Walk Two Moons

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NEWBERY MEDAL WINNER – 1995

Walk Two Moons

by Sharon Creech

Age: 10 +

Interests: mystery, family, death, grandparents, friendship, first love, divorce More

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Tom’s Midnight Garden

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CARNEGIE MEDAL WINNER – 1958

Tom’s Midnight Garden

by Philippa Pearce

Age: 8+

Interests: gardens, history, time travel, England, friendship, magic, mystery, play More

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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Long Neck and Thunder Foot

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GREENAWAY MEDAL WINNER – 1982

Long Neck and Thunder Foot

by Helen Piers

illustrated by Michael Foreman

Age: 2+

Interests: dinosaurs, fear, friendship

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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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Holes (2003)

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Holes

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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Holes

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NEWBERY MEDAL WINNER – 1999

Holes

by Louis Sachar

Random House: 1998

233 pp.

Age: 10 +

Interests: mystery, fate, jail, desert, survival, friendship

Also by this author: Sideways Stories from Wayside School, Marvin Redpost series, and Small Steps – a sequel of sorts to Holes, following some of the other boys from Camp Green Lake

Next: the movie version Holes (2003) is very good, and quite faithful to the novel

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A Sick Day for Amos McGee

CALDECOTT MEDAL WINNER – 2011

A Sick Day for Amos McGee

Philip C. Stead, text

Erin E. Stead, illustrations

Roaring Brook Press, 2010

32 pp.

Age: 3+

Interests: animals, zoo, zookeepers, being sick, friends

Also by this illustrator: And Then It’s Spring

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The Hundred Dresses

The Hundred Dresses

by Eleanor Estes

illustrated by Louis Slobodkin

Harcourt Brace & Company, 1944

80 pp., 7 chapters

Age: 7 +

Interests: school politics, teasing & bullying, peer pressure, friendship, fashion, art

Also by this author: Ginger Pye, The Moffats, The Witch Family

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Noni Says No

BLUE SPRUCE nominee 2012

Noni Says No

written by Heather Hartt-Sussman

illustrated by Geneviève Côté

Toronto: Tundra Books, 2011

21 pp.

Age: 5 +

Interests: friendship, assertiveness, handling bullies

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