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1957: Miracles on Maple Hill (the most unmiraculous miracles)

VERDICT: Trash

Laurinda’s Rating: 2.5/5

The 1957 Newbery Medal Winner, Miracles on Maple Hill, is the story of a family that moves from Pittsburgh to the country. 366 more words

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1956: Carry On, Mr. Bowditch (Sailing by Ash Breeze)

VERDICT: Treasure

Laurinda’s Rating: 4/5

Carry on, Mr. Bowditch, the 1956 Newbery Medal Winner, is a charming rendition of the life of Nat Bowditch. The book begins when Nat is but a wee boy, growing up in Salem around the time of the American Revolution. 335 more words

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1955: The Wheel on the School (Calling All Storks)

VERDICT: Treasure

Laurinda’s Rating: 3.5/5

The 1955 Newbery Medal Winner, The Wheel on the School by Meindert DeJong, was a surprisingly entertaining recounting of life in the Dutch village of Shora. 372 more words

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1956: Carry On, Mr. Bowditch (how to earn a college degree without ever going to school)

VERDICT: Treasure

Sally’s Rating: 3/5

Jean Lee Latham’s Carry On, Mr. Bowditch is an informative historical take on Nathaniel Bowditch, a math-loving sailor who published a game-changing navigational reference book. 337 more words

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1954:...And Now Miguel (counting sheep induces sleep)

VERDICT: Trash!

Laurinda’s Rating: 1/5

Make a documentary. Rewrite the script into book format. Bribe the judges. Win an award. While Stage 3 may or may not have occurred, the rest is the true story of 1954’s Newbery Winner. 364 more words

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1955: The Wheel on the School (the great stork society)

VERDICT: Treasure

Sally’s Rating: 3.5/5

The Wheel on the School is a charming feel-good story about a girl who wants to make her dreams of storks returning to a small Holland town come true. 288 more words

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1953: Secret of the Andes (Llama Herding)

VERDICT: Meh

Laurinda’s Rating: 2.5/5

The 1953 Newbery Medal Winner, Secret of the Andes, is the story of an indigenous boy in Peru. He is raised in a hidden valley with a special herd of llamas, trained for an unknown purpose. 176 more words

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