Newbery Medal(2000-2009) (43 Books)

Newbery Winners and Honor Books in the order of award years. (2000-2009)
Readu Level
X
Lexile Level
820
Ages
10-13
Grades
5-6
Neil Gaiman, Dave McKean

The Graveyard Book

Hardcover (2009-04-01) , Large Print, Reprint edition



Publisher
Thorndike Pr
Series
Thorndike Press Large Print Literacy Bridge Series
ISBN
1410414418 / 9781410414410
Pages
373
Weight
307.2 oz.
Dimensions
5.8 x 1.0 in.
After the grisly murder of his entire family, a toddler wanders into a graveyard where the ghosts and other supernatural residents agree to raise him as one of their own.
Readu Level
Y
Lexile Level
830
Ages
10-14
Grades
5-9
Kathi Appelt, David Small

The Underneath

Hardcover (2008-05-06) , First Edition edition



Publisher
Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Series
AWARDS: Newbery Medal & Honor 2009
ISBN
9781416950 / 9781416950585
Pages
320
Weight
19.2 oz.
Dimensions
6.1 x 1.1 in.

There is nothing lonelier than a cat who has been loved, at least for a while, and then abandoned on the side of the road.

A calico cat, about to have kittens, hears the lonely howl of a chained-up hound deep in the backwaters of the bayou. She dares to find him in the forest, and the hound dares to befriend this cat, this feline, this creature he is supposed to hate. They are an unlikely pair, about to become an unlikely family. Ranger urges the cat to hide underneath the porch, to raise her kittens there because Gar-Face, the man living inside the house, will surely use them as alligator bait should he find them. But they are safe in the Underneath...as long as they stay in the Underneath.

Kittens, however, are notoriously curious creatures. And one kitten's one moment of curiosity sets off a chain of events that is astonishing, remarkable, and enormous in its meaning. For everyone who loves Sounder, Shiloh, and The Yearling, for everyone who loves the haunting beauty of writers such as Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, Flannery O'Connor, and Carson McCullers, Kathi Appelt spins a harrowing yet keenly sweet tale about the power of love -- and its opposite, hate -- the fragility of happiness and the importance of making good on your promises.
Readu Level
Z
Lexile Level
-
Ages
12-18
Grades
7-9
Margarita Engle

The Surrender Tree: Poems of Cuba's Struggle for Freedom

Hardcover (2008-04-01)



Publisher
Henry Holt and Co
ISBN
0805086749 / 9780805086744
Pages
176
Weight
8.8 oz.
Dimensions
6.2 x 0.7 in.

It is 1896. Cuba has fought three wars for independence and still is not free. People have been rounded up in reconcentration camps with too little food and too much illness. Rosa is a nurse, but she dares not go to the camps. So she turns hidden caves into hospitals for those who know how to find her.

Black, white, Cuban, Spanish―Rosa does her best for everyone. Yet who can heal a country so torn apart by war? Acclaimed poet Margarita Engle has created another breathtaking portrait of Cuba.

The Surrender Tree is a 2009 Newbery Honor Book, the winner of the 2009 Pura Belpre Medal for Narrative and the 2009 Bank Street - Claudia Lewis Award, and a 2009 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

Readu Level
U
Lexile Level
1070
Ages
9-12
Grades
4-7
Ingrid Law

Savvy

Hardcover (2008-05-01) , Reprint edition



Publisher
Dial Books
ISBN
0803733062 / 9780803733060
Pages
352
Weight
15.2 oz.
Dimensions
5.8 x 1.2 in.
Thirteen is when a Beaumont’s savvy hits—and with one brother who causes hurricanes and another who creates electricity, Mibs Beaumont is eager to see what she gets. But just before the big day, Poppa is in a terrible accident. And now all Mibs wants is a savvy that will save him. In fact, Mibs is so sure she’ll get a powerful savvy that she sneaks a ride to the hospital on a rickety bus with her sibling and the preacher’s kids in tow. After this extraordinary adventure—full of talking tattoos and a kidnapping—not a soul on board will ever be the same.

