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

The Book Thief

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The Book Thief

by Markus Zusak

Age: 11 +

Interests: history, WWII, war, Germany, Jewish history, Holocaust, orphans, strong girls More

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

Shiloh

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Shiloh

by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

Age: 8 +

Interests: dogs, pets, animals, morality and ethical dilemmas, country life More

A Gathering of Days

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NEWBERY MEDAL WINNER – 1980

A Gathering of Days: A New England Girl’s Journal, 1830-32

by Joan W. Blos

Age: 8+

Interests: history, American history, single parent families, farm life, country life, ethical questions, death

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The Little Bookroom

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CARNEGIE MEDAL WINNER – 1955

The Little Bookroom

by Eleanor Farjeon

Age: 6 (read to); 9 (independent reading)

Interests: short stories, updated fairy tales, satire, magic, romance, princesses and princes, helping others, morality

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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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Black Ships Before Troy

GREENAWAY MEDAL WINNER -1993

Black Ships Before Troy

Rosemary Sutcliff, text

Alan Lee, illustrations

Frances Lincoln Limited: 1993

125 pages, 19 chapters

Age: 8+ (read to) ; 10+ (independent reading)

Interests: Greek history and mythology, war, romance, ethical dilemmas

Next: Sutcliffe’s The Wanderings of Odysseus, D’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths

Also by this author: many historical fiction novels for young people, including The Eagle of the Ninth Chronicles (3 books about the Romans in Britain, including Carnegie winner The Lantern Bearers), Warrior Scarlet (about life in the Bronze Age), Tristan and Iseult, The Shining Company (medieval Britain)

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The Little White Horse

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WINNER OF THE CARNEGIE MEDAL – 1946

The Little White Horse

by Elizabeth Goudge

University of London Press: 1946

238 pages – 12 chapters

Age: 7 (read to); 9 (independent reading)

Interests: magic, mystery, animals, castles, princesses, England, aristocracy, religion, family history, romance

NB: This book was adapted into a 1994 BBC series entitled Moonacre and a 2009 movie The Secret of Moonacre.

Next: The Secret Garden or A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Also by this author: Island Magic

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The Giver

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NEWBERY MEDAL WINNER – 1994

The Giver

by Lois Lowry

Random House: 1993

179 pp.

Age: 10+

Interests: science fiction, dystopia, morality, questioning authority, freedom

Next: the rest of ‘The Giver Quartet’: Messenger, Gathering Blue, Son

More science fiction: A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine l’Engle, The Iron Man by Ted Hughes, The Martian Chronicles or Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

Also by this author: Number the Stars, Autumn Street, The Silent Boy

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