• Newbery Medal Books (1960-1969)

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    A Wrinkle in Time

    Madeleine L'Engle

    Hardcover (Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), Jan. 1, 1962)
    Madeleine L'Engle's ground-breaking science fiction and fantasy classic, soon to be a major motion picture.It was a dark and stormy night; Meg Murry, her small brother Charles Wallace, and her mother had come down to the kitchen for a midnight snack when they were upset by the arrival of a most disturbing stranger."Wild nights are my glory," the unearthly stranger told them. "I just got caught in a downdraft and blown off course. Let me sit down for a moment, and then I'll be on my way. Speaking of ways, by the way, there is such a thing as a tesseract."A tesseract (in case the reader doesn't know) is a wrinkle in time. To tell more would rob the reader of the enjoyment of Miss L'Engle's unusual book. A Wrinkle in Time, winner of the Newbery Medal in 1963, is the story of the adventures in space and time of Meg, Charles Wallace, and Calvin O'Keefe (athlete, student, and one of the most popular boys in high school). They are in search of Meg's father, a scientist who disappeared while engaged in secret work for the government on the tesseract problem.A Wrinkle in Time is the winner of the 1963 Newbery Medal. It is the first book in The Time Quintet, which consists of A Wrinkle in Time, A Wind in the Door, A Swiftly Tilting Planet, Many Waters, and An Acceptable Time. A Wrinkle in Time is soon to be a movie from Disney, directed by Ava DuVernay, starring Storm Reid, Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon and Mindy Kaling.This title has Common Core connections.
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    Men of Athens

    Olivia E Coolidge, Milton Johnson

    Hardcover (Houghton Mifflin, March 15, 1962)
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    The Cricket in Times Square

    George Selden, Garth Williams

    Hardcover (Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), Jan. 1, 1960)
    After Chester lands, in the Times Square subway station, he makes himself comfortable in a nearby newsstand. There, he has the good fortune to make three new friends: Mario, a little boy whose parents run the falling newsstand, Tucker, a fast-talking Broadway mouse, and Tucker's sidekick, Harry the Cat. The escapades of these four friends in bustling New York City makes for lively listening and humorous entertainment. And somehow, they manage to bring a taste of success to the nearly bankrupt newsstand. The Cricket in Times Square is a 1961 Newbery Honor Book.
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    I, Juan de Pareja

    Elizabeth Borton De Trevino

    Hardcover (Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), Jan. 1, 1965)
    Winner of the 1966 Newbery MedalAn ALA Notable BookA New York Times Best Juvenile Book of the YearJuan is the slave of the great Spanish painter Diego Valazquez and helps his master in his studio by preparing paints and stretching canvases. But Juan is an artist, too: he has taught himself by watching his master's technique. Although such work is forbidden by slaves, Jaun cannot keep his secret any longer.What will happen when the truth is known?Latino Interest.
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    When Shlemiel Went to Warsaw and Other Stories

    Isaac Bashevis Singer, Elizabeth Shub

    Hardcover (Farrar Straus & Giroux, Aug. 1, 1979)
    Eight stories based on traditional Jewish themes from Eastern Europe include: Shrewd Todie & Lyzer the Miser; Tsirtsur & Peziza; Rabbi Leib & the Witch Cunegunde; The Elders of Chelm & Genendel's Key; Shlemiel, the Businessman; Utzel & His Daughter Poverty; Menaseh's Dream; When Shlemiel went to Warsaw.
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    Old Ramon

    Jack Schaefer, Harold West

    Paperback (Walker Childrens, Sept. 1, 1993)
    Jack Schaefer, author of the classic Shane, has written a timeless story about the friendship of a wise old shepherd and a young boy set in the Mojave Desert.
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    Onion John

    Joseph Krumgold, Symeon Shimin

    Paperback (HarperCollins, April 4, 1984)
    The story of a friendship between a 12-year-old boy and an immigrant handyman, almost wrecked by the good intentions of the townspeople.
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    The Black Cauldron

