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fuzzi Accepts the Newbery Challenge!

1fuzzi
Editado: Fev 22, 2020, 8:51 pm

My son did a paper on the Newbery winners for one of his undergraduate classes, and it piqued my interest, seeing which books I'd already read have won the award.

And so I found this group.

I think I'll first list the books I have read, with reviews if I already have written them, then work out a reading challenge, of sorts.

Books that have been scored have been read.

Books that I have reviewed here on LT will be labeled "Reviewed".

2fuzzi
Editado: Fev 10, 9:37 pm

Newberry Award Medal Winners

2024: The Eyes and the Impossible by David Eggers
2023: Freewater by Amina Luqman-Dawson
2022: The Last Cuentista by Donna Barba Higuera
2021: When You Trap a Tiger by Tae Keller
2020: New Kid by Jerry Craft
2019: Merci Suárez Changes Gears by Meg Medina
2018: Hello, Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly
2017: The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill
2016: Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Peña
2015: The Crossover by Kwame Alexander
2014: Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures by Kate DiCamillo
2013: The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
2012: Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos
2011: Moon over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool
2010: When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead - Reviewed
2009: The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
2008: Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Voices from a Medieval Village by Laura Amy Schlitz
2007: The Higher Power of Lucky by Susan Patron
2006: Criss Cross by Lynne Rae Perkins
2005: Kira-Kira by Cynthia Kadohata
2004: The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo
2003: Crispin: The Cross of Lead by Avi Reviewed
2002: A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park
2001: A Year Down Yonder by Richard Peck - Reviewed
2000: Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis
1999: Holes by Louis Sachar
1998: Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse
1997: The View from Saturday by E.L. Konigsburg - Reviewed
1996: The Midwife’s Apprentice by Karen Cushman - Reviewed
1995: Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech - Reviewed
1994: The Giver by Lois Lowry - Reviewed
1993: Missing May by Cynthia Rylant - Reviewed
1992: Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
1991: Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli
1990: Number the Stars by Lois Lowry - Reviewed
1989: Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices by Paul Fleischman
1988: Lincoln: A Photobiography by Russell Freedman
1987: The Whipping Boy by Sid Fleischman - Reviewed
1986: Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan - Reviewed
1985: The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley - Reviewed
1984: Dear Mr. Henshaw by Beverly Cleary
1983: Dicey’s Song by Cynthia Voigt
1982: A Visit to William Blake’s Inn by Nancy Willard
1981: Jacob Have I Loved by Katherine Paterson - Reviewed
1980: A Gathering of Days: A New England Girl’s Journal, 1830-1832 by Joan W. Blos
1979: The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
1978: Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
1977: Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor
1976: The Grey King by Susan Cooper (rehomed without reading)
1975: M. C. Higgins, the Great by Virginia Hamilton
1974: The Slave Dancer by Paula Fox - Reviewed
1973: Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George
1972: Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O’Brien
1971: Summer of the Swans by Betsy Byars - Reviewed
1970: Sounder by William H. Armstrong
1969: The High King by Lloyd Alexander
1968: From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg - Reviewed
1967: Up a Road Slowly by Irene Hunt - Reviewed
1966: I, Juan de Pareja by Elizabeth Borton de Trevino
1965: Shadow of a Bull by Maia Wojciechowska - DNF
1964: It’s Like This, Cat by Emily Neville - Reviewed
1963: A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
1962: The Bronze Bow by Elizabeth George Speare - Reviewed
1961: Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell
1960: Onion John by Joseph Krumgold
1959: The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare - Reviewed
1958: Rifles for Watie by Harold Keith
1957: Miracles on Maple Hill by Virginia Sorensen
1956: Carry On, Mr. Bowditch by Jean Lee Latham
1955: The Wheel on the School by Meindert DeJong
1954: ...And Now Miguel by Joseph Krumgold - Reviewed
1953: Secret of the Andes by Ann Nolan Clark
1952: Ginger Pye by Eleanor Estes
1951: Amos Fortune, Free Man by Elizabeth Yates
1950: The Door in the Wall by Marguerite de Angeli - Reviewed
1949: King of the Wind by Marguerite Henry
1948: The Twenty-One Balloons by William Pène du Bois - Reviewed
1947: Miss Hickory by Carolyn Sherwin Bailey
1946: Strawberry Girl by Lois Lenski - Reviewed
1945: Rabbit Hill by Robert Lawson
1944: Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes
1943: Adam of the Road by Elizabeth Janet Gray - Reviewed
1942: The Matchlock Gun by Walter Edmonds
1941: Call It Courage by Armstrong Sperry - Reviewed
1940: Daniel Boone by James Daugherty
1939: Thimble Summer by Elizabeth Enright
1938: The White Stag by Kate Seredy - Reviewed
1937: Roller Skates by Ruth Sawyer - Reviewed
1936: Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Ryrie Brink
1935: Dobry by Monica Shannon
1934: Invincible Louisa: The Story of the Author of Little Women by Cornelia Meigs
1933: Young Fu of the Upper Yangtze by Elizabeth Lewis
1932: Waterless Mountain by Laura Adams Armer
1931: The Cat Who Went to Heaven by Elizabeth Coatsworth
1930: Hitty, Her First Hundred Years by Rachel Field
1929: The Trumpeter of Krakow by Eric P. Kelly
1928: Gay Neck, the Story of a Pigeon by Dhan Gopal Mukerji
1927: Smoky, the Cowhorse by Will James
1926: Shen of the Sea by Arthur Bowie Chrisman
1925: Tales from Silver Lands by Charles Finger
1924: The Dark Frigate by Charles Hawes - Reviewed
1923: The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle by Hugh Lofting
1922: The Story of Mankind by Hendrik Willem van Loon

3fuzzi
Editado: Jan 22, 7:53 pm

Newbery Honor Books

2024 Honor Books:
Elf Dog and Owl Head by M. T. Anderson
Simon Sort of Says by Erin Bow
Eagle Drums by Nasugraq Rainey Hopson
Mexikid by Pedro Martin
The Many Assassinations of Samir, the Seller of Dreams by Daniel Nayeri

2023 Honor Books:
Iveliz Explains It All by Andrea Beatriz Arango
The Last Mapmaker by Christina Soontornvat
Chen's Last Chance by Lisa Yee

2022 Honor Books:
Red, White and Whole by Rajani Larocca
Watercress by Andrea Wang
A Snake Falls to Earth by Darcie Little Badger
Too Bright to See by Kyle Lukoff

2021 Honor Books:
All Thirteen: The Incredible Cave Rescue of the Thai Boys’ Soccer Team by Christina Soontornvat
BOX: Henry Brown Mails Himself to Freedom by Carole Boston Weatherford
Fighting Words by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
We Dream of Space by Erin Entrada Kelly
A Wish in the Dark by Christina Soontornvat

2020 Honor Books:
The Undefeated by Kwame Alexander
Scary Stories for Young Foxes by Christian McKay Heidicker
Other Words for Home by Jasmine Warga
Genesis Begins Again by Alicia D. Williams

2019 Honor Books:
The Night Diary by Veera Hiranandani
The Book of Boy by Catherine Gilbert Murdock, illustrated by Ian Schoenherr

