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1962: The Bronze Bow (a story of a young angry man)

VERDICT: Treasure

Sally’s Rating: 3.5/5

The Bronze Bow was a book I was apprehensive about picking up since it was historical fiction that featured deep religious overtones, but once I started reading it, I didn’t want to put it down. 469 more words

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1961: Island of the Blue Dolphins (What No Woman -of that group- Had Done Before)

VERDICT: Treasure

Laurinda’s Rating: 4/5

In the 1961 Newbery Medal Winner, Island of the Blue Dolphins, author Scott O’Dell tells the store of Karana. Karana is a young Native American woman who, following several tragedies, ends up living alone on what she refers to as the Island of the Blue Dolphins. 317 more words

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1961: Island of the Blue Dolphins (or, 10 reasons why dogs are a girl's best friend)

VERDICT: Treasure

Sally’s Rating: 4/5

Island of the Blue Dolphins is the story of Karana, an Indian girl who lives for years alone on a small island in the Pacific, waiting for her tribe to one day return. 465 more words

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1960: Onion John ("Helping" Really = "Hurting")

VERDICT: Trash

Laurinda’s Rating: 2/5

The 1960 Newbery Medal Winner was written by the same author as a previous “favorite” …And Now Miguel. Joseph Krumgold, the author, has a talent for excruciatingly boring prose spouted by banal narrators, on display in Onion John. 443 more words

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1960: Onion John (aka, please leave the bums alone)

VERDICT: Treasure, maybe

Sally’s Rating: 3/5

Onion John by Joseph Krumgold is a touching story of 12-year-old Andy Rusch’s friendship with an eccentric hermit who lives in a small New Jersey town. 443 more words

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1958: Rifles for Watie (scout's honor)

VERDICT: Trash

Sally’s Rating: 2.5/5

Rifles for Watie by Harold Keith follows young Jeff Bussey as he enlists with the Union volunteers in Kansas during the American civil war. 357 more words

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1959: The Witch of Blackbird Pond (beware of reading and swimming!)

VERDICT: Treasure

Laurinda’s Rating: 4.5/5

The 1959 Newbery Medal Winner, The Witch of Blackbird Pond, is one of my favorite reads thus far. I read it many, many times as a child, but it was no less touching and entertaining as an adult. 353 more words

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