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Banner in the Sky: A Newbery Honor Award Winner

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But Rudi is a mountaineer in his heart, and escapes the kitchen to climb whenever he can. He may never have known his father, the great Josef Matt who died on an expedition to summit the Citadel (aka the Matterhorn), the last great unconquered peak in Switzerland, but he inherited his spirit. High Conquest was the first of nine books for the J.B. Lippincott company coming out in 1941 followed by The White Tower, River of The Sun, Windom's Way, and Banner in the Sky which was a 1955 Newbery Honor book. All of these titles became small motion pictures. Updated format 'Audio Cassette' to 'Audio cassette'; Removed author from Edition (author found in Work)

One of the first books I read as a 9 year old in California. Always remembered this little book about a big adventure and recommend it for any young reader.Up to 35 characters (including spaces) for the city. Up to 45 characters (including spaces) for the beach. We also have heart characters. Beyond his mountaineering books, he wrote "Where the Bong Tree Grows," an account of a year he spent traveling through some of the most remote islands of the South Pacific.

Although James Ramsey Ullman's 1955 Newbery Honour winning Banner in the Sky is at times a bit dated (but considering that it is set in 19th century Switzerland, much of said datedness actually does make rather much historic and cultural sense), the novel is also in many ways a truly delightful and even for our times, even for the 21st century, sill relevant coming of age story (of how Rudi Matt desires and manages to pay homage to the memory of the father he has never known by attempting to conquer the Citadel, but more importantly, how Rudi becomes a man by learning and taking to heart important lessons regarding honour, courage and that indeed being a good citizen, being helpful and caring even when this might impede one's own desires and wishes makes one, renders one into a good and decent citizen, a productive and appreciated, beloved member of society as a whole). This was a hard book to put down! For those adventurous souls that like to read about daring and do, this is a gutsy mountain climbing story that provides some good moral lessons to discuss too.

I am not sure why I never read this, perhaps I thought it was too outdoorsy for me, but it sounds worth pursuing. I used to see it at the library often.

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