Newbery Medal Honor Books, 2000- Present

The Newbery Medal was named for eighteenth-century British bookseller John Newbery. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children. Several honor books are awarded to those that did not qualify as medal winners, yet were still of notable quality. To learn more about the Newbery Medal, visit: http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/alsc/awardsgrants/bookmedia/newberymedal/newberymedal.cfm

A listing of Newbery Medal Winners honor books housed in the Curriculum Materials/Media Center is below. These are organized according to the Library of Congress system of classification.

Award Date Title/ Author and Illustrator Call Number

2016

The war that saved my life / Bradley, Kimberly Brubaker.

A young disabled girl and her brother are evacuated from London to the English countryside during World War II, where they find life to be much sweeter away from their abusive mother.

PZ7 .B7247 WAR 2015

Roller girl / Jamieson, Victoria.

A graphic novel adventure about a girl who discovers roller derby right as she and her best friend are growing apart.

PZ7.7 .J36 RO 2015

Echo : a novel / Ryan, Pam Muñoz.

Lost in the Black Forest, Otto meets three mysterious sisters and finds himself entwined in a prophecy, a promise, and a harmonica--and decades later three children, Friedrich in Germany, Mike in Pennsylvania, and Ivy in California find themselves caught up in the same thread of destiny in the darkest days of the twentieth century, struggling to keep their families intact, and tied together by the music of the same harmonica.

PZ7 .R9553 EC 2015

2015

El Deafo / Bell, Cece.

Going to school and making new friends can be tough. But going to school and making new friends while wearing a bulky hearing aid strapped to your chest? That requires superpowers! In this funny, poignant graphic novel memoir, author/illustrator Cece Bell chronicles her hearing loss at a young age and her subsequent experiences with the Phonic Ear, a very powerful--and very awkward--hearing aid. The Phonic Ear gives Cece the ability to hear--sometimes things she shouldn't--but also isolates her from her classmates. She really just wants to fit in and find a true friend, someone who appreciates her as she is. After some trouble, she is finally able to harness the power of the Phonic Ear and become "El Deafo, Listener for All." And more importantly, declare a place for herself in the world and find the friend she's longed for.

HV2534.B44 A3 2014

Brown girl dreaming / Woodson, Jacqueline.

The author shares her childhood memories and reveals the first sparks that ignited her writing career in free-verse poems about growing up in the North and South.

PS3573.O64524 Z46 2014

2014

Doll bones / Black, Holly.

Zach, Alice, and Poppy, friends from a Pennsylvania middle school who have long enjoyed acting out imaginary adventures with dolls and action figures, embark on a real-life quest to Ohio to bury a doll made from the ashes of a dead girl.

PZ7 .B52878 DOL 2013

The year of Billy Miller / Henkes, Kevin.

Seven-year-old Billy Miller starts second grade with a bump on his head and a lot of worries, but by the end of the year he has developed good relationships with his teacher, his little sister, and his parents and learned many important lessons.

PZ7 .H389 YE 2013

One came home / Timberlake, Amy.

In 1871 Wisconsin, thirteen-year-old Georgia sets out to find her sister Agatha, presumed dead when remains are found wearing the dress she was last seen in, and before the end of the year gains fame as a sharpshooter and foiler of counterfeiters.

PZ7 .T479 ONE 2013

Paperboy / Vawter, Vince.

When an eleven-year-old boy takes over a friend's newspaper route in July, 1959, in Memphis, his debilitating stutter makes for a memorable month.

PZ7 .V4734 PAP 2013

2013

Splendors and Glooms / Schlitz, Laura Amy.

When Clara vanishes after the puppeteer Grisini and two orphaned assistants were at her twelfth birthday party, suspicion of kidnapping chases the trio away from London and soon the two orphans are caught in a trap set by Grisini's ancient rival, a witch with a deadly inheritance to shed before it is too late.

PZ7 .S347145 SPL 2012

Bomb : the race to build and steal the world's most dangerous weapon / Sheinkin, Steve.

Recounts the scientific discoveries that enabled atom splitting, the military intelligence operations that occurred in rival countries, and the work of brilliant scientists hidden at Los Alamos.

UG1282 .A8 .S235 2012

Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage

Washed ashore as a baby in tiny Tupelo Landing, North Carolina, Mo LoBeau, now eleven, and her best friend Dale turn detective when the amnesiac Colonel, owner of a café and co-parent of Mo with his cook, Miss Lana, seems implicated in a murder.

