The City Library: Library Journal's Library of the Year 2006
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Newbery Medal Winners
When You Reach Me
2010 Newbery Winner. As her mother prepares to be a contestant on the 1980s 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.
The Graveyard Book
2009 Newbery Winner. An orphaned boy is raised by ghosts and other denizens of the graveyard.
Good Masters! Sweet Ladies!: voices from a medieval village
2008 Newbery Winner. 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.
The Higher Power of Lucky
2007 Newbery Winner. Fearing that her legal guardian plans to abandon her to return to France, ten-year-old aspiring scientist Lucky Trimble determines to run away while also continuing to seek the Higher Power that will bring stability to her life.
2006 Newbery Winner. 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.
2005 Newbery Winner. 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.
The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread
2004 Newbery Winner. 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.
Crispin: The Cross of Lead
2003 Newbery Winner. Branded as traitors by the king's authorities, Crispin and his guardian, Bear, flee to coastal towns in fourteenth-century England, where they perform a musical juggling act and bond as a family after befriending a disfigured girl.
A Single Shard
2002 Newbery Winner. 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.
A Year Down Yonder
2001 Newbery Winner. 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 this fearsome woman.
Bud, Not Buddy
2000 Newbery Winner. 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.
1999 Newbery Winner. As further evidence of his family'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 himself.
Out of the Dust
1998 Newbery Winner. 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.
The View from Saturday
1997 Newbery Winner. Four students, with their own individual stories, develop a special bond and attract the attention of their teacher, a paraplegic, who choses them to represent their sixth-grade class in the Academic Bowl competition.
The Midwife's Apprentice
1996 Newbery Winner. In medieval England, a nameless, homeless girl is taken in by a sharp-tempered midwife, and in spite of obstacles and hardship, eventually gains the three things she most wants: a full belly, a contented heart, and a place in this world.
Walk Two Moons
1995 Newbery Winner. 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.
1994 Newbery Winner. Given his lifetime assignment at the Ceremony of Twelve, Jonas becomes the receiver of memories shared by only one other in his community and discovers the terrible truth about the society in which he lives.
1993 Newbery Winner. 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.
1992 Newbery Winner. 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.
1991 Newbery Winner. After his parents die, Jeffrey Lionel Magee's life becomes legendary, as he accomplishes athletic and other feats which awe his contemporaries.
Number the Stars
1990 Newbery Winner. In 1943, during the German occupation of Denmark, ten-year-old Annemarie learns how to be brave and courageous when she helps shelter her Jewish friend from the Nazis.
Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices
1989 Newbery Winner. A collection of poems describing the characteristics and activities of a variety of insects.
Lincoln: A Photobiography
1988 Newbery Winner. Photographs and text trace the life of the Civil War President.
The Whipping Boy
1987 Newbery Winner. A bratty prince and his whipping boy have many adventures when they inadvertently trade places after becoming involved with dangerous outlaws.
Sarah, Plain and Tall
1986 Newbery Winner. When their father invites a mail-order bride to come live with them in their prairie home, Caleb and Anna are captivated by their new mother and hope that she will stay.
The Hero and the Crown
1985 Newbery Winner. Aerin, with the guidance of the wizard Luthe and the help of the blue sword, wins the birthright due her as the daughter of the Damarian king and a witchwoman of the mysterious, demon-haunted North.
Dear Mr. Henshaw
1984 Newbery Winner. In his letters to his favorite author, ten-year-old Leigh reveals his problems in coping with his parents' divorce, being the new boy in school, and generally finding his own place in the world.
1983 Newbery Winner. Now that the four abandoned Tillerman children are settled in with their grandmother, Dicey finds that their new beginnings require love, trust, humor, and courage.
A Visit to William Blake's Inn: Poems for Innocent and Experienced Travelers
1982 Newbery Winner.
Jacob Have I Loved
1981 Newbery Winner. Feeling deprived all her life of schooling, friends, mother, and even her name by her twin sister, Louise finally begins to find her identity.
A Gathering of Days: A New England Girl's Journal, 1830-1832
1980 Newbery Winner. The journal of a fourteen-year-old girl, kept the last year she lived on the family farm, records daily events in her small New Hampshire town, her father's remarriage, and the death of her best friend.
The Westing Game
1979 Newbery Winner. The mysterious death of an eccentric millionaire brings together an unlikely assortment of heirs who must uncover the circumstances of his death before they can claim their inheritance.
Bridge to Terabithia
1978 Newbery Winner. The life of a ten-year-old boy in rural Virginia expands when he becomes friends with a newcomer who subsequently meets an untimely death trying to reach their hideaway, Terabithia, during a storm.
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
1977 Newbery Winner. A black family living in the South during the 1930's are faced with prejudice and discrimination which their children don't understand.
The Grey King
1976 Newbery Winner. A strange boy and dog remind Will Stanton that he is an immortal, whose quest is to find the golden harp which will rouse others from a long slumber in the Welsh hills so they may prepare for the ultimate battle of Light versus Dark.