2018 Honor Books:
Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut written by Derrick Barnes, illustrated by Gordon C. James
Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds
Piecing Me Together by Renée Watson

2017 Honor Books
Freedom Over Me: Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brough to Life by Ashley Bryan by Ashley Bryan
The Inquisitor’s Tale: Or, The Three Magical Children and their Holy Dog by Adam Gidwitz, illustrated by Hatem Aly
Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk

2016 Honor Books
The War that Saved my Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson
Echo by Pam Muñoz Ryan

2015 Honor Books:
El Deafo by Cece Bell
Brown Girl Dreaming by Jaqueline Woodson

2014 Honor Books:
Doll Bones by Holly Black
The Year of Billy Miller by Kevin Henkes
One Came Home by Amy Timberlake
Paperboy by Vince Vawter

2013 Honor Books:
Splendors and Glooms by Laura Amy Schlitz
Bomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin
Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage

2012 Honor Books:
Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai
Breaking Stalin's Nose by Eugene Yelchin

2011 Honor Books:
Turtle in Paradise by Jennifer L. Holm
Heart of a Samurai by Margi Preus
Dark Emperor and Other Poems of the Night by Joyce Sidman, illustrated by Rick Allen
One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia

2010 Honor Books:
Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice by Phillip Hoose
The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin
The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg by Rodman Philbrick

2009 Honor Books:
The Underneath by Kathi Appelt, illus. by David Small
The Surrender Tree: Poems of Cuba's Struggle for Freedom by Margarita Engle
Savvy by Ingrid Law
After Tupac & D Foster by Jacqueline Woodson

2008 Honor Books:
Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis
The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt
Feathers by Jacqueline Woodson

2007 Honor Books:
Penny from Heaven by Jennifer L. Holm,
Hattie Big Sky by Kirby Larson
Rules by Cynthia Lord

2006 Honor Books:
Whittington by Alan Armstrong, illustrated by S.D. Schindler
Hitler Youth: Growing Up in Hitler's Shadow by Susan Campbell Bartoletti
Princess Academy by Shannon Hale - Reviewed
Show Way by Jacqueline Woodson, illustrated by Hudson Talbott

2005 Honor Books:
Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko
The Voice that Challenged a Nation: Marian Anderson and the Struggle for Equal Rights by Russell Freedman
Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy by Gary D. Schmidt

2004 Honor Books:
Olive's Ocean by Kevin Henkes
An American Plague: The True and Terrifying Story of the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793 by Jim Murphy

2003 Honor Books:
The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer
Pictures of Hollis Woods by Patricia Reilly Giff - Reviewed
Hoot by Carl Hiaasen
A Corner of The Universe by Ann M. Martin
Surviving the Applewhites by Stephanie S. Tolan - DNF, Reviewed

2002 Honor Books:
Everything on a Waffle by Polly Horvath
Carver: A Life In Poems by Marilyn Nelson

2001 Honor Books:
Hope Was Here by Joan Bauer
Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo - Reviewed
Joey Pigza Loses Control by Jack Gantos
The Wanderer by Sharon Creech

2000 Honor Books:
Getting Near to Baby by by Audrey Couloumbis
Our Only May Amelia by Jennifer L. Holm
26 Fairmount Avenue by Tomie dePaola

1999 Honor Book:
A Long Way from Chicago by Richard Peck - Reviewed

1998 Honor Books:
Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
Lily's Crossing by Patricia Reilly Giff
Wringer by Jerry Spinelli

1997 Honor Books:
A Girl Named Disaster by Nancy Farmer
Moorchild by Eloise McGraw - Reviewed
The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner
Belle Prater's Boy by Ruth White - Reviewed

1996 Honor Books:
What Jamie Saw by Carolyn Coman
The Watsons Go to Birmingham: 1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis
Yolonda's Genius by Carol Fenner
The Great Fire by Jim Murphy

1995 Honor Books:
Catherine, Called Birdy by Karen Cushman - Reviewed
The Ear, the Eye and the Arm by Nancy Farmer

1994 Honor Books:
Crazy Lady by Jane Leslie Conly
Dragon's Gate by Laurence Yep
Eleanor Roosevelt: A Life of Discovery by Russell Freedman

1993 Honor Books:
What Hearts by Bruce Brooks
The Dark-thirty: Southern Tales of the Supernatural by Patricia McKissack
Somewhere in the Darkness by Walter Dean Myers

1992 Honor Books:
Nothing But The Truth: a Documentary Novel by Avi
The Wright Brothers: How They Invented the Airplane by Russell Freedman

1991 Honor Book:
The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi - Reviewed

1990 Honor Books:
Afternoon of the Elves by Janet Taylor Lisle - Reviewed
Shabanu, Daughter of the Wind by Suzanne Fisher Staples
The Winter Room by Gary Paulsen - Reviewed

1989 Honor Books:
In The Beginning: Creation Stories from Around the World by Virginia Hamilton
Scorpions by Walter Dean Myers

1988 Honor Books:
After The Rain by Norma Fox Mazer
Hatchet by Gary Paulsen - Reviewed

1987 Honor Books:
A Fine White Dust by Cynthia Rylant
On My Honor by Marion Dane Bauer
Volcano: The Eruption and Healing of Mount St. Helens by Patricia Lauber

1986 Honor Books:
Commodore Perry In the Land of the Shogun by Rhoda Blumberg
Dogsong by Gary Paulsen - Reviewed

1985 Honor Books:
Like Jake and Me by Mavis Jukes
The Moves Make the Man by Bruce Brooks
One-Eyed Cat by Paula Fox - Decided to rehome unread after reading a description.

1984 Honor Books:
The Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare - Reviewed
A Solitary Blue by Cynthia Voigt
Sugaring Time by Kathryn Lasky
The Wish Giver: Three Tales of Coven Tree by Bill Brittain

1983 Honor Books:
The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley - Reviewed
Doctor DeSoto by William Steig
Graven Images by Paul Fleischman
Homesick: My Own Story by Jean Fritz - Reviewed
Sweet Whispers, Brother Rush by Virginia Hamilton

1982 Honor Books:
Ramona Quimby, Age 8 by Beverly Cleary - Reviewed
Upon the Head of the Goat: A Childhood in Hungary 1939-1944 by Aranka Siegal

1981 Honor Books:
The Fledgling by Jane Langton
A Ring of Endless Light by Madeleine L'Engle

1980 Honor Book:
The Road from Home: The Story of an Armenian Girl by David Kherdian

1979 Honor Book:
The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson

1978 Honor Books:
Ramona and Her Father by Beverly Cleary - Reviewed
Anpao: An American Indian Odyssey by Jamake Highwater

1977 Honor Books:
Abel's Island by William Steig - Reviewed
A String in the Harp by Nancy Bond

1976 Honor Books:
The Hundred Penny Box by Sharon Bell Mathis
Dragonwings by Laurence Yep - Rehomed without reading

1975 Honor Books:
Figgs & Phantoms by Ellen Raskin
My Brother Sam is Dead by James Lincoln Collier & Christopher Collier - Reviewed
The Perilous Gard by Elizabeth Marie Pope
Philip Hall Likes Me, I Reckon Maybe by Bette Greene

