The Radium Woman

51Zb5iVlT0L._SY300_CARNEGIE MEDAL WINNER – 1939

The Radium Woman

by Eleanor Doorly

illustrated by Robert Gibbings

Age: 10

Interests: science, scientists, biography, history, strong girls, Paris, Poland

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The Invention of Hugo Cabret

CALDECOTT MEDAL WINNER – 2008

The Invention of Hugo Cabret

by Brian Selznick

New York: Scholastic Press, 2007

533 pp.

Ages: 8 +

Interests: mystery, Paris,history, clocks, magicians, automata (robots), silent movie history, stories about orphans, inventors

Also by this author: Wonderstruck, The Houdini Box, The Robot King, Boy of a Thousand Faces

Next: silent movies by Georges Méliès; official website of the book; movie adaptation Hugo (2011)

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Mirette on the High Wire

CALDECOTT MEDAL WINNER – 1993

Mirette on the High Wire

by Emily Arnold McCully

New York: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 1992

Age: 4+

Interests: Paris, circus performers, tightrope walkers, plucky heroines

Next: sequels Starring Mirette and Bellini, and Mirette and Bellini Cross Niagara Falls

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Madeline’s Rescue


CALDECOTT MEDAL WINNER – 1954

Madeline’s Rescue

by Ludwig Bemelmans

New York: Viking Press, 1953

50 pp.

Age: 2+

Interests: Paris, poetry, dogs, boarding schools

Also by this author: Madeline, Madeline and the Bad Hat, Madeline and the Gypsies

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