The One and Only Ivan

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NEWBERY MEDAL WINNER – 2013

The One and Only Ivan

by Katherine Applegate

Age: 8+ (warning: dark content – read full review)

Interests: animals, gorillas, elephants, animals in captivity, animal rights, cruelty to animals, art, ethics, circus

Also by this author: Crenshaw, Wishtree, Home of the Brave, the Animorphs series, Ivan: The Remarkable True Story of the Shopping Mall Gorilla

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Hello, Universe

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NEWBERY MEDAL WINNER – 2018

Hello, Universe

by Erin Entrada Kelly

Age: 9+

Interests: friendship, diverse characters, Filipino folktales, guinea pigs, bullying, deafness/hearing impairment, first crush, shyness

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Wolf in the Snow

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CALDECOTT MEDAL WINNER – 2018

Wolf in the Snow

text and illustrations by Matthew Cordell

Ages: 3+

Interests: bravery, wilderness, survival, snow, wolves, animals

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The Crossover

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NEWBERY MEDAL WINNER – 2015

The Crossover

by Kwame Alexander

Age: 9+

Interests: basketball, sports, brothers, twins, family, romance, sibling rivalry

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M.C. Higgins, the Great

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NEWBERY MEDAL WINNER – 1975

M.C. Higgins, the Great

by Virginia Hamilton

Age: 9 +

Interests: nature, family history, mountain life, superstition, coming of age stories

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Some Like it Hot (1959)

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Some Like It Hot

black and white, comedy
released: 1959
director: Billy Wilder
starring: Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon, Marilyn Monroe
rated: not rated (PG)
length: 2 hrs, 1 min

Age: 12+

Interests: comedy, jazz, romance, history, Prohibition, gangsters, gender roles

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When You Reach Me

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NEWBERY MEDAL WINNER – 2010

When You Reach Me

by Rebecca Stead

Age: 10+

Interests: mystery, time travel, friendship, school, romance, puzzles

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Rebecca (1940)

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Rebecca

black and white, mystery/suspense
released: 1940
director: Alfred Hitchcock
starring: Joan Fontaine, Laurence Olivier, George Saunders, Judith Anderson
rated: PG
length: 2 hrs, 10 min

Age: 11+

Interests: mystery, suspense, romance, murder

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This One Summer

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This One Summer

written by Mariko Tamaki

illustrated by Jillian Tamaki

Age: 13+

Interests: graphic novels, adolescence, friendship, family, summer vacation, depression, sex, teenage behaviour, sexism, feminism

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The High King

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NEWBERY MEDAL WINNER – 1969

The High King

by Lloyd Alexander

Ages: 9+

Interests: fantasy, magic, war, violence, bravery, coming of age, ethical dilemmas, romance

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