1974 Honor Book:
The Dark Is Rising by Susan Cooper

1973 Honor Books:
Frog and Toad Together by Arnold Lobel
The Upstairs Room by Johanna Reiss - Reviewed
The Witches of Worm by Zilpha Keatley Snyder

1972 Honor Books:
Incident At Hawk's Hill by Allan W. Eckert
The Planet of Junior Brown by Virginia Hamilton
The Tombs of Atuan by Ursula K. LeGuin
Annie and the Old One by Miska Miles
The Headless Cupid by Zilpha Keatley Snyder - Reviewed

1971 Honor Books:
Knee Knock Rise by Natalie Babbitt
Enchantress From the Stars by Sylvia Louise Engdahl
Sing Down the Moon by Scott O'Dell - Reviewed

1970 Honor Books:
Our Eddie by Sulamith Ish-Kishor
The Many Ways of Seeing: An Introduction to the Pleasures of Art by Janet Gaylord Moore
Journey Outside by Mary Q. Steele

1969 Honor Books:
To Be a Slave by Julius Lester
When Shlemiel Went to Warsaw and Other Stories by Isaac Bashevis Singer

1968 Honor Books:
Jennifer, Hecate, Macbeth, William McKinley, and Me, Elizabeth by E. L. Konigsburg
The Black Pearl by Scott O'Dell - Reviewed
The Fearsome Inn by Isaac Bashevis Singer
The Egypt Game by Zilpha Keatley Snyder - Reviewed

1967 Honor Books:
The King's Fifth by Scott O'Dell
Zlateh The Goat and Other Stories by Isaac Bashevis Singer
The Jazz Man by Mary Hays Weik

1966 Honor Books:
The Black Cauldron by Lloyd Alexander
The Animal Family by Randall Jarrell
The Noonday Friends by Mary Stolz

1965 Honor Book:
Across Five Aprils by Irene Hunt - Reviewed

1964 Honor Books:
Rascal: A Memoir of a Better Era by Sterling North
The Loner by Ester Wier

1963 Honor Books:
Thistle and Thyme: Tales and Legends from Scotland by Sorche Nic Leodhas, pseud.
Men of Athens by Olivia Coolidge

1962 Honor Books:
Frontier Living by Edwin Tunis
The Golden Goblet by Eloise Jarvis McGraw
Belling The Tiger by Mary Stolz

1961 Honor Books:
America Moves Forward: A History for Peter by Gerald W. Johnson
Old Ramon by Jack Schaefer
The Cricket In Times Square by George Selden, pseud. - Reviewed

1960 Honor Books:
My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George
America Is Born: A History for Peter by Gerald W. Johnson
The Gammage Cup by Carol Kendall

1959 Honor Books:
The Family Under The Bridge by Natalie Savage Carlson
Along Came A Dog by Meindert Dejong
Chucaro: Wild Pony of the Pampa by Francis Kalnay
The Perilous Road by William O. Steele

1958 Honor Books:
The Horsecatcher by Mari Sandoz
Gone-Away Lake by Elizabeth Enright
The Great Wheel by Robert Lawson
Tom Paine, Freedom's Apostle by Leo Gurko

1957 Honor Books:
Old Yeller by Fred Gipson
The House of Sixty Fathers by Meindert DeJong
Mr. Justice Holmes by Clara Ingram Judson
The Corn Grows Ripe by Dorothy Rhoads
Black Fox of Lorne by Marguerite de Angeli - Reviewed

1956 Honor Books:
The Secret River by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
The Golden Name Day by Jennie Lindquist
Men, Microscopes, and Living Things by Katherine Shippen

1955 Honor Books:
Courage of Sarah Noble by Alice Dalgliesh
Banner In The Sky by James Ullman

1954 Honor Books:
All Alone by Claire Huchet Bishop
Shadrach by Meindert Dejong
Hurry Home, Candy by Meindert Dejong
Theodore Roosevelt, Fighting Patriot by Clara Ingram Judson
Magic Maize by Mary & Conrad Buff

1953 Honor Books:
Charlotte's Web by E. B. White - Reviewed
Moccasin Trail by Eloise Jarvis McGraw
Red Sails to Capri by Ann Weil
The Bears on Hemlock Mountain by Alice Dalgliesh
Birthdays of Freedom, Vol. 1 by Genevieve Foster

1952 Honor Books:
Americans Before Columbus by Elizabeth Baity
Minn of the Mississippi by Holling C. Holling
The Defender by Nicholas Kalashnikoff
The Light at Tern Rock by Julia Sauer - Reviewed
The Apple and the Arrow by Mary & Conrad Buff

1951 Honor Books:
Better Known as Johnny Appleseed by Mabel Leigh Hunt
Gandhi, Fighter Without a Sword by Jeanette Eaton
Abraham Lincoln, Friend of the People by Clara Ingram Judson
The Story of Appleby Capple by Anne Parrish

1950 Honor Books:
Tree of Freedom by Rebecca Caudill
The Blue Cat of Castle Town by Catherine Coblentz
Kildee House by Rutherford Montgomery
George Washington by Genevieve Foster
Song of The Pines: A Story of Norwegian Lumbering in Wisconsin by Walter & Marion Havighurst

1949 Honor Books:
Seabird by Holling C. Holling
Daughter of the Mountains by Louise Rankin
My Father's Dragon by Ruth S. Gannett - Reviewed
Story of the Negro by Arna Bontemps

1948 Honor Books:
Pancakes-Paris by Claire Huchet Bishop
Li Lun, Lad of Courage by Carolyn Treffinger
The Quaint and Curious Quest of Johnny Longfoot by Catherine Besterman
The Cow-Tail Switch, and Other West African Stories by Harold Courlander
Misty of Chincoteague by Marguerite Henry

1947 Honor Books:
Wonderful Year by Nancy Barnes
Big Tree by Mary & Conrad Buff
The Heavenly Tenants by William Maxwell
The Avion My Uncle Flew by Cyrus Fisher, pseud. - Reviewed
The Hidden Treasure of Glaston by Eleanor Jewett

1946 Honor Books:
Justin Morgan Had a Horse by Marguerite Henry
The Moved-Outers by Florence Crannell Means - Reviewed
Bhimsa, the Dancing Bear by Christine Weston
New Found World by Katherine Shippen

1945 Honor Books:
The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes
The Silver Pencil by Alice Dalgliesh
Abraham Lincoln's World by Genevieve Foster
Lone Journey: The Life of Roger Williams by Jeanetter Eaton

1944 Honor Books:
These Happy Golden Years by Laura Ingalls Wilder - Reviewed
Fog Magic by Julia Sauer
Rufus M. by Eleanor Estes
Mountain Born by Elizabeth Yates

1943 Honor Books:
The Middle Moffat by Eleanor Estes
Have You Seen Tom Thumb? by Mabel Leigh Hunt

1942 Honor Books:
Little Town on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder - Reviewed
George Washington's World by Genevieve Foster
Indian Captive: The Story of Mary Jemison by Lois Lenski - Reviewed
Down Ryton Water by Eva Roe Gaggin

1941 Honor Books:
Blue Willow by Doris Gates - Reviewed
Young Mac of Fort Vancouver by Mary Jane Carr
The Long Winter by Laura Ingalls Wilder - Reviewed
Nansen by Anna Gertrude Hall

