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1987: The Whipping Boy (All Hail Prince Brat!)

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Laurinda’s Rating: 3.5/5

The Whipping Boy won the Newbery Medal in 1987. It is a humorous adventure-tale with a pseudo-medieval setting. Jemmy serves as Prince Brat’s whipping boy; he is punished every time the Prince misbehaves, which, as his nickname suggests, is frequently. 347 more words

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1986: Sarah, Plain and Tall (A Plain Plains Tale)

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Laurinda’s Rating: 3.5/5

Sarah, Plain and Tall, the 1986 Newbery Medal Winner, is a short, sweet story about two kids wishing for a new mother and the woman who comes to fulfill that role. 279 more words

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1985: The Hero and the Crown (Dragons, Magic Swords, and Redheads)

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Laurinda’s Rating: 4/5

The 1985 Newbery Medal Winner, The Hero and the Crown, is a high fantasy tale by Robin McKinley. It tells the story, from her adolescence, of Aerin, first sol (princess) of the kingdom of Damar. 486 more words

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1984: Dear Mr. Henshaw (I'm like new paper, blank)

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Laurinda’s Rating: 2/5

Dear Mr. Henshaw, the 1984 Newbery Medal Winner, uses letters and diary entries to explore the experience of a 12-year-old boy whose parents recently divorces. 277 more words

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1983: Dicey's Song (The Beat of a Different Drum)

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Laurinda’s Rating: 3.75/5

The 1983 winner, Dicey’s Song, is the second book in a series which explores the lives of four children after their mother Liza succumbs to mental health problems. 460 more words

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1984: Dear Mr. Henshaw (author's worst nightmare)

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Sally’s Rating: 2/5

Beverly Cleary’s Dear Mr. Henshaw explores the troubles of a sixth grader through a series of letters written to his favorite author. 410 more words

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1983: Dicey's Song (where shopping is the best therapy)

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Sally’s Rating: 4/5

In Dicey’s Song by Cynthia Voigt, one family learns what it means to hold onto the past while simultaneously letting go and looking to the future. 415 more words

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