The Silver Sword

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The Silver Sword

(published in the US as Escape from Warsaw)

by Ian Seraillier

Age: 9+

Interests: history, World War II, Poland, war, family, poverty, refugees, strong female characters

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The Higher Power of Lucky

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NEWBERY MEDAL WINNER – 2007

The Higher Power of Lucky

by Susan Patron

Age: 9+

Interests: grief, small town life, poverty

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The Twelve and the Genii

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CARNEGIE MEDAL WINNER – 1962

The Twelve and the Genii

by Pauline Clarke

(published in the U.S. under the title: The Return of the Twelves)

Age: 8+

Interests: fantasy, toys come to life, little people, history, siblings, family

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The Making of Man

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CARNEGIE MEDAL WINNER – 1960

The Making of Man

by Ian Wolfram Cornwall

Age: 10+

Interests: science, biology, evolution

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A Valley Grows Up

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CARNEGIE MEDAL WINNER – 1953

A Valley Grows Up

by Edward Osmond

Age: 10+

Interests: history, British history, architecture, engineering, transportation, warfare, town planning, ancient history, medieval history

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The Storm

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CARNEGIE MEDAL WINNER – 1985

The Storm

by Kevin Crossley-Holland

illustrated by Alan Marks

Age: 6+

Interests: ghost stories, folktales, storms

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The Girl Who Drank the Moon

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NEWBERY MEDAL WINNER – 2017

The Girl Who Drank the Moon

by Kelly Barnhill

Age: 10+

Interests: fantasy, magic, witches, dystopia, strong girls

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Harriet the Spy

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by Louise Fitzhugh

Age: 10+

Interests: middle school, writing, adolescence, friendship, bullying, city life, New York, bad behaviour

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The Bronze Bow

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NEWBERY MEDAL WINNER – 1962

The Bronze Bow

by Elizabeth George Speare

Age: 11+

Interests: history, religion, Israel, Judaism and early Christianity, war, ethics, romance, coming-of-age story

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It’s Like This, Cat

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NEWBERY MEDAL WINNER – 1964

It’s Like This, Cat

by Emily Cheney Neville

Age: 8+

Interests: adolescence, cats, city life, New York

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