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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. Read more about it at the Newbery homepage.

2014 Dicamillo, Kate. FLORA & ULYSSES

Flora gives her wholehearted support to a squirrel that, after a near-fatal brush with a vacuum cleaner, develops the ability to fly and type poetry. The 10-year-old hides her new friend from the certain disapproval of her romance-writer mother, but it is on the woman's typewriter that Ulysses pours out his creations. (J NEWBERY DICAMILLO KAT)
2013 Applegate, Katherine. THE ONE AND ONLY IVAN
Ivan is an easygoing gorilla. Living at the Exit 8 Big Top Mall and Video Arcade, he rarely misses his life in the jungle. Mostly Ivan thinks about art and how to capture the taste of a mango or the sound of leaves with color and a well-placed line. Then he meets Ruby, a baby elephant taken from her family, and she makes Ivan see their home and his own art through new eyes. (J NEWBERY APPLEGATE KAT)
2012 Gantos, Jack. DEAD END IN NORVELT
It is an incredible two months for a kid named Jack Gantos, whose mom loans him out to help a feisty old neighbor typewriting obituaries filled with stories about the people who founded his town. As one obituary leads to another, Jack is launched on a strange adventure involving molten wax, Eleanor Roosevelt, twisted promises, a homemade airplane and possibly murder. (J NEWBERY GANTOS JAC)
2011 Vanderpool, Clare. MOON OVER MANIFEST

Abilene Tucker is sent to stay in the town where her father grew up. She is disappointed to find that it is just a dried-up, worn-out old town. But her disappointment quickly turns to excitement when she discovers a cigar box full of old letters that mention a spy known as the Rattler. These mysterious letters send Abilene and her new friends on an honest-to-goodness spy hunt. (J NEWBERY VANDERPOOL CLA)

2010 Stead, Rebecca. WHEN YOU REACH ME
As her mother prepares to be a contestant on the 1970s television game show, "The $20,000 Pyramid," a twelve-year-old New York City girl tries to make sense of a series of mysterious notes received from an anonymous source that seems to defy the laws of time and space. (J NEWBERY STEAD REB)
2009 Gaiman, Neil. THE GRAVEYARD BOOK
Nobody Owens is a normal boy, except that he has been raised by ghosts and other denizens of the graveyard. (J NEWBERY GAIMAN NEI)
2008 Schiltz, Laura Amy. GOOD MASTERS! SWEET LADIES VOICES FROM A MEDIEVAL VILLAGE
A collection of short one-person plays featuring characters, between ten and fifteen years old, who live in or near a thirteenth-century English manor. (J NEWBERY PQ2 SCH)
2007 Patron, Susan. THE HIGHER POWER OF LUCKY
Patron takes us to the California desert community of Hard Pan. 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 details spice up Lucky’s life just as her guardian Brigitte’s fresh parsley embellishes her French cuisine. (J NEWBERY PATRON SUS)

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2006 Perkins, Lynne Rae. CRISS CROSS

