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Newbery Medal (2000-2009)

Newbery Winners and Honor Books in the order of award years. (2000-2009)

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Age
10-13
Grade
5-6

Neil Gaiman

The Graveyard Book

Library Binding (April 1, 2009) , Large Print, Reprint edition

A New York Times Bestseller

Nobody Owens, known to his friends a Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn't live in a sprawling graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor of the dead. There are dangers and adventures in the graveyard for a boy, but if Bod leaves, then he will come under attack from the man Jack -- who …

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Y
Age
10-14
Grade
5-9

Kathi Appelt, David Small

The Underneath

Hardcover (May 6, 2008) , 1st Edition edition
There is nothing lonelier than a cat who has been loved, at least for a while, and then abandoned on the side of the road. A calico cat, about to have kittens, hears the lonely howl of a chained-up hound deep in the backwaters of the bayou. She dares to find him in the forest, and the hound dares to befriend this cat, this feline, this creature he is supposed to hate. They are an unlikely pair, about to become … More
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Age
12-18
Grade
7-9

Margarita Engle

The Surrender Tree: Poems of Cuba's Struggle for Freedom

Hardcover (April 1, 2008) , 1st edition

It is 1896. Cuba has fought three wars for independence and still is not free. People have been rounded up in reconcentration camps with too little food and too much illness. Rosa is a nurse, but she dares not go to the camps. So she turns hidden caves into hospitals for those who know how to find her.

Black, white, Cuban, Spanish―Rosa does her best for everyone. Yet who can heal a country so torn apart by war? Acclaimed poet …

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Age
9-12
Grade
4-7

Ingrid Law

Savvy

Hardcover (May 1, 2008) , Reprint edition
Thirteen is when a Beaumont’s savvy hits—and with one brother who causes hurricanes and another who creates electricity, Mibs Beaumont is eager to see what she gets. But just before the big day, Poppa is in a terrible accident. And now all Mibs wants is a savvy that will save him. In fact, Mibs is so sure she’ll get a powerful savvy that she sneaks a ride to the hospital on a rickety bus with her sibling and the preacher’s … More
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Age
10-15
Grade
5-9

Jacqueline Woodson

After Tupac & D Foster

Hardcover (Jan. 10, 2008)
A Newbery Honor BookJacqueline Woodson is the 2018-2019 National Ambassador for Young People’s LiteratureThe day D Foster enters Neeka and her best friend’s lives, the world opens up for them. D comes from a world vastly different from their safe Queens neighborhood, and through her, the girls see another side of life that includes loss, foster families and an amount of freedom that makes the girls envious. Although all of them are crazy about Tupac Shakur’s rap music, D is … More
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Age
10-14
Grade
5-9

Laura Amy Schlitz, Robert Byrd

Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Voices from a Medieval Village

Hardcover (July 24, 2007) , 1st Edition edition
Step back to an English village in 1255, where life plays out in dramatic vignettes illuminating twenty-two unforgettable characters. Winner of the Newbery Medal.Maidens, monks, and millers’ sons — in these pages, readers will meet them all. There’s Hugo, the lord’s nephew, forced to prove his manhood by hunting a wild boar; sharp-tongued Nelly, who supports her family by selling live eels; and the peasant’s daughter, Mogg, who gets a clever lesson in how to save a cow from a … More
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Age
9-12
Grade
4-7

Christopher Paul Curtis

Elijah of Buxton

Hardcover (Aug. 6, 2007) , 1st Edition edition
Newbery Medalist and CSK Award winner Christopher Paul Curtis's debut middle-grade/young-YA novel for Scholastic features his trademark humor, compelling storytelling, and unique narrative voice.Eleven-year-old Elijah is the first child born into freedom in Buxton, Canada, a settlement of runaway slaves just over the border from Detroit. He's best known in his hometown as the boy who made a memorable impression on Frederick Douglass. But things change when a former slave steals money from Elijah's friend, who has been saving to … More
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Age
10-14
Grade
5-9

Gary D. Schmidt

The Wednesday Wars

Hardcover (May 21, 2007) , First Edition edition
In this Newbery Honor-winning novel, Gary D. Schmidt offers an unforgettable antihero. THE WEDNESDAY WARS is a wonderfully witty and compelling story about a teenage boy’s mishaps and adventures over the course of the 1967–68 school year.Meet Holling Hoodhood, a seventh-grader at Camillo Junior High, who must spend Wednesday afternoons with his teacher, Mrs. Baker, while the rest of the class has religious instruction. Mrs. Baker doesn’t like Holling—he’s sure of it. Why else would she make him read the … More
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Age
10-12
Grade
5-6

