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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Walk Two Moons (1994)

Written by Sharon Creech

"Sometimes you know in your heart you love someone, but you have to go away before your head can figure it out." 

Thirteen-year-old Salamanca Tree Hiddle, proud of her country roots and the "Indian-ness in her blood," travels from Ohio to Idaho with her eccentric grandparents. Along the way, she tells them of the story of Phoebe Winterbottom, who received mysterious messages, who met a "potential lunatic," and whose mother disappeared.

As Sal entertains her grandparents with Phoebe's outrageous story, her own story begins to unfold—the story of a thirteen-year-old girl whose only wish is to be reunited with her missing mother.

In her own singularly beautiful style, Newbery Medal winner Sharon Creech intricately weaves together two tales, one funny, one bittersweet, to create a heartwarming, compelling, and utterly moving story of love, loss, and the complexity of human emotion. This book is recommended for preteens ages 9 and up. (Copyright © HarperCollins. All rights reserved.)

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Sharon Creech was born on July 29, 1945. She is an American writer of children's novels. She was the first American winner of the Carnegie Medal for British children's books and the first person to win both the American Newbery Medal and the British Carnegie. Her first children's novel Absolutely Normal Chaos was published only in the U.K in 1990. Her first book published in the U.S. was Walk Two Moons (1994), which won the American Newbery Medal in 1995. Love That Dog were a commended runner-up for the 2001 Carnegie Medal in Literature and she won the 2002 Medal from the British librarians, recognizing Ruby Holler as the year's best children's book published in the U.K.

She has written both novels and picture books. She often embeds serious topics into her stories, including such themes as independence, trust, childhood, adulthood, and death, often using humor to soften them. Creech also varies in her writing style. Books such as Love That Dog and Heartbeat were written in verse, whereas other books like Ruby Holler and Walk Two Moons are in a narrative style.

For more information on Sharon Creech and her works, visit her website at http://www.sharoncreech.com.

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