1940 Honor Books:
The Singing Tree by Kate Seredy
Runner of the Mountain Tops: The Life of Louis Agassiz by Mabel Robinson
By the Shores of Silver Lake by Laura Ingalls Wilder - Reviewed
Boy with a Pack by Stephen W. Meader

1939 Honor Books:
Nino by Valenti Angelo
Mr. Popper's Penguins by Richard & Florence Atwater
Hello the Boat! by Phyllis Crawford
Leader By Destiny: George Washington, Man and Patriot by Jeanette Eaton
Penn by Elizabeth Janet Gray

1938 Honor Books:
Pecos Bill by James Cloyd Bowman
Bright Island by Mabel Robinson
On the Banks of Plum Creek by Laura Ingalls Wilder - Reviewed

1937 Honor Books:
Phebe Fairchild: Her Book by Lois Lenski
Whistler's Van by Idwal Jones
The Golden Basket by Ludwig Bemelmans
Winterbound by Margery Bianco
The Codfish Musket by Agnes Hewes
Audubon by Constance Rourke

1936 Honor Books:
Honk, the Moose by Phil Stong
The Good Master by Kate Seredy
Young Walter Scott by Elizabeth Janet Gray
All Sail Set: A Romance of the Flying Cloud by Armstrong Sperry

1935 Honor Books:
Pageant of Chinese History by Elizabeth Seeger
Davy Crockett by Constance Rourke
Day On Skates: The Story of a Dutch Picnic by Hilda Von Stockum

1934 Honor Books:
The Forgotten Daughter by Caroline Snedeker
Swords of Steel by Elsie Singmaster
ABC Bunny by Wanda Gág
Winged Girl of Knossos by Erik Berry, pseud.
New Land by Sarah Schmidt
Big Tree of Bunlahy: Stories of My Own Countryside by Padraic Colum
Glory of the Seas by Agnes Hewes
Apprentice of Florence by Ann Kyle

1933 Honor Books:
Swift Rivers by Cornelia Meigs
The Railroad To Freedom: A Story of the Civil War by Hildegarde Swift
Children of the Soil: A Story of Scandinavia by Nora Burglon

1932 Honor Books:
The Fairy Circus by Dorothy P. Lathrop
Calico Bush by Rachel Field
Boy of the South Seas by Eunice Tietjens
Out of the Flame by Eloise Lownsbery
Jane's Island by Marjorie Allee
Truce of the Wolf and Other Tales of Old Italy by Mary Gould Davis

1931 Honor Books:
Floating Island by Anne Parrish
The Dark Star of Itza: The Story of A Pagan Princess by Alida Malkus
Queer Person by Ralph Hubbard
Mountains are Free by Julie Davis Adams
Spice and the Devil's Cave by Agnes Hewes
Meggy MacIntosh by Elizabeth Janet Gray
Garram the Hunter: A Boy of the Hill Tribes by Herbert Best
Ood-Le-Uk the Wanderer by Alice Lide & Margaret Johansen

1930 Honor Books:
A Daughter of the Seine: The Life of Madame Roland by Jeanette Eaton
Pran of Albania by Elizabeth Miller
Jumping-Off Place by Marion Hurd McNeely
The Tangle-Coated Horse and Other Tales by Ella Young
Vaino by Julia Davis Adams
Little Blacknose by Hildegarde Swift

1929 Honor Books:
Pigtail of Ah Lee Ben Loo by John Bennett
Millions of Cats by Wanda Gág - Reviewed
The Boy Who Was by Grace Hallock
Clearing Weather by Cornelia Meigs
Runaway Papoose by Grace Moon
Tod of the Fens by Elinor Whitney

1928 Honor Books:
The Wonder Smith and His Son by Ella Young
Downright Dencey by Caroline Snedeker

1927 Honor Books: None recorded

1926 Honor Book:
The Voyagers: Being Legends and Romances of Atlantic Discovery by Padraic Colum

1925 Honor Books:
Nicholas: A Manhattan Christmas Story by Annie Carroll Moore
The Dream Coach by Anne Parrish

1924 Honor Books: None recorded

1923 Honor Books: None recorded

1922 Honor Books:
The Great Quest by Charles Hawes
Cedric the Forester by Bernard Marshall
The Old Tobacco Shop: A True Account of What Befell a Little Boy in Search of Adventure by William Bowen
The Golden Fleece and The Heroes Who Lived Before Achilles by Padraic Colum
The Windy Hill by Cornelia Meigs

4fuzzi
Editado: Jul 4, 2020, 6:49 am

I found three four Newbery books on my shelves that I had not yet read, so they'll be first on my list:

Strawberry Girl (1946 Medal) - Read and reviewed
Black Fox of Lorne (1957 Honor) - Read and reviewed
The Blue Sword (1983 Honor) - Read and reviewed
Homesick: My Own Story (1983 Honor) - Read and reviewed

And my son just handed me his copy of

The Giver (1994 Medal) - Read and reviewed

And away I go...

5fuzzi
Editado: Fev 11, 8:31 pm

Current Totals Read

Medal Winners: 44* (I couldn't finish the 1965 winner)

Honor Winners: 51* (One I rehomed, unread, after reading the description)

I've read a number of these since I joined LT.

(updated 2/11/24)

6fuzzi
Editado: Mar 7, 2020, 4:10 pm


The Giver by Lois Lowry (Newbery Medal 1994)

I don't generally care for dystopian themes, but after getting a recommendation I decided to give this story a try.

The reader is introduced to a society in which all feelings are reduced to the use of precise words, puberty is suppressed by medication, and nothing is ever upsetting. Everyone learns their role within the community, and those few who don't obey are removed, permanently.

The author handles the subject well, through the eyes of 12 year old Jonas, showing how he begins to grow beyond the boundaries of the regimented world in which he lives, learning of emotions such as love. I was horrified along with Jonas as he discovered the total lack of empathy in the people around him, a reality he'd not been aware of before he started his sessions with The Giver.

Recommended, definitely.

7fuzzi
Fev 26, 2020, 12:09 pm

Next up in March:


Strawberry Girl by Lois Lenski (Newbery Medal 1946) - (ROOT)

8fuzzi
Fev 27, 2020, 9:43 am

Stopped by the local public library and snagged this off the discard shelf for 25 cents!

My Brother Sam is Dead by James Lincoln Collier & Christopher Collier (1975 Honor)

9fuzzi
Editado: Mar 6, 2020, 9:10 am


Strawberry Girl by Lois Lenski (Newbery Medal 1946)

I thoroughly enjoyed this well-researched story about poor farmers living in early 1900s Florida.

10fuzzi
Editado: Maio 12, 2020, 6:59 am

I saw this in a thrift store last week, and decided to read it again.


Call It Courage by Armstrong Sperry (Newbery Medal 1941)

The tale of a young man who is considered a coward due to his fear of the ocean, and what happens when he faces it, alone.

I loved this story in my youth and enjoyed it again as an adult.

11fuzzi
Editado: Set 16, 2021, 6:34 am

Planned read for April:


Homesick: My Own Story by Jean Fritz (Newbery Honor 1983) - (ROOT)

Review:

Touching recollection of the author's childhood in China, including her thoughts and observations of the culture. This one deserved its Newbery honor award, recommended.

