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1975: M.C. Higgins, the Great (Not)

VERDICT: Trash

Laurinda’s Rating: 2.5/5

The 1975 Newbery Medal Winner, M.C. Higgins, The Great, is a really mixed book. The author, Virginia Hamilton, displays instances of… 535 more words

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1974: The Slave Dancer (not quite the pied piper)

VERDICT: Treasure

Sally’s Rating: 4/5

Paula Fox’s The Slave Dancer is a tough read. The book touches on the horrors of the slave trade through the viewpoint of a 13-year-old boy who must survive on a ship filled with deceitful sailors and downtrodden slaves. 310 more words

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1974: The Slave Dancer (Ruining Music)

VERDICT: Treasure

Laurinda’s Rating: 3.5/5

The 1974 Newbery Medal Winner, The Slave Dancer, is the store of Jessie, a young musician kidnapped from the streets of New Orleans to “dance” the captives on a slaving vessel. 608 more words

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1973: Julie of the Wolves (of wolves and men)

VERDICT: Trash

Sally’s Rating: 2.5/5

Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George is a slow-paced tale of survival in the wilds of Alaska, telling the story a young runaway girl who becomes adopted by wolves. 345 more words

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1973: Julie of the Wolves (Civilization? vs. Nature)

VERDICT: Treasure

Laurinda’s Rating: 4/5

Julie of the Wolves, the 1973 Newbery Medal Winner, is far more than just another “growing up with/because of animals” story. 660 more words

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1972: Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH (Animal Experimentation Can Be Good)

VERDICT: Treasure

Laurinda’s Rating: 3.5/5

The 1972 Newbery Medal Winner, Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH, is an eminently readable story starring a family of mice and a group of hyper-intelligent rats. 232 more words

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1972: Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH (secret origin of the super rat)

VERDICT: Treasure

Sally’s Rating: 4/5

Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH is a fun tale about a lady mouse and some gentleman rats banding together in a race to move a mouse den to a safer area before the spring plowing destroys Mrs. 388 more words

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