Teenagers in a small town in the 1960s experience new thoughts and feelings, question their identities, connect, and disconnect as they search for the meaning of life and love. (J NEWBERY PERKINS LYN)
2005 Kadohata, Cynthia, KIRA-KIRA
Chronicles the close friendship between two Japanese-American sisters growing up in rural Georgia during the late 1950s and early 1960s, and the despair when one sister becomes terminally ill. (J NEWBERY KADOHATA CYN)
2004 DiCamillo, Kate, TALE OF DESPEREAUX
The adventures of Desperaux Tilling, a small mouse of unusual talents, the princess that he loves, the servant girl who longs to be a princess, and a devious rat determined to bring them all to ruin. (J NEWBERY DiCAMILLO KATE)
2003 Avi, CRISPIN: THE CROSSOF LEAD
Falsely accused of theft and murder, an orphaned peasant boy in fourteenth-century England flees his village and meets a larger-than-life juggler who holds a dangerous secret. (J NEWBERY AVI)
2002 Park, Linda Sue, A SINGLE SHARD
Tree-ear, a thirteen-year-old orphan in medieval Korea, lives under a bridge in a potters’ village, and longs to learn how to throw the delicate celadon ceramics himself. (J NEWBERY PARK LIN)
2001 Peck, Richard, A YEAR DOWN UNDER
During the recession of 1937, fifteen-year-old Mary Alice is sent to live with her feisty, larger-than-life grandmother in rural Illinois and comes to a better understanding of the fearsome woman. (J NEWBERY PECK RIC)
2000 Curtis, Christopher Paul. BUD, NOT BUDDY
Ten-year-old Bud, a motherless boy living in Flint, Michigan during the Great Depression, escapes a bad foster home and sets out in search of the man he believes to be his father—the renowned bandleader H. E. Calloway of Grand Rapids. (J NEWBERY CURTIS CHR)
1999 Sachar, Louis. HOLES
As further evidence of his father’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 self. (J NEWBERY SACHAR LOU)
1998 Hesse, Karen. OUT OF THE DUST
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. (J NEWBERY HESSE KAR)
1997 Konigsburg, E. L. THE VIEW FROM SATURDAY
Four students, with their own individual stories, develop a special bond and attract the attention of their teacher, a paraplegic, who chooses them to represent their sixth-grade class in the Academic Bowl competition.
(J NEWBERY KONIGSBU E.L.)
1996 Cushman, Karen. THE MIDWIFE'S APPRENTICE
In medieval England, a nameless, homeless girl is taken in by a sharp-tempered midwife, and in spite of obstacles and hardships, eventually gains the three things she most wants: a full belly, a contented heart, an a place in the world. (J NEWBERY CUSHMAN KAR)
1995 Creech, Sharon. WALK TWO MOONS
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.
(J NEWBERY CREECH SHA)
1994 Lowry, Lois. THE GIVER
Given his lifetime assignment at the ceremony of twelve, Jonas becomes the receiver of memories shared only by one other in his community and discovers the terrible truth about society in which he lives. (J NEWBERY LOWRY LOI)

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1993 Rylant, Cynthia. MISSING MAY

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. (J NEWBERY RYLANT CYN)
1992 Naylor, Phyllis. SHILOH
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. (J NEWBERY NAYLOR PHY)
1991 Spinelli, Terry. MANIAC MAGEE
After his parents die, Jeffrey Lionel Magee's life becomes legendary, as he accomplishes athletic and other feats which awe his contemporaries. (J NEWBERY SPINELLI TERRY)
1990 Lowry, Lois. NUMBER THE STARS
Annemarie learns how to be courageous when she helps shelter her Jewish friends from the Nazis. (J NEWBERY LOWRY LOI)
1989 Fleischman,Paul. JOYFUL NOISE
A collection of poems describing the activities of a variety of insects.( jNEWBERY NON FICTION PP FLE)
1988 Freedman, Russell. LINCOLN: A PHOTOBIOGRAPHY
Photographs and text trace the life of the Civil War President. (J NEWBERY NON FICTION CV LIN)
1987 Fleischman, Sid.THE WHIPPING BOY
A prince and his whipping boy have many adventures when they trade places. (J NEWBERY FLEISCHM SID)
1986 MacLachlan, Patricia. SARAH, PLAIN AND TALL
Caleb and Anna re captivated by their mail order bride mother and hope she will stay. (J NEWBERY MACLACHL PAT)
1985 McKinley, Robin. HERO AND THE CROWN
Aerin wins the birthright due her as the daughter of the Damarian king. (J NEWBERY MCKINLEY ROB)
1984 Cleary, Beverly. DEAR MR. HENSHAW
In his letters to his favorite author, Leigh reveals his problems in coping with his parents' divorce and finding his own place in the world. (J NEWBERY CLEARY BEV)
1983 Voigt, Cynthia. DICEY'S SONG
Dicey finds that new beginnings require love, trust, humor and courage. (J NEWBERY VOIGT CYN)
1982 Willard, Nancy. A VISIT TO WILLIAM BLAKE'S INN
A collection of poems describing the menagerie of guests who arrive at William Blake's Inn. (J NEWBERY NON FICTION PP WIL)
1981 Paterson, Katherine. JACOB HAVE I LOVED
Feeling deprived all her life by her twin sister, Louise finally begins to find her identity. (J NEWBERY PATERSON KAT)
1980 Blos, Joan. A GATHERING OF DAYS
The journal of a 14-year-old girl, kept the last year she lived on the family farm, recording her father's re-marriage, and the death of her best friend. (J NEWBERY BLOS JOA)

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1979 Raskin, Ellen. THE WESTING GAME