A Discussion Guide to Scumble and Savvy by Ingrid Law
Readu Level
Y
Lexile Level
750
Ages
10+
Grades
5-9
Jacqueline Woodson

After Tupac & D Foster

Hardcover (2008-01-10)



Publisher
Putnam Young Adult
Series
Newbery Honor Book
ISBN
0399246541 / 9780399246548
Pages
153
Weight
8.8 oz.
Dimensions
5.8 x 0.6 in.
A Newbery Honor Book

Jacqueline Woodson is the 2018-2019 National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature

The day D Foster enters Neeka and her best friend’s lives, the world opens up for them. D comes from a world vastly different from their safe Queens neighborhood, and through her, the girls see another side of life that includes loss, foster families and an amount of freedom that makes the girls envious. Although all of them are crazy about Tupac Shakur’s rap music, D is the one who truly understands the place where he’s coming from, and through knowing D, Tupac’s lyrics become more personal for all of them.

The girls are thirteen when D’s mom swoops in to reclaim D—and as magically as she appeared, she now disappears from their lives. Tupac is gone, too, after another shooting; this time fatal. As the narrator looks back, she sees lives suspended in time, and realizes that even all-too-brief connections can touch deeply.



Readu Level
Z
Lexile Level
-
Ages
10-14
Grades
5-9
Laura Amy Schlitz, Robert Byrd

Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Voices from a Medieval Village

Hardcover (2007-07-24) , 4th Print edition



Publisher
Candlewick Press
ISBN
0763615781 / 9780763615789
Pages
96
Weight
25.6 oz.
Dimensions
7.5 x 0.5 in.
Step back to an English village in 1255, where life plays out in dramatic vignettes illuminating twenty-two unforgettable characters. Winner of the Newbery Medal.

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 Nelly, who supports her family by selling live eels; and the peasant’s daughter, Mogg, who gets a clever lesson in how to save a cow from a greedy landlord. There’s also mud-slinging Barbary (and her noble victim); Jack, the compassionate half-wit; Alice, the singing shepherdess; and many more. With a deep appreciation for the period and a grand affection for both characters and audience, Laura Amy Schlitz creates twenty-two riveting portraits and linguistic gems equally suited to silent reading or performance. Illustrated with pen-and-ink drawings by Robert Byrd — inspired by the Munich-Nuremberg manuscript, an illuminated poem from thirteenth-century Germany — this witty, historically accurate, and utterly human collection forms an exquisite bridge to the people and places of medieval England.
Readu Level
W
Lexile Level
980
Ages
9-12
Grades
4-7
Christopher Paul Curtis

Elijah of Buxton

Hardcover (2007-08-06) , 1st Edition edition



Publisher
Scholastic Press
ISBN
0439023440 / 9780439023443
Pages
352
Weight
22.4 oz.
Dimensions
5.5 x 1.2 in.
Eleven-year-old Elijah is the first child born into freedom in Buxton, Canada, a settlement of runaway slaves just over the border from Detroit. He's best known in his hometown as the boy who made a memorable impression on Frederick Douglass. But things change when a former slave steals money from Elijah’s friend, who has been saving to buy his family out of captivity in the South. Elijah embarks on a dangerous journey to America in pursuit of the thief, and he discovers firsthand the unimaginable horrors of the life his parents fled -- a life from which he’ll always be free, if he can find the courage to get back home.
Readu Level
X
Lexile Level
990
Ages
10-14
Grades
5-9
Gary D. Schmidt

The Wednesday Wars

Hardcover (2007-05-21) , First Edition edition



Publisher
Clarion Books
ISBN
0618724834 / 9780618724833
Pages
272
Weight
17.6 oz.
Dimensions
6.0 x 0.7 in.
In this Newbery Honor-winning novel, Gary D. Schmidt offers an unforgettable antihero. THE WEDNESDAY WARS is a wonderfully witty and compelling story about a teenage boy’s mishaps and adventures over the course of the 1967–68 school year.

