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About the Award
The Newbery Medal was named for eighteenth-century British bookseller John Newbery. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children. Several honor books are awarded to those that did not qualify as medal winners, yet were still of notable quality. To learn more about the Newbery Medal, visit: http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/alsc/awardsgrants/bookmedia/newberymedal/newberymedal.cfm.
A listing of Newbery Medal Winners honor books housed in the Curriculum Materials/Media Center is below. These are organized according to the Library of Congress system of classification.
Award Honor Books
The War That Saved My Life by
Call Number: PZ7 .B7247 WAR 2015
Publication Date: 2015-01-08
A young disabled girl and her brother are evacuated from London to the English countryside during World War II, where they find life to be much sweeter away from their abusive mother.
Roller Girl by
Call Number: PZ7.7 .J36 RO 2015
Publication Date: 2015-03-10
A graphic novel adventure about a girl who discovers roller derby right as she and her best friend are growing apart.
Call Number: PZ7 .R9553 EC 2015
Publication Date: 2015-02-24
Lost in the Black Forest, Otto meets three mysterious sisters and finds himself entwined in a prophecy, a promise, and a harmonica--and decades later three children, Friedrich in Germany, Mike in Pennsylvania, and Ivy in California find themselves caught up in the same thread of destiny in the darkest days of the twentieth century, struggling to keep their families intact, and tied together by the music of the same harmonica.
El Deafo by
Call Number: HV2534.B44 A3 2014
Publication Date: 2014-09-02
Going to school and making new friends can be tough. But going to school and making new friends while wearing a bulky hearing aid strapped to your chest? That requires superpowers! In this funny, poignant graphic novel memoir, author/illustrator Cece Bell chronicles her hearing loss at a young age and her subsequent experiences with the Phonic Ear, a very powerful--and very awkward--hearing aid. The Phonic Ear gives Cece the ability to hear--sometimes things she shouldn't--but also isolates her from her classmates. She really just wants to fit in and find a true friend, someone who appreciates her as she is. After some trouble, she is finally able to harness the power of the Phonic Ear and become "El Deafo, Listener for All." And more importantly, declare a place for herself in the world and find the friend she's longed for.
Brown Girl Dreaming by
Call Number: PS3573.O64524 Z46 2014
Publication Date: 2014-08-28
The author shares her childhood memories and reveals the first sparks that ignited her writing career in free-verse poems about growing up in the North and South.
Doll Bones by
Call Number: PZ7 .B52878 DOL 2013
Publication Date: 2013-05-07
Zach, Alice, and Poppy, friends from a Pennsylvania middle school who have long enjoyed acting out imaginary adventures with dolls and action figures, embark on a real-life quest to Ohio to bury a doll made from the ashes of a dead girl.
The Year of Billy Miller by
Call Number: PZ7 .H389 YE 2013
Publication Date: 2013-09-17
Seven-year-old Billy Miller starts second grade with a bump on his head and a lot of worries, but by the end of the year he has developed good relationships with his teacher, his little sister, and his parents and learned many important lessons.
One Came Home by
Call Number: PZ7 .T479 ONE 2013
Publication Date: 2013-01-08
In 1871 Wisconsin, thirteen-year-old Georgia sets out to find her sister Agatha, presumed dead when remains are found wearing the dress she was last seen in, and before the end of the year gains fame as a sharpshooter and foiler of counterfeiters.
Call Number: PZ7 .V4734 PAP 2013
Publication Date: 2013-05-14
When an eleven-year-old boy takes over a friend's newspaper route in July, 1959, in Memphis, his debilitating stutter makes for a memorable month.
Splendors and Glooms by
Call Number: PZ7 .S347145 SPL 2012
Publication Date: 2012-08-28
When Clara vanishes after the puppeteer Grisini and two orphaned assistants were at her twelfth birthday party, suspicion of kidnapping chases the trio away from London and soon the two orphans are caught in a trap set by Grisini's ancient rival, a witch with a deadly inheritance to shed before it is too late.
Call Number: UG1282 .A8 .S235 2012
Publication Date: 2012-09-04
Recounts the scientific discoveries that enabled atom splitting, the military intelligence operations that occurred in rival countries, and the work of brilliant scientists hidden at Los Alamos.
Three Times Lucky by
Call Number: PZ7 .T8488 THR 2014
Publication Date: 2013-12-31
Washed ashore as a baby in tiny Tupelo Landing, North Carolina, Mo LoBeau, now eleven, and her best friend Dale turn detective when the amnesiac Colonel, owner of a café and co-parent of Mo with his cook, Miss Lana, seems implicated in a murder.