Jacqueline Woodson

Feathers

Hardcover (March 1, 2007) , First Edition first Printing edition
Jacqueline Woodson is the 2018-2019 National Ambassador for Young People’s LiteratureView our feature on Jacqueline Woodson's Feathers.“Hope is the thing with feathers” starts the poem Frannie is reading in school. Frannie hasn’t thought much about hope. There are so many other things to think about. Each day, her friend Samantha seems a bit more “holy.” There is a new boy in class everyone is calling the Jesus Boy. And although the new boy looks like a white kid, he says … More
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Age
9-11
Grade
4-6

Susan Patron, Matt Phelan

The Higher Power of Lucky

Hardcover (Nov. 7, 2006)
Believing that her French guardian is about to abandon her to an orphanage in the city, ten-year-old Lucky runs away from her small town with her beloved dog by her side in order to trek across the Mojave Desert in this Newbery Medal–winning novel from Susan Patron.Lucky, age ten, can't wait another day. The meanness gland in her heart and the crevices full of questions in her brain make running away from Hard Pan, California (population 43), the rock-bottom only … More
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Age
8-12
Grade
3-7

Jennifer L. Holm

Penny from Heaven

Hardcover (July 25, 2006) , First Edition edition
It’s1953 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 … More
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Age
12+
Grade
7-9

Kirby Larson

Hattie Big Sky

Hardcover (Sept. 26, 2006) , 1st edition
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 … More
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Age
9-12
Grade
4-7

Cynthia Lord

Rules

Hardcover (April 1, 2006) , 3745th edition
Twelve-year-old Catherine just wants a normal life. Which is near impossible when you have a brother with autism and a family that revolves around his disability. She's spent years trying to teach David the rules-from "a peach is not a funny-looking apple" to "keep your pants on in public"-in order to stop his embarrassing behaviors. But the summer Catherine meets Jason, a paraplegic boy, and Kristi, the next-door friend she's always wished for, it's her own shocking behavior that turns … More
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Age
12-15
Grade
6-10

Lynne Rae Perkins

Criss Cross

Library Binding (Dec. 26, 2007)
She wished something would happen.

Something good. To her. Checking her wish for loopholes, she found one. Hoping it wasn't too late, she thought the word "soon,"

Meanwhile, in another part of town, he felt as if the world was opening. Life was rearranging itself; bulging in places, fraying in spots. He felt himself changing, too, but into what? So much can happen in a summer.

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Age
8-12
Grade
3-7

Alan Armstrong, S.D. Schindler

Whittington

Hardcover (July 26, 2005) , First edition
The power of reading is beautifully captured in this 2006 Newbery Honor-winning book. Bernie keeps a barn full of animals the rest of the world has no use for–two retired trotters, a rooster, some banty hens, and a Muscovy duck with clipped wings who calls herself The Lady. When the cat called Whittington shows up one day, it is to the Lady that he makes an appeal to secure a place in the barn. The Lady’s a little hesitant at … More
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Age
12+
Grade
7-9

Susan Campbell Bartoletti

Hitler Youth: Growing Up in Hitler's Shadow

Hardcover (April 1, 2005) , 1st edition
"I begin with the young. We older ones are used up . . . But my magnificent youngsters! Look at these men and boys! What material! With them, I can create a new world." --Adolf Hitler, Nuremberg 1933 By the time Hitler became Chancellor of Germany in 1933, 3.5 million children belonged to the Hitler Youth. It would become the largest youth group in history. Susan Campbell Bartoletti explores how Hitler gained the loyalty, trust, and passion of so many … More
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Age
10-13
Grade
4-6

Shannon Hale

Princess Academy: Palace of Stone

Hardcover (Aug. 21, 2012) , 1 edition

Coming down from the mountain to a new life in the city is a thrill to Miri. She and her princess academy friends have been brought to Asland to help the future princess Britta prepare for her wedding.There, Miri also has a chance to attend school-at the Queen's Castle. But as Miri befriends students who seem sophisticated and exciting she also learns that they have some frightening plans. Torn between loyalty to the princess and her new friends' ideas, between …

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Age
4-8
Grade
PK-3

Jacqueline Woodson, Hudson Talbott

Show Way

Hardcover (Sept. 8, 2005) , First Edition edition
Jacqueline Woodson is the 2018-2019 National Ambassador for Young People’s LiteratureWinner of a Newbery Honor!Soonie's great-grandma was just seven years old when she was sold to a big plantation without her ma and pa, and with only some fabric and needles to call her own. She pieced together bright patches with names like North Star and Crossroads, patches with secret meanings made into quilts called Show Ways -- maps for slaves to follow to freedom. When she grew up and … More
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Age
10-14
Grade
5-9

