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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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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The Silver Sword

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The Silver Sword

(published in the US as Escape from Warsaw)

by Ian Seraillier

Age: 9+

Interests: history, World War II, Poland, war, family, poverty, refugees, strong female characters

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The Twelve and the Genii

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CARNEGIE MEDAL WINNER – 1962

The Twelve and the Genii

by Pauline Clarke

(published in the U.S. under the title: The Return of the Twelves)

Age: 8+

Interests: fantasy, toys come to life, little people, history, siblings, family

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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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Jacob Have I Loved

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NEWBERY MEDAL WINNER – 1981

Jacob Have I Loved

by Katherine Paterson

Ages: 12+

Interests: family, sibling rivalry, jealousy, twins, coming of age, religion More

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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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

Alice, I Think

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Alice, I Think

by Susan Juby

Age: 12

Interests: family, teen drama, small town life, fashion, career choices, coming of age, how lame adults can be More

Ramona and Her Father

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Ramona and Her Father

by Beverly Cleary

Age: 7

Interests: family, siblings, strong girls More

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