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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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1959: The Witch of Blackbird Pond

VERDICT: Treasure

Sally’s Rating: 5/5

The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare is about one town’s collapse into paranoia in 17th century New England as accusations of witchcraft lead to tensions between the townspeople. 446 more words

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