12fuzzi
Abr 14, 2020, 11:16 am

Coming up in May, one or both of these:

My Brother Sam is Dead by James Lincoln Collier & Christopher Collier (1975 Honor)

Black Fox of Lorne by Marguerite De Angeli (1957 Honor)

13fuzzi
Editado: Set 16, 2021, 6:34 am


My Brother Sam is Dead by James Lincoln Collier & Christopher Collier (Newbery Honor 1975)

A well-researched and written look at war and how it affects the local community. The subject matter was sobering, but worth reading for mature pre-teens and up.

14fuzzi
Editado: Maio 18, 2020, 4:05 pm

Picked up another Newbery winner today, Shadow of a Bull.

I forgot to add Summer of the Swans, which I acquired in March.

15fuzzi
Editado: Set 16, 2021, 6:34 am


Black Fox of Lorne by Marguerite De Angeli (Newbery Honor 1957)

A well-written and believable tale of two Norse youths who wind up captives of an evil Scot lord. The author paints an interesting picture of life just prior to William's conquest of Britain, probably about 1020. While there are scenes of fighting and people dying there is nothing graphic.

16fuzzi
Editado: Set 16, 2021, 6:35 am


The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley (Newbery Honor 1982)

An absorbing story of a young woman who finds herself in a foreign land and among a dissimilar culture, trying to adapt to her changing circumstances. Thoroughly enjoyable.

17fuzzi
Editado: Set 8, 2020, 6:34 am

Next up

1971: Summer of the Swans by Betsy Byars
1965: Shadow of a Bull by Maia Wojciechowska (EDIT: Tried to read in September, did not finish)

18fuzzi
Editado: Ago 28, 2020, 4:36 pm

Uh oh, used book store was open...found some Newberys!

Medal Winners
1985: The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley
1974: The Slave Dancer by Paula Fox
1948: The Twenty-One Balloons by William Pène du Bois

Honor Book
1981: The Fledgling by Jane Langton

19fuzzi
Editado: Set 16, 2021, 6:33 am


Shadow of a Bull by Maia Wojciechowska (Newbery Medal 1965)

I tried to read this as part of the Newbery Challenge, but I couldn't get beyond all the descriptions of how glorious it was to kill a bull, and how the injury or death of horses used during bull fights was necessary. No stars.

This won over the excellent Across Five Aprils???

20fuzzi
Editado: Out 1, 2021, 9:22 pm

Found another Newbery today:

One-eyed Cat by Paula Fox

Addendum one year later: decided to rehome this one, unread, after reading the plot description.

21fuzzi
Out 20, 2020, 5:22 pm


The Slave Dancer by Paula Fox (Newbery Medal 1974)

Somewhat interesting story told in first-person by a 13yo boy who is "Shanghaied" by the crew of a slave ship. Portions of the tale were a little difficult to follow, possibly due to the author's uneven writing style.

22fuzzi
Nov 20, 2020, 9:56 am

Missed adding this one to the list:

The Moved-Outers by Florence C. Means

23fuzzi
Editado: Set 16, 2021, 6:36 am

Picked up a few more Newbery's this week:

Afternoon of the Elves by Janet Taylor Lisle
The Whipping Boy by Sid Fleischman
Abel's Island by William Steig

And have already read and reviewed this one:


The Whipping Boy by Sid Fleischman (Newbery Medal 1987)

I decided to read this as part of my Newbery challenge: to complete all the Newbery winners and honor books.

As I turned each page I kept asking myself "This is a Newbery??" Not impressed with the writing or the story. I've read much better tales.

24fuzzi
Editado: Dez 30, 2020, 9:08 am


Abel's Island by William Steig (Newbery Honor 1977)

This is a story of a "dandy" mouse who becomes stranded on an island after a flood. How he copes with his circumstances and grows into a thoughtful creature is entertaining. And the simple illustrations are...perfect.

25fuzzi
Editado: Mar 30, 2021, 9:14 am

First Newbery of 2021!


The Twenty-One Balloons by William Pène Du Bois (Newbery Medal 1948)

A somewhat interesting but ultimately boring account of a professor who sets off to circumnavigate the world in a balloon but winds up on a tropical island inhabited by people who have created their own society. The premise was good, but the story dragged along, as each wonderful invention was thoroughly and exhaustingly described.

26fuzzi
Editado: Fev 6, 2021, 9:45 pm

Found and bought a copy of this one, winner from 1950:

The Door in the Wall by Marguerite de Angeli

Oops, also found this 1990 honor book, and brought it home back in December, just forgot to add it here:

Afternoon of the Elves by Janet Taylor Lisle

27fuzzi
Editado: Mar 30, 2021, 9:14 am


The Door in the Wall by Marguerite de Angeli (Newbery Medal 1950)

Young Robin becomes ill, losing the use of his legs just as plague strikes London. A local friar arrives to rescue him and nurse Robin back to health. The friar's actions start the young nobleman on a path of learning, and to also find his way beyond his handicap and into adolescence. Very good read, worthy of a Newbery.

28fuzzi
Fev 13, 2021, 5:01 pm


Afternoon of the Elves by Janet Taylor Lisle (Newbery Honor 1990)

A more serious tale of a friendship between an "in" girl and a social outcast, drawn together by their fascination for the unseen world in one's backyard. Sobering but worthy read of less than idyllic childhoods.

29fuzzi
Editado: Fev 19, 2021, 5:07 pm

30fuzzi
Editado: Abr 10, 2021, 1:21 pm

Not read any Newbery's this month, but I found two more today at a thrift store:

The Upstairs Room by Johanna Reiss (Honor 1973)
The Egypt Game by Zilpha Keatley Snyder (Honor 1968)

I've never heard of either of these books before.

31fuzzi
Editado: Mar 30, 2021, 9:14 am


The Summer of the Swans by Betsy Byars (Newbery Medal 1971)

Sara is restless, unhappy with her life, angry at the world. Her older sister is beautiful and has a boyfriend, and her younger brother Charlie is a burden, a pest. He hasn't spoken since he had a high fever six years ago. When Charlie wanders away overnight Sara's priorities change, and she discovers friendship in those she considered enemies. Realistic, not overly-whiny as some teen stories tend to be, recommended.

32fuzzi
Editado: Mar 31, 2021, 10:15 pm


The Moved-Outers by Florence Crannell Means (Newberry Honor 1946)

A gripping tale of Japanese-Americans forced to leave their lives and their homes, sent to internment camps after Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor. While most are discouraged about their current situation, some exhibit perseverance and hope for the future.

The plot is handled skillfully, never becoming melodramatic, always keeping the characters fresh and real.

33fuzzi
Editado: Abr 10, 2021, 1:19 pm

Yard Sale Gold Strike!!!!

The Grey King by Susan Cooper (Medal 1976)
The Light at Tern Rock by Julia L. Sauer (Honor 1952)
Roller Skates by Ruth Sawyer (Medal 1937)
A Long Way From Chicago by Richard Peck (Honor 1999)
The View From Saturday by E.L. Konigsburg (Medal 1997)

34fuzzi
Editado: Abr 11, 2021, 8:55 am


The Light at Tern Rock by Julia L. Sauer (Newbery Honor 1952)

Ronnie's uncle was a lighthouse keeper for many years, so when the current keeper comes to Aunt Martha with a request for her to watch the lighthouse for just a couple weeks, he's happy to go along. But his feelings change when transportation fails to return on the appointed day, or after, and they are marooned on the lighthouse rock.