Meet Holling Hoodhood, a seventh-grader at Camillo Junior High, who must spend Wednesday afternoons with his teacher, Mrs. Baker, while the rest of the class has religious instruction. Mrs. Baker doesn’t like Holling—he’s sure of it. Why else would she make him read the plays of William Shakespeare outside class? But everyone has bigger things to worry about, like Vietnam. His father wants Holling and his sister to be on their best behavior: the success of his business depends on it. But how can Holling stay out of trouble when he has so much to contend with? A bully demanding cream puffs; angry rats; and a baseball hero signing autographs the very same night Holling has to appear in a play in yellow tights! As fate sneaks up on him again and again, Holling finds Motivation—the Big M—in the most unexpected places and musters up the courage to embrace his destiny, in spite of himself.
Readu Level
X
Lexile Level
710
Ages
10+
Grades
5-6
Jacqueline Woodson

Feathers

Hardcover (2007-03-01)



Publisher
G
ISBN
0399239898 / 9780399239892
Pages
118
Weight
8.0 oz.
Dimensions
5.8 x 0.6 in.
Jacqueline Woodson is the 2018-2019 National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature

View our feature on Jacqueline Woodson's Feathers.


“Hope is the thing with feathers” starts the poem Frannie is reading in school. Frannie hasn’t thought much about hope. There are so many other things to think about. Each day, her friend Samantha seems a bit more “holy.” There is a new boy in class everyone is calling the Jesus Boy. And although the new boy looks like a white kid, he says he’s not white. Who is he?

During a winter full of surprises, good and bad, Frannie starts seeing a lot of things in a new light—her brother Sean’s deafness, her mother’s fear, the class bully’s anger, her best friend’s faith and her own desire for “the thing with feathers.”

Jacqueline Woodson once again takes readers on a journey into a young girl’s heart and reveals the pain and the joy of learning to look beneath the surface.



Readu Level
V
Lexile Level
950
Ages
9-11
Grades
4-6
Susan Patron, Matt Phelan

The Higher Power of Lucky

Hardcover (2006-11-07)



Publisher
Atheneum/Richard Jackson Books
Series
Hard Pan Trilogy (Book 1)
ISBN
9781416901 / 9781416901945
Pages
144
Weight
11.2 oz.
Dimensions
6.1 x 0.7 in.
Believing that her French guardian is about to abandon her to an orphanage in the city, ten-year-old Lucky runs away from her small town with her beloved dog by her side in order to trek across the Mojave Desert in this Newbery Medal–winning novel from Susan Patron.

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 supposed to stay put and look after girls in their care! Instead Lucky is sure that she'll be abandoned to some orphanage in Los Angeles where her beloved dog, HMS Beagle, won't be allowed. She'll have to lose her friends Miles, who lives on cookies, and Lincoln, future U.S. president (maybe) and member of the International Guild of Knot Tyers. Just as bad, she'll have to give up eavesdropping on twelve-step anonymous programs where the interesting talk is all about Higher Powers. Lucky needs her own -- and quick.

But she hadn't planned on a dust storm.

Or needing to lug the world's heaviest survival-kit backpack into the desert.
Readu Level
T
Lexile Level
730
Ages
8-12
Grades
3-7
Jennifer L. Holm

Penny from Heaven

Hardcover (2006-07-25) , First Edition edition



Publisher
Random House Books for Young Readers
Series
Newbery Honor Book
ISBN
037583687X / 9780375836879
Pages
288
Weight
12.0 oz.
Dimensions
5.4 x 1.0 in.
It’s1953 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!
Readu Level
W
Lexile Level
700
Ages
12+
Grades
7-9
Kirby Larson

Hattie Big Sky

Hardcover (2006-09-26) , First Edition edition



Publisher
Delacorte Books for Young Readers
ISBN
9780385733 / 9780385733137
Pages
304
Weight
16.0 oz.
Dimensions
5.9 x 1.0 in.
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.
Readu Level
R
Lexile Level
670
Ages
9-12
Grades
4-7
Cynthia Lord

