Millions

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CARNEGIE MEDAL WINNER – 2004

Millions

by Frank Cottrell Boyce

Age: 8+

Interests: money, religion, morality, crime, single parent, siblings, ghosts More

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 Westing Game

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NEWBERY MEDAL WINNER – 1979

The Westing Game

by Ellen Raskin

Age: 10+

Interests: mystery, crime, bad behaviour, treasure, murder 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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Emil and the Detectives

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Emil and the Detectives

by Erich Kästner

illustrated by Walter Trier

Age: 8+

Interests: crime, kid detectives, Berlin, Germany, adventure

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The Three Robbers

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The Three Robbers

by Tomi Ungerer

Age: 3+

Interests: crime, robbers, treasure, orphans, morality, helping others

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The Whipping Boy

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NEWBERY MEDAL WINNER – 1987

The Whipping Boy

by Sid Fleischman

Age: 6 + (read to); 7 + (independent reading)

Interests: medieval times, adventure, criminals, carnivals and bears

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This is Not My Hat

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CALDECOTT MEDAL WINNER – 2012

This is Not My Hat

by Jon Klassen

Age: 3 +

Interests: fish, mystery, crime and punishment, ocean

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Holes (2003)

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released: 2003

rated: PG for violence, mild language and some thematic elements

length: 117 min.

age: 10+

scary factor: suspenseful scenes with rattlesnake, deadly lizards – nothing a 10 yr old couldn’t handle

violence: two boys fight; one boy whacks a provoking guard in the head with his shovel, knocking him out; in flashback a man is shot (in extreme wide shot – no closeups); Kate then shoots the sheriff in revenge; guards in work camp have guns, but only a lizard is actually shot

language: authentic but rather mild, for teenage boys: damn, hell, crap, Oh, my God… that kind of thing. (According to imdb.com there is one “jackass” but I didn’t even notice it.)

other: flashbacks depict scenes of racial hatred (burning down the school) and vague threat of sexual violence (drunken sheriff tries to force Kate to kiss him)

interests: mystery, desert, prison work camps, bad luck, family history, curses, cowboys, crime and punishment, buried treasure

next: read the book if you haven’t! Holes by Louis Sachar

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I Want My Hat Back

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I Want My Hat Back

by Jon Klassen

Candlewick Press, 2011

33 pp.

Age: 3+

Interests: animals, mystery, crime and punishment, bears and rabbits

Also by this author: This is Not My Hat

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