Newbery Medal Winners
Newbery Medal Winners

 Seeing stars?  Professional book reviewers only award a star to exceptional books.  More than one star means experts from multiple organizations felt the book was outstanding. 

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Last Stop on Market Street
by Matt De La Peña
illustrated by Christian Robinson
published January 8, 2015
Starred Reviews:
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Winner of the 2016 Newbery Medal
A 2016 Caldecott Honor Book
A 2016 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Book

New York Times Book Review Notable Children's Book of 2015
Wall Street Journal Best Children's Book of 2015


Every Sunday after church, CJ and his grandma ride the bus across town. But...READ MORE

The Crossover
by Kwame Alexander
published March 18, 2014
Starred Reviews:
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"With a bolt of lightning on my kicks . . .The court is SIZZLING. My sweat is DRIZZLING. Stop all that quivering. Cuz tonight I’m delivering," announces dread-locked, 12-year old Josh Bell. He and his twin brother Jordan are awesome on the court. But Josh has more than basketball in his blood, he's...READ MORE

Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures
by Kate DiCamillo
illustrated by K.G. Campbell
published September 24, 2013
Starred Reviews:
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Winner of the 2014 Newbery Medal 

Holy unanticipated occurrences! A cynic meets an unlikely superhero in a genre-breaking new novel by master storyteller Kate DiCamillo.


It begins, as the best superhero stories do, with a tragic accident that has unexpected consequences. The squirrel never saw the vacuum cleaner...READ MORE

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The One and Only Ivan
by Katherine Applegate
illustrated by Patricia Castelao
published January 17, 2012
Starred Reviews:
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Winner of the 2013 Newbery Medal and a #1 New York Times bestseller, this stirring and unforgettable novel from renowned author Katherine Applegate celebrates the transformative power of unexpected friendship. Inspired by the true story of a captive gorilla known as Ivan, this illustrated novel is told from the point of view...READ MORE

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Dead End in Norvelt
by Jack Gantos
published September 13, 2011
Starred Reviews:
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Dead End in Norvelt is the winner of the 2012 Newbery Medal for the year's best contribution to children's literature and the Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction!

Melding the entirely true and the wildly fictional, Dead End in Norvelt is a novel about an incredible two months for a kid named Jack...READ MORE

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Moon Over Manifest
by Clare Vanderpool
published October 12, 2010
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The movement of the train rocked me like a lullaby. I closed my eyes to the dusty countryside and imagined the sign I’d seen only in Gideon’s stories: Manifest—a town with a rich past and a bright future.
 
Abilene Tucker feels abandoned. Her father has put her on a...READ MORE

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When You Reach Me
by Rebecca Stead
published July 14, 2009
Starred Reviews:
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Four mysterious letters change Miranda’s world forever.

By sixth grade, Miranda and her best friend, Sal, know how to navigate their New York City neighborhood. They know where it’s safe to go, like the local grocery store, and they know whom to avoid, like the crazy guy on the...READ MORE

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The Graveyard Book
by Neil Gaiman
published September 30, 2008
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In this Newbery Medal-winning novel, Bod is an unusual boy who inhabits an unusual place—he's the only living resident of a graveyard. Raised from infancy by the ghosts, werewolves, and other cemetery denizens, Bod has learned the antiquated customs of his guardians' time as well as their ghostly teachings—such as...READ MORE

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Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Voices from a Medieval Village
by Laura Amy Schlitz
illustrated by Robert Byrd
published July 27, 2007
Starred Reviews:
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Step back to an English village in 1255, where life plays out in dramatic vignettes illuminating twenty-two unforgettable characters.

Maidens, monks, and millers’ sons — in these pages, readers will meet them all. There’s Hugo, the lord’s nephew, forced to prove his manhood by hunting a wild boar; sharp-tongued...READ MORE

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The Higher Power of Lucky
by Susan Patron
illustrated by Matt Phelan
published November 7, 2006
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Lucky, age ten, can’t wait another day. The meanness gland in her heart and the crevices full of questions in her brain make running away from Hard Pan, California (population 43), the rock-bottom only choice she has.

It’s all Brigitte’s fault–for wanting to go back to France. Guardians are...READ MORE

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Criss Cross
by Lynne Rae Perkins
published August 30, 2005
Starred Reviews:
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She wished something would happen.

Something good. To her. Checking her wish for loopholes, she found one. Hoping it wasn't too late, she thought the word soon.

Meanwhile, in another part of town, he felt as if the world was opening. Life was rearranging itself; bulging in places, fraying in spots....READ MORE

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