M. C. Higgins, the Great
1975 Newbery Winner. As a slag heap, the result of strip mining, creeps closer to his house in the Ohio hills, fifteen-year-old M. C. is torn between trying to get his family away and fighting for the home they love.
The Slave Dancer
1974 Newbery Winner. Kidnapped by the crew of an Africa-bound ship, a thirteen-year-old boy discovers to his horror that he is on a slaver and his job is to play music for the exercise periods of the human cargo.
Julie of the Wolves
1973 Newbery Winner. While running away from home and an unwanted marriage, a thirteen-year-old Eskimo girl becomes lost on the North Slope of Alaska and is befriended by a wolf pack.
Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH
1972 Newbery Winner. Mrs. Frisby, a field mouse, must get her home out of the way of a farmer's plow. How she solves her dilemma make a delightful combination of fantasy and science fiction.
Summer of the Swans
1971 Newbery Winner. A teen-age girl gains new insight into herself and her family when her mentally retarded brother gets lost.
1970 Newbery Winner. The bittersweet tale of a man whose life is changed forever when he is caught stealing to feed his family. His dog, Sounder, is wounded in the incident and waits faithfully for his master to return.
The High King
1969 Newbery Winner. In this final part of the chronicle of Prydain the forces of good and evil meet in an ultimate confrontation, which determines the fate of Taran, the Assistant Pig-Keeper who wanted to be a hero.
From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
1968 Newbery Winner. A girl and her younger brother run away from home and take up residence at the Metropolitan Museum where they come across a beautiful and mysterious statue. Determined to discover its maker, they first have to find the statue's former owner, the reclusive and mischievous Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, and then sort through her incredibly mixed-up files.
Up a Road Slowly
1967 Newbery Winner. After her mother's death, Julie goes to live with Aunt Cordelia, a spinster schoolteacher, where she experiences many emotions and changes as she grows from seven to eighteen.
I, Juan de Pareja
1966 Newbery Winner. Juan de Pareja, the slave who prepares the paints and canvases of the artist Velázquez, describes his work with his master and the climate of Spanish court life.
Shadow of a Bull
1965 Newbery Winner. Manolo Olivar has to make a decision: to follow in his famous father's shadow and become a bullfighter, or to follow his instinct and become a doctor.
It's Like This, Cat
1964 Newbery Winner. When Dave gets a cat from Aunt Kate, he gets a new best friend who leads him on a variety of adventures as he matures socially and mentally and learns to appreciate his parents.
A Wrinkle in Time
1963 Newbery Winner. Meg Murry and her friends become involved with unearthly strangers and a search for Meg's father, who has disappeared while engaged in secret work for the government.
The Bronze Bow
1962 Newbery Winner. When the Romans brutally kill Daniel bar Jamin's father, the young Palestinian searches for a leader to drive them out, but comes to realize that love may be a more powerful weapon than hate.
Island of the Blue Dolphins
1961 Newbery Winner. Left alone on a beautiful but isolated island off the coast of California, a young Indian girl spends eighteen years, not only merely surviving through her enormous courage and self-reliance, but also finding a measure of happiness in her solitary life.
1960 Newbery Winner. His friendship with the town odd-jobs man, Onion John, causes a conflict between Andy and his father.
The Witch of Blackbird Pond
1959 Newbery Winner. In 1687 in Connecticut, Kit Tyler, feeling out of place in the Puritan household of her aunt, befriends an old woman considered a witch by the community and suddenly finds herself standing trial for witchcraft.
Rifles for Watie
1958 Newbery Winner. Kansas sixteen-year-old Jeff Bussey is thrilled to join the Union army so he can fight against the Confederates, but he faces a difficult decision when he is sent to infiltrate enemy forces as a spy.
Miracles on Maple Hill
1957 Newbery Winner. Marly and her family share many adventures when they move from the city to a farmhouse on Maple Hill.
Carry On, Mr. Bowditch
1956 Newbery Winner. A fictionalized biography of the mathematician and astronomer who realized his childhood desire to become a ship's captain and authored The American Practical Navigator.
The Wheel on the School
1955 Newbery Winner. The residents of a small town in Holland try to bring storks to nest in their village.
...And Now Miguel
1954 Newbery Winner. The young son of a New Mexico sheep rancher longs to go with the men when they take the sheep to the Sangre de Christo Mountains.
Secret of the Andes
1953 Newbery Winner. An Indian boy who tends llamas in a hidden valley in Peru learns the traditions and secrets of his Inca ancestors.
1952 Newbery Winner. The disappearance of a new puppy named Ginger and the appearance of a mysterious man in a mustard yellow hat bring excitement into the lives of the Pye children.
Amos Fortune, Free Man
1951 Newbery Winner. The life of the eighteenth-century African prince who, after being captured by slave traders, was brought to Massachusetts where he was a slave until he was able to buy his freedom at the age of sixty.
