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Newbery Award Winners

Description: The Newbery Medal is awarded annually to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children. Included are the medal winner for each year, plus Honor books that are in the collection. #award #kids


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The Horsecatcher

by Mari Sandoz

Praised for swift action and beauty of language, The Horsecatcher is Mari Sandoz's first novel about the Indians she knew so well. Without ever leaving the world of a Cheyenne tribe in the 1830s, she creates a youthful protagonist many readers will recognize in themselves. Young Elk is expected to be a warrior, but killing even an enemy sickens him. He would rather catch and tame the mustangs that run in herds. Sandoz makes it clear that his determination to be a horsecatcher will require a moral and physical courage equal to that of any warrior. And if he must earn the right to live as he wishes, he must also draw closer to family and community.

Newbery Medal Honor Book

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Year: 1958

Award: Honors Book

Tom Paine

by Leo Gurko

"These are the times that try men's souls..."

It was September 1776; and by the flickering light of an army campfire, a man sat on a hogshead writing.

His name was Tom Paine. This dramatic biography is his story. In 1774, totally unknown to the world, he arrived in America from England with only the clothes on his back, his one tangible asset a letter of introduction from Benjamin Franklin. Then he published his pamphlet, Common Sense; and the name, Tom Paine, became not only a household word from Massachusetts to the Carolinas, but a name that aroused violent feeling three thousand miles away in England.

The complex nature of Paine's character is revealed with clarity and objectivity. "I have heard two opinions of you, Mr. Paine," said Benjamin Franklin. "Men like Jefferson and Monroe swear by you and think you're the ablest man writing for the American cause. Others, like Gouverneur Morris, think a low dog, say that you consort with riffraff, and are only a troublemaker."

Born in England, Tom Paine supported American rebellion. Raised a Quaker, he urged war. He was a diplomat too blunt to negotiate subtly; a man who secured a loan of eight million dollars from France but was unable to manage his own financial affairs. In 1776 he was the adored champion of the American Revolution; by 1784 he was largely ignored and without funds, and was later left to languish in a French prison.

Dr. Gurko has brought his skill as a writer and a thorough knowledge of the revolutionary period to this definitive work on one of America's most provocative figures.

Newbery Medal Honor book

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Year: 1958

Award: Honors Book

Gone-Away Lake

by Elizabeth Enright

It all starts when Julian and Portia--two cousins--discover Gone-Away Lake-- a village of deserted old houses on a muddy overgrown swamp, and soon they are spending as much of their time as possible there.

Newbery Medal Honor book.

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Year: 1958

Award: Honors Book

Miracles on Maple Hill

by Virginia Sorensen and Joe Krush

Marly's father came back from the war a different man. Something inside him seems as cold and dead as the winter world outside. But when the family moves to Grandma's old house on Maple Hill, miracles begin to happen. The sap in the trees begins to rise, the leaves begin to turn, and Marly's father starts to bloom again, like the world around them.

Newbery Medal Winner

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Year: 1957

Award: Medal Winner

The Corn Grows Ripe

by Dorothy Rhoads

When his father is badly injured in an accident, a young Mayan boy called Tigre wonders who will plant and harvest the corn that they need to survive--and to please the Mayan gods. Twelve-year-old Tigre has never done a man's work before. Now he will have to take his father's place.

Newbery Medal Honor book

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Year: 1957

Award: Honors Book

The House of Sixty Fathers

by Meindert Dejong

Tien Pao is all alone in enemy territory. Only a few days before, his family had escaped from the Japanese army, fleeing downriver by boat. Then came the terrible rainstorm. Tien Pao was fast asleep in the little sampan when the boat broke loose from its moorings and drifted right back to the Japanese soldiers. With only his lucky pig for company, Tien Pao must begin a long and dangerous journey in search of his home and family.

Newbery Medal Honor book

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Year: 1957

Award: Honors Book

Old Yeller

by Fred Gipson

At first, Travis couldn't stand the sight of Old Yeller

The stray dog was ugly, and a thieving rascal, too. But he sure was clever, and a smart dog could be a big help on the wild Texas frontier, especially with Papa away on a long cattle drive up to Abilene.

Strong and courageous, Old Yeller proved that he could protect Travis's family from any sort of danger. But can Travis do the same for Old Yeller?

