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Newbery Medal (1990-1999)

Newbery winner and honor books in the order of award years (1990-1999)

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Age
11-16
Grade
6+

Louis Sachar

Holes

Hardcover (Aug. 20, 1998) , 1st edition
A darkly humorous tale of crime and punishmentStanley Yelnat's family has a history of bad luck, so he isn't too surprised when a miscarriage of justice sends him to a boys' juvenile detention center, Camp Green Lake. There is no lake - it has been dry for over a hundred years - and it's hardly a camp. As punishment, the boys must each dig a hole a day, five feet deep, five feet across, in the hard earth of the … More
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Age
10+
Grade
5+

Richard Peck

A Long Way from Chicago: A Novel in Stories

Hardcover (Sept. 1, 1998) , 1st edition
What happens when Joey and his sister, Mary Alice -- two city slickers from Chicago -- make their annual summer visits to Grandma Dowdel's seemingly sleepy Illinois town? August 1929: They see their first corpse, and he isn't resting easy. August 1930: The Cowgill boys terrorize the town, and Grandma fights back. August 1931: Joey and Mary Alice help Grandma trespass, poach, catch the sheriff in his underwear, and feed the hungry -- all in one day. And there's more, … More
X
Age
9+
Grade
4-6

Karen Hesse

Out Of The Dust

Paperback (June 1, 2005)
U
Age
8-12
Grade
3-7

Gail Carson Levine

Ella Enchanted

Hardcover (April 25, 1997) , 1st edition

This beloved Newbery Honor-winning story about a feisty heroine is sure to enchant readers new and old.

At her birth, Ella of Frell receives a foolish fairy's gift—the “gift” of obedience. Ella must obey any order, whether it's to hop on one foot for a day and a half, or to chop off her own head! But strong-willed Ella does not accept her fate...

Against a bold backdrop of princes, ogres, giants, wicked stepsisters, and fairy godmothers, Ella goes on …

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Age
8-12
Grade
3-7

Patricia Reilly Giff

Lily's Crossing

Hardcover (Feb. 10, 1997)
This year, as in other years, Lily has planned a spectacular summer in Rockaway, in her family's cozy house on stilts over the Atlantic Ocean. But by the summer of 1944, World War II has changed almost everyone's life. Lily's best friend, Margaret, and her family have moved to a wartime factory town, and worse, much worse, Lily's father is on his way overseas to the war.There's no one else Lily's age in Rockaway until Albert comes, a refugee from … More
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Age
8-12
Grade
3-7

Jerry Spinelli

Wringer

Hardcover (Jan. 1, 1997) , 1st edition

Newbery Honor Book * ALA Notable Children's Book

"Deeply felt. Presents a moral question with great care and sensitivity." —The New York Times

"A spellbinding story about rites of passage." —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"A realistic story with the intensity of a fable." —The Horn Book (starred review)

"Thought-provoking." —School Library Journal (starred review)

In Palmer LaRue's hometown of Waymer, turning ten is the biggest event of a boy's life. But for Palmer, his tenth birthday is not something to …

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Age
8-12
Grade
4-6

E.L. Konigsburg

The View From Saturday

Hardcover (Sept. 1, 1996) , 1st ed edition
HOW HAD MRS. OLINSKI CHOSEN her sixth-grade Academic Bowl team? She had a number of answers. But were any of them true? How had she really chosen Noah and Nadia and Ethan and Julian? And why did they make such a good team? It was a surprise to a lot of people when Mrs. Olinski's team won the sixth-grade Academic Bowl contest at Epiphany Middle School. It was an even bigger surprise when they beat the seventh grade and the … More
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Age
8-12
Grade
3-7

Nancy Farmer

A Girl Named Disaster

Paperback (Jan. 1, 2012) , Reprint edition
This Newbery Honor book by award-winning, bestselling author Nancy Farmer is being reissued in paperback!Eleven-year-old Nhamo lives in a traditional village in Mozambique, where she doesn't quite fit in. When her family tries to force her into marrying a cruel man, she runs away to Zimbabwe, hoping to find the father she's never met. But what should have been a short boat trip across the border turns into a dangerous year-long adventure, and Nhamo must summon her innermost courage to … More
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Age
9-12
Grade
4-7