PZ7 .T8488 THR 2014

2012

Inside out & back again / Lai, Thanhha.

Through a series of poems, a young girl chronicles the life-changing year of 1975, when she, her mother, and her brothers leave Vietnam and resettle in Alabama.

PZ7.5.L35 IN 2011

Breaking Stalin's nose / Yelchin, Eugene.

In the Stalinist era of the Soviet Union, ten-year-old Sasha idolizes his father, a devoted Communist, but when police take his father away and leave Sasha homeless, he is forced to examine his own perceptions, values, and beliefs.

PZ7.Y3766 BR 2011

2011

Dark emperor & other poems of the night / Sidman, Joyce.

A collection of poems that celebrates the wonder, mystery, and danger of the night and describes the many things that hide in the dark.

PS3569 .I295 D37 2010

Heart of a samurai : based on the true story of Manjiro Nakahama / Preus, Margi.

In 1841, rescued by an American whaler after a terrible shipwreck leaves him and his four companions castaways on a remote island, fourteen-year-old Manjiro, who dreams of becoming a samurai, learns new laws and customs as he becomes the first Japanese person to set foot in the United States.

PZ7 .P92434 HE 2010

One crazy summer / Williams-Garcia, Rita.

In the summer of 1968, after travelling from Brooklyn to Oakland, California, to spend a month with the mother they barely know, eleven-year-old Delphine and her two younger sisters arrive to a cold welcome as they discover that their mother, a dedicated poet and printer, is resentful of the intrusion of their visit and wants them to attend a nearby Black Panther summer camp.

PZ7 .W6713 ON 2010

Turtle in paradise / Holm, Jennifer L.

In 1935, when her mother gets a job housekeeping for a woman who does not like children, eleven-year-old Turtle is sent to stay with relatives she has never met in far away Key West, Florida.

PZ7 .H732226 TU 2010

2010

The mostly true adventures of Homer P. Figg / Rodman Philbrick.

Twelve-year-old Homer, a poor but clever orphan, has extraordinary adventures after running away from his evil uncle to rescue his brother, who has been sold into service in the Civil War.

PZ7 .P52112 MO 2009

Where the mountain meets the moon / Grace Lin.

Minli, an adventurous girl from a poor village, buys a magical goldfish, and then joins a dragon who cannot fly on a quest to find the Old Man of the Moon in hopes of bringing life to Fruitless Mountain and freshness to Jade River.

PZ8 .L6215 WHE 2009

Claudette Colvin : twice toward justice / by Phillip Hoose.

F334 .M753 C6554 2009

The evolution of Calpurnia Tate / Jacqueline Kelly.

In central Texas in 1899, eleven-year-old Callie Vee Tate is instructed to be a lady by her mother, learns about love from the older three of her six brothers, and studies the natural world with her grandfather, the latter of which leads to an important discovery.

PZ7 .K296184 EVO 2009

2009

The Underneath / by Kathi Appelt. illustrated by David Small.

An old hound that has been chained up at his hateful owner's run-down shack, and two kittens born underneath the house, endure separation, danger, and many other tribulations in their quest to be reunited and free.

PZ7 .A6455 UN 2008

The Surrender Tree: Poems of Cuba's Struggle for Freedom / by Margarita Engle

Cuba has fought three wars for independence, and still she is not free. This history in verse creates a lyrical portrait of Cuba.

PS3555 .N4254 S87 2008

Savvy / by Ingrid Law

Recounts the adventures of Mibs Beaumont, whose thirteenth birthday has revealed her "savvy"--A magical power unique to each member of her family--just as her father is injured in a terrible accident.

PZ7 .L41836 SAV 2008

After Tupac & D Foster / by Jacqueline Woodson

In the New York City borough of Queens in 1996, three girls bond over their shared love of Tupac Shakur's music, as together they try to make sense of the unpredictable world in which they live.

PZ7 .W84945 AF 2008

2008

Elijah of Buxton / Christopher Paul Curtis.

In 1859, eleven-year-old Elijah Freeman, the first free-born child in Buxton, Canada, which is a haven for slaves fleeing the American south, uses his wits and skills to try to bring to justice the lying preacher who has stolen money that was to be used to buy a family's freedom.

PZ7 .C94137 EL 2007

The Wednesday wars / by Gary D. Schmidt.

During the 1967 school year, on Wednesday afternoons when all his classmates go to either Catechism or Hebrew school, seventh-grader Holling Hoodhood stays in Mrs. Baker's classroom where they read the plays of William Shakespeare and Holling learns much of value about the world he lives in.

