Crispin: The Cross of Lead

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Crispin: The Cross of Lead

by Avi

Age: 9 +

Interests: history, medieval history, British history, adventure, action, violence, orphans, politics, religion

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The Matchlock Gun

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NEWBERY MEDAL WINNER – 1942

The Matchlock Gun

by Walter D. Edmonds

Age: 7+

Interests: history, American history, war, family

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The Dark Frigate

 

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NEWBERY MEDAL WINNER: 1924

The Dark Frigate

by Charles Boardman Hawes

Age: 12+

Interests: ships, pirates, adventure, action, violence, travel, history, British history More

The Otterbury Incident

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The Otterbury Incident

by C. Day Lewis

illustrated by Edward Ardizzone

Age: 10+

Interests: mystery, crime, kid detectives, England, action, some violence, school, bad behaviour, money

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A Land Divided

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GOVERNOR GENERAL’S AWARD WINNER – 1951

A Land Divided

by John F. Hayes

illustrated by Fred J. Finley

Age: 10+ (independent reading)

Interests: Canadian history, war, adventure

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The Trumpeter of Krakow

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NEWBERY MEDAL WINNER – 1929

The Trumpeter of Krakow

by Eric P. Kelly

Age: 8+

Interests: medieval history, Poland, Krakow, adventure, action, religion, science

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Black Ships Before Troy

GREENAWAY MEDAL WINNER -1993

Black Ships Before Troy

Rosemary Sutcliff, text

Alan Lee, illustrations

Frances Lincoln Limited: 1993

125 pages, 19 chapters

Age: 8+ (read to) ; 10+ (independent reading)

Interests: Greek history and mythology, war, romance, ethical dilemmas

Next: Sutcliffe’s The Wanderings of Odysseus, D’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths

Also by this author: many historical fiction novels for young people, including The Eagle of the Ninth Chronicles (3 books about the Romans in Britain, including Carnegie winner The Lantern Bearers), Warrior Scarlet (about life in the Bronze Age), Tristan and Iseult, The Shining Company (medieval Britain)

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D’Aulaires’ Book of Norse Myths

D’Aulaires’ Book of Norse Myths

by Ingri and Edgar Parin d’Aulaire

New York Review Children’s Collection, 1967

155 pp.

age: 7

interests: mythology, magic, Scandinavia, Norse myths, gods, monsters, dragons, creation myths, war

also by these author/illustrators: Foxy, d’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths, d’Aulaires’ Book of Trolls, Abraham Lincoln

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Pirate Diary: The Journal of Jake Carpenter

GREENAWAY AWARD WINNER – 2001

Pirate Diary: The Journal of Jake Carpenter

Richard Platt, text

Chris Riddell, illustrations

Candlewick Press: Cambridge, MA, 2001

112 pp.

Age: 9+

Interests: pirates, history, sailing, ships, adventure, ocean

Also by this author and illustrator: Castle Diary: The Journal of Tobias Burgess

Also by this illustrator: Ottoline and the Yellow Cat, Jonathan Swift’s “Gulliver”

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Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

by Ian Fleming

150 pages, 12 chapters

London, Penguin, 1964

Age: 6 +

Interests: cars, magic, adventure, action, family, cops and robbers, science/inventions

Next: see the movie Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (story is much different)

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