Robin McKinley’s Favorite Newbery

james smoky Robin McKinleys Favorite NewberySmoky, the Cowhorse (1927) by Will James totally informed my childhood. I was seriously and comprehensively horsemad, but what caught my heart about Smoky is the genuineness of it—that there are good times and bad, that real life does not make a neat story arc, and that some wounds do not and cannot heal.

—Robin McKinley,
winner of the 1985 Newbery Medal for The Hero and the Crown

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  1. [...] (1985) a) Crispin: The Cross of Lead by Avi (2003) b) Number the Stars by Lois Lowry (1990) c) Smoky, the Cowhorse by Will James [...]

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