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May 19, Benji Martin rated it liked it I went into this book feeling skeptical.

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As a kid, one of my favorite books was My Side of the Mountain, which got an honor inthe year that Onion John won.

My Side of the Mountain is still being read by kids all over the world. A kid is probably reading it right now as I'm typing this. I'd be willing to bet that there aren't 50 kids in the world who have read Onion John this year. I hadn't even heard of it before a month ago, and yet the committee thought it was better than My Side o I went into this book feeling skeptical.

I hadn't even heard of it before a month ago, and yet the committee thought it was better than My Side of The Mountain. I had my doubts. Despite my skepticism, I really liked this book. I didn't love it. It was published inand the world was changing.

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You can even see it in the book. It has a Leave It To Beaver small town kind of feel. But the father in the book is talking about the space race, and how men will be on the moon in less than two years, It really took 10 years, but people of the late 50's were optimistic and he's constantly encouraging his son, Andy, our main character to be part of this change.

Andy, though, seems to want to hang on to the 50's, and his home town Serenity. He starts hanging out with the town eccentric Onion John, a much older man, who has some crazy ideas, but is still well-beloved by the people of the town. To Andy, Onion John has always been a part of Serenity, and he kind of sees him as a sort of stability in a fast changing world.

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Andy's dad notices this, and decides to try and modernize Onion John by having the town build him a new house to disastrous results. Onion John just can't be changed by simply getting a new house with modern appliances. It's an odd, sometimes sad book, but it's no doubt a pretty good book.

So, the big question needs to be answered. Why did the Newbery Committee chose this book over a book that would go on to become a well-beloved classic of children's lit?

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I really do think this is 2nd biggest miss in Newbery history. It's only behind Charlotte's Web losing the gold to Secret of the Andes I think there are a few answers. The first is, Joseph Krumgold was, at the time, a huge name. He had already won a Newbery Medal no one else had ever won it twice before this book and people were probably excited to read a new kid's book from him.

Sometimes if an author, who has already written an excellent book and has a big fan base puts out another decent book, people are impressed with her overall talent and good things happen. You can see it with this year's winner, Flora And Ulysses.

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It might not have been the best book of the year, but it was decent, and Kate Dicamillo has done great work all of her career, so her book took home the gold when maybe there were more deserving out there.

I think that's partly what happened here. It probably had lots of readers in the 60's, but when the world turned and time passed, people moved away from this book just like they eventually moved from My Three Sons and the Dick Van Dyke Show. MSOTM is a timeless book that fits in with any time period, but the committee saw how well Onion John described their current world, and they chose that one.

Anyways, what happened happened. I would have never read this book if it had just won an honor instead of a medal, so maybe it's good that it won.Review of the Newbery Medalist: Onion John, by Joseph Krumgold. FIVE STARS - Who knew it would take a backward immigrant no one understands to help a father and son learn to communicate?

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"Onion John" is a story about one set of problems a boy encounters as he is growing up. Children want to have someone other than their parents to look up to. "Onion John" is a simple version of how the author tries to show a child looking up to a hero who is actually not the kind of person you would expect to be a hero.3/5(2).

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