Inside Out and Back Again by
Call Number: PZ7.5.L35 IN 2011
Publication Date: 2011-02-22
Through a series of poems, a young girl chronicles the life-changing year of 1975, when she, her mother, and her brothers leave Vietnam and resettle in Alabama.
Breaking Stalin's Nose by
Call Number: PZ7.Y3766 BR 2011
Publication Date: 2011-09-27
In the Stalinist era of the Soviet Union, ten-year-old Sasha idolizes his father, a devoted Communist, but when police take his father away and leave Sasha homeless, he is forced to examine his own perceptions, values, and beliefs.
Dark Emperor and Other Poems of the Night by
Call Number: PS3569 .I295 D37 2010
Publication Date: 2010-09-06
A collection of poems that celebrates the wonder, mystery, and danger of the night and describes the many things that hide in the dark.
Heart of a Samurai by
Call Number: PZ7 .P92434 HE 2010
Publication Date: 2010-08-01
In 1841, rescued by an American whaler after a terrible shipwreck leaves him and his four companions castaways on a remote island, fourteen-year-old Manjiro, who dreams of becoming a samurai, learns new laws and customs as he becomes the first Japanese person to set foot in the United States.
One Crazy Summer by
Call Number: PZ7 .W6713 ON 2010
Publication Date: 2010-01-26
In the summer of 1968, after travelling from Brooklyn to Oakland, California, to spend a month with the mother they barely know, eleven-year-old Delphine and her two younger sisters arrive to a cold welcome as they discover that their mother, a dedicated poet and printer, is resentful of the intrusion of their visit and wants them to attend a nearby Black Panther summer camp.
Turtle in Paradise by
Call Number: PZ7 .H732226 TU 2010
Publication Date: 2010-05-11
In 1935, when her mother gets a job housekeeping for a woman who does not like children, eleven-year-old Turtle is sent to stay with relatives she has never met in far away Key West, Florida.
The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg by
Call Number: PZ7 .P52112 MO 2009
Publication Date: 2009-01-01
Twelve-year-old Homer, a poor but clever orphan, has extraordinary adventures after running away from his evil uncle to rescue his brother, who has been sold into service in the Civil War.
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by
Call Number: PZ8 .L6215 WHE 2009
Publication Date: 2009-07-01
Minli, an adventurous girl from a poor village, buys a magical goldfish, and then joins a dragon who cannot fly on a quest to find the Old Man of the Moon in hopes of bringing life to Fruitless Mountain and freshness to Jade River.
Claudette Colvin by
Call Number: F334 .M753 C6554 2009
Publication Date: 2009-01-20
The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by
Call Number: PZ7 .K296184 EVO 2009
Publication Date: 2009-05-12
In central Texas in 1899, eleven-year-old Callie Vee Tate is instructed to be a lady by her mother, learns about love from the older three of her six brothers, and studies the natural world with her grandfather, the latter of which leads to an important discovery.
The Underneath by
Call Number: PZ7 .A6455 UN 2008
Publication Date: 2008-05-06
An old hound that has been chained up at his hateful owner's run-down shack, and two kittens born underneath the house, endure separation, danger, and many other tribulations in their quest to be reunited and free.
The Surrender Tree by
Call Number: PS3555 .N4254 S87 2008
Publication Date: 2008-04-01
Cuba has fought three wars for independence, and still she is not free. This history in verse creates a lyrical portrait of Cuba.
Call Number: PZ7 .L41836 SAV 2008
Publication Date: 2008-05-01
Recounts the adventures of Mibs Beaumont, whose thirteenth birthday has revealed her "savvy"--A magical power unique to each member of her family--just as her father is injured in a terrible accident.
After Tupac and D Foster by
Call Number: PZ7 .W84945 AF 2008
Publication Date: 2008-01-10
In the New York City borough of Queens in 1996, three girls bond over their shared love of Tupac Shakur's music, as together they try to make sense of the unpredictable world in which they live.
Elijah of Buxton by
Call Number: PZ7 .C94137 EL 2007
Publication Date: 2007-09-01
In 1859, eleven-year-old Elijah Freeman, the first free-born child in Buxton, Canada, which is a haven for slaves fleeing the American south, uses his wits and skills to try to bring to justice the lying preacher who has stolen money that was to be used to buy a family's freedom.
The Wednesday Wars by
Call Number: PZ7 .S3527 WE 2007
Publication Date: 2007-05-21
During the 1967 school year, on Wednesday afternoons when all his classmates go to either Catechism or Hebrew school, seventh-grader Holling Hoodhood stays in Mrs. Baker's classroom where they read the plays of William Shakespeare and Holling learns much of value about the world he lives in.
