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Thanks to Natasha Nema, Raymond Acosta and Christina Ho in Mrs. Miller’s English class at Thornton Junior High School.  They came to the library and donated their “dragon”, the by-product of their book report on one of the classic historical fictions and a 1976 Newbery Honor book Dragonwings by Laurence Yep.

The Dragon is well made and loved by the librarians, and many of the young children and their families.  Just come and visit and say “Hello” to the Dragon.

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wrinkleintimeCurrently I am taking a course on the Newbery Medal. This is an award given every year to a notable children’s book.  I just had the great pleasure of rereading the 1963 winner, A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle.
  Meg Murphy just doesn’t fit  with the rest of her classmates.  she is seen as a bad tempered trouble maker.  Meg’s family thinks she will someday  do great things, but for now this isn’t helpful.  Having perfect twin brothers,and a genius baby  brother, doesnt’ help either. 
The story begins with the classic line “It was a dark and stormy night” . On this stormy  night, a stranger knocks at the door.  She and older woman , who seems a bit discombobulated.Maybe that’s because she isn’t exactly  from earth.  Thus begins the search for Meg’s missing father – all over the universe. 
If you have never read it, this is a book that stands the test of time.  If you read it as a child , I encourage you to revisit this book and find out what you remember and what you missed. Look for a copy here.

If you are interested in a list of Newbery Winners, look here

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