Favorite Newbery Award Winners

Flora & Ulysses
Flora & Ulysses The Illuminated Adventures By DiCamillo, Kate Book - 2013 DiCamillo, Kate Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 25 copies

Annotation:2014 Medal Winner. The story of Flora Belle Buckman and her "super hero" squirrel Ulysses who gained super powers after being half swallowed by a vacuum cleaner.

Bomb The Race to Build and Steal the World's Most Dangerous Weapon By Sheinkin, Steve Book - 2012 623.4 SHEINKIN 2012 Available in some locations

Annotation:2013 Honor Book. This is the story of the plotting, the risk-taking, the deceit, and genius that created the world's most formidable weapon. This is the story of the atomic bomb.

Because of Winn-Dixie
Because of Winn-Dixie By DiCamillo, Kate Book - 2000 DiCamillo, Kate Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 14 copies

Annotation:2001 Honor Book. Warm and funny tale of a motherless girl in a new town and the dog who changes her life.

Dead End in Norvelt
Dead End in Norvelt By Gantos, Jack Book - 2011 Gantos, Jack Available in some locations

Annotation:2012 Medal Winner. Jack's plans for vacation excitement are shot down when he is “grounded for life” by his feuding parents,

Charlotte's Web
Charlotte's Web By White, E. B. Book - 1952 WHITE Available in some locations

Annotation:1953 Honor Book. This is a children's classic, the still-beloved story of the spider who was a good friend and a good writer.

Three Times Lucky
Three Times Lucky By Turnage, Sheila Book - 2012 Turnage, Sheila Available in some locations Holds: 2 on 27 copies

Annotation:2013 Honor Book. Miss Moses LoBeau washed ashore in a hurricane eleven years ago, and she's been making waves ever since.

The Giver
The Giver By Lowry, Lois Book - 1993 Lowry, Lois Available in some locations Holds: 5 on 59 copies

Annotation:1994 Medal winner. Readers still argue about the ending of this disturbing story of a "perfect" society.

The Graveyard Book
The Graveyard Book By Gaiman, Neil Book - 2008 Gaiman, Neil Available in some locations

Annotation:2009 Medal Winner. Great characters in this -- the hero, who lives in a graveyard; his enemies, who have supernatural powers; and his mostly dead and undead friends.

Hatchet By Paulsen, Gary Book - 1987 Paulsen, Gary Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 19 copies

Annotation:1988 Honor Book. Could you survive alone in the wilderness?

The One and Only Ivan
The One and Only Ivan By Applegate, Katherine Book - 2012 Applegate, Katherine Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 28 copies

Annotation:2013 Medal Winner. After 27 of captivity in his enclosure in a shopping mall, Ivan has accepted his life. But when he meets Ruby, a baby elephant taken from the wild, he is forced to see their home, and his art, through new eyes.

Holes By Sachar, Louis Book - 1998 Sachar, Louis Available in some locations

Annotation:1999 Medal winner. People used to say kids couldn't handle a book like this -- one that goes back and forth in time, one with a complicated puzzle at its heart. They were wrong. Kids handle it just fine.

The Long Winter
The Long Winter By Wilder, Laura Ingalls Book - 2003 J WILDER Available in some locations

Annotation:1941 Honor Book. These are Wilder's vivid memories of a winter when the train couldn't get through and food was running out in her little prairie town.The Newbery Award honored many of the other books in the Little House series as well.

Moon Over Manifest
Moon Over Manifest By Vanderpool, Clare Book - 2010 Vanderpool, Clare Available in some locations

Annotation:2011 Newbery Medal Winner This story of a young girl gradually discovering her father's story gets better and better as you turn the pages.

Number the Stars
Number the Stars By Lowry, Lois Book - 1989 Lowry, Lois Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 14 copies

Annotation:1990 Medal Winner. A Holocaust story of heart-pounding danger.

Splendors and Glooms
Splendors and Glooms By Schlitz, Laura Amy Book - 2012 Schlitz, Laura Amy Available in some locations

Annotation:2013 Honor Book. Clara Wintermute, the only child of a wealthy doctor, is spellbound by Master Puppeteer Grisini’s act and invites him to entertain at her birthday party. This sets off a series of events beyond her control.

Sarah, Plain and Tall
Sarah, Plain and Tall By MacLachlan, Patricia Book - 1985 MacLachlan, Patricia Available in some locations

Annotation:1986 Medal Winner. A warm family story about two children and their father's mail-order bride.

Shiloh By Naylor, Phyllis Reynolds Book - 1991 Naylor, Phyllis Available in some locations

Annotation:1992 Medal winner. What do you do when you love a dog who belongs to someone abusive and scary?

The Tale of Despereaux
The Tale of Despereaux Being the Story of A Mouse, A Princess, Some Soup, and A Spool of Thread By DiCamillo, Kate Book - 2003 DiCamillo, Kate Available in some locations

Annotation:2004 Medal Winner. The subtitle says it all.

Volcano The Eruption and Healing of Mount St. Helens By Lauber, Patricia Book - 1986 551.2109 LAUBER Available in some locations

Annotation:1987 Honor Book. This is true, and fascinating, and really, really well-written.

The Watsons Go to Birmingham--1963
The Watsons Go to Birmingham--1963 By Curtis, Christopher Paul Book - 1995 Curtis, Christopher Paul Available in some locations

Annotation:1996 Honor Book. This should have won the medal. One kid said about "weird Watsons" of Flint Michigan "I wish I really knew those guys. I want to hang out at their house."

When You Reach Me
When You Reach Me By Stead, Rebecca Book - 2009 Stead, Rebecca Available in some locations

Annotation:2010 Medal Winner. Mysterious messages appearing in impossible places don't make any sense -- until you accept that time travel may be real.

A Wrinkle in Time
A Wrinkle in Time By L'Engle, Madeleine Book - 2005 LENGLE All copies in use Availability details Holds: 1 on 1 copy

Annotation:1963 Medal winner. Three kids, a missing father, strange and magical helpers, and a fantastic trip through time and space.

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