Call Number: PZ7 .W868 FE 2007
Publication Date: 2007-03-01
When a new, white student nicknamed "The Jesus Boy" joins her sixth grade class in the winter of 1971, Frannie's growing friendship with him makes her start to see some things in a new light.
Penny from Heaven by
Call Number: PZ7 .H732226 PEN 2006
Publication Date: 2006-07-25
As she turns twelve during the summer of 1953, Penny gains new insights into herself and her family while also learning a secret about her father's death. It's 1953 and 11-year-old Penny dreams of a summer of butter pecan ice cream, swimming, and baseball. But nothing's that easy in Penny's family. For starters, she can't go swimming because her mother's afraid she'll catch polio at the pool. To make matters worse, her favorite uncle is living in a car. Her Nonny cries every time her father's name is mentioned. And the two sides of her family aren't speaking to each other! Inspired by Newbery Honor winner Jennifer Holm's own Italian American family, Penny from Heaven is a shining story about the everyday and the extraordinary, about a time in America's history, not all that long ago, when being Italian meant that you were the enemy. But most of all, it's a story about families--about the things that tear them apart and bring them together. And Holm tells it with all the richness and the layers, the love and the laughter of a Sunday dinner at Nonny's. So pull up a chair and enjoy the feast! Buon appetito!
Hattie Big Sky by
Call Number: PZ7 .L32394 HAT 2006
Publication Date: 2006-09-26
After inheriting her uncle's homesteading claim in Montana, sixteen-year-old orphan Hattie Brooks travels from Iowa in 1917 to make a home for herself and encounters some unexpected problems related to the war being fought in Europe. Alone in the world, teen-aged Hattie is driven to prove up on her uncle's homesteading claim. For years, sixteen-year-old Hattie's been shuttled between relatives. Tired of being Hattie Here-and-There, she courageously leaves Iowa to prove up on her late uncle's homestead claim near Vida, Montana. With a stubborn stick-to-itiveness, Hattie faces frost, drought and blizzards. Despite many hardships, Hattie forges ahead, sharing her adventures with her friends--especially Charlie, fighting in France--through letters and articles for her hometown paper. Her backbreaking quest for a home is lightened by her neighbors, the Muellers. But she feels threatened by pressure to be a "Loyal" American, forbidding friendships with folks of German descent. Despite everything, Hattie's determined to stay until a tragedy causes her to discover the true meaning of home.
Call Number: PZ7 .L87734 RUL 2006
Publication Date: 2006-04-01
Frustrated at life with an autistic brother, twelve-year-old Catherine longs for a normal existence but her world is further complicated by a friendship with an young paraplegic.
Call Number: PZ10.3.A8625 WH 2005
Publication Date: 2005-07-26
Whittington, a feline descendant of Dick Whittington's famous cat of English folklore, appears at a rundown barnyard plagued by rats and restores harmony while telling his ancestor's story.
Hitler Youth by
Call Number: DD253.5 .B37 2004
Publication Date: 2005-04-01
The story of a generation of German young people who devoted all their energy to the Hitler Youth and the propaganda that brought gave Hitler his power, and the youths that resisted the Nazi movement.
Princess Academy by
Call Number: PZ7 .H13824 PR 2005
Publication Date: 2005-07-01
While attending a strict academy for potential princesses with the other girls from her mountain village, fourteen-year-old Miri discovers unexpected talents and connections to her homeland.
Show Way by
Call Number: PZ7.W868 SH 2005
Publication Date: 2005-09-08
The making of "Show ways," or quilts which once served as secret maps for freedom-seeking slaves, is a tradition passed from mother to daughter in the author's family.
Al Capone Does My Shirts by
Call Number: PZ7.C446265 AL 2004
Publication Date: 2004-03-30
A twelve-year-old boy named Moose moves to Alcatraz Island in 1935 when guards' families were housed there, and has to contend with his extraordinary new environment in addition to life with his autistic sister.
The Voice That Challenged a Nation by
Call Number: ML3930.A5 F73 2004
Publication Date: 2004-05-25
In the mid-1930s, Marian Anderson was a famed vocalist who had been applauded by European royalty and welcomed at the White House. But, because of her race, she was denied the right to sing at Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C. This is the story of her resulting involvement in the civil rights movement of the time.
Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy by
Call Number: PZ7.S3527 LI 2004
Publication Date: 2004-05-24
In 1911, Turner Buckminster hates his new home of Phippsburg, Maine, but things improve when he meets Lizzie Bright Griffin, a girl from a poor, nearby island community founded by former slaves that the town fathers--and Turner's--want to change into a tourist spot.
