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Favorite Series growing up- all listed below: Betsy-Tacy Betsy-Tacy and Tib Betsy and Tacy Go Over the Big Hill Betsy and Tacy Go Downtown Heaven to Betsy Betsy In Spite of Herself Betsy Was a Junior Betsy and Joe Betsy and the Great World Betsy's Wedding

Owl and the Glass Cat Review: Classic Illustrators: Lois Lenski

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The third in the Betsy - Tacy series by Maud Hart Lovelace. There are several more, ending with Betsy's marriage that are for the young teen reader.

Thimble Summer by Elizabeth Enright|1939 Newberry Winner|A few hours after nine-year-old Garnet Linden finds a silver thimble in the dried-up riverbed, the rains come and end the long drought on the farm. The rains bring safety for the crops and the livestock and money for Garnet's father. The summer proves to be interesting and exciting in so many different ways. Every day brings adventure of some kind to Garnet and her best friend, Citronella.

The Matchlock Gun by Walter Edmonds|1942 Newberry Winner|In 1756, New York State was still a British colony, and the French and the Indians were constant threats to Edward and his family. When his father was called away to watch for a raid from the north, only Edward was left to protect Mama and little Trudy. His father had shown him how to use the huge matchlock gun, an old Spanish gun that was twice as long as he was, but would Edward be able to handle it if trouble actually came?

Adam of the Road by Elizabeth Janet Gray|1943 Newberry Medal|Here is a story of thirteenth-century England, so absorbing and lively that for all its authenticity it scarcely seems "historical." Although crammed with odd facts and lore about that time when "longen folke to goon on pilgrimages," its scraps of song and hymn and jongleur's tale of the period seem as newminted and fresh as the day they were devised, and Adam is a real boy inside his gay striped surcoat.

Johnny Tremaine by Esther Forbes|1944 Medal Winner|In his new job as a horse-boy, riding for the patriotic newspaper, The Boston Observer, and as a messenger for the Sons of Liberty, he encounters John Hancock, Samuel Adams, and Dr. Joseph Warren. Soon Johnny is involved in the pivotal events shaping the American Revolution from the Boston Tea Party to the first shots fired at Lexington.

Miss Hickory by Carolyn Sherwin Bailey|1947 Newberry Winner| Miss Hickory is very worried. Her owner has moved to Boston, and how can Miss Hickory survive a harsh New Hampshire winter all alone? After all, she is just a doll whose body is an apple-wood twig and whose head is a hickory nut, and whose house is made out of corncobs.

The Twenty-One Ballons by William Pene du Bois|1948 Newberry Winner|Professor William Waterman Sherman intends to fly across the Pacific Ocean. But through a twist of fate, he lands on Krakatoa, and discovers a world of unimaginable wealth, eccentric inhabitants, and incredible balloon inventions.

Call it Courage by Armstrong Sperry|1941 Newberry Winner|This is the story of how his courage grew and how he finally returned home. This is a legend. It happened many years ago, but even today the people of Hikueru sing this story and tell it over their evening fires.

Strawberry Girl by Lois Lenski|1946 Newberry Winner|Ten-year-old Birdie Boyer can hardly wait to start picking the strawberries. Her family has just moved to the Florida backwoods, and they haven't even begun their planting. Making the new farm prosper won't be easy--what with the heat, the droughts, the cold snaps and the neighbors.

Ginger Pye by Eleanor Estes|1952 Newberry Winner|Meet Ginger Pye, the smartest dog you'll ever know. Jerry Pye and his sister, Rachel, feel pretty smart themselves for buying Ginger. It was the best dollar they ever spent. Ginger steals everybody's heart . . . until someone steals him !

Amos Fortune, Free Man by Elizabeth Yates|1951 Newberry Winner|The life of the eighteenth-century African prince who, after being captured by slave traders, was brought to Massachusetts where he was a slave until he was able to buy his freedom at the age of sixty.

The Door in the Wall by Marguerite de Angeli|1950 Newberry Winner|Set in the thirteenth century, Robin, who is unable to move his legs and is cared for by monks, plays a crucial part in saving a beleagured city.

Secret of the Andes by Ann Nolan Clark|1953 Newberry Winner|"The story of an Incan boy who lives in a hidden valley high in the mountains of Peru with old Chuto the llama herder. Unknown to Cusi, he is of royal blood and is the 'chosen one.' A compelling story."--"Booklist."

...And Now Miguel by Joseph Krumgold|1954 Newberry Winner|Twelve-year-old Miguel Chavez prays that he will be allowed to go with the men of his family on a long and hard sheep drive to the Sangre de Cristo Mountains.

The Wheel on the School by Meindert DeJong|1955 Newberry Winner|Why do the storks no longer come to the little Dutch fishing village of Shora to nest? It was Lina, one of the six schoolchildren who first asked the question, and she set the others to wondering. And sometimes when you begin to wonder, you begin to make things happen. So the children set out to bring the storks back to Shora. The force of their vision put the whole village to work until at last the dream began to come true.

Carry On, Mr. Bowditch by Jean Lee Latham|1956 Newberry Medal|A fictionalized biography of the mathematician and astronomer who realized his childhood desire to become a ship's captain and authored The American Practical Navigator.

Miracles on Maple Hill by Virginia Sorensen|1957 Newberry Winner|Marly and her family share many adventures when they move from the city to a farmhouse on Maple Hill.

Rifles for Watie by Harold Keith|1958 Newberry Medal|This is a rich and sweeping novel-rich in its panorama of history; in its details so clear that the reader never doubts for a moment that he is there; in its dozens of different people, each one fully realized and wholly recognizable. It is a story of a lesser -- known part of the Civil War, the Western campaign, a part different in its issues and its problems, and fought with a different savagery.

The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George|1959 Newberry Winner|Sixteen-year-old Kit Tyler is marked by suspicion and disapproval from the moment she arrives on the unfamiliar shores of colonial Connecticut in 1687. Alone and desperate, she has been forced to leave her beloved home on the island of Barbados and join a family she has never met. Torn between her quest for belonging and her desire to be true to herself, Kit struggles to survive in a hostile place.

Onion John by Joseph Krumgold|1960 Newberry Winner|His friendship with the town odd-jobs man, Onion John, causes a conflict between Andy and his father.

Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell|1961 Newberry Winner|Far off the coast of California looms a harsh rock known as the island of San Nicholas. Dolphins flash in the blue waters around it, sea otter play in the vast kep beds, and sea elephants loll on the stony beaches. Here, in the early 1800s, according to history, an Indian girl spent eighteen years alone, and this beautifully written novel is her story.

The Story of Mankind by Hendrik Willem van Loon|1922 Newberry Winner|Beginning with the origins of human life and sweeping forward to illuminate all of history, van Loon's incomparable prose and original illustrations present a lively rendering of the people and events that have shaped the world we live in today.

The Dark Frigate by Charles Hawes|1924 Newberry Winner|The dark frigate; wherein is told the story of Philip Marsham who lived in the time of King Charles and was bred a sailor but came home to England after many hazards by sea and land and fought for the king at Newbury and lost a great inheritance and departed for Barbados in the same ship, by curious chance, in which he had long before adventured with the pirates, by Charles Boardman Hawes.