Newbery Honor

The Surrender Tree: Poems of Cuba's Struggle for Freedom

By Margarita Engle

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The Surrender Tree utilizes compelling free verse in alternating voices to lyrically tell the story of Cuba's three wars for independence from Spain. Combining real-life characters (such as legendary healer Rosa La Bayamesa) with imagined individuals, Engle focuses on Rosa's struggle to save everyone--black, white, Cuban, Spanish, friend or enemy.

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Mr. Popper's Penguins

By Richard and Florence Atwater

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Mr. Popper dreams of traveling to far away places. When the famous explorer Admiral Byrd sends him a penguin as a gift, life at the Popper household is changed forever.

Suggested for ages 6 - 12

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Millions of Cats

By Wanda Gag

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Wanda Gag's enchanting tale of the very old man who went off in search of the prettiest cat in the world for his wife and returned instead with millions to choose from has become an American classic, widely recognized as the first modern picture book. It's still a terrific choice for storytime.

Suggested for ages 3 - 9

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Whittington

By Alan Armstrong

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Whittington, a feline descendant of Dick Whittington's famous cat of English folklore, appears at a rundown barnyard plagued by rats and restores harmony while telling his ancestor's story.

Suggested for ages 8 - 12

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The House of Sixty Fathers

By Meindert De Jong, illustrated by Maurice Sendak

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Young Tien Pao is alone on his parents' boat when it breaks free of its moorings and plunges down river into Japanese occupied territory. Bravely, he starts the long journey back to his village. The boy and his pet pig, Glory of the Republic, meet sixty American pilots stationed in China during World War II who care for him. Based on a true story.

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Lily's Crossing

By Patricia Reilly Giff

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During the summer of 1944, Lily and her new friend Albert cook up a plan to reunite with Lily's father and Albert's sister, both in Europe for the duration of the war.

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The Voice That Challenged a Nation: Marian Anderson and the Struggle for Equal Rights

By Russell Freedman

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This determined woman overcame tremendous odds to pursue her dream of a musical career. With grace, poise, and overwhelming talent, she confronted the racial restrictions of the period.

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Our Only May Amelia

By Jennifer L. Holm

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Life in a Finnish-American logging community at the turn of the last century in remote Washington state is not easy for a girl with seven brothers, but our only May Amelia has learned that survival requires humor as well as determination.

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The Wednesday Wars

By Gary D. Schmidt

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During the 1967 school year, on Wednesday afternoons when all his classmates go to either Catechism or Hebrew school, seventh-grader Holling Hoodhood stays in Mrs. Baker's classroom where they read the plays of William Shakespeare and Holling learns much of value about the world he lives in. 

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Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key

By Jack Gantos

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Joey wants to be good, but he just can’t seem to stay out of trouble. 

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