1930’s Recap

1930's Newbery Medal Winners

While there were still some terrible books in this decade, the books were much better than the 1920’s selections. Laurinda’s average rating for the 1920’s was 2.19 vs. an average of 2.75 for the 1930’s. Sally’s was 1.9 for the 1920’s and 2.6 for the 1930’s. In general, there was far less racism as well. Interestingly, author diversity declines drastically: all the winning authors are American (white?) women, though some were born abroad. The settings of the stories don’t reflect this, however. Characters travel through China, Hungary, Bulgaria, the American Southwest, New York City, and frontier Wisconsin. The most successful narratives blended strong character development with interesting settings. The least instead mixed platitudes with poorly executed research.

1930’s Winners:
Caddie Woodlawn
The Cat Who Went to Heaven

Good books:
Hitty, Her First Hundred Years

Mediocre options:
Young Fu of the Upper Yangtze
Thimble Summer
Roller Skates
The White Stag

Gnawing off a leg would be more enjoyable than reading:
Invincible Louisa
Waterless Mountain (though Sally and Laurinda differed in their intensity of loathing for this one).


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