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Kern County Library Staff Suggests...: Newbery Medal Winners

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Newbery Medal Winners

2011 Winner

Moon over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool - Twelve-year-old Abilene Tucker is the daughter of a drifter who, in the summer of 1936, sends her to stay with an old friend in Manifest, Kansas, where he grew up, and where she hopes to find out some things about his past.

2011 Honor Books

Turtle in Paradise by Jennifer L. Holm - In 1935, when her mother gets a job housekeeping for a woman who does not like children, eleven-year-old Turtle is sent to stay with relatives she has never met in far away Key West, Florida.

Heart of a Samurai by Margi Preus - In 1841, rescued by an American whaler after a terrible shipwreck leaves him and his four companions castaways on a remote island, fourteen-year-old Manjiro, who dreams of becoming a samurai, learns new laws and customs as he becomes the first Japanese person to set foot in the United States.

Dark Emperor and Other Poems of the Night by Joyce Sidman, illustrated by Rick Allen - A collection of poems that celebrate the wonder, mystery, and danger of the night and describes the many things that hide in the dark.

One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia - In the summer of 1968, after travelling from Brooklyn to Oakland, California, to spend a month with the mother they barely know, eleven-year-old Delphine and her two younger sisters arrive to a cold welcome as they discover that their mother, a dedicated poet and printer, is resentful of the intrusion of their visit and wants them to attend a nearby Black Panther summer camp.


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