Rules

Hardcover (2006-04-01) , 3745th edition



Publisher
Scholastic Press
Series
AWARDS: Newbery Medal & Honor 2007
ISBN
0439443822 / 9780439443821
Pages
208
Weight
11.2 oz.
Dimensions
6.0 x 1.0 in.
Twelve-year-old Catherine just wants a normal life. Which is near impossible when you have a brother with autism and a family that revolves around his disability. She's spent years trying to teach David the rules-from "a peach is not a funny-looking apple" to "keep your pants on in public"-in order to stop his embarrassing behaviors. But the summer Catherine meets Jason, a paraplegic boy, and Kristi, the next-door friend she's always wished for, it's her own shocking behavior that turns everything upside down and forces her to ask: What is normal?
Readu Level
X
Lexile Level
820
Ages
11-15
Grades
6-10
Lynne Rae Perkins

Criss Cross

Library Binding (2007-12-26)



Publisher
Perfection Learning
ISBN
1606860801 / 9781606860809
Pages
337
Weight
11.2 oz.
Dimensions
5.0 x 1.0 in.
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. He felt himself changing, too, but into what? So much can happen in a summer.

Readu Level
T
Lexile Level
760
Ages
8-12
Grades
3-7
Alan Armstrong, S.D. Schindler

Whittington

Hardcover (2005-07-26) , First Edition edition



Publisher
Random House Books for Young Readers
ISBN
0375828648 / 9780375828645
Pages
208
Weight
12.0 oz.
Dimensions
5.8 x 0.8 in.
The power of reading is beautifully captured in this 2006 Newbery Honor-winning book.
Bernie keeps a barn full of animals the rest of the world has no use for–two retired trotters, a rooster, some banty hens, and a Muscovy duck with clipped wings who calls herself The Lady. When the cat called Whittington shows up one day, it is to the Lady that he makes an appeal to secure a place in the barn. The Lady’s a little hesitant at first, but when the cat claims to be a master ratter, that clinches it.
Bernie’ s orphaned grandkids, Abby and Ben, come to the barn every day to help feed the animals. Abby shares her worry that Ben can’t really read yet and that he refuses to go to Special Ed. Whittington and the Lady decide that Abby should give Ben reading lessons in the barn. It is a balm for Ben when, having toughed out the daily lesson, Whittington comes to tell, in tantalizing installments, the story handed down to him from his nameless forebearer, Dick Whittington’s cat–the legend of the lad born into poverty in rural England during the Black Death, who runs away to London to seek his fortune. This is an unforgettable tale about how learning to read saves one little boy. It is about the healing, transcendent power of storytelling and how, if you have loved ones surrounding you and good stories to tell, to listen to, and to read, you have just about everything of value in this world.
Readu Level
Z
Lexile Level
1050
Ages
12+
Grades
7-9
Susan Campbell Bartoletti

Hitler Youth: Growing Up in Hitler's Shadow

Hardcover (2005-04-01) , 1st edition



Publisher
Scholastic
ISBN
0439353793 / 9780439353793
Pages
176
Weight
36.8 oz.
Dimensions
10.0 x 0.8 in.
"I begin with the young. We older ones are used up . . . But my magnificent youngsters! Look at these men and boys! What material! With them, I can create a new world." --Adolf Hitler, Nuremberg 1933

By the time Hitler became Chancellor of Germany in 1933, 3.5 million children belonged to the Hitler Youth. It would become the largest youth group in history. Susan Campbell Bartoletti explores how Hitler gained the loyalty, trust, and passion of so many of Germany's young people. Her research includes telling interviews with surviving Hitler Youth members.
Readu Level
V
Lexile Level
740
Ages
10+
Grades
4-6
Shannon Hale

Princess Academy: Palace of Stone

Hardcover (2012-08-21) , 1 edition



Publisher
Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Series
Princess Academy (Book 2)
ISBN
1599908735 / 9781599908731
Pages
336
Weight
12.8 oz.
Dimensions
5.5 x 1.1 in.

