Newbery Medal Awardees

The Newbery Medal 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 published the previous year. It was named for eighteenth-century British bookseller John Newbery. The Newbery Award thus became the first children's book award in the world. Its terms, as well as its long history, continue to make it the best known and most discussed children's book award in this country.
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This particular collection includes some notable winners of Newbery Medal and Honor Books from the year 1987 to 2012.

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Al Capone Does My Shirts (2004)

Written by Gennifer Choldenko

Moose Flannagan moves with his family to Alcatraz so his dad can work as a prison guard and his sister, Natalie, can attend a special school. But Natalie has autism, and when she's denied admittance to the school, the stark setting of Alcatraz begins to unravel the tenuous coping mechanisms Moose's family has used for dealing with her disorder.

When Moose meets Piper, the cute daughter of the Warden, he knows right off she's trouble. But she's also strangely irresistible. All Moose wants to do is protect Natalie, live up to his parents' expectations, and stay out of trouble. But on Alcatraz, trouble is never very far away.

Set in 1935, when guards actually lived on Alcatraz Island with their families. Choldenko's second novel brings humor to the complexities of family dynamics and illuminates the real struggle of a kid trying to free himself from the "good boy" stance he's taken his whole life. 

Al Capone Does My Shirts received a Newbery Honor, an ALA Best Books for Young Adults, an ALA Notable Book, a New York Public Library 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing, a New York Public Library Books for the Teen Age, a Publishers Weekly Best Books of the Year – Adult, and a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year. This book is recommended for preteens ages 10 and up. (Copyright © G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers/Penguin. All rights reserved.)

Source:  Penguin Random House Company.

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