Newbery Medal Winners 1960-1979

Newbery Medal Winners 1960-1979 - Arlington Heights Memorial Library

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The Westing Game
The Westing Game
By Raskin, Ellen
2004-04 - Puffin Books
014240120X Check Our Catalog

When an eccentric millionaire dies mysteriously, 16 very unlikely people are gathered together for the reading of the will--and what a will it is. A Newbery Medal-winning novel. …More

Bridge to Terabithia
Bridge to Terabithia
By Paterson, Katherine
Illustrator Diamond, Donna
2006-12 - HarperEntertainment
0061253707 Check Our Catalog

Join Jess and Leslie as they form an unlikely friendship and create the imaginary land of Terabithia. There they rule as king and queen, until a terrible tragedy occurs that helps Jess understand just how much he has learned from Leslie.


Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
By Taylor, Mildred D.
2001-01 - Speak
0803726473 Check Our Catalog

Winner of the 1977 Newbery Medal, this moving novel has remained in the hearts and minds of millions of readers. Set in Mississippi at the height of the Depression, it is the story of one family's struggle to maintain their integrity, pride, and independence in the face of racism and social injustice.


The Grey King
The Grey King
By Cooper, Susan
Illustrator Heslop, Michael
1975-07 - Margaret K. McElderry Books
0689500297 Check Our Catalog

In this fourth book of The Dark Is Rising sequence, Will Stanton, visiting in Wales, is swept into a desperate quest to find the golden harp and to awaken the ancient Sleepers. …More

M.C. Higgins, the Great
M.C. Higgins, the Great
By Hamilton, Virginia
Illustrator Palencar, John Jude
1999-09 - Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
0689830742 Check Our Catalog

In a 25th anniversary edition, landmark Newbery Award-winning novel, "M.C. Higgins, The Great, " is reborn in a new package. As a slag heap, the result of strip mining, creeps closer to his house in the Ohio hills, 15-year-old M.C. is torn between trying to get his family away and fighting for the home they love. …More

The Slave Dancer
The Slave Dancer
By Fox, Paula
1997-03 - Laurel Leaf Library
0440961327 Check Our Catalog

Jessie Bollier often played his fife to earn a few pennies down by the New Orleans docks. One afternoon a sailor asked him to pipe a tune, and that evening Jessie was kidnapped and dumped aboard "The Moonlight, a slave ship, where a hateful duty awaited him. He was to play music so the slaves could "dance" to keep their muscles strong, their bodies profitable. Jessie was sickened by the thought of taking part in the business of trading rum and tobacco for blacks and then selling the ones who survived the frightful sea voyage from Africa. But to the men of the ship a "slave dancer" was necessary to ensure their share of the profit. They did not heed the horrors that every day grew more vivid, more inescapable to Jessie. Yet, even after four months of fear, calculated torture, and hazardous sailing with a degraded crew, Jessie was to face a final horror that would stay with him for the rest of his life. …More

Julie of the Wolves
Julie of the Wolves
By George, Jean Craighead
Performed by Worth, Irene
2006-07 - Harper Children's Audio
0061235180 Check Our Catalog

A young girl finds herself lost in the Alaskan wilderness and befriends a pack of wolves in order to survive. …More

Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH
Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH
By O'Brien, Robert C.
Illustrator Bernstein, Zena
1997-11 - Aladdin Paperbacks
0689710682 Check Our Catalog

When mouse widow Mrs. Frisby needs advice on how to move her children safely, she consults the rats who live under the rosebush. Not only do they help her, they tell her of their escape from a laboratory where experimentation had made them literate, and of the brave death of her husband.


The Summer of the Swans
The Summer of the Swans
By Byars, Betsy Cromer
Illustrator Coconis, Ted
1970-03 - Viking Children's Books
0670681903 Check Our Catalog

A teen-age girl gains new insight into herself and her family when her mentally retarded brother gets lost. …More

By Armstrong, William Howard
Illustrator Barkley, James
1995-06 - HarperTrophy
0064400204 Check Our Catalog

"Beautiful writing, moving storytelling: the death of a devoted dog and his black master in the rural 19th-century South leaves the man's son a hard but hopeful legacy of stoicism, resilience, and self-independence."--"School Library Journal." A 1970 Newbery Medalist and an ALA Notable Children's Book. …More

The High King
The High King
By Alexander, Lloyd
1999-05 - Henry Holt & Company
0805061355 Check Our Catalog

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. …More

From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
By Konigsburg, E. L.
Author Beck
1970-11 - Atheneum Books for Young Readers
0689205864 Check Our Catalog

When Claudia decided to run away, she planned very carefully. She would be gone just long enough to teach her parents a lesson in Claudia appreciation. And she would go in comfort-she would live at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She saved her money, and she invited her brother Jamie to go, mostly because be was a miser and would have money.