Olive's Ocean by
Call Number: PZ7.H389 OL 2003
Publication Date: 2003-08-12
On a summer visit to her grandmother's cottage by the ocean, twelve-year-old Martha gains perspective on the death of a classmate, on her relationship with her grandmother, on her feelings for an older boy, and on her plans to be a writer.
An American Plague by
Call Number: RA644.Y4 M875 2003
Publication Date: 2003-06-23
It's 1793, and there's an invisible killer roaming the streets of Philadelphia. The city's residents are fleeing in fear. This killer has a name--yellow fever--but everything else about it is a mystery. Its cause is unknown and there is no cure. This powerful dramatic account by award-winning author Jim Murphy traces the devastating course of the epidemic. An American Plague offers a fascinating glimpse into the conditions in American cities at the time of our nation's birth while drawing thought-provoking parallels to modern-day epidemics.
The House of the Scorpion by
Call Number: PZ7.F23814 MAT 2002
Publication Date: 2002-09-01
In a future where humans despise clones, Matt enjoys special status as the young clone of El Patrón, the 142-year-old leader of a corrupt drug empire nestled between Mexico and the United States.
Pictures of Hollis Woods by
Call Number: PZ7.G3626 PK 2002
Publication Date: 2002-09-10
A troublesome twelve-year-old orphan, staying with an elderly artist who needs her, remembers the only other time she was happy in a foster home, with a family that truly seemed to care about her.
Call Number: PZ7.H52 HO 2002
Publication Date: 2002-09-10
Roy, who is new to his small Florida community, becomes involved in another boy's attempt to save a colony of burrowing owls from a proposed construction site.
A Corner of the Universe by
Call Number: PZ7.M3567585 CQ 2002
Publication Date: 2002-10-01
The summer that Hattie turns twelve, she meets the childlike uncle she never knew and becomes friends with a girl who works at the carnival that comes to Hattie's small town.
Surviving the Applewhites by
Call Number: PZ7.T5735 SU 2002
Publication Date: 2002-08-06
Jake, a budding juvenile delinquent, is sent for home schooling to the arty and eccentric Applewhite family's Creative Academy, where he discovers talents and interests he never knew he had.
Everything on a Waffle by
Call Number: PZ7.H79224 EV 2001
Publication Date: 2001-04-04
Eleven-year-old Primrose living in a small fishing village in British Columbia recounts her experiences and all that she learns about human nature and the unpredictability of life in the months after her parents are lost at sea.
Call Number: PS3573.A4795 C37 2001
Publication Date: 2001-05-01
Hope Was Here by
Call Number: PZ7.B32615 HO 2000
Publication Date: 2000-09-11
When sixteen-year-old Hope and the aunt who has raised her move from Brooklyn to Mulhoney, Wisconsin, to work as waitress and cook in the Welcome Stairways diner, they become involved with the diner owner's political campaign to oust the town's corrupt mayor.
Because of Winn-Dixie by
Call Number: PZ7.D5455 BE 2000
Publication Date: 2000-03-01
Ten-year-old India Opal Buloni describes her first summer in the town of Naomi, Florida, and all the good things that happen to her because of her big ugly dog Winn-Dixie.
Joey Pigza Loses Control by
Call Number: PZ7.G15334 JL 2000
Publication Date: 2000-09-22
Joey, who is still taking medication to keep him from getting too wired, goes to spend the summer with the hard-drinking father he has never known and tries to help the baseball team he coaches win the championship.
The Wanderer by
Call Number: PZ7.C8615 WAN 2000
Publication Date: 2000-03-22
Thirteen-year-old Sophie and her cousin Cody record their transatlantic crossing aboard the Wanderer, a forty-five foot sailboat, which, along with uncles and another cousin, is en route to visit their grandfather in England.
Getting near to Baby by
Call Number: PZ7.C8305 GG 1999
Publication Date: 1999-09-13
Although thirteen-year-old Willa Jo and her Aunt Patty seem to be constantly at odds, staying with her and Uncle Hob helps Willa Jo and her younger sister come to terms with the death of their family's baby.
Our Only May Amelia by
Call Number: PZ7.H732226 OU 1999
Publication Date: 1999-06-04
As the only girl in a Finnish American family of seven brothers, May Amelia Jackson resents being expected to act like a lady while growing up in Washington state in 1899.
26 Fairmount Avenue by
Call Number: PS3554.E11474 Z473 1999
Publication Date: 1999-04-05
Children's author-illustrator Tomie De Paola describes his experiences at home and in school when he was a boy.