PZ7 .S3527 WE 2007

Feathers / Jacqueline Woodson

When a new, white student nicknamed "The Jesus Boy" joins her sixth grade class in the winter of 1971, Frannie's growing friendship with him makes her start to see some things in a new light.

PZ7 .W868 FE 2007

2007

Penny from heaven / by Jennifer L. Holm

As she turns twelve during the summer of 1953, Penny gains new insights into herself and her family while also learning a secret about her father's death. It's 1953 and 11-year-old Penny dreams of a summer of butter pecan ice cream, swimming, and baseball. But nothing's that easy in Penny's family. For starters, she can't go swimming because her mother's afraid she'll catch polio at the pool. To make matters worse, her favorite uncle is living in a car. Her Nonny cries every time her father's name is mentioned. And the two sides of her family aren't speaking to each other! Inspired by Newbery Honor winner Jennifer Holm's own Italian American family, Penny from Heaven is a shining story about the everyday and the extraordinary, about a time in America's history, not all that long ago, when being Italian meant that you were the enemy. But most of all, it's a story about families--about the things that tear them apart and bring them together. And Holm tells it with all the richness and the layers, the love and the laughter of a Sunday dinner at Nonny's. So pull up a chair and enjoy the feast! Buon appetito!

PZ7 .H732226 PEN 2006

Hattie Big Sky / Kirby Larson

After inheriting her uncle's homesteading claim in Montana, sixteen-year-old orphan Hattie Brooks travels from Iowa in 1917 to make a home for herself and encounters some unexpected problems related to the war being fought in Europe. Alone in the world, teen-aged Hattie is driven to prove up on her uncle's homesteading claim. For years, sixteen-year-old Hattie's been shuttled between relatives. Tired of being Hattie Here-and-There, she courageously leaves Iowa to prove up on her late uncle's homestead claim near Vida, Montana. With a stubborn stick-to-itiveness, Hattie faces frost, drought and blizzards. Despite many hardships, Hattie forges ahead, sharing her adventures with her friends--especially Charlie, fighting in France--through letters and articles for her hometown paper. Her backbreaking quest for a home is lightened by her neighbors, the Muellers. But she feels threatened by pressure to be a "Loyal" American, forbidding friendships with folks of German descent. Despite everything, Hattie's determined to stay until a tragedy causes her to discover the true meaning of home.

PZ7 .L32394 HAT 2006

Rules / Cynthia Lord

Frustrated at life with an autistic brother, twelve-year-old Catherine longs for a normal existence but her world is further complicated by a friendship with an young paraplegic.

PZ7 .L87734 RUL 2006

2006

Whittington / by Alan Armstrong ; illustrated by S.D. Schindler.

Whittington, a feline descendant of Dick Whittington's famous cat of English folklore, appears at a rundown barnyard plagued by rats and restores harmony while telling his ancestor's story.

PZ10.3.A8625 WH 2005

Hitler Youth : growing up in Hitler's shadow / Susan Campbell Bartoletti

The story of a generation of German young people who devoted all their energy to the Hitler Youth and the propaganda that brought gave Hitler his power, and the youths that resisted the Nazi movement.

DD253.5 .B37 2004

Princess Academy / Shannon Hale.

While attending a strict academy for potential princesses with the other girls from her mountain village, fourteen-year-old Miri discovers unexpected talents and connections to her homeland.

PZ7 .H13824 PR 2005

Show way / Jacqueline Woodson ; illustrated by Hudson Talbott.

The making of "Show ways," or quilts which once served as secret maps for freedom-seeking slaves, is a tradition passed from mother to daughter in the author's family.

PZ7.W868 SH 2005

2005

Al Capone does my shirts / Gennifer Choldenko

A twelve-year-old boy named Moose moves to Alcatraz Island in 1935 when guards' families were housed there, and has to contend with his extraordinary new environment in addition to life with his autistic sister.

PZ7.C446265 AL 2004

The voice that challenged a nation: Marian Anderson and the struggle for equal rights / by Russell Freedman.

In the mid-1930s, Marian Anderson was a famed vocalist who had been applauded by European royalty and welcomed at the White House. But, because of her race, she was denied the right to sing at Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C. This is the story of her resulting involvement in the civil rights movement of the time.

ML3930.A5 F73 2004

Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster boy / by Gary D. Schmidt

In 1911, Turner Buckminster hates his new home of Phippsburg, Maine, but things improve when he meets Lizzie Bright Griffin, a girl from a poor, nearby island community founded by former slaves that the town fathers--and Turner's--want to change into a tourist spot.