Newbery Medal Honors book

Winner of Pacific Northwest Library Association’s Young Reader’s Choice Award

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Year: 1957

Award: Honors Book

Carry On, Mr. Bowditch

by Jean Lee Latham

"Nat” was an eighteenth-century nautical wonder and mathematical wizard.

Nathaniel Bowditch grew up in a sailor’s world—Salem in the early days, when tall-masted ships from foreign ports crowded the wharves. But Nat didn’t promise to have the makings of a sailor; he was too physically small. Nat may have been slight of build, but no one guessed that he had the persistence and determination to master sea navigation in the days when men sailed only by “log, lead, and lookout.” Nat’s long hours of study and observation, collected in his famous work, The American Practical Navigator (also known as the “Sailors’ Bible”), stunned the sailing community and made him a New England hero.

Newbery Medal Winner

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Year: 1956

Award: Medal Winner

The Wheel on the School

by Meindert Dejong

Why do the storks no longer come to the little Dutch fishing village of Shora to nest? It was Lina, one of the six schoolchildren who first asked the question, and she set the others to wondering. And sometimes when you begin to wonder, you begin to make things happen. So the children set out to bring the storks back to Shora. The force of their vision put the whole village to work until at last the dream began to come true.

Winner, 1955 Newbery Medal

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Year: 1955

Award: Medal Winner

The Courage of Sarah Noble

by Alice Dalgliesh and Leonard Weisgard

In 1707, young Sarah Noble and her father traveled through the wilderness to build a new home for their family. "Keep up your courage, Sarah Noble," her mother had said, but Sarah found that it was not always easy to feel brave inside. The dark woods were full of animals and Indians, too, and Sarah was only eight!

The true story of Sarah's journey is inspiring. And as she cares for her father and befriends her Indian neighbors, she learns that to be afraid and to be brave is the greatest courage of all.

Newbery Medal Honor Book

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Year: 1955

Award: Honors Book

Banner in the Sky

by James Ramsey Ullman

The Citadel

It stands unconquered, the last great summit of the Alps. Only one man has ever dared to approach the top, and that man died in his pursuit. He was Josef Matt, Rudi Matt's father.

At sixteen, Rudi is determined to pay tribute to the man he never knew, and complete the quest that claimed his father's life. And so, taking his father's red shirt as a flag, he heads off to face the earth's most challenging peak. But before Rudi can reach the top, he must pass through the forbidden Fortress, the gaping chasm in the high reaches of the Citadel where his father met his end. Rudi has followed Josef's footsteps as far as they will take him. Now he must search deep within himself to find the strength for the final ascent to the summit -- to plant his banner in the sky.

His father died while trying to climb Switzerland's greatest mountain -- the Citadel -- and young Rudi knows he must make the assault himself.

Newbery Medal Honor Book

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Year: 1955

Award: Honors Book

...And Now Miguel

by Joseph Krumgold

This is the story of twelve-year-old Miguel Chavez, who yearns in his heart to go with the men of his family on a long and hard sheep drive to the mountains. When his prayer is finally answered, a disturbing and dangerous exchange follows. This is a Newbery Award Winner.

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Year: 1954

Award: Medal Winner

Hurry Home, Candy

by Meindert Dejong

The dog was lost. He had no name, and no one to love him. He has only the silent, empty countryside, and a few crumbs and bare bones he could pick up. He had only himself, and he was afraid. Along the way, the little dog found a few friends, people who gave him shelter for a while, but always he moved on -- until he found a place he could call home forever.

Newbery Medal Honor Book

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Year: 1954

Award: Honors Book

All Alone

by Claire Huchet Bishop

Oloo!-Oo-oo-oop!-ooooo! All alone, high on the slope of the Little Giant in the French Alps of Saucie, ten-year-old Marcel yodeled to keep himself company. Like other boys in his village, Marcel would have to look over the family's cows during the summer; and the flexible, age-old rule was, "Don't visit, keep to yourself, mind your own business, attend to your own cows and nothing else." If it were not for the Oloooo! of another boy yodeling in the distance, this might have been a quiet summer for Marcel. Instead, it was the beginning of an incredible adventure.

Newbery Medal Honor Book

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Year: 1954

Award: Honors Book

Shadrach

by Meindert Dejong

Even after Davie had had the little black rabbit, Shadrach, for several weeks, it was still almost unbelievable. Every morning when Davie woke up it was a miracle all over again -- there in his grandfather's barn sat a wriggle black rabbit, and it was his. David had never been happier...until the day Shadrach slipped through the stats of his hutch and disappeared.