Coming down from the mountain to a new life in the city is a thrill to Miri. She and her princess academy friends have been brought to Asland to help the future princess Britta prepare for her wedding.There, Miri also has a chance to attend school-at the Queen's Castle. But as Miri befriends students who seem sophisticated and exciting she also learns that they have some frightening plans. Torn between loyalty to the princess and her new friends' ideas, between an old love and a new crush, and between her small mountain home and the bustling city, Miri looks to find her own way in this new place.
Picking up where Princess Academy left off, and celebrating the joys of friendship, romance and the fate of fairy tale kingdoms, this new book delivers the completely delightful new story that fans have been waiting for.

Readu Level
M
Lexile Level
AD650
Ages
4-8
Grades
PK-3
Jacqueline Woodson, Hudson Talbott

Show Way

Hardcover (2005-09-08)



Publisher
G
ISBN
9780399237 / 9780399237492
Pages
48
Weight
15.5 oz.
Dimensions
9.3 x 0.4 in.
Jacqueline Woodson is the 2018-2019 National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature

Winner of a Newbery Honor!

Soonie's great-grandma was just seven years old when she was sold to a big plantation without her ma and pa, and with only some fabric and needles to call her own. She pieced together bright patches with names like North Star and Crossroads, patches with secret meanings made into quilts called Show Ways -- maps for slaves to follow to freedom. When she grew up and had a little girl, she passed on this knowledge. And generations later, Soonie -- who was born free -- taught her own daughter how to sew beautiful quilts to be sold at market and how to read.

From slavery to freedom, through segregation, freedom marches and the fight for literacy, the tradition they called Show Way has been passed down by the women in Jacqueline Woodson's family as a way to remember the past and celebrate the possibilities of the future. Beautifully rendered in Hudson Talbott's luminous art, this moving, lyrical account pays tribute to women whose strength and knowledge illuminate their daughters' lives.
Readu Level
T
Lexile Level
740
Ages
10-14
Grades
5-9
Cynthia Kadohata

Kira-Kira

Hardcover (2004-02-01) , First Edition edition



Publisher
Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Series
Newbery Medal Book
ISBN
0689856393 / 9780689856396
Pages
256
Weight
9.6 oz.
Dimensions
5.0 x 0.9 in.
A Japanese-American family struggles to build a new life in the Deep South of Georgia in this luminous novel, winner of the Newbery Medal.

kira-kira (kee' ra kee' ra): glittering; shining
Glittering. That's how Katie Takeshima's sister, Lynn, makes everything seem. The sky is kira-kira because its color is deep but see-through at the same time. The sea is kira-kira for the same reason. And so are people's eyes. When Katie and her family move from a Japanese community in Iowa to the Deep South of Georgia, it's Lynn who explains to her why people stop them on the street to stare. And it's Lynn who, with her special way of viewing the world, teaches Katie to look beyond tomorrow. But when Lynn becomes desperately ill, and the whole family begins to fall apart, it is up to Katie to find a way to remind them all that there is always something glittering -- kira-kira -- in the future.
Luminous in its persistence of love and hope, Kira-Kira is Cynthia Kadohata's stunning debut in middle-grade fiction.
Readu Level
X
Lexile Level
600
Ages
10+
Grades
5-6
Gennifer Choldenko

Al Capone Does My Shirts

Hardcover (2004-03-30)



Publisher
G
Series
Tales from Alcatraz (Book 1)
ISBN
0399238611 / 9780399238611
Pages
240
Weight
10.4 oz.
Dimensions
5.8 x 0.8 in.
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.

