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Robin McKinley’s Favorite Newbery

Smoky by Will JamesSmoky, 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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