Harriet the Spy

Harriet the Spy

by Louise Fitzhugh

Age: 10+

Interests: middle school, writing, adolescence, friendship, bullying, city life, New York, bad behaviour

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It’s Like This, Cat

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NEWBERY MEDAL WINNER – 1964

It’s Like This, Cat

by Emily Cheney Neville

Age: 8+

Interests: adolescence, cats, city life, New York

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Rear Window (1954)

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Rear Window

colour, thriller/mystery

released: 1954

rated: PG – “for Some Mild Sensuality and Thematic Elements”

length: 1 hr, 52 min

age: 11 +

interests: mystery, crime, murder, suspense More

Last Stop on Market Street

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NEWBERY MEDAL WINNER – 2016

Last Stop on Market Street

words by Matt de la Peña

illustrations by Christian Robinson

Ages: 3+

Interests: grandparents, city life, buses, tolerance, helping others, poverty, gratitude

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Maniac Magee

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Maniac Magee

by Jerry Spinelli

Age: 9+

Interests: family, city life, orphans, misfits, homelessness, racial tension

Also by this author: Wringer, Milkweed, Stargirl, Loser, Eggs

Other books about racism in America: One Crazy Summer, The Watsons Go to Birmingham — 1963, Smoky Night, Amos Fortune, Free man More

Young Fu of the Upper Yangtze

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Young Fu of the Upper Yangtze

by Elizabeth Foreman Lewis

Age: 11+

Interests: China, history, city life, hardship, careers, coming of age More

Roller Skates

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NEWBERY MEDAL WINNER – 1937

Roller Skates

by Ruth Sawyer

Age: 8+

Interests: strong girls, history, New York City, city life More

Way Home

GREENAWAY MEDAL WINNER – 1994

Way Home

Libby Hathorn, text

Gregory Rogers, illustrations

Andersen Press, 1994

30 pp.

Age: 8+

Interests: poverty, city life, homelessness

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The Red Book

The Red Book

by Barbara Lehman

Houghton Mifflin, 2004

32 pp.

Age: 4 +

Interests: wordless books, mystery, travel, books

Also by this author: Museum Trip, Rainstorm, Trainstop, The Secret Box

To Read Next: Flotsam, other puzzling books

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Smoky Night

CALDECOTT MEDAL WINNER – 1995

Smoky Night

Eve Bunting, text

David Diaz, illustrations

Harcourt, 1994

32 pp.

Age: 6+

Interests: city life, crime, racial tension, violence, community, single parent family, cats

Also by this author: Fly Away Home, Coffin on a Case!, The Memory String, How Many Days to America?, Night Tree, S.O.S Titanic

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