    Lloyd Alexander

    Hardcover (Henry Holt and Co. (BYR), May 15, 1999)
    The Black Cauldron, the Newbery Medal-winning second book in Lloyd Alexander's The Chronicles of PrydainIn the land of Prydain, evil is never far away. Arawn, Lord of the Land of Death, has been building an army of dark warriors to take over Prydain, and the only way to stop him is to destroy the Black Cauldron he uses to create his dreaded soldiers.Taran, Assistant Pig-Keeper, and his loyal companions must journey deep into Arawn's domain to destroy the Black Cauldron. For each of them, the quest has special meaning. For Taran, it is a glorious opportunity to use his first sword in battle. But war requires a sacrifice greater than he'd ever imagined. . . .Includes a new pronunciation guide. This title has Common Core connections.
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    To Be a Slave

    Julius Lester, Tom Feelings

    Paperback (Puffin Books, Dec. 29, 2005)
    What was it like to be a slave? Listen to the words and learn about the lives of countless slaves and ex-slaves, telling about their forced journey from Africa to the United States, their work in the fields and houses of their owners, and their passion for freedom. You will never look at life the same way again.
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    The High King: The Chronicles of Prydain, Book 5

    Lloyd Alexander

    Hardcover (Henry Holt and Co. (BYR), Jan. 1, 1999)
    The High King by Lloyd AlexanderWhen the most powerful weapon in the land of Prydain falls into the hands of Arawn, Lord of the Land of Death, Taran and Prince Gwydion rally an army to stand up to the dark forces.The companions' last and greatest quest is also their most perilous. The biting cold of winter is upon them, adding to the danger they already face. Their journey, fraught with battle and bloodshed, ends at the very portal of Arawn's stronghold. There, Taran is faced with the most crucial decision of his life.In this breathtaking Newbery Medal-winning conclusion to The Chronicles of Prydain, the faithful friends face the ultimate war between good and evil.
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    America is Born: A History for Peter

    Gerald W. Johnson

    Hardcover (William Morrow, March 15, 1959)
    The engraved plate graphics in this text are incredible! The romanticized narrative, though well written, is factually distressing. This is a great book for counterpoint for students who are studying early America, and the Revolutionary War in the classroom, as it brings large the reality that the victors get to write the history -- perfect for getting students to utilize their analysis and evaluative skills. ~ SGE
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    Up a Road Slowly

    Irene Hunt

    Mass Market Paperback (Berkley, Jan. 4, 2005)
    The beloved author of Across Five Aprils and No Promises in the Wind presents one of her most cherished novels, the Newbery Award-winning story of a young girl’s coming of age…Julie would remember her happy days at Aunt Cordelia’s forever. Running through the spacious rooms, singing on rainy nights in front of the fireplace. There were the rides in the woods on Peter the Great, and the races with Danny Trevort. There were the precious moments alone in her room at night, gazing at the sea of stars.But there were sad times too—the painful jealousy Julie felt after her sister married, the tragic death of a schoolmate and the bitter disappointment of her first love. Julie was having a hard time believing life was fair. But Julie would have to be fair to herself before she could even think about new beginnings...“Hunt demonstrates that she is a writer of the first rank...Those who follow Julie's growth—from a tantrum-throwing seven-year-old to a gracious young woman of seventeen—will find this book has added a new dimension to their lives.”—The New York Times Book Review
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    Shadow Of A Bull

    Maia Wojciechowska, Alvin Smith

    Paperback (Aladdin, April 30, 1992)
    Manolo Olivar has to make a decision: to follow in his famous father's shadow and become a bullfighter, or to follow his heart and become a doctor
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    The Jazz Man