Claudia was a good organizer and Jamie bad some ideas, too; so the two took up residence at the museum right on schedule. But once the fun of settling in was over, Claudia had two unexpected problems: She felt just the same, and she wanted to feel different; and she found a statue at the Museum so beautiful she could not go home until she bad discovered its maker, a question that baffled the experts, too.

The former owner of the statue was Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler. Without her-well, without her, Claudia might never have found a way to go home. …More

Up a Road Slowly
Up a Road Slowly
By Hunt, Irene
2005-01 - Berkley Books
0425202054 Check Our Catalog

The beloved Newbery Award-winning classic about a young girl who journeys slowly up the road to womanhood is now available in this brand-new mass-market edition. …More

I, Juan de Pareja
I, Juan de Pareja
By de Trevino, Elizabeth Borton
Read by Ward, Johanna
2006-06 - Blackstone Audiobooks
0786166401 Check Our Catalog

This Spanish translation of the historical novel "I, Juan De Pareja" is based on the life of Juan de Pareja, the black assistant to the 17th-century Spanish painter Velazquez. Newbery Medal Book. …More

Shadow of a Bull
Shadow of a Bull
By Wojciechowska, Maia
Illustrator Smith, Alvin
1972-03 - Atheneum Books for Young Readers
0689300425 Check Our Catalog

Manolo Olivar has to make a decision: to follow in his famous father's shadow and become a bullfighter, or to follow his heart and become a doctor. …More

It's Like This, Cat
It's Like This, Cat
By Neville, Emily Cheney
Illustrator Weiss, Emil
1964-01 - HarperCollins Publishers
0060243910 Check Our Catalog

My father is always talking about how a dog can be very educational for a boy. This is one reason I got a cat.

Dave Mitchell and his father yell at each other a lot, and whenever the fighting starts, Dave's mother gets an asthma attack. That's when Dave storms out of the house. Then Dave meets Tom, a strange boy who helps him rescue Cat. It isn't long before Cat introduces Dave to Mary, a wonderful girl from Coney Island. Slowly Dave comes to see the complexities in people's lives and to understand himself and his family a little better.

Winner, 1964 Newbery Medal
Notable Children's Books of 1940-1970 (ALA)

A Wrinkle in Time
A Wrinkle in Time
By L'Engle, Madeleine
1962-01 - Farrar Straus Giroux
0374386137 Check Our Catalog

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. …More

The Bronze Bow
The Bronze Bow
By Speare, Elizabeth George
1997-08 - Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH)
0395877695 Check Our Catalog

In this Newbery Medal-winning novel, Daniel bar Jamin is fired by only one passion: to avenge his father's death by crucifixion by driving the Roman legions from his land of Israel. He joins an outlaw band and leads a dangerous life of spying, plotting, and impatiently waiting to seek revenge. Headstrong Daniel is devoid of tenderness and forgiveness, heading down a destructive path toward disaster until he hears the lessons taught by Jesus of Nazareth. With a brand new cover, young readers won't be able to pass up this timeless tale. …More

Island of the Blue Dolphins
Island of the Blue Dolphins
By O'Dell, Scott
Illustrator Lewin, Ted
1990-10 - Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH)
0395536804 Check Our Catalog

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.


Onion John
Onion John
By Krumgold, Joseph
Illustrator Shimin, Symeon
1987-10 - HarperCollins
0690046987 Check Our Catalog

The story of a friendship between a 12-year-old boy and an immigrant handyman, almost wrecked by the good intentions of the townspeople. "One of the distinguished books of our time. . . . The writing has dignity and strength".--School Library Journal. 1960 Newbery Medal; ALA Notable Children's Books of 1940-1970. …More

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