Good story with emotional depth.

35fuzzi
Editado: Jul 18, 2021, 12:08 am


Roller Skates by Ruth Sawyer (Newbery Medal 1937)

Lucinda is a different child, not conforming to certain "standards" her parents and Aunt Emily think she should. While her parents are away for a year Lucinda stays with less restrictive guardians and discovers that life offers good and bad, happy and sad experiences that will guide and mold her into adulthood. Worthy of the Newberry medal it won.

36fuzzi
Set 14, 2021, 3:21 pm

I'm currently reading and loving A Long Way from Chicago by Richard Peck!

I've found the second and third book in the series at our local library and have put in requests to borrow.

Review to follow, shortly...

37fuzzi
Editado: Set 16, 2021, 6:36 am


A Long Way from Chicago by Richard Peck (Newbery Honor 1999)

What a delightful read! This book consists of short stories about two children's summer visits with their grandma in 1930s Illinois, told from the perspective of the older brother. Their grandmother is an original, a non-conformist, and the children learn to love and emulate her.

The local library has the other two books in the series. I've put in a request to borrow them, and plan to enjoy more about these characters this weekend.

38fuzzi
Set 16, 2021, 6:30 am


A Year Down Yonder by Richard Peck (Newbery Medal 2001)

It's 1937, and Mary Alice is now 15 years old. She has been sent to live with her grandmother while her father searches for employment. Things are tough all over, but Grandma Dowdel hasn't changed from her eccentric ways, using atypical methods to keep them both clothed and fed. Wonderful, smile-inducing book, and worthy of the Newbery it won in 2001.

392wonderY
Set 16, 2021, 8:01 am

I’m so glad you reminded me of Richard Peck. His writing is endearing and hilarious. Going to find some now.

40fuzzi
Set 16, 2021, 1:35 pm

>39 2wonderY: he's brand-new to me! I picked up the first book at a yard sale a few weeks ago...

41fuzzi
Editado: Set 24, 2021, 5:44 pm


The Midwife's Apprentice by Karen Cushman (Newbery Medal 1996)

Engaging story of a 13th century homeless waif who winds up living with a midwife and learning the trade.

42fuzzi
Editado: Out 15, 2021, 4:07 pm

Just added from a bookstore visit today Missing May by Cynthia Rylant (1993 Medal), Crispin: the Cross of Lead (2003 Medal), and The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle (1991 Honor), the last two by Avi, who is a new author to me.

43fuzzi
Dez 3, 2021, 5:11 pm

Picked up When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead today.

I'm going to try to get at least one more Newbery read before the end of the year!

44fuzzi
Editado: Jan 3, 2022, 6:30 am

First book of 2022 is a Newbery!


Missing May by Cynthia Rylant (Newbery Medal 1993)

A moving little story about loss, and how people grieve.

45fuzzi
Editado: Jan 15, 2022, 12:27 pm

Found another Newbery at the local used book store!


Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech (1995 Medal winner)

46fuzzi
Editado: Fev 26, 2022, 8:09 am


Catherine Called Birdy by Karen Cushman (Newbery Honor 1995)

Catherine is a free-spirited knight's daughter in thirteenth century England. At the request of her older brother she keeps a journal for a year, and so the reader gets a view of life during the Middle Ages.

I enjoyed this work, and how the author developed Catherine from a petulant child into a more mature maiden, but still "Birdy".

47fuzzi
Fev 28, 2022, 7:28 am


...And Now Miguel by Joseph Krumgold (Newbery Medal 1954)

Lovely coming-of-age tale told from the perspective of a 12 year old Hispanic boy living in rural New Mexico. I appreciated how the culture was portrayed without getting too detailed, so it didn't slow down the story.

48fuzzi
Mar 15, 2022, 7:34 am


Belle Prater's Boy by Ruth White (Newbery Honor 1997)

Engaging story of two cousins living in rural 1950s West Virginia, both facing loss within their families. I was pleased to see not only good character development, but also an avoidance of stereotypes.

49fuzzi
Editado: Abr 5, 2022, 8:55 am


The Headless Cupid by Zilpha Keatley Snyder (Newbery Honor 1972)

Average story of a newly-blended family and the baggage one of the children brings to the mix. Not sure why this was a Newbery honor book, unless the occult practices described throughout was considered edgy for its time and deserving of the award.

50fuzzi
Editado: Maio 31, 2022, 3:32 pm


The Upstairs Room by Johanna Reiss (Newbery Honor 1973)

Memoir by a young Jewish girl of being hidden from the Nazis during World War II. The more I read the more I appreciated this story, and felt it should be required reading by adolescents. Nothing graphic, but violence is mentioned in passing, such as knowing that relatives getting on the trains to work camps will never come back.

512wonderY
Abr 12, 2022, 11:38 am

>49 fuzzi: My younger daughter was particularly enamored with Snyder’s first book, The Egypt Game, also a Newberry honor winner.

52fuzzi
Abr 12, 2022, 12:52 pm

>51 2wonderY: I've got that one waiting on the shelves.

53fuzzi
Editado: Maio 31, 2022, 3:29 pm



The Egypt Game by Zilpha Keatley Snyder (Newbery Honor 1968)

Neighborhood kids get together and start playing at being Egyptian, but things don't go as smoothly as they'd planned.

Okay, I'll admit it, this was cute, but not cutesy. The children act like children. Definitely can be an adult read.

542wonderY
Jun 1, 2022, 7:17 am

>53 fuzzi: My younger daughter read this one repeatedly for a year or so.

55fuzzi
Jun 1, 2022, 8:45 am

>54 2wonderY: it works as an adult read; I never felt that the events within couldn't happen in real life.

56fuzzi
Editado: Dez 9, 2022, 7:49 pm

Added Dragonwings to my Newbery stack today.

I also previously acquired The Grey King and The Trumpeter of Krakow by Eric P. Kelly.

57fuzzi
Editado: Dez 11, 2022, 6:19 pm

Found a used copy of Charlotte's Web, snagged for my grandchildren, but decided to peruse it before sending...and I read the entire book!


Charlotte's Web by EB White (Newbery Honor 1952)

I reread this recently, a favorite from my childhood. As an adult I appreciated the author's deft and light touch of description, and his ability to elicit emotional tugs to my heart. I even teared up over certain passages. Wonderful as an adult read, fantastic as a juvenile story as well.

And Garth Williams' illustrations are marvelous as expected.

58fuzzi
Editado: Dez 11, 2022, 6:28 pm

I only managed to read eight Newbery books in 2022, hope to do better in 2023!

I currently own five honor and seven medal winning books, maybe I can manage to read one a month?

59foggidawn
Dez 13, 2022, 3:54 pm

>58 fuzzi: Eight sounds pretty good to me!

60fuzzi
Editado: Dez 16, 2022, 9:47 pm

Make that nine!


