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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Island of the Blue Dolphins

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NEWBERY MEDAL WINNER – 1961

Island of the Blue Dolphins

by Scott O’Dell

Age: 10+

Interests: survival, strong girls, indigenous peoples, history, independence, island life, animals, dogs

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Dear Mr. Henshaw

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NEWBERY MEDAL WINNER – 1984

Dear Mr. Henshaw

by Beverly Cleary

illustrated by Paul O. Zelinsky

Age: 8+

Interests: being the new kid, school problems, divorced parents, single parent, loneliness, writing

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The Hero and the Crown

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NEWBERY MEDAL WINNER – 1985

The Hero and the Crown

by Robin McKinley

Age: 11+

Interests: fantasy, magic, princesses, strong girls, dragons, war and violence, romance

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Rabbit Hill

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NEWBERY MEDAL WINNER – 1945

Rabbit Hill

written and illustrated by Robert Lawson

Age: (read to) 5+, (independent reading) 7+

Interests: animals, rabbits, farms, country life, community

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Dicey’s Song

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NEWBERY MEDAL WINNER – 1983

Dicey’s Song

by Cynthia Voigt

Age: 12+

Interests: family, siblings, strong girls, friendship, poverty, orphans, mental illness

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