Onion John by Joseph KrumgoldOnion John by Joseph Krumgold

Onion John

byJoseph Krumgold

Paperback | April 4, 1984

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The story of a friendship between a 12-year-old boy and an immigrant handyman, almost wrecked by the good intentions of the townspeople.

Joseph Krumgold received the Newbery Medal for ...And Now Miguel. One of the few people to receive the medal twice, he was subsequently awarded it for his novel Onion John,also available in a Harper Trophy edition.
Title:Onion JohnFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 7.62 × 5.12 × 0.51 inPublished:April 4, 1984Publisher:HarperCollins

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0064401448

ISBN - 13:9780064401449

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17


Rated 3 out of 5 by from Onion John by Joseph Krumgold, Symeon Shimin This book is a great story about a twelve year old boy who befriends an immigrant. They develop a strong friendship. The immigrant was almost killed by the kindness of the town's people. I recommend this book highly. A great book to read to your kids. Enjoy and Be Blessed.
Date published: 2017-08-11
Rated 1 out of 5 by from How could this be a Newbery winner? I would have given this zero stars but the system would not let me. This must have been the only children's book published this year therefore it won the award by default. This was one of the worst books I have ever read. The story had no plot, there was no flow or sense to the book. What bothered me the most was that the young boy's parents would let him spend time in the woods with a strange adult that no one knew anything about. The lessons taught in this book were totally askew. I have read ever Newbery Award winning book as well as a good portion of the Honour winners and this was the only one that i felt truly had no place standing along side all the deserving winners. Horrible book. Run far and run fast from this absolute abomination to literature.
Date published: 2011-11-22

From Our Editors

Racism rears its ugly head in the strangest of places. This book, winner of the 1960 Newbery Medal, is the story of a friendship between a 12-year-old boy and an immigrant handyman that was almost wrecked by the good intentions of the townspeople. Both young and old readers will enjoy the moral lessons taught in this book.

Editorial Reviews

"[A] penetrating picture of a boy growing up. . . . The book has a lingering effect on the reader." (H.)