Mr. Popper’s Penguins.

Call It Courage.

Maniac Mcgee.

The Bridge to Taribithia.

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry.

What do these books have in common you ask? They’re Newbery Medal winners of course, and in this episode our heroes use Newbery as a springboard into a discussion of the invention of kids lit and young adult fiction, and whether kids should be taught to read what they enjoy … or enjoy what they read.

One thing is for sure. Everyone hates Johnny Tremain.

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Next week we begin Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness.


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