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  •  It's hard when kids read above their grade level (1+ / 0-)
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    because you may be able to read and understand something, but do you connect with it? That's what I like about the Newbery winners--they tend to be written at an adult reading and cognitive level but feature young people in recognizable situations.

    For instance, in When You Reach Me (2010 Newbery winner), the main character, Miranda, has a falling out with the boy from her apartment building who's been her best friend since infancy. While popularity shouldn't be the end-all, kids do worry about losing friends, and it's common for old friends to go in different directions. And on top of that, Miranda is getting these mysterious letters, and she wants to resolve the situation without getting her mother involved.

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