01 July 2009

Book list - Jun 09

Waterless Mountain, children's, by Laura Adams Armer (Newbery Medal, 1932)
Any Which Wall - children's modern fantasy, by Laurel Snyder
Hanukkah, Shmanukkah! - children's, by Esmé Raji Codell
Alexandria - mystery, by Lindsey Davis
Seven-Day Magic - children's modern fantasy, by Edward Eager *
The Secret of the Old Mill - children's mystery (1962 version), by "Franklin W Dixon"
Give War a Chance - essays, by P J O'Rourke
Eat the Rich - economics, by P J O'Rourke
The Silver Branch - children's historical fiction, by Rosemary Sutcliff
The Castle of Llyr - children's fantasy, by Lloyd Alexander
Switcharound - children's, by Lois Lowry
The Book of Time - YA time travel, by Guillaume Prévost
Two Australians in Scotland - travel, by J P Young
A Stitch in Time - children's, by Penelope Lively
The Treasures of Weatherby - children's, by Zilpha Keatley Snyder
The Story of Mankind - YA world history, by Hendrik Willem Van Loon (Newbery medal, 1922)
Taran Wanderer - children's fantasy, by Lloyd Alexander
Big Red - children's, by Jim Kjelgaard
The Black Canary - YA time travel, by Jane Louise Curry

19 books this month, with one reread. To reach my goal of 209 books this year, I have to average 17.417 per month, so I'm currently still behind track (but catching up!).

The Secret of the Old Mill, the third book in the Hardy Boys series, was originally published in 1927. In 1959 they began updating the series, with the following notice on the copyright page of each book:
In this new story, based on the original of the same title, Mr. Dixon has incorporated the most up-to-date methods used by police and private detectives.
Last month I read the original version of this book; this month I read the updated one. It was a major rewrite; the Hardys and two of their friends (Chet Morton and Tony Prito) are still there, but beyond the fact that they're investigating counterfeiters operating out of an old grist mill, there's very little resemblence between the two tales.

The Story of Mankind was the first book to receive the Newbery Medal. It was updated by its author in 1926, and has been updated a few more times since (including at least on update by van Loon's son Gerrit). The edition I read was published in 1984, and has 110 pages after the end of the 1926 update.

The two Newbery Medal winners bring my total thus far up to 83 of 88, while I'm still at 16 of 70 Carnegie Medal winners.

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