Milkweed

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Milkweed

by Jerry Spinelli

Ages: 11+

Interests: history, Jewish history, WWII, war, Holocaust, racism, homelessness More

Sounder

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NEWBERY MEDAL WINNER – 1970

Sounder

by William H. Armstrong

Age: 12+

Interests: American history, racism, poverty, violence, dogs, family

Other books about racism and American history: Amos Fortune, Free Man, One Crazy Summer, Smoky Night; The Watsons go to Birmingham — 1963

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Maniac Magee

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Maniac Magee

by Jerry Spinelli

Age: 9+

Interests: family, city life, orphans, misfits, homelessness, racial tension

Also by this author: Wringer, Milkweed, Stargirl, Loser, Eggs

Other books about racism in America: One Crazy Summer, The Watsons Go to Birmingham — 1963, Smoky Night, Amos Fortune, Free man More

Onion John

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NEWBERY MEDAL WINNER – 1960

Onion John

by Joseph Krumgold

Age: 9 +

Interests: father-son relationships, careers, superstition, tolerance, small town life

Also by this author: … And Now Miguel (another Newbery Medal winner), Henry 3, The Most Terrible Turk: A Story of Turkey, Sweeney’s Adventure

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Young Fu of the Upper Yangtze

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Young Fu of the Upper Yangtze

by Elizabeth Foreman Lewis

Age: 11+

Interests: China, history, city life, hardship, careers, coming of age More

The Summer of the Swans

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NEWBERY MEDAL WINNER – 1971

The Summer of the Swans

by Betsy Byars

Age: 10 +

Interests: adolescence, siblings, special needs children

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Walk Two Moons

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NEWBERY MEDAL WINNER – 1995

Walk Two Moons

by Sharon Creech

Age: 10 +

Interests: mystery, family, death, grandparents, friendship, first love, divorce More

The Book Thief

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The Book Thief

by Markus Zusak

Age: 11 +

Interests: history, WWII, war, Germany, Jewish history, Holocaust, orphans, strong girls More

Hello, I’m Back!

Once again into the fray, dear friends!

How’ve you been? Whatcha been up to? Having a nice summer?

It’s been 17 months since my last post… wait, am I in a confessional? Life has been good, and busy, and trying, and interesting.

What gets in the way of blogging? In a nutshell:

1) parenting
2) dirty dishes
3) necessity of doing PAID work in order to pay bills
4) writing a novel… or two*
5) sun is shining, birds are singing
6) life

Add to that “wondering if this thing is at all worthwhile”, “wondering if people read my reviews”, “wondering how many of these visits are actual real people”, etc.

And what has brought me back to this blog?

1) the desire to share some lovely new reads
2) a new ANGLE and a brand new PROJECT!

Of course I haven’t stopped reading during the last seventeen months, so I’ve got lots of books to write up here, a tremendous backlog actually.

And here’s the thing… I’ve had a new project percolating in my head for a while now and I think this website is as good a place as any to roll it out. Still formulating its exact nature and form, but suffice to say it will centre around HISTORY… and books, and movies, and education, and kids, and parents, and teachers…

I’ve said too much. For now.
Onward and upward.

And it’s nice to see you again!
cheers!
k

shadowwrack.indd* sequels #2 and #3 to my first novel Eldritch Manor: Shadow Wrack was released December 2015 and Darkling Green will be released December 2016.

Miss Hickory

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NEWBERY MEDAL WINNER – 1947

Miss Hickory

by Carolyn Sherwin Bailey

illustrated by Ruth Gannett

Age: 8+

Interests: toys, dolls, nature, animals, birds, seasons, Christmas, religion

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