A Wrinkle in Time

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NEWBERY MEDAL WINNER – 1963

A Wrinkle in Time

by Madeleine L’Engle

Age: 9+

Interests: fantasy, science fiction, time travel, family, magic, science, math, strong girls, siblings, religion, politics

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Island of the Blue Dolphins

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NEWBERY MEDAL WINNER – 1961

Island of the Blue Dolphins

by Scott O’Dell

Age: 10+

Interests: survival, strong girls, indigenous peoples, history, independence, island life, animals, dogs

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The Hero and the Crown

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NEWBERY MEDAL WINNER – 1985

The Hero and the Crown

by Robin McKinley

Age: 11+

Interests: fantasy, magic, princesses, strong girls, dragons, war and violence, romance

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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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Moon Over Manifest

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NEWBERY MEDAL WINNER – 2011

Moon Over Manifest

by Clare Vanderpool

Age: 10+

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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 Higher Power of Lucky

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NEWBERY MEDAL WINNER – 2007

The Higher Power of Lucky

by Susan Patron

Age: 9+

Interests: grief, small town life, poverty

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The Girl Who Drank the Moon

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NEWBERY MEDAL WINNER – 2017

The Girl Who Drank the Moon

by Kelly Barnhill

Age: 10+

Interests: fantasy, magic, witches, dystopia, strong girls

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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

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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