Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices

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NEWBERY MEDAL WINNER – 1989

Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices

by Paul Fleischman

illustrated by Eric Beddows

Ages: 8 +

Interests: insects, poetry, performance, nature

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Bud, Not Buddy

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NEWBERY MEDAL WINNER – 2000

Bud, Not Buddy

by Christopher Paul Curtis

Age: 9+

Interests: history, American history, music, jazz, the Great Depression, racism, orphans More

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry

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NEWBERY MEDAL WINNER: 1977

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry

by Mildred D. Taylor

Age: 11+

Interests: history, American history, racism, civil rights, the Great Depression, family

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Dobry

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NEWBERY MEDAL WINNER – 1935

Dobry

by Monica Shannon

Age: 8 +

Interests: Bulgaria, farm life, customs More

Out of the Dust

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NEWBERY MEDAL WINNER – 1998

Out of the Dust

by Karen Hesse

Age: 10 +

Interests: poetry, history, American history, the Great Depression, farming, death and grief, music

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Waterless Mountain

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NEWBERY MEDAL WINNER – 1932

Waterless Mountain

by Laura Adams Armer

Age: 10+

Interests: American history, First Nations, Navajo spiritualism, life in the desert, religion

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And now a word from our sponsor…

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And by sponsor I mean me.

So I wrote these books. Three of them, and the third – Darkling Green has just been released this week, so I feel compelled to mention it here. Fantasy fiction for middle grades, age 8-12 or thereabouts, all served up in a tidy series of three, the classic fairy tale number.

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#1  Eldritch Manor

Are those cranky old folks at the retirement home really what they seem?

Twelve-year-old Willa Fuller is convinced that the residents of the shabby boarding house down the street are prisoners of their sinister landlady, Miss Trang. Only when Willa is hired on as housekeeper does she discover the truth, which is far more fascinating.

#2  Shadow Wrack

After battling and defeating the forces of darkness, Willa is looking forward to a little well-earned peace and quiet. Unfortunately, trouble is brewing, and the source lies very close to home, Who can Willa trust? Who will betray them? Who will open the door for the darkness to enter?

#3  Darkling Green

Spring comes to Eldritch Manor, and the arrival of the Fairy King and his entourage has thrown the resident fairies into a romantic tizzy. Mab neglects her knitting, resulting in holes in time through which any manner of evil can enter their world. Nature, weather, and time itself are all out of whack, and everyone is freaked about Willa’s upcoming “unlucky” thirteenth birthday. On top of everything, Willa makes a shocking discovery about her mother.

Willa is plagued with questions. How long do dragons hibernate? Why are there time holes in the pool, and where do they lead? Why are the backyard plants invading the house? And why does she keep dreaming about a sinister Green Man?

Published by Dundurn. Order from your local indie bookstore today.

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Rifles for Watie

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NEWBERY MEDAL WINNER – 1958

Rifles for Watie

by Harold Keith

Age: 11+

Interests: history, American history, American Civil War, war, moral questions, friendship, romance More

The Mighty Miss Malone

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The Mighty Miss Malone

by Christopher Paul Curtis

Age: 9+

Interests: strong female characters, history, American history, poverty, racism, Depression/1930s More

The Adventures of Beekle, The Unimaginary Friend

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CALDECOTT MEDAL WINNER – 2015

The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend

written and illustrated by Dan Santat

Age: 2+

Interests: friendship, imaginary friends, bravery, loneliness, shyness

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