Newbery Medal Honor book.

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Year: 1954

Award: Honors Book

Secret of the Andes

by Ann Nolan Clark

Cusi, a modern Inca boy, leaves his home highe in the Andes mountains to learn the mysterious secret of his ancient ancestors. He slowly discovers the truth about his birth and his people's ancient glory.

Newbery Medal Winner

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Year: 1953

Award: Medal Winner

The Bears on Hemlock Mountain

by Alice Dalgliesh and Helen Sewell

"There are no bears on Hemlock Mountain, No bears, no bears at all..."

Or so young Jonathan is told by the grown-ups as he sets out alone over Hemlock Mountain. But as Jonathan discovers on that cold winter night, grown-ups don't always know...

And there are bears on Hemlock Mountain

Newbery Medal Honor Book

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Year: 1953

Award: Honors Book

Red Sails to Capri

by Ann Weil

The minute he saw the boat with the red sails moving into the harbor, Michele knew that something exciting was going to happen. It was the biggest and most beautiful ship fourteen-year-old Michele had ever seen. Sailing on the ship were three men who would come to stay at Michele's parents' inn. The men said they were searching - one for beauty, one for adventure, and one for "something difficult to explain." What they brought with them was a mystery and adventure that would change Michele's life - and all of Capri - forever.

Newbery Medal Honor Book

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Year: 1953

Award: Honors Book

Charlotte's Web

by E. B. White

Some Pig. Humble. Radiant. These are the words in Charlotte's web, high up in Zuckerman's barn. Charlotte's spiderweb tells of her feelings for a little pig named Wilbur, who simply wants a friend. They also express the love of a girl named Fern, who saved Wilbur's life when he was born the runt of his litter.

This is a tender novel of friendship, family, and adventure that will continue to be enjoyed by generations to come.

Newbery Honor book

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Year: 1953

Award: Honors Book

Moccasin Trail

by Eloise Jarvis Mcgraw

Jim Keath has lived for 6 years as a Crow Indian when he learns that his siblings are journeying west to take up land.

Newbery Medal Honor book

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Year: 1953

Award: Honors Book

Ginger Pye

by Eleanor Estes

Ginger Pye is a warm, witty mystery set in a small-town American community.

Ginger Pye, the star of the show, is the very smart dog that ten-year-old Jerry Pye buys for a hard-earned dollar. The most famous pup in Cranbury (a town between Boston and New York), Ginger knows many tricks, is as loyal as he is smart, and steals the hearts of everyone he meets... until someone steals him!

Will Jerry and his sister Rachel ever be able to find their beloved terrier?

Newbery Medal Winner

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Year: 1952

Award: Medal Winner

The Defender

by Nicholas Kalashnikoff

Turgen, a shepherd in northeastern Siberia, defends the wild mountain rams and befriends a widow and her children.

A Newbery Honor Book.

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Year: 1952

Award: Honors Book

The Apple and the Arrow

by Mary Buff and Conrad Buff

The year is 1291, and Walter is the twelve-year-old son of William Tell, the greatest bowman in the land of Uri. Walter lives happily in the remote heights of the Alpine Mountains, caring for his family’s goat herd and practicing his marksmanship in the hopes of making his father proud. But as the end of the year approaches, Walter’s peaceful life is shaken as his country enters a revolution, and Walter must carry a secret that could threaten the life of the father he loves so dearly.

More than seven hundred years have passed since the day Walter stood in the marketplace balancing an apple on his head while the Austrian tyrant Gessler commanded Walter’s father, William Tell, to take aim at the apple with his great crossbow. The dramatic tale of William’s arrest and escape and the daring revolt of the Swiss against the Austrians has become a legend around the world.

Newbery Medal Honor Book.

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Year: 1952

Award: Honors Book

Minn of the Mississippi

by Holling Clancy Holling

A turtle hatched at the source of the Mississippi is carried through the heart of America to the Gulf of Mexico. This book is about the river and the turtle in it.

Newbery Medal Honor book.

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Year: 1952

Award: Honors Book

The Light at Tern Rock

by Julia L. Sauer

Ronnie and his aunt are tending the Tern Rock lighthouse while the keeper takes a vacation. Ronnie loves living in the lighthouse, and looks forward to telling his family about it at Christmas. But the days go by, and the lighthouse keeper doesn't return to take them home...

A Newbery Honor Book.

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Year: 1952

Award: Honors Book


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