Cynthia Kadohata

Kira-Kira

Hardcover (Feb. 1, 2004) , 1st Edition edition
A Japanese-American family struggles to build a new life in the Deep South of Georgia in this luminous novel, winner of the Newbery Medal.kira-kira (kee' ra kee' ra): glittering; shining Glittering. That's how Katie Takeshima's sister, Lynn, makes everything seem. The sky is kira-kira because its color is deep but see-through at the same time. The sea is kira-kira for the same reason. And so are people's eyes. When Katie and her family move from a Japanese community in Iowa … More
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Age
10-13
Grade
5-6

Gennifer Choldenko

Al Capone Does My Shirts

Hardcover (March 30, 2004)
Moose Flannagan moves with his family to Alcatraz so his dad can work as a prison guard and his sister, Natalie, can attend a special school. But Natalie has autism, and when she's denied admittance to the school, the stark setting of Alcatraz begins to unravel the tenuous coping mechanisms Moose's family has used for dealing with her disorder.

When Moose meets Piper, the cute daughter of the Warden, he knows right off she's trouble. But she's also strangely irresistible. …

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Age
10-12
Grade
5-7

Russell Freedman

The Voice That Challenged a Nation: Marian Anderson and the Struggle for Equal Rights

Hardcover (May 25, 2004) , 2nd Print edition
"A voice like yours," celebrated conductor Arturo Toscanini told contralto Marian Anderson, "is heard once in a hundred years." This insightful account of the great African American vocalist considers her life and musical career in the context of the history of civil rights in this country. Drawing on Anderson's own writings and other contemporary accounts, Russell Freedman shows readers a singer pursuing her art despite the social constraints that limited the careers of black performers in the 1920s and 1930s. … More
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Age
10+
Grade
5+

Gary D. Schmidt

Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy

Hardcover (May 24, 2004) , First Edition edition
It only takes a few hours for Turner Buckminster to start hating Phippsburg, Maine. No one in town will let him forget that he's a minister's son, even if he doesn't act like one. But then he meets Lizzie Bright Griffin, a smart and sassy girl from a poor nearby island community founded by former slaves. Despite his father's-and the town's-disapproval of their friendship, Turner spends time with Lizzie, and it opens up a whole new world to him, filled … More
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Age
7-10
Grade
2-5

Kate DiCamillo, Timothy Basil Ering

The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread

Hardcover (Aug. 25, 2003) , 1st ed edition
The beloved author of Because of Winn-Dixie enlightens us with a tale of adventure, despair, love, and soup.Welcome to the story of Despereaux Tilling, a mouse who is in love with music, stories, and a princess named Pea. It is also the story of a rat called Roscuro, who lives in the darkness and covets a world filled with light. And it is the story of Miggery Sow, a slow-witted serving girl who harbors a simple, impossible wish. These three … More
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Age
8-12
Grade
5-7

Kevin Henkes

Olive's Ocean

Hardcover (Aug. 12, 2003) , 1st edition

"Olive Barstow was dead. She'd been hit by a car on Monroe Street while riding her bicycle weeks ago. That was about all Martha knew."

Martha Boyle and Olive Barstow could have been friends. But they weren't -- and now all that is left are eerie connections between two girls who were in the same grade at school and who both kept the same secret without knowing it.

Now Martha can't stop thinking about Olive. A family summer on Cape …

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Age
10-12
Grade
5-7

Jim Murphy

An American Plague: The True and Terrifying Story of the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793

Hardcover (June 23, 2003) , First Printing edition

1793, Philadelphia. The nation's capital and the largest city in North America is devastated by an apparently incurable disease, cause unknown . . .

In a powerful, dramatic narrative, critically acclaimed author Jim Murphy describes the illness known as yellow fever and the toll it took on the city's residents, relating the epidemic to the major social and political events of the day and to 18th-century medical beliefs and practices. Drawing on first-hand accounts, Murphy spotlights the heroic role of …

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Age
8-12
Grade
3-7

Avi

Crispin: The Cross of Lead

Hardcover (June 3, 2002) , First Edition edition
H "Avi's plot is engineered for maximum thrills, with twists, turns, and treachery aplenty. . . . A page-turner to delight Avi's fans, it will leave readers hoping for a sequel."-Publishers Weekly (starred review) H " . . . [T]he book is a page-turner from beginning to end . . . [A] meticulously crafted story, full of adventure, mystery, and action."-School Library Journal (starred review)"Historical fiction at its finest."-VOYA More
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Nancy Farmer

