEDAL WINNER – 1967

Up a Road Slowly

by Irene Hunt

Age: 10+

Interests: strong female characters, coming of age, adolescence, family, romance

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Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Voices from a Medieval Village

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NEWBERY MEDAL WINNER – 2008

Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Voices from a Medieval Village

Laura Amy Schlitz

illustrated by Robert Byrd

Age: 10+

Interests: history, medieval history, British history, theatre, theatrical plays

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Nose to the Grindstone for 2015 (yeowch!)

I have been absent, apologies for the lack of reviews recently. Besides the usual distractions of the Christmas season, I have a novel due to send to my publisher, which has taken up a lot of my time lately. (For more about that please see my “official author website”.)
Once I send that off (any day now), I’ve got to start writing the next one, which will be due later this year.
And if that wasn’t enough, my computer has recently slipped into a coma and until it is nursed back to health I’m stuck with tapping away on an iPad, which is nrathermcnhdhjjkckmdn, if you know what I mean.
(Happily I am a fanatic about backing up, so manuscript is safe, thank goodness!)
Despite all busy-ness however, I have been reading up a storm, still working my way through the list of Newbery and Carnegie Medal Winners. So whenever I find a little time, I’ve got plenty of reviewing to catch up on. This year I should be able to finish reading all the Newbery titles – 64 down, 28 to go – if I can locate copies of them all. (Hallelujah for Interlibrary Loans!)
That’s my outlook on the year ahead, returning whenever I can to this blog because it really is a labour of love. I hope you will check in from time to time and let me share my finds with you!
All the best for 2015!

Crispin: The Cross of Lead

CrispinNEWBERY MEDAL WINNER – 2003

Crispin: The Cross of Lead

by Avi

Age: 9 +

Interests: history, medieval history, British history, adventure, action, violence, orphans, politics, religion

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Strawberry Girl

Strawberry-Girl

NEWBERY MEDAL WINNER – 1946

Strawberry Girl

written and illustrated by Lois Lenski

Ages: 8 +

Interests: American history, farming, country life, history, Florida, violence, fighting, bad behaviour

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The Twenty-One Balloons

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NEWBERY MEDAL WINNER – 1948

The Twenty-One Balloons

by William Pène du Bois

Age: 8 +

Interests: balloons, travel, inventions, inventors, science, adventure, volcanoes

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Knight Crusader

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Knight Crusader

by Ronald Welch

illustrations by William Stobbs

Age: 12+

Interests: knights, crusades, history, medieval history, war, adventure, violence

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Thimble Summer

854764NEWBERY MEDAL WINNER – 1939

Thimble Summer

written and illustrated by Elizabeth Enright

Age: 5+ (read to); 7+ (independent reading)

Interests: farms, country life, family, strong girls

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The Midwife’s Apprentice

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NEWBERY MEDAL WINNER – 1996

The Midwife’s Apprentice

by Karen Cushman

Age: 10+

Interests: history, medieval history, British history, orphans, strong girls, hardship, learning a trade, coming of age More

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