Eloise McGraw

The Moorchild

Paperback (Dec. 26, 2006) , Reprint edition
Half moorfolk and half human, and unable to shape-shift or disappear at will, Moql threatens the safety of the Band. So the Folk banish her and send her to live among humans as a changeling. Named Saaski by the couple for whose real baby she was swapped, she grows up taunted and feared by the villagers for being different, and is comfortable only on the moor, playing strange music on her bagpipes. As Saaski grows up, memories from her forgotten … More
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Megan Whalen Turner

The Thief

Hardcover (Oct. 31, 1996) , 1st Ed. edition

Discover the world of the Queen’s Thief

New York Times-bestselling author Megan Whalen Turner’s entrancing and award-winning Queen’s Thief novels bring to life the world of the epics and feature one of the most charismatic and incorrigible characters of fiction, Eugenides the thief. Megan Whalen Turner’s Queen’s Thief novels are rich with political machinations and intrigue, battles lost and won, dangerous journeys, divine intervention, power, passion, revenge, and deception. Perfect for fans of Leigh Bardugo, Marie Lu, Patrick Rothfuss, and …

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Age
8-12
Grade
3-7

Ruth White

Belle Prater's Boy

Paperback (Jan. 12, 1998) , Reissue edition
When Belle Prater disappears, Belle’s boy, Woodrow, comes to live with his grandparents in Coal Station, Virginia. Woodrow’s cousin Gypsy is the town beauty, but she has hidden sorrows and secrets of her own. She wonders how Woodrow can accept his mother’s disappearance when she’s never gotten over her father’s death. That’s when Woodrow tells Gypsy the secret about his mother. More
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Age
12+
Grade
7-9

Karen Cushman

The Midwife's Apprentice

Hardcover (March 27, 1995) , 1st edition
From the author of Catherine, Called Birdy comes another spellbinding novel set in medieval England. The girl known only as Brat has no family, no home, and no future until she meets Jane the Midwife and becomes her apprentice. As she helps the sharp-tempered Jane deliver babies, Brat--who renames herself Alyce--gains knowledge, confidence, and the courage to want something from life: "A full belly, a contented heart, and a place in this world." Medieval village life makes a lively backdrop … More
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Age
9+
Grade
4+

Carolyn Coman

What Jamie Saw

Hardcover (March 9, 1997)
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Age
8-12
Grade
3-7

Christopher Paul Curtis

The Watsons Go to Birmingham--1963

Paperback (Aug. 6, 2013) , Reissue edition
The Newbery and Coretta Scott King Honoree about the Weird Watsons of Flint, Michigan—from Christopher Paul Curtis, author of Bud, Not Buddy, a Newbery Medal and Coretta Scott Award Winner.Enter the hilarious world of ten-year-old Kenny and his family, the Weird Watsons of Flint, Michigan. There's Momma, Dad, little sister Joetta, and brother Byron, who's thirteen and an "official juvenile delinquent."When Byron gets to be too much trouble, they head South to Birmingham to visit Grandma, the one person who … More
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Age
8-12
Grade
3-7

Carol Fenner

Yolonda's Genius

Hardcover (May 1, 1995) , 1st edition
Fifth grader Yolonda determines to prove that her younger brother is not a slow learner but a true musical genius in this Newberry Honor Book from Carol Fenner.Yolanda is smart, tough, and big for her age. Back in Chicago where they used to live, everyone knew better than to mess with her or her little brother, Andrew. Andrew doesn’t talk very much and he can’t read, but he can create unbelievable music on the old harmonica their father left him. … More
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Age
9-12
Grade
4-7

Jim Murphy

The Great Fire

Hardcover (April 1, 1995)
The Great Fire of 1871 was one of most colossal disasters in American history. Overnight, the flourshing city of Chicago was transformed into a smoldering wasteland. The damage was so profound that few people believed the city could ever rise again.By weaving personal accounts of actual survivors together with the carefully researched history of Chicago and the disaster, Jim Murphy constructs a riveting narrative that recreates the event with drama and immediacy. And finally, he reveals how, even in a … More
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Age
8-12
Grade
3-7

Sharon Creech

Walk Two Moons

Hardcover (March 15, 1994) , 1st edition
Handpicked by Amazon kids’ books editor, Seira Wilson, for Prime Book Box – a children’s subscription that inspires a love of reading.