The House of the Scorpion

Hardcover (Sept. 1, 2002) , 1st edition
Series: National Book Award Winner for Young People's Literature, Newbery Honor Book, Printz Honor BookMatteo Alacrán was not born; he was harvested.His DNA came from El Patrón, lord of a country called Opium--a strip of poppy fields lying between the United States and what was once called Mexico. Matt's first cell split and divided inside a petri dish. Then he was placed in the womb of a cow, where he continued the miraculous journey from embryo to fetus to baby. … More
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Age
8-12
Grade
3-7

Patricia Reilly Giff

Pictures of Hollis Woods

Hardcover (Sept. 10, 2002) , First edition, third printing (stated) edition
This Newbery Honor book about a girl who has never known family fighting for her first true home “will leave readers . . . satisfied” (Kirkus Reviews). Hollis Woods is the place where a baby was abandoned is the baby’s name is an artist is now a twelve-year-old girl who’s been in so many foster homes she can hardly remember them all. When Hollis is sent to Josie, an elderly artist who is quirky and affectionate, she wants to stay. … More
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Age
12+
Grade
2-6

Carl Hiaasen

Hoot

Hardcover (Sept. 10, 2002) , 1 edition
This Newbery Honor-winning, hilarious Floridian adventure involves new kids, bullies, alligators, eco-warriors, pancakes, pint-sized owls, and more. A New York Times bestseller!Everybody loves Mother Paula’s pancakes. Everybody, that is, except the colony of cute but endangered owls that live on the building site of the new restaurant. Can the awkward new kid and his feral friend prank the pancake people out of town? Or is the owls’ fate cemented in pancake batter?“A wonderful tour de-force.” —The Boston Globe “A rollicking, … More
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Age
9-12
Grade
4-6

Ann M. Martin

A Corner Of The Universe

Hardcover (Oct. 1, 2002) , 1st edition
On the heels of her acclaimed novel BELLE TEAL, bestselling and beloved author Ann M. Martin presents a searing story about family ties and how they bind us.The summer Hattie turns 12, her predictable smalltown life is turned on end when her uncle Adam returns home for the first time in over ten years. Hattie has never met him, never known about him. He's been institutionalized; his condition invovles schizophrenia and autism.Hattie, a shy girl who prefers the company of … More
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Age
8-12
Grade
5-6

Stephanie S. Tolan

Surviving the Applewhites

Hardcover (Aug. 6, 2002) , First Edition edition

The side-splittingly funny Newbery Honor Book about a rebellious boy who is sent to a home-schooling program run by one family—the creative, kooky, loud, and loving Applewhites!

Jake Semple is notorious. Rumor has it he managed to get kicked out of every school in Rhode Island, and actually burned the last one down to the ground.

Only one place will take him now, and that's a home school run by the Applewhites, a chaotic and hilarious family of artists: poet …

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Age
10-12
Grade
5-7

Linda Sue Park

A Single Shard

Hardcover (April 23, 2001) , 4th edition

In this Newbery Medal-winning book set in 12th century Korea, Tree-ear, a 13-year-old orphan, lives under a bridge in Ch’ulp’o, a potters' village famed for delicate celadon ware. He has become fascinated with the potter’s craft; he wants nothing more than to watch master potter Min at work, and he dreams of making a pot of his own someday. When Min takes Tree-ear on as his helper, Tree-ear is elated — until he finds obstacles in his path: the backbreaking …

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Age
10-15
Grade
5-6

Polly Horvath

Everything on a Waffle

Hardcover (April 4, 2001) , 1st edition
By the author of The Trolls, a National Book Award Finalist.My name is Primrose Squarp. I am eleven years old. I have hair the color of carrots in apricot glaze (recipe to follow), skin fair and clear where it isn't freckled, and eyes like summer storms.Readers will know right from the start that the narrator of Everything on a Waffle is going to tell her story straight and pull no punches. Primrose's parents have been lost at sea, but she … More
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Age
10-14
Grade
5-9

Marilyn Nelson

Carver: A Life in Poems

Hardcover (April 9, 2001) , 1st edition
George Washington Carver was born a slave in Missouri about 1864 and was raised by the childless white couple who had owned his mother. In 1877 he left home in search of an education, eventually earning a master's degree. In 1896, Booker T. Washington invited Carver to start the agricultural department at the all-black-staffed Tuskegee Institute, where he spent the rest of his life seeking solutions to the poverty among landless black farmers by developing new uses for soil-replenishing crops … More
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Age
8-12
Grade
3-7