    Mary Hays Weik, Ann Grifalconi

    Paperback (Aladdin, Oct. 31, 1993)
    When the Jazz Man played, Zeke thought about nothing else but the wonderful music that drifted from the bright yellow room scross the courtyard. He did not think about how his mother crept up and down five long flights of stairs every day to go to work. He did not think about the jobs he knew his father must work. He thought about just of the dreamy blues adding color to his drab world. How long will Zeke's dreams last when the Jazz Man leaves?
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    Belling The Tiger

    Mary Stoltz

    Hardcover (Running Press, Aug. 10, 2004)
    At last, Mary Stoltz's 1962 Newbery Honor-winning book is back. And now, for the first time, the classic story is brought to life with colorful illustrations in a picture book format. Award-winning illustrator Pierre Pratt adds whimsical new art to this charming tale about two little mice assigned to a mission of putting a bell collar on the mean house cat. Following the successful trend in publishing classic stories in picture books with new illustrations, Belling the Tiger is an enchanting visual and literary adventure for readers aged 6 to 11.
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    Jennifer, Hecate, Macbeth, William Mckinley, and Me, Elizabeth

    E. L. Konigsburg

    Hardcover (Thorndike Press, May 17, 2005)
    A Newbery Honor Book Elizabeth is an only child, new in town, and the shortest kid in her class. She's also pretty lonely, until she meets Jennifer. Jennifer is . . . well, different. She's read Macbeth. She never wears jeans or shorts. She never says "please" or "thank you." And she says she is a witch. It's not always easy being friends with a witch - but it's never boring. Available only in The Literacy Bridge 5.
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    Rascal: A memoir of a better era

    Sterling North

    Mass Market Paperback (F. Watts, Aug. 16, 1969)
    Used young adult novel
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    From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

    E.L. Konigsburg

    Hardcover (Atheneum Books for Young Readers, Nov. 1, 1970)
    2017 marks the fiftieth anniversary of the beloved classic From the Mixed-up files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler. When Claudia decided to run away, she planned very carefully. She would be gone just long enough to teach her parents a lesson in Claudia appreciation. And she would go in comfort-she would live at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She saved her money, and she invited her brother Jamie to go, mostly because be was a miser and would have money. Claudia was a good organizer and Jamie bad some ideas, too; so the two took up residence at the museum right on schedule. But once the fun of settling in was over, Claudia had two unexpected problems: She felt just the same, and she wanted to feel different; and she found a statue at the Museum so beautiful she could not go home until she bad discovered its maker, a question that baffled the experts, too. The former owner of the statue was Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler. Without her-well, without her, Claudia might never have found a way to go home.
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    Bronze Bow

    Elizabeth George Speare

    Hardcover (Houghton Mifflin (Juv), June 1, 1961)
    Set in Galilee in the time of Jesus, this is the story of a young Jewish rebel who is won over to the gentle teachings of Jesus.
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    Thistle and Thyme: Tales and Legends from Scotland

    Leclaire Alger, Sorche Nic Leodhas

    Hardcover (Henry Holth & Co (J), June 16, 1962)
    Book by Alger, Leclaire, Nic Leodhas, Sorche
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    Island of the Blue Dolphins

    Scott O'Dell

    Hardcover (HMH Books for Young Readers, Oct. 4, 2010)
    Far off the coast of California looms a harsh rock known as the island of San Nicholas. Dolphins flash in the blue waters around it, sea otter play in the vast kep beds, and sea elephants loll on the stony beaches. Here, in the early 1800s, according to history, an Indian girl spent eighteen years alone, and this beautifully written novel is her story. It is a romantic adventure filled with drama and heartache, for not only was mere subsistence on so desolate a spot a near miracle, but Karana had to contend with the ferocious pack of wild dogs that had killed her younger brother, constantly guard against the Aleutian sea otter hunters, and maintain a precarious food supply.More than this, it is an adventure of the spirit that will haunt the reader long after the book has been put down. Karana's quiet courage, her Indian self-reliance and acceptance of fate, transform what to many would have been a devastating ordeal into an uplifting experience. From loneliness and terror come strength and serenity in this Newbery Medal-winning classic.In celebration of the book's 50th anniversary, this edition has a stunning new look, and an introduction by Lois Lowry, Newbery Medal-winning author of The Giver and Number the Stars.
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    The Fearsome Inn

