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Subject: Newberry Books
Date Posted: 11/16/2008 3:01 AM ET
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My friend and I are trying to read our way through the Newberry Award and Honor books, and are trying to decide what to read next. We have read a bunch already, and some of our favorites are The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer, The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare, The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi, The Christopher Paul Curtis books (Bud, Not Buddy!) and the books by E. L. Konigsburg.

Does anyone have any suggestions that they remember loving from when they were growing up, or even now? Some suggestions would be welcome. It's such a big list, it's sometimes hard to know where to go next.


Subject: I like
Date Posted: 11/17/2008 2:16 AM ET
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Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH


Roll of thunder, Hear Me Cry

The Giver

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Date Posted: 11/17/2008 11:03 AM ET
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A Year Down Yonder by Peck is excellent. Grandma is a hoot! The audiobook reader is great.

The Tale of Despereaux is a heartwarming, wonderful story.

Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse is my daughter's favorite book of all time. She has since read everything she can find about the Dust Bowl era.

The View From Saturday by Konigsburg is very good also.

Walk Two Moons by Creech. Suspenseful story told with humor.

Bridge to Terabithia by Paterson. A wonderful story but keep a tissue handy.

Miracles on Maple Hill by Sorenson. Captivating story about a family that has had some hard times

Caddie Woodlawn by Brink. I believe my daughter read it from cover to cover without taking a break. Then, my BIL picked it up while he was visiting us and was equally enthralled. He bought a copy for his daughter.

Julie of the Wolves - George is a great writer.

The Midwife's Apprentice by Cushman. She writes excellent historical fiction. Another of hers that we loved was Rodzina.

The Whipping Boy by Fleischman. My son thought this one was great.

The only Newbery winner I saw on the list that I liked but didn't love was The Twenty-One Balloons by du Bois. I see Cynthia Rylant on the list. I haven't read Missing May but we have read many of her other books and they are charming. I think the one we enjoyed the most was Gooseberry Park. I also see a book by Freedman on the list. We have read many of his books and I can imagine that the Lincoln books is equally good. Immigrant Kids is our favorite book by Freedman.

I am surprised at how man Newbery books our family has read without intending to.

Date Posted: 11/18/2008 1:35 AM ET
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Walk Two Moons has been one of my favorites since I was in about 3rd grade. I loved it so much, I read everything I could find by Sharon Creech! She, along with Cynthia Voigt are some of my most favorite Young Adult authors!

Great suggestions guys, thank you! More would of course be awesome too!

Date Posted: 11/19/2008 8:05 PM ET
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I loved reading Everything On a Waffle. It's an honor book, but its about a young girl who's parents die at sea in a stom. She has to go live with the bachelor uncle Jack. She relates things to foods and actually has recipes in the books. It's great

Date Posted: 11/20/2008 10:39 PM ET
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I definitely 2nd the audio of 'a year down yonder' by peck..it's awesome! I checked this out of the library so many times(and on cassette) I told them they needed to get it on cd! the woman narrating this is hilarious! I finally got the 1st book - a long way from chicago- and a guy narrates it and it's a bunch of stories put together..stillgood but I really really loved 'a year down  yonder' a lot more. I listened to it on trips out of town..perfect length!

Date Posted: 11/29/2008 12:13 AM ET
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I remember loving The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin.

Date Posted: 4/17/2009 11:32 PM ET
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I loved Walk Two Moons, i read it in 5th grade. I have it on my shelf

Subject: books
Date Posted: 4/19/2009 3:35 PM ET
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I love the Newbery books and still enjoy reading them! Do not neglect books like Hatchet by Paulson, Holes by Sachar, Wilder's Little House books, and of course Authors Beverly Cleary, Judy Blume, an- Avi all would be great for you.


Date Posted: 4/19/2009 3:56 PM ET
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Our school does use the Accerlerated reader program.  This year in an attempt to get my kids to read  I tried something new.  I took all(might have left out a few because I believe the list I used was incomplete) the Newberry Honor books and divided them between three lists - one for each trimester.  I challenged my students to read any 6 books off the list and pass the AR test.  Their prize for doing so would be me buying them In & Out for lunch.  A few caught on that the books on the list were the ones with the "gold stickers" on the covers.

I also started a "book club" after school.  Of course all the novels we read together were Newberry Honor books.  We have read Elijah of Buxtom (same author as Bud, Not Buddy), From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil M Freinkweiler, Holes, and Sounder.  My final book club novel will be Crispin: The Cross of Lead.

We really enjoyed Eljah of Buxtom.

Date Posted: 4/19/2009 9:05 PM ET
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I love Elizabeth Enright's Thimble Summer (medal winner) and Gone Away Lake (Newberry Honor). Love her other books too, but those 2 are on the Newberry lsit:)

Date Posted: 4/20/2009 10:34 PM ET
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Hitty, Her First Hundred Years by Rachel Field.  (Newbery Honor--I think 1930's) 

Subject: More recent Newbery picks
Date Posted: 4/21/2009 10:04 AM ET
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I think I'm in the minority, but I loved The Higher Power of Lucky by Susan Patron.

Good Masters, Sweet Ladies is also delightful (but I'm a medieval lit nerd, so YMMV).

A great blog I like is The Newbery Project.  You might want to check that out.