Framed by letters in which a great-grandmother in 1899 hands over her girlish diary to her thirteen-year-old namesake, this 1980 Newbery Medal winner takes the form of the diary of Catherine Hall, a New Hampshire farm girl in a time of simple, hard country life, growing controversy over the issue of slavery, and changes in her circle of family and friends.
The Newbery Medal winner of 1992, which I believe has been made into a film, is worth reading whether you have seen the movie or not.
From this author of many childrens picture books and several young readers novels comes this 1986 winner of the Newbery Medal. It is a short novel, quickly read, yet one that you may want to savor. For not only is it a sweet story, but it is told with exceptional beauty.
The 1995 Newbery Medal winner is part mystery, part family drama, with a gentle philosophical heart and a conclusion in which an ample supply of Kleenex is advised.
Award-winning author Sharon Creech comes through with what may be the shortest novel in history (in terms of word count, at least). And its printed entirely in the format of poetry.
The 1964 winner of the Newbery Medal is a loose, light-hearted story that shows us a slice out of an ordinary kids life in Manhattan in the 1960s. Written in the present tense and first person singular, it seems to capture effortlessly the way of speaking of a city youth at a point in his life when many changes are taking place.
This is a 1972 Newbery Medal winner about a misfit farm boy in Virginia who befriends the tomboyish city girl who moves in next door, and how they invent an imaginary kingdom together. The one complaint I have about this book is that there could have been so much more of it; it seems to go way too fast. It is a breathlessly lyrical moment of beauty where one would like to linger for a while, but its over so soon.
Father-son love is one of my favorite themes in literature, and this story plays to that strength in an unusual way. You might call it a father-son love triangle, meaning nothing kinky by it.
This 1974 Newbery Medal winner, by the author of the Newbery Honor Book One Eyed Cat, is a bitter, painful story told in hauntingly beautiful words.
The third book in the series that began with The Mouse and the Motorcycle, and continued with Runaway Ralph, takes off when Ralph befriends the son of the hotels new housekeeper. Ryan agrees to take Ralph to school with him, but things turn out as neither of them planned.