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Newbery Medal Award Books

The Newbery Medal is awarded annually to the authors of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children published during the preceding year. It is named for John Newbery, a famous English publisher and seller of children's books. The medal is awarded by the Association for Library Service to Children, American Library Association. You may check each title's location and availability in the Library's catalog by clicking the title of the book.
1980-1999
Holes
1999
Holes
by Louis Sachar
As further evidence of his family’s bad fortune which they attribute to a curse on a distant relative, Stanley Yelnats is sent to a hellish correctional camp in the Texas desert where he finds his first real friend, a treasure, and a new sense of himself.
Out of the Dust
1998
Out of the Dust
by Karen Hesse
In a series of poems, fifteen-year-old Billie Jo relates the hardships of living on her family’s wheat farm in Oklahoma during the dust bowl years of the Depression.
The View From Saturday
1997
The View From Saturday
by E.L. Konigsburg
Four students, with their own individual stories, develop a special bond and attract the attention of their teacher, a paraplegic, who choses them to represent their sixth-grade class in the Academic Bowl competition.
The Midwife’s Apprentice
1996
The Midwife’s Apprentice
by Karen Cushman
In medieval England, a nameless, homeless girl is taken in by a sharp-tempered midwife, and in spite of obstacles and hardship, eventually gains the three things she most wants: a full belly, a contented heart, and a place in this world.
Walk Two Moons
1995
Walk Two Moons
by Sharon Creech
After her mother leaves home suddenly, thirteen-year-old Sal and her grandparents take a car trip retracing her mother’s route. Along the way, Sal recounts the story of her friend Phoebe, whose mother also left.
The Giver
1994
The Giver
by Lois Lowry
Given his lifetime assignment at the Ceremony of Twelve, Jonas becomes the receiver of memories shared by only one other in his community and discovers the terrible truth about the society in which he lives.
Missing May
1993
Missing May
by Cynthia Rylant
After the death of the beloved aunt who has raised her, twelve-year-old Summer and her uncle Ob leave their West Virginia trailer in search of the strength to go on living.
Shiloh
1992
Shiloh
by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
When he finds a lost beagle in the hills behind his West Virginia home, Marty tries to hide it from his family and the dog’s real owner, a mean-spirited man known to shoot deer out of season and to mistreat his dogs.
Maniac Magee
1991
Maniac Magee
by Jerry Spinelli
After his parents die, Jeffrey Lionel Magee’s life becomes legendary, as he accomplishes athletic and other feats which awe his contemporaries.
Number the Stars
1990
Number the Stars
by Lois Lowry
In 1943, during the German occupation of Denmark, ten-year-old Annemarie learns how to be brave and courageous when she helps shelter her Jewish friend from the Nazis.
Joyful Noise:  Poems for Two Voices
1989
Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices
by Paul Fleischman
A collection of poems describing the characteristics and activities of a variety of insects.
Lincoln:  A Photobiography
1988
Lincoln: A Photobiography
by Russell Freedman
Photographs and text trace the life of the Civil War President.
The Whipping Boy
1987
The Whipping Boy
by Sid Fleischman
A bratty prince and his whipping boy have many adventures when they inadvertently trade places after becoming involved with dangerous outlaws.
Sarah, Plain and Tall
1986
Sarah, Plain and Tall
by Patricia MacLachlan
When their father invites a mail-order bride to come live with them in their prairie home, Caleb and Anna are captivated by their new mother and hope that she will stay.
The Hero and the Crown
1985
The Hero and the Crown
by Robin McKinley
Aerin, with the guidance of the wizard Luthe and the help of the blue sword, wins the birthright due her as the daughter of the Damarian king and a witchwoman of the mysterious, demon-haunted North.
Dear Mr. Henshaw
1984
Dear Mr. Henshaw
by Beverly Cleary
In his letters to his favorite author, ten-year-old Leigh reveals his problems in coping with his parents’ divorce, being the new boy in school, and generally finding his own place in the world.
Dicey’s Song
1983
Dicey’s Song
by Cynthia Voigt
Now that the four abandoned Tillerman children are settled in with their grandmother, Dicey finds that their new beginnings require love, trust, humor, and courage.
A Visit to William Blake’s Inn:  Poems for Innocent and Experienced Tr
1982
A Visit to William Blake’s Inn: Poems for Innocent and Experienced Tr
by Nancy Willard
A collection of poems describing the curious menagerie of guests who arrive at William Blake’s inn.
Jacob Have I Loved
1981
Jacob Have I Loved
by Katherine Paterson
Feeling deprived all her life of schooling, friends, mother, and even her name by her twin sister, Louise finally begins to find her identity.
A Gathering of Days:  A New England Girl’s Journal, 1830-32
1980
A Gathering of Days: A New England Girl’s Journal, 1830-32
by Joan W. Blos
The journal of a 14-year-old girl, kept the last year she lived on the family farm, records daily events in her small New Hampshire town, her father’s remarriage, and the death of her best friend.



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