2014 Newbery Update

I just finished Number the Stars by Lois Lowry (1990)this morning. It’s a really moving story about the Danes during WWII. Did you know that a German official tipped off the Jews about “relocation” plans? The Danes were able to smuggle most of their Jewish neighbors out of the country to safety. It’s an amazing story (although this story is fictional it’s based on the real actions of Danish citizens) that shows what quite courage can do to save lives.

Earlier this year I read Hitty Her First Hundred Yearsby Rachel Field (1930), which only bring my total up by 2 this year to 17 Newbery titles that I’ve read. Hitty is a different kind of book and took me a while to warm up to, but the story of a doll as she gets lost and found and different the different girls who play with and take care of her ended up being endearing. I’ve never thought of what an autobiography from a 100 year old doll might be like, but I think Rachel Fields hit the nail on the head. From the back of the book, “This is the story of the first hundred years  of Hitty’s life. And that’s only the beginning for  a doll as special as Hitty.”

See the full list of Newbery books here.

Currently Reading: I Saw Three Ships

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