Dead End in Norvelt

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NEWBERY MEDAL WINNER – 2012

Dead End in Norvelt

by Jack Gantos

Ages: 10 +

Interests: small town life, mystery, writing, history, American history, social justice, politics, crime, violence

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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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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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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

Johnny Tremain

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NEWBERY MEDAL WINNER – 1944

Johnny Tremain

by Esther Forbes

Age: 9+

Interests: American history, history, American Revolution, Boston, war More

Hitty, Her First Hundred Years

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NEWBERY MEDAL WINNER – 1930

Hitty, Her First Hundred Years

by Rachel Field

Age: 8+

Interests: dolls, toys, history, American history More

Sounder

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NEWBERY MEDAL WINNER – 1970

Sounder

by William H. Armstrong

Age: 12+

Interests: American history, racism, poverty, violence, dogs, family

Other books about racism and American history: Amos Fortune, Free Man, One Crazy Summer, Smoky Night; The Watsons go to Birmingham — 1963

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