    Isaac Bashevis Singer

    Paperback (Atheneum, Sept. 1, 1984)
    Two witches, who practice their evil trade on lost travellers, are banished through the wisdom of a student of the holy cabala, and the power of his magic chalk.
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    The Golden Goblet

    Eloise Jarvis McGraw

    Paperback (Puffin Books, May 6, 1986)
    A Newbery Honor BookWinner of a Newbery Honor, an exciting ancient Egyptian mystery!Ranofer wants only one thing in the world: to be a master goldsmith like his beloved father was. But how can he when he is all but imprisoned by his evil half brother, Gebu? Ranofer knows the only way he can escape Gebu's abuse is by changing his destiny. But can a poor boy with no skills survive on the cutthroat streets of ancient Thebes? Then Ranofer finds a priceless golden goblet in Gebu's room and he knows his luck−and his destiny−are about to change."Exceptionally vivid, swiftpaced, and stirring."—The Horn Book"An exhilarating story of the arduous fulfillment of a boy's dream . . . We are given a most worthy hero in Ranofer, one who struggles with his own fears and ideals, who smarts under his own cowardice, but who finds the power to rise to his own strength. This plus the vividly detailed setting make the book an excellent choice."—Kirkus Reviews
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    Across Five Aprils

    Irene Hunt

    Paperback (Berkley, Jan. 8, 2002)
    The Newbery Award-winning author of Up a Road Slowly presents the unforgettable story of Jethro Creighton—a brave boy who comes of age during the turbulent years of the Civil War.In 1861, America is on the cusp of war, and young Jethro Creighton is just nine-years-old. His brother, Tom, and his cousin, Eb, are both of fighting age. As Jethro's family is pulled into the conflict between the North and the South, loyalties are divided, dreams are threatened, and their bonds are put to the test in this heart-wrenching, coming of age story. “Drawing from family records and from stories told by her grandfather, the author has, in an uncommonly fine narrative, created living characters and vividly reconstructed a crucial period of history.”—Booklist
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    My Side of the Mountain

    Jean Craighead George

    Hardcover (Dutton Books for Young Readers, Jan. 1, 1988)
    Handpicked by Amazon kids’ books editor, Seira Wilson, for Prime Book Box – a children’s subscription that inspires a love of reading."Should appeal to all rugged individualists who dream of escape to the forest."—The New York Times Book Review Sam Gribley is terribly unhappy living in New York City with his family, so he runs away to the Catskill Mountains to live in the woods—all by himself. With only a penknife, a ball of cord, forty dollars, and some flint and steel, he intends to survive on his own. Sam learns about courage, danger, and independence during his year in the wilderness, a year that changes his life forever. “An extraordinary book . . . It will be read year after year.” —The Horn Book
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    The Egypt Game

    Alton Raible, Zilpha Keatley Snyder

    Hardcover (Atheneum, Feb. 1, 1972)
    Six children are thrust from the make-believe world of Egyptian pharaohs when their trusted oracle foresees the appearance of a murderer
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    The Black Pearl

    Scott O'Dell

    Paperback (Yearling, Feb. 1, 1996)
    Ramon has just found a pearl in an oyster he’s brought up from an underwater cave where the Manta Diablo, the monster devilfish, lurks. But neither Ramon nor his father can foresee the trouble a pearl can bring.
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    America moves forward: A history for Peter

    Gerald W Johnson

    Hardcover (Morrow, March 15, 1960)
    America Moves Forward is one of a series of three, all with the sub-title, A History for Peter. Peter was the grandson of the author, and he started to write the history of the US in such a way so that it would be entertaining, and useful for a young boy. As such, this is history that is perfectly acceptable for any and all young adults...but it is more than that, it is history that is so well-written and interesting that it would be a fine choice for any of us. ( Amazon customer)
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    The Gammage Cup

