I’ve recommended Hitty, Her First Hundred Years by Rachel Field to many friends over the years. Even though it won the Newberry Medal in 1930, it is the rare person who has heard of it. We read her story as a family 15+ years ago and were on the edge of our seats from page one!
Hitty is a small wooden doll carved for a little girl living in Maine in the early 1800’s. The tiny doll travels the world as she’s lost, stolen or given away numerous times. During her first 100 tumultous years, she has more fanstastic adventures than Indiana Jones! The story was inspired by a small wooden doll purchased by the author. That original doll is owned by the Stockbridge Library Association in Stockbridge, Massachusetts — if you live close by (or are traveling on your own adventures in Massachusetts), you could probably stop in and meet Hitty in person.
Middle Grades Reading Level, 256 pages, Fiction, published in 1929, Newbery Medal 1930.