The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley (Newbery Medal 1985)

This story sucked me in from the start and never let me go. I appreciate the author's ability to NOT feel obliged to explain everything, but instead to let the tale flow swiftly along, unimpeded. Now I need to reread The Blue Sword again.

61foggidawn
Dez 17, 2022, 9:58 am

>60 fuzzi: One of my favorite books!

62fuzzi
Dez 21, 2022, 7:59 am

Another Newbery for 2022!


When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead (Newbery Medal 2010)

An absorbing "what if" story based in New York City and told by a pre-teen girl. I didn't think I would enjoy it that much, but found myself pleasantly proved wrong. I appreciated how the people were more than two dimensional characters, and were very much like people we know in real life, in their thoughts and actions. Nicely done.

63fuzzi
Dez 24, 2022, 9:43 pm

I'm on a roll!


Pictures of Hollis Woods by Patricia Reilly Giff (Newbery Honor 2003)

Well done first person narrative by an abandoned child who is unable to stay for long with any foster family with which she is placed.

64fuzzi
Jan 2, 2023, 9:00 am

Eleven Newberys in 2022, woo!

What shall I read this year?

65fuzzi
Jan 13, 2023, 7:42 pm

I just found a copy of The Dark Frigate by Charles Hawes. It's the oldest Newbery I've added, having won the Medal in 1924!

66EGBERTINA
Jan 18, 2023, 8:03 pm

>65 fuzzi: I really enjoyed that one. but then, i'm still unreasonably fond of swashbucklers.

67fuzzi
Jan 21, 2023, 6:56 am

>66 EGBERTINA: not Newberys, but have you read either Captain Blood or The Scarlet Pimpernel? Both were fun swashbuckler reads for me.

68EGBERTINA
Jan 21, 2023, 1:33 pm

>67 fuzzi: I believe I have read the Scarlet Pimpernel and seen the older movie version. I have not read Captain blood- but I think it, was an Errol Flynn movie that I watched in childhood. I shall have to keep a watch out for it in bookform- thank you. I'm so swamped with books to read, that I keep drifting away from my Newbery honor project. So many honor books that I keep zigging in and out. With over a hundred of them read- I still have yet to make a dent.

69fuzzi
Jan 25, 2023, 12:25 pm

>68 EGBERTINA: the good thing about the Newberys is they tend to be shorter than the other books that sing siren songs to us.

I can squeeze in a few Newberys in the time it takes to get through a 600 page chunkster.

70EGBERTINA
Jan 25, 2023, 1:51 pm

>69 fuzzi: yes, the earlier newberys are somewhat smaller. i feel as though i've come across some newer ones that aren't.

also, some of the older ones get more words per page. one for certain, calls itself, a novel. i guess a novel, technically has to have 20,000 words. i wonder how many classify as novels? i feel as though several ought. certainly most newberys follow the "happily ever after" format.

71fuzzi
Jan 26, 2023, 2:11 pm

>70 EGBERTINA: some certainly do the "happily ever after" but a number of them I've read do not.

I won't reveal which ones as I try to not spoil books for others.

72fuzzi
Editado: Fev 1, 2023, 8:26 am


The View From Saturday by E. L. Konigsburg (Newbery Medal 1997)

A captivating story of four children who form a special bond and how it affects those around them. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and will look for other books by this author.

73fuzzi
Fev 3, 2023, 3:30 pm

74foggidawn
Fev 3, 2023, 3:50 pm

>72 fuzzi: and >73 fuzzi: Both of those are good, but my favorite of hers (and one of my favorite books when I was growing up) is From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler.

75fuzzi
Fev 3, 2023, 6:27 pm

>74 foggidawn: I just realized that there's a span of 30 years between those books.

76EGBERTINA
Fev 4, 2023, 1:33 am

>73 fuzzi: I just re-read this. I was not very focussed the last time.

Still, missed the part about William McKinley. Why? How? Purpose?

I understand the Hecate/Macbeth reference.

Did anyone else catch this reference?

77fuzzi
Fev 4, 2023, 9:40 am

>76 EGBERTINA: I've not read it yet, will let you know what I think.

78fuzzi
Fev 20, 2023, 2:04 pm


Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech - Newbery Medal 1995

While on a road trip to go visit her mother in Idaho, thirteen year old Sal entertains her grandparents with strange tales about her friend Phoebe. There's a lot in this story to digest, I may go back for a re-read soon.

79fuzzi
Editado: Fev 25, 2023, 7:04 pm


The Dark Frigate by Charles Boardman Hawes - Newbery Medal 1924

This story has been described as kind of like Treasure Island, but I thought it went beyond that classic tale, with plenty of nautical jargon and historical references to flesh this out into an interesting adult read.

80fuzzi
Editado: Mar 25, 2023, 8:38 pm


Crispin: The Cross of Lead by Avi - Newbery Medal 2003

Set in late 1300's England this is an engaging story of an orphan boy who is, for reasons unknown, targeted for execution by his Lord's steward. I appreciated the characters and the well-drawn setting. I felt the ending was just a tad contrived but it didn't spoil it for me.

I will keep an eye out for the sequels!

81fuzzi
Mar 25, 2023, 8:31 pm

Four Newbery reads so far in 2023, yes!!!

82EGBERTINA
Mar 25, 2023, 10:34 pm

>81 fuzzi: wish there were a high five button. lol.

i'm slogging through mine, because i keep trying to read other things.

83fuzzi
Mar 27, 2023, 8:13 am

>82 EGBERTINA: I was slogging through an "adult" read, decided to go for something a little lighter. Crispin: The Cross of Lead was not light, but less depressing than my other read.

84EGBERTINA
Mar 27, 2023, 12:06 pm

>83 fuzzi: yes, i enjoyed that one, too. i'm not slogging through the newberys- just my attempting to write as i go.

"The Harp In The String" is excellent, if u haven't read it already - (in my opinion)
It's not quite the same as Crispin, but sucked me in real fast. I didn't even know that it was an honor book when I read it.

85fuzzi
Mar 27, 2023, 3:27 pm

>84 EGBERTINA: is that the one by Nancy Bond?

I've added it to my wishlist, will watch for it.

86EGBERTINA
Mar 27, 2023, 4:33 pm

87fuzzi
Editado: Mar 30, 2023, 9:02 am


The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi - Newbery Honor 1991

Fun read, needed to suspend disbelief just a tad but enjoyed it nevertheless. Looking for more books by this author.

88fuzzi
Editado: Maio 3, 2023, 8:08 pm

Added to the stack!

Nothing But The Truth: a Documentary Novel by Avi - (Newbery Honor 1992)

>74 foggidawn: guess what I found yesterday!

From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg - (Newbery Medal 1968)

89foggidawn
Maio 4, 2023, 9:27 am

>88 fuzzi: Hooray!

90fuzzi
Jun 23, 2023, 8:09 am

I didn't read a Newbery again this month, but I have Princess Academy as a possible for July.

91foggidawn
Jun 23, 2023, 9:13 am

>90 fuzzi: Ooh, that's a good one!

92EGBERTINA
Jun 23, 2023, 9:41 am

>90 fuzzi: That is a good one. I got at least four in this month, which is very behind for me, but the best I can manage right now.

