28: The Trumpeter of Krakow, The Matchlock Gun, and The Twenty-One Balloons

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In this episode of Reading the Newberys, we discuss three Newbery medal winning books. Leah chose The Trumpeter of Krakow, winner of the 1929  medal. Mandy chose The Matchlock Gun, winner of the 1942 medal, and Lauren chose The Twenty-One Balloons, winner of the 1948 medal. We also share some book news and listener feedback. Grab a glass of lemonade and some dark chocolates and listen in to our discussion!

Book News (1:59)

Reading the Newberys Episode 4: The Crossover

The Crossover Graphic Novel by Kwame Alexander and Dawud Anyabwile

Flora and Ulysses Disney + Original Movie

Because of Winn Dixie Musical

Social Media Questions (5:53)

What book has been on your TBR the longest? Why?

Jane Eyre 

My Plane Jane

Heart of Darkness

The Jungle

The Hunger Games Trilogy

A Christmas Carol

Harry Potter Series

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

Chronicles of Avonlea

The Boys in the Boat

Little House on the Prairie

War and Peace

Gone with the Wind

The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

Middlemarch

What is your favorite independent bookstore?

Books of Wonder in NYC

Boswell Book Company in Milwaukee, WI

Murder by the Book in Houston, TX

The Bookshelf in Thomasville, GA

Frugal Muse in Madison, WI

The Bookstore of Glen Ellyn, IL

Third Place Books in Seattle, WA

Voices Book Nook in Freeport, IL

Looking for an Independent Bookstore near you? 

How do you rate books on Goodreads?

Book Riot article: What Does a Goodreads Three Star Rating Mean to You?

Book Discussions (26:18)

Leah (26:28)

The Trumpeter of Krakow by Eric P. Kelly

The Trumpeter of Krakow St. Mary’s Trumpet Call

Mandy (45:53)

The Matchlock Gun by Walter D. Edmonds

Walter D. Edmonds Wikipedia Page

New York Times Article on Walter D. Edmonds

Walter D. Edmonds ENotes

Lauren (52:31)

The Twenty-One Balloons by William Pene du Bois

William Pene du Bois Scholastic

Krakatoa: The Great Volcanic Eruption YouTube Documentary

1883 Eruption of Krakatoa Wikipedia

Our Next Book (1:15:51)

Mandy’s Pick

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Lauren

Leah

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List of Newbery Medal Books


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18: The One and Only Ivan

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In this episode of Reading the Newberys, we discuss the winner of the 2013 Newbery Medal, The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate. We all enjoyed this sweet story of a gorilla, a stray dog, two elephants, and a little girl who chooses to do the right thing. Grab a bag of chocolate and some coffee and join in our conversation!

*Note: If you want to skip “For the Love of Books” and “Book News” and jump straight to our discussion of the book, skip ahead to 16:56.

Links related to this episode:

Ivan: The Remarkable True Story of the Shopping Mall Gorilla by Katherine Applegate

Some Writer!: The Story of E.B. White by Melissa Sweet

John Williams’s Film Music by Emilio Audissino

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate

Sometimes You Fly by Katherine Applegate

Home of the Brave by Katherine Applegate

Wishtree by Katherine Applegate

Just Being Audrey by Margaret Cardillo and Julia Denos

Just Being Jackie by Margaret Cardillo and Julia Denos

The Button War by Avi

Swing by Kwame Alexander and Mary Rand Hess – to be released October 2, 2018

The Write Thing by Kwame Alexander – to be released July 2018

Flora & Ulysses Disney Streaming Service

Publisher’s Weekly Q&A with Katherine Applegate

Katherine Applegate’s Newbery Acceptance Speech

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16: Ginger Pye

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In this episode of Team Friendship Reads the Newberys, we discuss and review the 1952 Newbery Medal winning book Ginger Pye by Eleanor Estes. This is probably the first book in a very long time that we all did not enjoy. Despite this, we had a fun discussion as usual. (Warning: We do begin to digress toward the end.) We also share more about our trip to see Kwame Alexander in Milwaukee! Go grab some jelly beans and enjoy this episode!

