Thursday, June 14, 2012

Newbery Books

So I made this plan to read through the Newbery Medal winners from 1922-present.  I was surprised to see I had read about a fifth of the list already:

2004:  The Tale of Despereaux - DiCamillo
2003:  Crispin:  The Cross of Lead- Avi
2000:  Bud, Not Buddy- Curtis
1994:  The Giver- Lowery
1992:  Shiloh- Naylor
1987:  The Whipping Boy- Fleischman
1986:  Sarah, Plain and Tall- MacLachlan
1984:  Dear Mr. Henshaw- Cleary
1983:  Dicey's Song- Voigt
1979: The Westing Game- Raskin
1972:  Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH- O'Brien
1970:  Sounder- Armstrong
1968:  From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler- Konigsburg
1965:  Shadow of a Bull- Wojciechowska
1962:  The Bronze Bow- Speare
1961:  Island of the Blue Dolphins- O'Dell
1959:  The Witch of Blackbird Pond- Speare
1956:  Carry On, Mr. Bowditch- Latham
1949:  King of the Wind- Henry
1946:  Strawberry Girl- Lenski
1945:  Rabbit Hill- Lawson
1944:  Johnny Tremain- Forbes
1942:  The Matchlock Gun- Edmonds

Here's what I've read this summer so far:

2001:  A Year Down Yonder- Peck (my favorite so far)
1998:  Out of the Dust- Hesse
1981:  Jacob Have I Loved- Paterson
1978:  Bridge to Terabithia- Paterson
1977:  Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry- Taylor
1975:  M.C. Higgins, the Great- Hamilton
1957:  Miracles on Maple Hill- Sorenson

I'm in the middle of these books:

1963:  A Wrinkle in Time- L'Engle
1953:  Secret of the Andes- Clark
1960:  Onion John- Krumgold
The Penderwicks---not an award winner but one suggested by my daughter.  Her description:  " it's a modern Little Women".

1958:  Rifle for Watie- Keith This is a book I checked out, but frankly couldn't get past the boring cover.  It's a historical fiction set in the Civil War.  Tera was looking for something to read so I said try this.  She devoured it in less than a couple of days.  Her review:  "You can't judge a book by it's cover"  Apparently, I wasn't the only one to take issue with the cover. 

One observation concerning Newbery Medal winner---do they all have to be so darn depressing?  Or have I just read all the funny ones? 


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