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1971: The Summer of the Swans (In which swans play very little part)

VERDICT: Trash?

Laurinda’s Rating: 2.5/5

Summer of the Swans primarily focuses on the relationship between awkward teenager Sarah and her mentally handicapped brother Charlie. Sarah is in the self-criticism phase of growing up; she spends much of the book moaning to her older sister about what she hates about herself, from the orange shoes she dyed puce to her skinny legs. 397 more words

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1970: Sounder (life can be ruff)

VERDICT: Trash

Sally’s Rating: 2/5

William Armstrong’s Sounder takes a somber look at the relationship between a dog and his master while also combining the themes of identity, loneliness and literacy into a gloomy tale on the perseverance of the human spirit. 356 more words

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1970: Sounder (Dead Dogs and Dads)

VERDICT: Trash

Laurinda’s Rating: 2/5

The 1970 Newbery Medal Winner, Sounder, is nominally the story of the titular character, Sounder the coonhound. The dog is the only named character in the book. 416 more words

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1969: The High King (Pig-Keepers Make Great Kings)

VERDICT: Trash

Laurinda’s Rating: 2.5/5

The High King, Lloyd Alexander’s 1969 Newbery Medal Winner, is the fifth and final book in the Pyrdain Chronicles. The series is a classic high fantasy tale which tracks Taran from childhood into the adult world. 415 more words

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1969: The High King (complete with oracular pigs)

VERDICT: Trash

Sally’s Rating: 2.5/5

Lloyd Alexander’s Chronicles of Prydain series wraps up in the fifth and final book, The High King. Filled to the max with every trope that a high fantasy series can possibly offer, the fight between good and evil comes down to a final battle that needs the courage and help of Taran, Assistant Pig-Keeper. 284 more words

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1968: From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler (Running Away Pays)

VERDICT: Treasure

Laurinda’s Rating: 3.5/5

This mildly entertaining Newbery entry tells the story of the Kincaid children, who run away from their suburban home to live in the Met. 512 more words

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1968: From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler (wherein the title is better than the actual plot)

VERDICT: Treasure

Sally’s Rating: 3.5/5

From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler is a funny, charming, and most of all entertaining look into the antics of two runaways who decide to live in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. 371 more words

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