The death of a millionaire brings together an assortment of heirs who must uncover the circumstances of his death before they can claim their inheritance. (J NEWBERY RASKIN ELL)
1978 Paterson, Katherine. THE BRIDGE TO TERABITHIA
A story about two youngsters and their magical kingdom, Terabithia. (J NEWBERY PATERSON KAT)
1977 Taylor, Mildred. ROLL OF THUNDER, HEAR MY CRY
A warm and funny story of a poor black family living in rural Mississippi during the Great Depression. (J NEWBERY TAYLOR MIL)
1976 Cooper, Susan. THE GREY KING
Will Stanton, visiting in Wales, is swept into a desperate quest to find the golden harp and to awaken the ancient Sleepers. (J NEWBERY COOPER SUS)
1975 Hamilton,Virginia. M.C. HIGGINS, THE GREAT
M.C. Higgins faces a dilemma. He must think of a way to save Sarah Mountain, his family's home, from being destroyed by strip mining. (J NEWBERY HAMILTON VIR)
1974 Fox, Paula. THE SLAVE DANCER
Jessie finds himself aboard The Moonlight, a slave ship, with a hateful duty awaiting him. (J NEWBERY FOX PAU)
1973 George,Jean. JULIE OF THE WOLVES
A moving novel of a girl's courage and the will to survive in potentially alien worlds. (J NEWBERY GEORGE JEA)
1972 O'Brien, Robert.MRS. FRISBY AND THE RATS OF NIHM
When Mrs. Frisby has a problem she visit the rats who live under the rosebush. (J NEWBERY O'BRIEN ROB)
1971 Byars, Betsy. THE SUMMER OF THE SWANS
This book reflects the discontent and anguish Sara experiences when her ten-year-old mentally retarded brother disappears. (J NEWBERY BYARS BET)
1970 Armstrong, William. SOUNDER
A powerful and compassionate story concerning the relationship between a boy and his dog. (J NEWBERY ARMSTRON WIL)
1969 Alexander, Lloyd. THE HIGH KING
This is the finale to the chronicles of Prydain. It is the ultimate clash between good and evil. (J NEWBERY ALEXANDE LLO)
1968 Konigsburg, E.L. FROM THE MIXED-UP FILES OF MRS. BASIL E. FRANKWEILER
Claudia and her younger brother run away to New York and set up housekeeping in the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art. (J NEWBERY KONIGSBU E.L.)
1967 Hunt, Irene. UP A ROAD SLOWLY
Julie Trelling grows into a compassionate, loving girl , as she copes with the death of her mother. (J NEWBERY HUNT IRE)
1966 Trevino, Elizabeth Borton. I, JUAN DE PAREJA
Born a slave, Juan de Pareja became the assistant and lifelong friend of the great Velasquez. Juan eventually learned the arts and became an accomplished and respected artist. (J NEWBERY TREVINO ELI)
1965 Wojciechowska,Maia. SHADOW OF A BULL
The people of Arcangel wanted Manolo Olivar to become as great a bullfighter as his father had been. Manolo's touching effort not to disappoint their hopes is played out against the pageantry of the bullring. (J NEWBERY WOJCIECH MAI)

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1964 Neville, Emily. IT'S LIKE THIS, CAT

A stray tomcat named Cat brings Dave Mitchell plenty of adventure, including an encounter with a burglar. New York City, from Lincoln Center to Coney Island, is the background for this humorous true-to-teen story. (J NEWBERY NEVILLE EMI)
1963 L'Engle, Madeleine. A WRINKLE IN TIME
A brother and sister, together with friends, go in search of their scientist father who was lost while engaged in secret work for the government. (J NEWBERY L'ENGLE MAD)
1962 Speare, Elizabeth. THE BRONZE BOW
When the Romans brutally kill Daniel Bar Jamin's father, the young Palestinian searches desperately for a leader to drive them out of his country. He comes to realize, however, that love may be a more effective weapon than hate. (J NEWBERY SPEARE ELI)
1961 O'Dell, Scott. ISLAND OF THE BLUE DOLPHINS
A young Indian girl is left behind on an island when her tribe is moved. She survives alone for eighteen years in this story based on a true experience. (J NEWBERY O'DELL SCO)
1960 Krumgold,Joseph.ONION JOHN
Onion John is the delightful and amusing town character in Serenity, New Jersey.Young Andy Rusch, Jr., becomes Onion John's best friend and finds the town character's magical approach to life appealing. (J NEWBERY KRUMGOLD JOS)