Readu Level
Y
Lexile Level
1180
Ages
10-12
Grades
5-7
Russell Freedman

The Voice That Challenged a Nation: Marian Anderson and the Struggle for Equal Rights

Hardcover (2004-05-25) , 2nd Print edition



Publisher
Clarion Books
ISBN
0618159762 / 9780618159765
Pages
128
Weight
22.4 oz.
Dimensions
8.0 x 0.6 in.
"A voice like yours," celebrated conductor Arturo Toscanini told contralto Marian Anderson, "is heard once in a hundred years." This insightful account of the great African American vocalist considers her life and musical career in the context of the history of civil rights in this country. Drawing on Anderson's own writings and other contemporary accounts, Russell Freedman shows readers a singer pursuing her art despite the social constraints that limited the careers of black performers in the 1920s and 1930s. Though not a crusader or a spokesperson by nature, Marian Anderson came to stand for all black artists -- and for all Americans of color -- when, with the help of such prominent figures as Eleanor Roosevelt, she gave her landmark 1939 performance on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, which signaled the end of segregation in the arts.Carefully researched, expertly told, and profusely illustrated with contemporary photographs, this Newbery Honor and Sibert Medal-winning book is a moving account of the life of a talented and determined artist who left her mark on musical and social history. Through her story, Newbery Medal-winning author Russell Freedman, one of today's leading authors of nonfiction for young readers, illuminates the social and political climate of the day and an important chapter in American history. Notes, bibliography, discography, index.
Readu Level
X
Lexile Level
-
Ages
10+
Grades
5+
Gary D. Schmidt

Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy

Hardcover (2004-05-24) , First Edition edition



Publisher
Clarion Books
Series
Newbery Honor Book
ISBN
0618439293 / 9780618439294
Pages
224
Weight
13.6 oz.
Dimensions
5.5 x 0.6 in.
It only takes a few hours for Turner Buckminster to start hating Phippsburg, Maine. No one in town will let him forget that he's a minister's son, even if he doesn't act like one. But then he meets Lizzie Bright Griffin, a smart and sassy girl from a poor nearby island community founded by former slaves. Despite his father's-and the town's-disapproval of their friendship, Turner spends time with Lizzie, and it opens up a whole new world to him, filled with the mystery and wonder of Maine's rocky coast. The two soon discover that the town elders, along with Turner's father, want to force the people to leave Lizzie's island so that Phippsburg can start a lucrative tourist trade there. Turner gets caught up in a spiral of disasters that alter his life-but also lead him to new levels of acceptance and maturity. This sensitively written historical novel, based on the true story of a community's destruction, highlights a unique friendship during a time of change. Author's note.
Readu Level
U
Lexile Level
670
Ages
7-10
Grades
2-5
Kate DiCamillo, Timothy Basil Ering

The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread

Hardcover (2003-08-25) , 1st ed edition



Publisher
Candlewick
Series
Tale of Despereaux
ISBN
9780763617 / 9780763617226
Pages
272
Weight
14.4 oz.
Dimensions
6.3 x 0.9 in.
The beloved author of BECAUSE OF WINN-DIXIE enlightens us with a tale of adventure, despair, love, and soup.

Welcome to the story of Despereaux Tilling, a mouse who is in love with music, stories, and a princess named Pea. It is also the story of a rat called Roscuro, who lives in the darkness and covets a world filled with light. And it is the story of Miggery Sow, a slow-witted serving girl who harbors a simple, impossible wish. These three characters are about to embark on a journey that will lead them down into a horrible dungeon, up into a glittering castle, and, ultimately, into each other’s lives. And what happens then? As Kate DiCamillo would say: Reader, it is your destiny to find out.

From the master storyteller who brought us BECAUSE OF WINN-DIXIE comes another classic, a fairy tale full of quirky, unforgettable characters, featuring twenty-four stunning black-and-white illustrations by Timothy Basil Ering, in an elegant design that pays tribute to the best in classic children’s books and bookmaking traditions.
Readu Level
V
Lexile Level
680
Ages
8-12
Grades
5-7
Kevin Henkes

Olive's Ocean

Hardcover (2003-08-12) , 1st edition



Publisher
Greenwillow Books
Series
Newbery Honor Book
ISBN
0060535431 / 9780060535438
Pages
224
Weight
11.2 oz.
Dimensions
5.0 x 0.9 in.

