Three Newbery Honor Books

by Karen Walch | Nov 08, 2021

A partial summary of some of the Newbery Honor books from this year.

Box: Henry Brown Mails Himself to Freedom
by Carole Boston Weatherford

This book, by the Caldecott Honor author of Freedom in Congo Square, is one of those "truth is stranger than fiction" stories. Henry Brown, a slave in Richmond, Virginia, builds a sturdy box in 1849 and mails himself to freedom. The book, an illustrated biography written in 6 line poetry, tells not only Henry's story, but includes bits of other important information such as the story of Nat Turner's rebellion.

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We Dream of Space
by former Newbery Winner Erin Entrada (Hello, Universe)

We Dream of Space takes place during 1985-1986, when the Challenger is preparing to launch. "Bird" wants to become an astronaut, and is encouraged by her enthusiastic science teacher who is preparing her classes for the Challenger launch. Bird and her brothers Chase and Fitch struggle with their family who are always arguing. Bird is told she is smart, but not pretty. Chase feels he is not good at anything, and Fitch struggles to manage his temper. They are existing in their own orbit and wonder if their lives will ever improve.

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Fighting Words
by Newbery Honor winner Kimberly Brubaker Bradley (The War that Saved my Life)

Fighting Words tackles the hard topics of an incarcerated mom, abuse, and foster care. Della, age 10, is a powerhouse protagonist who proves you can be strong even when you're scared, vulnerable , and angry. Della doesn't take "snow" from anyone--her sister Suki says when she wants to say a bad word, she can use the word snow. She and Suki, age 16, are fiercely loyal, and Suki has protected Della her whole life, but Della teaches Suki a thing or two about standing up for herself. They are supported by Francine, their foster mother, whose brusque manner can't hide her kind heart.

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