The Door in the Wall
1950 Newbery Winner. A crippled boy in fourteenth-century England proves his courage and earns recognition from the King.
King of the Wind
1949 Newbery Winner. Follows the adventures of an Arabian stallion brought to England to become one of the founding sires of the Thoroughbred breed, and the mute Arab stable boy who tended him with loyalty and devotion all his life.
The Twenty-One Balloons
1948 Newbery Winner. Relates the incredible adventures of Professor William Waterman Sherman who in 1883 sets off in a balloon across the Pacific, survives the volcanic eruption of Krakatoa, and is eventually picked up in the Atlantic.
1947 Newbery Winner. Relates the adventures of a country doll made of an apple-wood twig with a hickory nut for a head.
1946 Newbery Winner. Birdie and her hard-working family want to make a living raising strawberries and oranges in Florida but have to face the dislike of their shiftless neighbors.
1945 Newbery Winner. New folks are coming to live in the Big House. The animals of Rabbit Hill wonder if they will plant a garden and thus be good providers.
1944 Newbery Winner. After injuring his hand, a silversmith's apprentice in Boston becomes a messenger for the Sons of Liberty in the days before the American Revolution.
Adam of the Road
1943 Newbery Winner. The adventures of eleven-year-old Adam as he travels the open roads of thirteenth-century England searching for his missing father, a minstrel, and his stolen red spaniel, Nick.
The Matchlock Gun
1942 Newbery Winner. In 1756, during the French and Indian War in upper New York state, ten-year-old Edward is determined to protect his home and family with the ancient, and much too heavy, Spanish gun that his father had given him before leaving home to fight the enemy.
Call it Courage
1941 Newbery Winner. Based on a Polynesian legend, this is the story of a youth who overcomes his fear of the sea and proves his courage to himself and his tribe.
1940 Newbery Winner. The story of Daniel Boone, the famous hunter and adventurer who explored and helped settle the early West, especially Kentucky.
1939 Newbery Winner. A few hours after Garnet finds a silver thimble in the dried-up river bed, the rains come to end the long drought on her family's Wisconsin farm, and that is just the beginning of her new luck.
The White Stag
1938 Newbery Winner. Retells the legendary story of the Huns and Magyars' long migration from Asia to Europe where they hope to find a permanent home.
1937 Newbery Winner. The discoveries and adventures of ten-year-old Lucinda, who spends a wonderful year exploring the New York City of the 1890's.
1936 Newbery Winner. The adventures of an eleven-year-old tomboy growing up on the Wisconsin frontier in the mid-nineteenth century.
1935 Newbery Winner. A Bulgarian peasant boy must convince his mother that he is destined to be a sculptor, not a farmer.
Invincible Louisa: The Story of the Author of Little Women
1934 Newbery Winner. Chronicling the life of Louisa May Alcott, this story captures her spirit and passion for her family and her writing. Family photographs enhance the tale.
Young Fu of the Upper Yangtze
1933 Newbery Winner. In the 1920's a Chinese youth from the country comes to Chungking with his mother where the bustling city offers adventure and his apprenticeship to a coppersmith brings good fortune.
1932 Newbery Winner. Younger Brother, a Navaho Indian boy, undergoes eight years of training in the ancient religion of his people and the practical knowledge of material existence.
The Cat Who Went to Heaven
1931 Newbery Winner. The cat "Good Fortune" watches a Japanese artist as he paints the animals going one by one to pay homage to the Buddha. At long last, a miracle brings the cat into the picture.
Hitty, Her First Hundred Years
1930 Newbery Winner. A doll named Hitty recounts her adventures as she moves through a continually changing string of owners.
The Trumpeter of Krakow
1929 Newbery Winner. A Polish family in the Middle Ages guards a great secret treasure and a boy's memory of an earlier trumpeter of Krakow makes it possible for him to save his father.
Gay Neck, the Story of a Pigeon
1928 Newbery Winner. This is the story of a carrier pigeon's training and service during the First World War, revealing the bird's courageous adventures over the housetops of an Indian village and in the Himalayan Mountains.
Smoky, the Cowhorse
1927 Newbery Winner. The experiences of a mouse-colored horse from his birth in the wild, through his capture by humans and his work in the rodeo and on the range, to his eventual old age.
Shen of the Sea
1926 Newbery Winner. Sixteen original stories reflecting the spirit of Chinese life and thought.
Tales from Silver Lands
1925 Newbery Winner. Collection of nineteen folk tales retold by the author from his travels throughout Central and South America.
The Dark Frigate
1924 Newbery Winner. "Wherein is told the story of Philip Marsham who lived in the time of King Charles and was bred a sailor but came home to England after many hazards by sea and land and fought for the King at Newbury and lost a great inheritance and departed for Barbados in the same ship, by curious chance, in which he had long before adventured with the pirates."
The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle
1923 Newbery Winner. Presents the story of the good doctor who learned the language of animals and made adventurous voyages.
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