1959 Speare, Elizabeth.THE WITCH OF BLACKBIRD POND
Kit Tyler, a girl from Connecticut, experiences suspense and romance in this spellbinding historical novel. (J NEWBERY SPEARE ELI)
1958 Keith,Harold.RIFLES FOR WATIE
It is 1861 in the Indian country south of Kansas, and the Western campaign of the Civil War is raging. Jess Bussey, a young farmer, joins the Union volunteers and becomes a scout, thus making him probably the only soldier in the West to see the Civil War from both sides and live to tell about it. (J NEWBERY KEITH HAR)
1957 Sorenson,Virginia.MIRACLES ON MAPLE HILL
Miracles are needed desperately on Maple Hill, the new home of ten-year-old Marly and her family, especially since Daddy, just returned from a prisoner-of-war camp, is still not himself. The beauties of the changing seasons in Pennsylvania and aconcerted effort to save the maple sugar harvest combine to prove that miracles really do happen on Maple Hill. (J NEWBERY SORENSON VIR)
1956 Latham, Jean Lee.CARRY ON, MR. BOWDITCH
Nathaniel Bowditch's dearest wish was to go to Harvard College. Instead, he was compelled to spend nine years indentured to a ship's chandler. (J NEWBERY LATHAM JEA)
1955 DeJong, Meidert.THE WHEEL ON THE SCHOOL
It all started because Lina, one of the six school children in the little Dutch fishing village of Shora, wrote a composition about storks. The storks never came to shore to build their nests, as they did in the neighboring villages. Lina's compositionset the children to wondering-why didn't the storks come to Shora? (J NEWBERY DEJONG MEI)
1954 Krumgold, Joseph. AND NOW MIGUEL
Miguel Chavez held a secret wish in his heart to help protect the sheep in the Sangre de Cristo mountains of New Mexico. He was thought too young until his last great adventure as a boy turned into his first great adventure as a man. (J NEWBERY KRUMGOLD JOS)
1953 Clark, Ann Nolan.THE SECRET OF THE ANDES
A unique Indian tale about a young Indian boy named Cusi and an old Indian man named Chuto (J NEWBERY CLARK ANN)
1952 Estes, Eleanor. GINGER PYE
Would Gracie the cat be jealous if the Pye's got another pet-a dog? That was what Jerry Pye wanted to know and what he was dreaming about as he sat with Rachel, his sister, on their upstairs veranda. (J NEWBERY ESTES ELE)
1951 Yates,Elizabeth. AMOS FORTUNE, FREE MAN
The haunting spirituals that brought comfort to slaves furnish the musical background for this sensitive documentary about Prince At-mun, who was captured, sold at auction, and freed as Amos Fortune. (J NEWBERY YATES ELI)
1950 DeAngeli, Marguerite. THE DOOR IN THE WALL
A dramatic story of Robin, crippled son of a great lord, who proves his courage and wins his king's recognition-set against a background of fourteenth-century England. (J NEWBERY DE ANGEL MAR)

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1949 Henry, Marguerite. KING OF THE WIND

n the 18th century, a little mute Arabian stable boy crosses the seas to France and England with a horse destined to be the ancestor of a line of great thoroughbreds. (J NEWBERY HENRY MAR)
1948 Du Bois, William Péne.THE TWENTY-ONE BALLOONS
This is the story of the most incredibly fabulous voyage around the world in the history of travel. (J NEWBERY DU BOIS WIL)
1947 Bailey, Carolyn Sherwin. MISS HICKORY
The long-favorite tale of the simple doll who, with help from her animal friends, lives through a harsh New Hampshire winter. (J NEWBERY BAILEY CAR)
1946 Lenski, Lois. STRAWBERRY GIRL
The feud between the Boyers and the Slaters starts when Birdie Boyer and her family move into the old Roddenbery house with "biggety" ideas that their neighbors, the Slaters, don't like. (J NEWBERY LENSKI LOI)
1945 Lawson, Robert. RABBIT HILL
All the hill was boiling with excitement. On every side there rose a continual chattering and squeaking, whispering, and whistling, as the animals discussed the great news. Through it all could be heard again and again the words, "New folks coming." (J NEWBERY LAWSON ROB)
1944 Forbes, Esther. JOHNNY TREMAIN
Historical fiction portraying Revolutionary War Boston as a living drama through the shrewd eyes of an observant boy. (J NEWBERY FORBES EST)
1943 Gray, Elizabeth. ADAM OF THE ROAD
Life in thirteenth-century England—its color and excitement as well as its discontent and hard times—is brought vividly to life through the eyes and travels of a budding eleven-year-old minstrel. (J NEWBERY GRAY ELI)
1942 Edmonds, THE MATCHLOCK GUN
A moving tale of a small boy, his younger sister and mother, and an antique matchlock gun. (J NEWBERY EDMONDS WAL)
1941 Sperry, Armstrong. CALL IT COURAGE
The Polynesians, who worshipped courage, called their chief's son "The Boy Who Was Afraid." How the boy, Mafatu, conquered his fear of the sea is a legend still sung by the people of Hikueru. (J NEWBERY SPERRY ARM)
1940 Daugherty, James. DANIEL BOONE
The life, times and adventures of an American folk hero are related in an exciting and humorous tale. (J NEWBERY DAUGHERTY JAM)
1939 Enright, Elizabeth. THIMBLE SUMMER
After Garnet Linden finds a silver thimble, rains come to end the long drought on the farm. (J NEWBERY ENRIGHT ELI)
1938 Seredy, Kate. THE WHITE STAG
Trailing the White Stag legends from the great tomb of Nimrod to the Hungarian Plains-the author traces Hungarian history. (J NEWBERY SEREDY KAT)
1937 Sawyer, Ruth. ROLLER SKATES
This is a delightful story of Old New York, about a tomboy who could not help being a lady at the same time. (J NEWBERY SAWYER RUT)
1936 Brink, Carol. CADDIE WOODLAWN
Caddie was allowed to grow up a tomboy in nineteenth-century Wisconsin, where her capacity for adventure was seemingly limitless. (J NEWBERY BRINK CAR)

