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Newberry Awards

Newberry Award Winners

2007 - Susan Patron The Higher Power of Lucky Set in the California desert community of Hard Pan (population 43). Ten-year-old Lucky Trimble eavesdrops on 12-step program meetings from her hiding place behind Hard Pan’s Found Object Wind Chime Museum & Visitor Center. Eccentric characters and quirky
2006 - Lynne Rae Perkins Criss Cross This story follows the lives of four 14-year-olds in a small town, each at their own crossroads. This ensemble cast explores new thoughts and feelings in their quest to find the meaning of life and love.
2005 - Cynthia Kadohata Kira Kira Two sisters lie on their backs, watching the stars and repeating the Japanese word for "glittering" - "kira-kira." The novel glitters with plain and poignant words that describe the strong love within a Japanese American family from the point of view of
2004 - Kate DiCamillo The Tale Despereaux: Being The Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup and a Spool of Thread draws the reader into an enchanting account of a smaller-than-usual mouse in love with music, stories and a princess named Pea. This tiny hero faints at loud noises but gathers the courage to fulfill his dreams.
2003 - Avi Crispin: The Cross of Lead An action-filled story set in 14th-century England. “Asta’s son” is the only name the 13-year-old protagonist has ever known when he is suddenly orphaned and stripped of home and possessions. Accused of murder and wanted dead or alive, Crispin flees his v
2002 - Linda Sue Park A Single Shard Takes readers to 12th century Korea to tell a timeless story of dedication to one's dreams and art. Tree-ear, an orphan who lives under a bridge with his wise friend Crane-man, becomes fascinated with a nearby community of potters. Drawn by their exquisit
2001 - Richard Peck A Year Down Yonder This linked series of carefully crafted vignettes is set in rural Illinois during the Depression, when fifteen-year-old Mary Alice leaves Chicago to spend a year with Grandma Dowdel. Her initial apprehension at life in a small town with a scheming old wom
2000 - Christopher Paul Curtis Bud, Not Buddy Ten-year-old Bud Caldwell runs away from a foster home and begins an unforgettable journey in search of his father. His only clues are old flyers left by his now-deceased mother that point to a legendary jazz bandleader.
1999 - Louis Sachar Holes Tells the story of Stanley Yelnats. The heir to his family's curse of bad luck, Stanley is convicted of a crime he didn't commit. He serves his sentence at Camp Green Lake, a dry, flat wasteland where the warden assigns each inmate the task of digging on
1998 - Karen Hesse Out of the Dust Written in free verse, it tells the story of a 14-year-old Billie Jo relates how her mother dies after an accident with burning kerosene. Blaming both herself and her father, she is unable to express herself through her piano playing because of the burns
1997 - E.L. Konigsburg (2nd Newbery Medal; also the only author to have received both the medal and an honor book award in the same year.) The View from Saturday a special bond develops among the four sixth graders who, along with their teacher/coach, Mrs. Olinski, comprise a surprisingly--in fact amazingly--successful Academic Bowl team.
1996 - Karen Cushman The Midwife's Apprentice The central character, Brat, becomes the midwife's apprentice--a person with a name and a place in the world. Medieval England is the setting.
1995 - Sharon Creech Walk Two Moons Thirteen-year-old Salamanca Tree Hiddle sets out on a cross-country journey with her grandparents to see her mother, who has not returned from a visit to Idaho. Sal entertains her grandparents by telling them about her new friend Phoebe, and in so doing b
1994 - Louis Lowry The Giver Twelve-year-old Jonas performs well in the impressively ordered society that the Elders have developed. But when he is selected to be the new "Receiver," Jonas begins to unravel the truth that underlies his world.
2008 - Laura Amy Schlitz Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Voices from a Medieval Village Thirteenth-century England springs to life using 21 dramatic individual narratives that introduce young inhabitants of village and manor; from Hugo, the lord's nephew, to Nelly, the sniggler.
2009 - Neil Gaiman The Graveyard Book A delicious mix of murder, fantasy, humor and human longing, the tale of Nobody Owens is told in magical, haunting prose. A child marked for death by an ancient league of assassins escapes into an abandoned graveyard, where he is reared and protected by i
1922 - Hendrik Willem van Loon The Story of Mankind Tells in brief chapters the history of Western civilization beginning with primitive man, covering the development of writing, art, and architecture, the rise of major religions, and the formation of the modern (for 1921) nation-state.
2011 - Clare Vanderpool Moon Over Manifest The town of Manifest is based on Frontenac, Kan., the home of debut author Clare Vanderpool’s maternal grandparents. Vanderpool was inspired to write about what the idea of “home” might look like to a girl who had grown up riding the rails.
2010 - Rebecca Stead When You Reach Me Twelve-year-old Miranda encounters shifting friendships, a sudden punch, a strange homeless man and mysterious notes that hint at knowledge of the future. These and other seemingly random events converge in a brilliantly constructed plot. Twelve-year
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