Richard Peck

A Year Down Yonder

Paperback (Nov. 21, 2002) , Reprint edition
A Newbery Medal WinnerRichard Peck's Newbery Medal-winning sequel to A Long Way from ChicagoMary Alice's childhood summers in Grandma Dowdel's sleepy Illinois town were packed with enough drama to fill the double bill of any picture show. But now she is fifteen, and faces a whole long year with Grandma, a woman well known for shaking up her neighbors-and everyone else! All Mary Alice can know for certain is this: when trying to predict how life with Grandma might turn … More
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Age
12+
Grade
7-9

Joan Bauer

Hope Was Here

Hardcover (Sept. 11, 2000) , First Edition edition
Readers fell in love with teenage waitress Hope Yancey when Joan Bauer’s Newbery Honor–winning novel was published ten years ago. Now, with a terrific new jacket and note from the author, Hope’s story will inspire a new group of teen readers. More
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Age
9-12
Grade
4-7

Kate DiCamillo

Because of Winn-Dixie

Hardcover (March 1, 2000) , 1st edition
An unforgettable first novel about coming of age one sweet summer—and learning to love what you have.The summer Opal and her father, the preacher, move to Naomi, Florida, Opal goes into the Winn-Dixie supermarket—and comes out with a dog. A big, ugly, suffering dog with a sterling sense of humor. A dog she dubs Winn-Dixie. Because of Winn-Dixie, the preacher tells Opal ten things about her absent mother, one for each year Opal has been alive. Winn-Dixie is better at … More
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Age
10-14
Grade
5-6

Jack Gantos

Joey Pigza Loses Control

Hardcover (Sept. 22, 2000)

The sequel to Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key, a National Book Award Finalist.

When Joey Pigza meets his dad for the first time in years, he meets a grown-up version of his old out-of-control self. Carter Pigza is as wired as Joey used to be -- before his stint in special ed, and before he got his new meds.

Joey's mom reluctantly agrees that he can stay with his dad for a summer visit, which sends Joey racing with sky-high …

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Age
8-12
Grade
3-7

Sharon Creech, David Diaz

The Wanderer

Hardcover (March 22, 2000)

Newbery Honor Book * ALA Notable Children's Book

“A beautifully written and imaginatively constructed novel that speaks to the power of survival and the delicacy of grief.” —School Library Journal (starred review)

This acclaimed bestselling Newbery Honor Book from multi-award-winning author Sharon Creech is a classic and moving story of adventure, self-discovery, and one girl's independence.

Thirteen-year-old Sophie hears the sea calling, promising adventure and a chance for discovery as she sets sail for England with her three uncles and …

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Age
10-12
Grade
5-6

Christopher Paul Curtis

Bud, Not Buddy

Hardcover (Sept. 7, 1999) , 1 edition

The Newbery Medal and Coretta Scott King Award-winning classic about a boy who decides to hit the road to find his father—from Christopher Paul Curtis, author of The Watsons Go To Birmingham—1963, a Newbery and Coretta Scott King Honoree. It’s 1936, in Flint Michigan. Times may be hard, and ten-year-old Bud may be a motherless boy on the run, but Bud’s got a few things going for him:1. He has his own suitcase full of special things.2. He’s the author …

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Age
10-13
Grade
5-8

Audrey Couloumbis

Getting Near to Baby

Library Binding (April 24, 2001)
After their baby sister dies, Willa Jo and Little Sister's family falls apart. Their mother sinks deep into an unshakable depression, so the two older girls are sent to live with their strict Aunt Patty and her husband. Since Little Sister refuses to talk, Willa Jo has to try and make things right in their new home, but she can't stop missing her mother or the life the four of them had before Baby died. Aunt Patty is trying as … More
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Age
8-12
Grade
3-7

Jennifer L Holm

Our Only May Amelia

Hardcover (June 4, 1999) , 1st edition

The beloved Newbery Honor book by the author of The Fourteenth Goldfish, about a spirited heroine growing up with trying circumstances, a sense of adventure, and tremendous heart.

It isn′t easy being a pioneer in the state of Washington in 1899. It′s particularly hard when you are the only girl ever born in the new settlement.

With seven older brothers and a love of adventure, May Amelia Jackson just can′t seem to abide her family′s insistence that she behave like …

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Age
7-10
Grade
2-5

Tomie dePaola

26 Fairmount Avenue

Hardcover (April 5, 1999)
Tomie dePaola's stories from the momentous year his family built their new house at 26 Fairmount Avenue highlight his wit, sense of humor, and strong family bonds. The book earned raves from reviewers of all ages and a Newbery Honor award. More
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