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1935 Shannon, Monica. DOBRY

It was natural to suppose that Dobry would take his grandfather's place as a an important man in the village, but Dobry had other plans. He wanted to be a sculptor. (J NEWBERY SHANNON MON)
1934 Meigs, Cornelia. INVINCIBLE LOUISA
A vivid portrayal of Louisa May Alcott and her eventful career. (J NEWBERY MEIGS COR)
1933 Lewis, Elizabeth Foreman. YOUNG FU OF THE UPPER YANGTZE.
A dangerous encounter with the ruthless soldiersstarts a young Chinese boy on a series of adventures and misadventures in the teeming city of Chungking. (J NEWBERY LEWIS ELI)
1932 Armer, Laura Adams. WATERLESS MOUNTAIN
Waterless Mountain is a sincere and beautiful story of a contemporary Navaho Indian boy, full of imagination and poetry. (J NEWBERY ARMER LAU)
1931 Coatsworth, Elizabeth. THE CAT WHO WENT TO HEAVEN
The story of a little cat who came to the house of a poor Japanese artist and, by humility and devotion, brought him good fortune. (J NEWBERY COATWORT ELI)
1930 Field, Rachel. HITTY, HER FIRST HUNDRED YEARS
Phoebe Preble, for whom Hitty was made took her everywhere. In this way Hitty's acquired ample material to make her memoirs exciting and instructive. (J NEWBERY FIELD RAC)
1929 Kelly, Eric. TIlE TRUMPETER OF KRAKOW
The tale of Pan Andrew Charnetski and the jewel he had sworn to guard with his life. (J NEWBERY KELLY ERI)
1928 Mukerji, Dhan Gopal. GAY-NECK: THE STORY OF A PIGEON
The story of a carrier pigeon taught to fly messages for the Allies in France during WW I. (J NEWBERY MUKERJI DHA)
1927 James,Will. SMOKEY THE COW HORSE
One of the most famous and beloved horse stories of the century. (J NEWBERY JAMES WIL)
1926 Chrisman, Arthur Bowie. SHEN OF THE SEA
A series of fascinating Chinese stories with the character of folk tales. (J NEWBERY CHRISMAN ART)
1925 Finger, Charles. TALES FROM SILVER LANDS
These tales of the Central and South American Indians tell of giants, witches, and strange people who live under the sea. (J NEWBERY NON FICTION PR 7 FIN)
1924 Hawes, Charles Boardman. THE DARK FRIGATE
A swashbuckling sea adventure set during the reign of King Charles I of England. (J NEWBERY HAWES CHA)
1923 Lofting,Hugh. THE VOYAGES OF DOCTOR DOLITTLE
Doctor Dolittle and his young friend, Tommy Stubbins, set off on a voyage to learn all about animals and their languages. (J NEWBERY LOFTING HUG)
1922 Van Loon, Hendrik Willem. THE STORY OF MANKIND
The history of the world is presented. (J NEWBERY NON FICTION D VAN)

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