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15: From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

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In this episode of Team Friendship Reads the Newberys, we discuss the 1968 Newbery medal winner From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg. We enjoyed the cleverness of this story about a sister and brother who run away to the Metropolitan Museum of Art and become entangled in the mystery of the museum’s recently acquired statue. Grab some jelly beans and listen along as we discuss this book!

Links Related to this Episode:

Amazon link to purchase The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas – http://amzn.to/2IFhjC9

Amazon link to purchase The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan – http://amzn.to/2IKbVNW

Amazon link to purchase Middlemarch by George Eliot – http://amzn.to/2udNq8K

Amazon link to purchase The Importance of Being Little by Erika Christakis – http://amzn.to/2HXAhmh

Kwame Alexander’s next book Rebound, the prequel to The Crossover, will be released April 2, 2018 – http://kwamealexander.com/product/f/BOOKS

Congratulations to Erin Entrada Kelly for winning this year’s Newbery Medal for her book Hello, Universe.

This year’s honor books were:

Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut by Derrick Barnes and illustrated by Gordon C. James

Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds

Piecing Me Together by Renee Watson

http://ala.unikron.com/2018/

 

Disney is making The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate in to a movie. The One and Only Ivan won the Newbery Medal in 2013. The link talks about a few of the actors who have been cast to be a part of the film.

http://variety.com/2018/film/awards/sam-rockwell-voicing-gorilla-angelina-jolie-one-and-only-ivan-1202708543/

Kate DiCamillo has a new book coming out this Fall—Louisiana’s Way Home. This is a spin-off of her book Raymie Nightingale about a little girl who is participating in a beauty pageant to try to get her father who left her family to return home. In the process she makes friends with some of her competitors. Louisiana is one of those girls. This book will be Louisiana’s story.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/39168928-louisiana-s-way-home?ac=1&from_search=true

Chamber of Secrets House Editions

https://www.pottermore.com/news/new-hogwarts-house-editions-of-chamber-of-secrets-to-be-published-this-summer

Paperback illustrated editions of Harry Potter. Philosopher’s Stone will be available this August.

https://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/harry-potter-and-the-philosophers-stone-9781526602381/

Note: The illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire will not be coming till Fall of 2019. This is understandable as this book is much longer than the first three books, so it will take Jim Kay longer to do the illustrations. Some fans are speculating that the book will be in two volumes.

“Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler Fifty Years Later” – https://www.scholastic.com/teachers/articles/teaching-content/el-

Interview with E.L. Konigsburg – http://www.librarypoint.org/Konigsburg

 

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I Need More Poetry in My Life!

About a month ago, I listened to an NPR program with Kwame Alexander and Nikki Giovanni discussing how poetry can be a powerful tool in protesting. You can check that out here. Together, they inspired me to read more poetry, so off I marched to the library to pick up some of Nikki’s books. I am currently loving Nikki’s book of poetry A Good Cry: What We Learn from Tears and Laughter. Her poems in this book range from lighthearted to deeply moving. Folks, this woman has a gift.

I also decided to introduce more poetry to my 2-year-old (almost 3-year-old) daughter. I found this book, Read! Read! Read! By Amy Ludwig VanDerwater; illustrated by Ryan O’Rourke.

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We found it on the “New Books” rack in the children’s book section of the library and decided to give it a read. I did not look too closely at it as I placed it in our book bag with the other books we had selected, but when we finally sat down to read it, my heart was warmed from page one. The poems in this book celebrate the power of books and emphasize the impact words have on our lives. Here is one of my favorites:

 

Double Life

A book gives you a double life.

It builds a treehouse in your head

a haven you can climb to

when you wish to get away.

 

A book will always be a friend

reaching out two wordy hands

offering enchanted lands.

 

You can be and go

who and where

you’ve never been.

 

The cover opens.

You are born.

 

Let your double life begin.

 

One of my other favorites from this book is “Stories.” This poem articulates how a book can teach us to process our emotions and that “…tears heal broken hearts.” This is a book that will be finding its way into our permanent home collection.

Do you love poetry? What are some of your favorites? We would love to hear from you! Email us at [email protected] and share your favorite poems and authors of poetry with us!

Post written by Lauren Keen