93fuzzi
Ago 21, 2023, 2:34 pm


The Moorchild by Eloise MacGraw - Newbery Honor 1997

I'm going to begin this review with a WOW. Great read! I was drawn in to the characters and situation, which never felt stereotypical or superficial, or contrived. The people in the story had some dimension, depth, and I had a hard time putting this book down despite it being past my "bedtime".

Nice, very nice, worthy of the honor. I felt it possibly could have been a Newbery Medal winner.

94fuzzi
Ago 23, 2023, 1:54 pm

95EGBERTINA
Ago 23, 2023, 10:49 pm

>94 fuzzi: Really? That surprises me. do you have a statewide library system that will send you ILL books from other libraries? So far I haven't had any problem finding any of the modern award winners.

I enjoyed The Moorchild, too.

96fuzzi
Ago 24, 2023, 9:33 am

>95 EGBERTINA: I own a copy, somewhere. I probably can find it through the library system but I would rather read and rehome my copy.

97fuzzi
Editado: Out 3, 2023, 7:47 pm

>94 fuzzi: found it, read it!


Princess Academy by Shannon Hale (Newbery Honor 2006)

I enjoyed this story, the world-building especially, but I feel that the last few chapters were an unnecessary addition to a tale that was good enough on its own, without one more crisis tacked on.

98fuzzi
Editado: Dez 29, 2023, 5:26 pm

Added two more today!

Our Only May Amelia by Jennifer L. Holm (Newbery Honor 2000)

The Wish Giver: Three Tales of Coven Tree by Bill Brittain (Newbery Honor 1984)

99fuzzi
Dez 30, 2023, 12:14 pm

Only seven Newbery's this year...bummer.

On to 2024!

100EGBERTINA
Editado: Dez 30, 2023, 1:14 pm

>99 fuzzi: Seven you will never have to read again! :-)

101fuzzi
Dez 30, 2023, 12:48 pm

>100 EGBERTINA: unless I want to...

102fuzzi
Editado: Jan 13, 4:14 pm


Surviving the Applewhites by Stephanie S. Tolan (Newbery Honor 2003)

I Pearl Ruled this book at page 60. I don't like any of the characters, and even eccentric characters should be somewhat likable. The Penderwick and Blossoms (Betsy Byars) series have likable, 3 dimensional eccentric characters, so it can be done well. It wasn't here.

What really amazes me is this book won a Newbery. I don't see how.

103fuzzi
Fev 10, 9:34 pm


From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E. L. Konigsburg

A mildly amusing story of a preteen who runs away to New York City, and takes her younger brother with her. I never felt a connection with the children, and didn't wonder how their adventure was going to end.

104EGBERTINA
Fev 11, 11:44 am

I found all of Konigsburg's books to be - "out there" not bad- just way out from the typical. I read this in elementary school, and enjoyed it, but didn't love it. I never understood the obsession with the angel - let alone with the need to have a secret or feel special. but, then, I'm not a middle/older child - so I am special- ha ha. I also never understood running away to a
museum. It was very popular at my school when I read it; but, then, I think when you are a kid you just bond easily to all manner of books. Whereas, now, I think I have finally lost the ability to bond to books

105fuzzi
Fev 11, 8:33 pm

106EGBERTINA
Fev 11, 10:09 pm

>105 fuzzi: I read that, as an adult, a few years back. I enjoyed it, but, I thought it was a bit, convoluted for most kids. Sometimes, I feel the Newberys are either written for children that no longer exist, or they are too simplistic.

107fuzzi
Fev 12, 6:49 am

>106 EGBERTINA: my thought on Newbery winners that don't appear to deserve the award is that they were chosen by adults who don't have a clue about what is good for children, they choose trendy.

Some of the authors whose books have won awards, like Richard Peck, write well to both children and adults.

By doing this challenge I've discovered many authors who write good books, authors that I'd never heard of before.

108fuzzi
Editado: Fev 12, 6:58 am

I only read seven Newbery books in 2023.

But so far I've read one and DNF'd a second, and it's only February 12th, woo!

Note: I have nine unread Newberys on my shelves, maybe I can get them all read this year?

109foggidawn
Fev 12, 9:59 am

>103 fuzzi: I loved this book as a child and am still fond of it now, but I suspect having read it as a child is what made the difference. Other Konigsburg books that I read as an adult have not resonated in the same way.

110fuzzi
Fev 12, 8:00 pm

>109 foggidawn: I agree that the fond memories can make a difference, though not always. The suck fairy ruined Five Little Peppers for me.

111EGBERTINA
Fev 12, 8:58 pm

>110 fuzzi: Oh Dear - why did it suck? now I need to re- reread it.

That particular fairy astonished me when I was finally able to find a copy of The Gruesome Green Witch I had found it so stunning and chilling at the age of 7/8. Only to find out it was fairly childish.

112fuzzi
Fev 13, 3:46 pm

>111 EGBERTINA: it was, well, too unbelievable for me. Yet other books from my childhood translate well to an adult read.

Here's my review:
I had downloaded this old favorite some months ago, and decided to reread it as a light contrast to my other current read.

While I did enjoy reading again about Polly and Ben and all, it was evident that this story had lost something over the years: I found it just a little too simple and lacking in je ne sais quoi. Perhaps it is just me.

Maybe this was simply one of those childhood favorites that doesn't translate well into an adult read...too bad.

I would recommend this as a child's read, like "The Bobbsey Twins".

In my reviews of children's books I often add if it would "work" as an adult read. Some don't.

113EGBERTINA
Editado: Fev 13, 6:32 pm

>112 fuzzi: Sometimes I do better with the old-fashioned simple themes. It can take an initial mind-set adjustment, but I appreciate the quiet simple fun before all books had to be thrillers. I re-read Secret Garden, recently - afraid I would ruin it, but I still adored it. (Of course, the adult in me no longer believes spoiled temperamental children can change, but of course, the new generation is a whole different kind of spoiled and temperamental)

I'm looking forward to trying the Bobbsey Twins again. I read it at least once as an adult and still found the spark- but my very old brain seems heck-bent against sparking these days.

114fuzzi
Fev 13, 7:21 pm

>113 EGBERTINA: I've not read The Secret Garden in a long time, but I did read A Little Princess when my children and I watched a television adaptation on Wonderworks.

I enjoyed the reread.

115foggidawn
Fev 13, 7:42 pm

>114 fuzzi: Both The Secret Garden and A Little Princess are childhood favorites that I reread fairly often as an adult; the suck fairy has, so far, left them alone.

116fuzzi
Fev 13, 7:56 pm

>115 foggidawn: I loved the Prydain series as a child, reread all the books about Taran, but couldn't get into an adult reread starting with The Book of Three.

But Charlotte's Web was still wonderful when I reread it recently.

117EGBERTINA
Fev 13, 9:09 pm

>116 fuzzi: I didn't read the Chronicles of Prydain until a few years back- and I adored them. They were among some of the last kid lit works to which i bonded. I'm still attempting to ascertain if it is just me or are books just plain dreadful, now.

Glad that I was able to read The Dark Is Rising in that same time frame

118fuzzi
Fev 14, 4:00 pm

>117 EGBERTINA: I've yet to try The Dark is Rising series.

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