    Carol Kendall, Erik Blegvad

    Library Binding (Sagebrush Education Resources, March 15, 1990)
    A handful of Minnipins, a sober and sedate people, rise up against the Periods, the leading family of an isolated mountain valley, and are exiled to a mountain where they discover that the ancient enemies of their people are preparing to attack
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    Zlateh the Goat and Other Stories

    Isaac Bashevis Singer, Maurice Sendak

    Hardcover (HarperCollins, May 22, 2001)
    Nobel laureate Isaac Bashevis Singer introduces readers to the village of Chelm in this Newbery Honor Book. Chelm is a village of fools. The most famous fools—the oldest and the greatest—are the seven Elders. But there are lesser fools too: a silly irresponsible bridegroom; four sisters who mix up their feed in bed one night; a young man who imagines himself dead. Here are seven magical folktales spun by a master storyteller, that speak of fools, devils, schlemiels, and even heroes—like Zlateh the goat.The New York Times called Zlateh the Goat and Other Stories, "beautiful stories for children, written by a master." The New York Book Review said, "This book is a triumph. If you have no older children on your list, buy it for yourself." Singer's extraordinary book of folklore is illustrated by Maurice Sendak, who won a Caldecott Medal for Where the Wild Things Are. Supports the Common Core State Standards
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    FRONTIER LIVING

    Tunis

    Hardcover (HarperCollins, Jan. 21, 1976)
    Describes the daily lives of American pioneers who explored and settled the territories west of the Appalachians.
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    The King's Fifth

    Scott O'Dell, Samuel Bryant

    Hardcover (HMH Books for Young Readers, Sept. 9, 1966)
    While awaiting trial for murder and withholding from the king the obligatory fifth of the gold found in Cibola, Esteban, a seventeen-year-old cartographer, recalls his adventures with a band of conquistadors.
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    The Loner

    Ester Wier

    Paperback (Apple, Jan. 1, 1992)
    Wandering westward, picking fruit for wages, a lonely boy cannot remember his name or his family and takes care of himself until he meets a woman sheep farmer who provides him with a loving home
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    The Animal Family

    Randall Jarrell, Maurice Sendak

    Hardcover (HarperCollins, Feb. 27, 1997)
    This is the story of how, one by one, a man found himself a family. Almost nowhere in fiction is there a stranger, dearer, or funnier family--and the life that the members of The Animal Family live together, there in the wilderness beside the sea, is as extraordinary and as enchanting as the family itself.
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    It's Like This, Cat

    Emily Neville, Emil Weiss

    Paperback (Dover Publications, March 17, 2017)
    "Superb. The best junior novel I've ever read about big-city life." — The New York Times. After another fight with Pop, 14-year-old Dave storms out of their apartment and nearly gets hit by a car. Kate, the local cat lady, comes to the rescue, and Dave returns home with an ally: Cat, the stray tom that becomes Dave's confidante and his key to new friendships and experiences. Cat inadvertently leads Dave to Tom, a troubled 19-year-old who needs help, and Mary, a shy girl who opens Dave's eyes and ears to music and theater. Even the Cat-related confrontations with Pop take on a new spirit, with less shouting and more understanding.It's Like This, Cat offers a vivid tour of New York City in the 1960s. From the genteel environs of Gramercy Park to a bohemian corner of Coney Island, the atmospheric journey is punctuated by stickball games, pastrami sandwiches, and a ride on the Staten Island Ferry. Recounted with humor, a remarkably realistic teenage voice, and Emil Weiss's pitch-perfect illustrations, this 1964 Newbery Award-winning tale recaptures the excitement and challenges of growing up in the big city.
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    The noonday friends

    Mary Stolz

    Paperback (Scholastic, March 15, 1974)
    Eleven-year-old Franny Davis loved school and her family, but there were some things that bothered her.
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