Sounder

sounder

NEWBERY MEDAL WINNER – 1970

Sounder

by William H. Armstrong

Age: 12+

Interests: American history, racism, poverty, violence, dogs, family

Other books about racism and American history: Amos Fortune, Free Man, One Crazy Summer, Smoky Night; The Watsons go to Birmingham — 1963

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Maniac Magee

maniacmageeNEWBERY MEDAL WINNER – 1991

Maniac Magee

by Jerry Spinelli

Age: 9+

Interests: family, city life, orphans, misfits, homelessness, racial tension

Also by this author: Wringer, Milkweed, Stargirl, Loser, Eggs

Other books about racism in America: One Crazy Summer, The Watsons Go to Birmingham — 1963, Smoky Night, Amos Fortune, Free man More

Amos Fortune, Free Man

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Amos Fortune, Free Man

Elizabeth Yates

illustrated by Nora S. Unwin

Age: 9 +

Interests: history, American history, biography, slavery, racism, religion

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Holes (2003)

Holes

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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Caddie Woodlawn

caddie

NEWBERY MEDAL WINNER – 1936

Caddie Woodlawn

by Carol Ryrie Brink

MacMillan: 1935

275 pages, 24 chapters

Age: 6+ (read to); 8+ (independent reading)

Interests: history, American history, farm life, pioneers, siblings, growing up

Also by this author: sequel Magical Melons (aka Caddie Woodlawn’s Family)

Next: picture books – They Were Strong and Good, Abraham Lincoln, Ox-Cart Manchapter books –  Sarah Plain and Tall, Little House on the Prairie series, Anne of Green Gables

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Smoky Night

CALDECOTT MEDAL WINNER – 1995

Smoky Night

Eve Bunting, text

David Diaz, illustrations

Harcourt, 1994

32 pp.

Age: 6+

Interests: city life, crime, racial tension, violence, community, single parent family, cats

Also by this author: Fly Away Home, Coffin on a Case!, The Memory String, How Many Days to America?, Night Tree, S.O.S Titanic

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