The Newbery Report
By Racecar Radio
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Two New York improv actors discussing all-time great children's literature: every winner of the Newbery Medal, year by year and decade by decade. We promise that it's your new favorite book club!
||Clean2002 – A Single Shard, by Linda Sue Park||Tree Ear wants to make pots, Carolyn wants Kerry to like this book, and special guest Gina Jung wants some peace and tranquility. Only robbers, social stigma, the correct method for stacking firewood stand in their way! Rest assured,||10/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean2001 – A Year Down Yonder, by Richard Peck||Mary Alice (…was that her name?) isn’t having the best time at her Grandmother’s house, and let’s be frank – Kerry and Carolyn didn’t have the best time reading about it, either.||9/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean2000 – Bud, Not Buddy, by Christopher Paul Curtis||New Season! New Decade! And some important new rules, including #365: this book is awesome(!!!!!) and #28: crying at the end is allowed.||7/31/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean1979 – The Westing Game, by Ellen Raskin||We wrap up the 1970’s with a total crowd pleaser (and Carolyn’s all-time fave), The Westing Game. Can our intrepid literary detectives put the clues together in time? Tune in to our remote broadcast from unit 4D of the world’s strangest apartmen||6/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean1978 – Bridge to Terabithia, by Katherine Paterson||And here it is folks… (drumroll)… the book that inspired us to begin with the 1970’s. Grab that rope swing and let’s dive in!||6/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean1977- Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, by Mildred D. Tayor||Special guest Ashley Wilson joins for yet another visit to some of the less savory vistas in American history. Can she and Kerry convince Carolyn that this sojourn in the Jim Crow south is worth the trip?||5/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean1976 – The Grey King, by Susan Cooper||Let’s face it, Kerry’s had it up to here with superheroics, children of destiny, and other forms of pseudo-mythological hooey. Can Carolyn convince her to lift the magic harp and join the battle against the darkness (despite the ever-increasing trai||1/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean1975: M.C. Higgins, The Great, by Virginia Hamilton||High-stakes musicology, puppy love at knifepoint, and a six-toed collector of live snakes – join us at the top of our 40-foot pole for a truly weird little Appalachian sojourn.||1/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean1974: The Slave Dancer, by Paula Fox||Gather ‘round, children, for a laugh-a-minute romp through the middle passage! Kidnapping, forced servitude, torture, and seasickness – what could be more fun?||12/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean1973: Julie of the Wolves, by Jean Craighead George||Which is going to prove to be the biggest problem for our favorite Inuit teenager: the Alaskan wilderness, white people, puberty, or her father? And could it be that Kerry and Carolyn actually agree about a book? Go north, listeners!||11/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean1972: Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH, by Robert C. O’Brien||Mrs. Frisby is just a single mother of four, trying her best to raise her half-mutant mouselings in the shadow of a mysterious past and some downright weird neighbors. Carolyn loves this book like rodents love shiny trash, but Kerry’s unconvinced.||11/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean1971: The Summer of the Swans, by Betsy Byars||Sara Godfrey is having the, like, worst summer ever. Pressing questions include hormones, puce shoes, and wait – where’s Charlie? Kerry fights to get Carolyn and special guest Steph Leke on board with the wild ride of puberty.||10/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean1970: Sounder, by William H. Armstrong||Our very first episode, and of course it’s also our first dead dog! There’s eatin’, and sleepin’ and talkin’ and settin’ that goes on, along with severed ears, purloined pork, and inscrutable mythological metaphors.||10/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSeason 1 Teaser: The Newbery Report, Coming Soon!||The first episode of the Newbery Report – all about Sounder by William H. Armstrong – hits your iTunes cue on Tuesday, October 10th!||9/29/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
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