Onion John

Onion John

Paperback - 1959
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Winner of the 1960 John Newbery Medal.
His friendship with the town odd-jobs man, Onion John, causes a conflict between Andy and his father.
Publisher: New York, Crowell [c1959]
ISBN: 9780064401449
Branch Call Number: Fiction Krumgold Pbk CHILD
Characteristics: 248 p. illus. 2l cm
Additional Contributors: Shimin, Symeon 1902-- Illustrator


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Lovestoread5 Apr 12, 2018

I really don't understand why this book won the Newberry Award. It was unrealistic. I didn't care for it very much. The ending was nice, though.

Apr 22, 2012

This booked did not leave me with a satisfied feeling. I think that it was also somewhat unrealistic, and not a great read.

Mar 23, 2012

Honestly, cannot picture a contemporary child enjoying this book. It is not likely that I would recommend the book to a child.
A boy has a friendship with a man in town whom no one else can understand. It is never clear if the individual has a learning disablity, or what the issue is. Onion John, or so he is called by the towns people has unusual "cures" for problems which involve odd actions like parading through town with burning cedar shrubs and tossing a coat in the river to bring rain. Eventually, the main character, Andy, has to come to terms with his feelings for the future and not let his father dictate plans for his life.


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Mar 23, 2012

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