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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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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A Valley Grows Up

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CARNEGIE MEDAL WINNER – 1953

A Valley Grows Up

by Edward Osmond

Age: 10+

Interests: history, British history, architecture, engineering, transportation, warfare, town planning, ancient history, medieval history

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The Bronze Bow

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NEWBERY MEDAL WINNER – 1962

The Bronze Bow

by Elizabeth George Speare

Age: 11+

Interests: history, religion, Israel, Judaism and early Christianity, war, ethics, romance, coming-of-age story

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Rifles for Watie

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NEWBERY MEDAL WINNER – 1958

Rifles for Watie

by Harold Keith

Age: 11+

Interests: history, American history, American Civil War, war, moral questions, friendship, romance More

Johnny Tremain

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NEWBERY MEDAL WINNER – 1944

Johnny Tremain

by Esther Forbes

Age: 9+

Interests: American history, history, American Revolution, Boston, war More

Milkweed

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Milkweed

by Jerry Spinelli

Ages: 11+

Interests: history, Jewish history, WWII, war, Holocaust, racism, homelessness 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

The Lantern Bearers

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The Lantern Bearers

by Rosemary Sutcliff

illustrated by Charles Keeping

Age: 12 +

Interests: history, British history, war, violence, Vikings, Romans, slavery

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Knight Crusader

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Knight Crusader

by Ronald Welch

illustrations by William Stobbs

Age: 12+

Interests: knights, crusades, history, medieval history, war, adventure, violence

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