"Olive Barstow was dead. She'd been hit by a car on Monroe Street while riding her bicycle weeks ago. That was about all Martha knew."

Martha Boyle and Olive Barstow could have been friends. But they weren't -- and now all that is left are eerie connections between two girls who were in the same grade at school and who both kept the same secret without knowing it.

Now Martha can't stop thinking about Olive. A family summer on Cape Cod should help banish those thoughts; instead, they seep in everywhere.

And this year Martha's routine at her beloved grandmother's beachside house is complicated by the Manning boys. Jimmy, Tate, Todd, Luke, and Leo. But especially Jimmy. What if, what if, what if, what if? The world can change in a minute.

Readu Level
-
Lexile Level
1130
Ages
10-12
Grades
5-7
Jim Murphy

An American Plague: The True and Terrifying Story of the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793

Hardcover (2003-06-23) , First edition



Publisher
Clarion Books
Series
Newbery Honor Book
ISBN
0395776082 / 9780395776087
Pages
176
Weight
24.0 oz.
Dimensions
7.0 x 0.7 in.

1793, Philadelphia. The nation's capital and the largest city in North America is devastated by an apparently incurable disease, cause unknown . . .

In a powerful, dramatic narrative, critically acclaimed author Jim Murphy describes the illness known as yellow fever and the toll it took on the city's residents, relating the epidemic to the major social and political events of the day and to 18th-century medical beliefs and practices. Drawing on first-hand accounts, Murphy spotlights the heroic role of Philadelphia's free blacks in combating the disease, and the Constitutional crisis that President Washington faced when he was forced to leave the city—and all his papers—while escaping the deadly contagion. The search for the fever's causes and cure, not found for more than a century afterward, provides a suspenseful counterpoint to this riveting true story of a city under siege.

An American Plague's numerous awards include a Sibert Medal, a Newbery Honor, and designation as a National Book Award Finalist. Thoroughly researched, generously illustrated with fascinating archival prints, and unflinching in its discussion of medical details, this book offers a glimpse into the conditions of American cities at the time of our nation's birth while drawing timely parallels to modern-day epidemics. Bibliography, map, index.

Readu Level
W
Lexile Level
780
Ages
8-12
Grades
3-7
Avi

Crispin: The Cross of Lead

Hardcover (2002-06-03) , First Edition edition



Publisher
Hyperion Books for Children
ISBN
0786808284 / 9780786808281
Pages
272
Weight
19.2 oz.
Dimensions
6.2 x 1.0 in.
H "Avi's plot is engineered for maximum thrills, with twists, turns, and treachery aplenty. . . . A page-turner to delight Avi's fans, it will leave readers hoping for a sequel."-Publishers Weekly (starred review)
H " . . . [T]he book is a page-turner from beginning to end . . . [A] meticulously crafted story, full of adventure, mystery, and action."
-School Library Journal (starred review)
"Historical fiction at its finest."-VOYA
Readu Level
Z+
Lexile Level
-
Ages
-
Grades
-
Nancy Farmer

The House of the Scorpion

Hardcover (2002-09-01) , 1st edition



Publisher
Atheneum/Richard Jackson Books
Series
Newbery Honor Book
ISBN
0439579295 / 9780439579292
Pages
380
Weight
20.8 oz.
Dimensions
6.0 x 1.2 in.
Series: National Book Award Winner for Young People's Literature, Newbery Honor Book, Printz Honor Book

Matteo Alacrán was not born; he was harvested.
His DNA came from El Patrón, lord of a country called Opium--a strip of poppy fields lying between the United States and what was once called Mexico. Matt's first cell split and divided inside a petri dish. Then he was placed in the womb of a cow, where he continued the miraculous journey from embryo to fetus to baby. He is a boy now, but most consider him a monster--except for El Patrón. El Patrón loves Matt as he loves himself, because Matt is himself.

