Shackleton’s Journey

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GREENAWAY MEDAL WINNER – 2015

Shackleton’s Journey

written and illustrated by William Grill

Age: 6+

Interests: exploration, history, survival, antarctica, ships, adventure, travel, maps, geography

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There Is a Tribe of Kids

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GREENAWAY MEDAL WINNER – 2017

There Is a Tribe of Kids

by Lane Smith

Age: 2+

Interests: nature, animals, word play, family

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The Slave Dancer

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NEWBERY MEDAL WINNER – 1974

The Slave Dancer

by Paula Fox

Age: 11+

Interests: American history, slavery, racism, ships

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Jesus Christ Superstar (1973)

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colour, musical (rock opera) drama
released: 1973
director: Norman Jewison
starring: Ted Neely, Carl Anderson, Yvonne Elliman
rated: G   (PG would be more accurate, due to the violence – see below.)
length: 1 hr, 48 min

age: 12+

interests: musicals, rock music, theatre, religion, history

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Movie Night: Watching Classic Flicks with Your Young Adult

My eleven-year-old has become more reclusive and immersed in her own activities and projects. She heads up to her room after school and apart from a hastily eaten dinner, I don’t see her again until I have to start bugging her about bedtime.

Okay, so I’ve been feeling a little lonely.

imagesI wanted to reclaim at least one evening a week for us to spend time together, so I announced that from now on Saturday night is Movie Night. We are going to sit down every Saturday night and watch a movie together. No ifs, ands, or buts.

Oh, and we’re going to watch Old Movies.

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A Wrinkle in Time

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NEWBERY MEDAL WINNER – 1963

A Wrinkle in Time

by Madeleine L’Engle

Age: 9+

Interests: fantasy, science fiction, time travel, family, magic, science, math, strong girls, siblings, religion, politics

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A Year Down Yonder

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NEWBERY MEDAL WINNER – 2001

A Year Down Yonder

by Richard Peck

Age: 11+

Interests: Great Depression, small town life, grandparents, high school, poverty, bullying, romance

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The Grey King

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NEWBERY MEDAL WINNER – 1976

The Grey King

by Susan Cooper

Book 4 in The Dark is Rising series

Age: 9+ (advanced reader)

Interests: magic, fantasy, folklore, King Arthur, England, Wales

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Welcome to 2018!

Happy New Year! Or as my daughter put it at midnight last night: “Happy Totally Random Reason to Celebrate!”

The year ahead looks full of projects and new initiatives, but I pledge to continue reviewing and sharing my thoughts with you on this humble little blog. After all, if my calculations are correct, I’m only 14 reviews away from finishing ALL the Newbery medal winners! And after that I’ve still got Carnegie winners to cover, so (happily) the work goes on and on.

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My bedside table.

My own writing projects outside this website can be followed on my official authorly blog here. In a nutshell, I am at the moment writing a play, developing a fiction podcast, finishing a book about early childhood development, and researching a particularly rich historical fiction topic. Plus another half dozen things, including the most important job of all: being an Awesome Parent… or at least a Not Entirely Out of Touch, Embarrassing and Hopeless Parent.

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And another stack over here. (I’m out of cookies!)

If you’d like to follow along with my admittedly eccentric reading list, I’m on Goodreads, where I’ve just set myself the audacious goal of reading one hundred books in 2018. (gulp) Look me up if you are a Goodreader too.

Wishing all of you exciting projects and prospects this year, along with the good health and energy to tackle them all, as well as peace, happiness, and many, many good books to read!

cheers!
Kim

Radiant Child

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CALDECOTT MEDAL WINNER – 2017

Radiant Child; The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat

by Javaka Steptoe

Age: 5+

Interests: artists, art, biography, New York, city life

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