In her own singularly beautiful style, Newbery Medal winner Sharon Creech intricately weaves together two tales, one funny, one bittersweet, to create a heartwarming, compelling, and utterly moving story of love, loss, and the complexity of human emotion.

Thirteen-year-old Salamanca Tree Hiddle, proud of her country roots and the "Indian-ness in her blood," travels from Ohio to Idaho …

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Age
12+
Grade
7-9

Karen Cushman

Catherine, Called Birdy

Hardcover (May 23, 1994) , First Printing edition

Catherine, a spirited and inquisitive young woman of good family, narrates in diary form the story of her fourteenth year—the year 1290. A Newbery Honor Book.

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Age
12+
Grade
7-9

Nancy Farmer

The Ear, The Eye, And The Arm

Hardcover (March 1, 1994)
In 2194 in Zimbabwe, General Matsika's three children are kidnapped and put to work in a plastic mine while three mutant detectives use their special powers to search for them. More
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Age
12+
Grade
7-9

Lois Lowry

The Giver

Hardcover (Sept. 25, 2012) , Reissue edition

The Giver, the 1994 Newbery Medal winner, has become one of the most influential novels of our time. The haunting story centers on twelve-year-old Jonas, who lives in a seemingly ideal, if colorless, world of conformity and contentment. Not until he is given his life assignment as the Receiver of Memory does he begin to understand the dark, complex secrets behind his fragile community. Lois Lowry has written three companion novels to The Giver, including Gathering Blue, Messenger, and Son.

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Age
10-13
Grade
5-8

Jane Leslie Conly

Crazy Lady!

Library Binding (March 1, 1995) , Harper Trophy edition
Receiving less and less attention from his widowed father, Vernon joins with his friends as they ridicule the neighborhood outcasts--Maxine, an alcoholic prone to public displays of outrageous behavior, and Ronald, her retarded son. Then social services trys to put Ronald into a special home, and Vernon finds himself fighting the agency. More
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Age
7-10
Grade
2-5

Laurence Yep

Dragon's Gate

Hardcover (Nov. 19, 1993) , 1st edition
'In rural China in 1865, 14-year-old Otter eagerly sails to California to join his father and legendary uncle on the transcontinental railroad. On a freezing, snow-filled mountain in the Sierras, Otter begins his harrowing journey toward self-knowledge. An engaging survival-adventure story, a social history, a heroic quest.'--BL. 'Told with humanity and compassion... a tribute to the survival and courage of these immigrants.'--1994 Newbery Committee. 1994 Newbery Honor Book Notable Children's Books of 1994 (ALA) 1994 Books for the Teen Age … More
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Age
8-12
Grade
4-6

Russell Freedman

Eleanor Roosevelt: A Life of Discovery

Hardcover (Aug. 15, 1993)
The intriguing story of Eleanor Roosevelt traces the life of the former First Lady from her early childhood through the tumultuous years in the White House to her active role in the founding of the United Nations after World War II. A Newberry Honor Book. More
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Age
12+
Grade
4-6

Cynthia Rylant

Missing May

Hardcover (March 1, 1992) , First Edition edition
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 More
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Age
10+
Grade
4-6

Bruce Brooks

What Hearts

Paperback (Nov. 1, 1992) , 1st edition
After his mother divorces his father and remarries, Asa's sharp intellect and capacity for forgiveness help him deal with the instabilities of his new world More
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Age
8-12
Grade
3-7

Patricia McKissack, Brian Pinkney

The Dark-Thirty: Southern Tales of the Supernatural

Hardcover (Aug. 22, 1992) , 1st edition
With an extraordinary gift for suspense, McKissack brings us ten original, spine-tingling tales inspired by African American history and the mystery of that eerie half hour before nightfall—the dark-thirty. More
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Age
12+
Grade
7-9

Walter Dean Myers

Somewhere in the Darkness

Hardcover (May 1, 1992) , Library Binding edition
Jimmy Little's life is turned upside down when his dying father reenters his life and takes Jimmy on a cross-country journey to clear his name of the crimes he is reputed to have committed. More
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Age
8-12
Grade
3-7

Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

Shiloh

Hardcover (Sept. 30, 1991) , Repackage ed. edition
Eleven-year-old Marty Preston loves to spend time up in the hills behind his home near Friendly, West Virginia. Sometimes he takes his .22 rifle to see what he can shoot, like some cans lined up on a rail fence. Other times he goes up early in the morning just to sit and watch the fox and deer. But one summer Sunday, Marty comes across something different on the road just past the old Shiloh schoolhouses -- a young beagle -- … More
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Age
12+
Grade
7-9

Avi

Nothing but the Truth: A Documentary Novel

Mass Market Paperback (Sept. 1, 1993) , Reprint edition
Patriotism or practical joke?

Harrison, NH -- Ninth-grade student Philip Malloy was suspended from school for singing along to The Star-Spangled Banner in his homeroom, causing what his teacher, Margaret Narwin, called "a disturbance." But was he standing up for his patriotic ideals, only to be squelched by the school system? Was Ms. Narwin simply trying to be a good teacher? Or could it all be just a misunderstanding gone bad -- very bad? What is the truth here? Can …

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Russell Freedman

The Wright Brothers: How They Invented the Airplane

Paperback (April 1, 1993)
Follows the lives of the Wright brothers and describes how they developed the first airplane. More
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Age
10-13
Grade
3-7

Jerry Spinelli

Maniac Magee

Hardcover (April 2, 1990) , 1st edition
Handpicked by Amazon kids’ books editor, Seira Wilson, for Prime Book Box – a children’s subscription that inspires a love of reading.A Newbery Medal winning modern classic about a racially divided small town and a boy who runs. Jeffrey Lionel "Maniac" Magee might have lived a normal life if a freak accident hadn't made him an orphan. After living with his unhappy and uptight aunt and uncle for eight years, he decides to run--and not just run away, but run. … More
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Age
12+
Grade
7+

Avi

True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle: Literature Connections

Hardcover (Oct. 30, 1997)
Contains: The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle; Mary Patten from Searfaring Women; Two Years Before the Mast; Walking the Trestle; The Princess and the Admiral; This Morning there were Rainbows in the Sprinklers More
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Age
10-12
Grade
5-7

Lois Lowry

Number the Stars

Hardcover (April 24, 1989) , First Printing edition

As the German troops begin their campaign to "relocate" all the Jews of Denmark, Annemarie Johansen’s family takes in Annemarie’s best friend, Ellen Rosen, and conceals her as part of the family.

Through the eyes of ten-year-old Annemarie, we watch as the Danish Resistance smuggles almost the entire Jewish population of Denmark, nearly seven thousand people, across the sea to Sweden. The heroism of an entire nation reminds us that there was pride and human decency in the world even …

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Age
8-12
Grade
3-7

Janet Taylor Lisle

Afternoon of the Elves

Hardcover (May 16, 2017)
A Newbery Honor Book An American Library Association Notable Children’s Book A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year Janet Taylor Lisle’s captivating Newbery Honor book explores how, like friendship, magic can emerge when you least expect it—and when you need it most. All you have to do is look deep.Anything might happen in Sara-Kate’s backyard. For that matter, anything was happening. For nine-year-old Hillary Lenox, being friends with Sara-Kate Connolly is a complicated business. Sara-Kate’s clothes don’t match, … More
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Age
12-17
Grade
7-12

Suzanne Fisher Staples

Shabanu: Daughter of the Wind

Paperback (Sept. 11, 2012) , Reprint edition
The Newbery Honor winner about a heroic Pakistani girl that The Boston Globe called “Remarkable . . . a riveting tour de force.” Life is both sweet and cruel to strong-willed young Shabanu, whose home is the windswept Cholistan Desert of Pakistan. The second daughter in a family with no sons, she’s been allowed freedoms forbidden to most Muslim girls. But when a tragic encounter with a wealthy and powerful landowner ruins the marriage plans of her older sister, Shabanu … More
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Age
12+
Grade
7-9

G Paulsen, G. Paulsen

The Winter Room

Hardcover (Sept. 1, 1989) , n Later printing edition
A young boy growing up on a northern Minnesota farm describes the scenes around him and recounts his old Norwegian uncle's tales of an almost mythological logging past More
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