PZ7.S3527 LI 2004

2004

Olive's ocean / by Kevin Henkes

On a summer visit to her grandmother's cottage by the ocean, twelve-year-old Martha gains perspective on the death of a classmate, on her relationship with her grandmother, on her feelings for an older boy, and on her plans to be a writer.

PZ7.H389 OL 2003

An American plague: the true and terrifying story of the yellow fever epidemic of 1793 / by Jim Murphy.

It's 1793, and there's an invisible killer roaming the streets of Philadelphia. The city's residents are fleeing in fear. This killer has a name--yellow fever--but everything else about it is a mystery. Its cause is unknown and there is no cure. This powerful dramatic account by award-winning author Jim Murphy traces the devastating course of the epidemic. An American Plague offers a fascinating glimpse into the conditions in American cities at the time of our nation's birth while drawing thought-provoking parallels to modern-day epidemics.

RA644.Y4 M875 2003

2003

The house of the scorpion / Nancy Farmer

In a future where humans despise clones, Matt enjoys special status as the young clone of El Patrón, the 142-year-old leader of a corrupt drug empire nestled between Mexico and the United States.

PZ7.F23814 MAT 2002

Pictures of Hollis Woods / Patricia Reilly Giff

A troublesome twelve-year-old orphan, staying with an elderly artist who needs her, remembers the only other time she was happy in a foster home, with a family that truly seemed to care about her.

PZ7.G3626 PK 2002

Hoot / by Carl Hiaasen

Roy, who is new to his small Florida community, becomes involved in another boy's attempt to save a colony of burrowing owls from a proposed construction site.

PZ7.H52 HO 2002

A corner of the universe / Ann M. Martin

The summer that Hattie turns twelve, she meets the childlike uncle she never knew and becomes friends with a girl who works at the carnival that comes to Hattie's small town.

PZ7.M3567585 CQ 2002

Surviving the Applewhites / by Stephanie S. Tolan

Jake, a budding juvenile delinquent, is sent for home schooling to the arty and eccentric Applewhite family's Creative Academy, where he discovers talents and interests he never knew he had.

PZ7.T5735 SU 2002

2002

Everything on a waffle / Polly Horvath

Eleven-year-old Primrose living in a small fishing village in British Columbia recounts her experiences and all that she learns about human nature and the unpredictability of life in the months after her parents are lost at sea.

PZ7.H79224 EV 2001

Carver, a life in poems / Marilyn Nelson

PS3573.A4795 C37 2001

2001

Hope was here / Joan Bauer

When sixteen-year-old Hope and the aunt who has raised her move from Brooklyn to Mulhoney, Wisconsin, to work as waitress and cook in the Welcome Stairways diner, they become involved with the diner owner's political campaign to oust the town's corrupt mayor.

PZ7.B32615 HO 2000

Because of Winn-Dixie / Kate DiCamillo

Ten-year-old India Opal Buloni describes her first summer in the town of Naomi, Florida, and all the good things that happen to her because of her big ugly dog Winn-Dixie.

PZ7.D5455 BE 2000

Joey Pigza loses control / Jack Gantos

Joey, who is still taking medication to keep him from getting too wired, goes to spend the summer with the hard-drinking father he has never known and tries to help the baseball team he coaches win the championship.

PZ7.G15334 JL 2000

The Wanderer / by Sharon Creech ; drawings by David Diaz

Thirteen-year-old Sophie and her cousin Cody record their transatlantic crossing aboard the Wanderer, a forty-five foot sailboat, which, along with uncles and another cousin, is en route to visit their grandfather in England.

PZ7.C8615 WAN 2000

2000

Getting near to baby / Audrey Couloumbis

Although thirteen-year-old Willa Jo and her Aunt Patty seem to be constantly at odds, staying with her and Uncle Hob helps Willa Jo and her younger sister come to terms with the death of their family's baby.

PZ7.C8305 GG 1999

Our only May Amelia / by Jennifer L. Holm

As the only girl in a Finnish American family of seven brothers, May Amelia Jackson resents being expected to act like a lady while growing up in Washington state in 1899.

PZ7.H732226 OU 1999

26 Fairmount Avenue / written and illustrated by Tomie dePaola

Children's author-illustrator Tomie De Paola describes his experiences at home and in school when he was a boy.

PS3554.E11474 Z473 1999