As Matt struggles to understand his existence, he is threatened by a sinister cast of characters, including El Patrón's power-hungry family, and he is surrounded by a dangerous army of bodyguards. Escape is the only chance Matt has to survive. But escape from the Alacrán Estate is no guarantee of freedom, because Matt is marked by his difference in ways he doesn't even suspect.
Readu Level
V
Lexile Level
650
Ages
8-12
Grades
3-7
Patricia Reilly Giff

Pictures of Hollis Woods

Hardcover (2002-09-10) , First edition, third printing (stated) edition



Publisher
Wendy Lamb Books
Series
Newbery Honor Book
ISBN
0385326556 / 9780385326551
Pages
176
Weight
12.0 oz.
Dimensions
5.8 x 0.7 in.
This Newbery Honor book about a girl who has never known family fighting for her first true home “will leave readers . . . satisfied” (Kirkus Reviews).
 
Hollis Woods
is the place where a baby was abandoned
is the baby’s name
is an artist
is now a twelve-year-old girl
who’s been in so many foster homes she can hardly remember them all.
 
When Hollis is sent to Josie, an elderly artist who is quirky and affectionate, she wants to stay. But Josie is growing more forgetful every day. If Social Services finds out, they’ll take Hollis away and move Josie into a home. Well, Hollis Woods won’t let anyone separate them. She’s escaped the system before; this time, she’s taking Josie with her. Still, even as she plans her future with Josie, Hollis dreams of the past summer with the Regans, fixing each special moment of her days with them in pictures she’ll never forget.
 
Patricia Reilly Giff captures the yearning for a place to belong in this warmhearted story, which stresses the importance of artistic vision, creativity, and above all, family.
Readu Level
W
Lexile Level
760
Ages
12+
Grades
2-6
Carl Hiaasen

Hoot

Hardcover (2002-09-10) , 1 edition



Publisher
Knopf Books for Young Readers
ISBN
0375821813 / 9780375821813
Pages
304
Weight
13.6 oz.
Dimensions
5.8 x 1.1 in.
This Newbery Honor-winning, hilarious Floridian adventure involves new kids, bullies, alligators, eco-warriors, pancakes, pint-sized owls, and more. A New York Times bestseller!

Everybody loves Mother Paula’s pancakes. Everybody, that is, except the colony of cute but endangered owls that live on the building site of the new restaurant. Can the awkward new kid and his feral friend prank the pancake people out of town? Or is the owls’ fate cemented in pancake batter?

“A wonderful tour de-force.” —The Boston Globe
 
“A rollicking, righteous story.” —The Miami Herald
 
“Yes, it is a hoot.”—The Washington Post
Readu Level
Y
Lexile Level
750
Ages
9-12
Grades
4-6
Ann M. Martin

A Corner Of The Universe

Hardcover (2002-10-01) , 1st edition



Publisher
Scholastic Press
Series
Newbery Honor Book
ISBN
0439388805 / 9780439388801
Pages
208
Weight
12.8 oz.
Dimensions
5.5 x 0.8 in.
On the heels of her acclaimed novel BELLE TEAL, bestselling and beloved author Ann M. Martin presents a searing story about family ties and how they bind us.

The summer Hattie turns 12, her predictable smalltown life is turned on end when her uncle Adam returns home for the first time in over ten years. Hattie has never met him, never known about him. He's been institutionalized; his condition invovles schizophrenia and autism.

Hattie, a shy girl who prefers the company of adults, takes immediately to her excitable uncle, even when the rest of the family -- her parents and grandparents -- have trouble dealing with his intense way of seeing the world. And Adam, too, sees that Hattie is special, that her quiet, shy ways are not a disability,
Readu Level
T
Lexile Level
820
Ages
8-12
Grades
5-6
Stephanie S. Tolan

Surviving the Applewhites

Hardcover , First Edition edition



Publisher
HarperCollins
Series
Applewhites (Book 1)
ISBN
0066236029 / 9780066236025
Pages
224
Weight
15.2 oz.
Dimensions
5.5 x 0.8 in.
None
Readu Level
U
Lexile Level
920
Ages
10-12
Grades
5-7
Linda Sue Park

A Single Shard

Hardcover (2001-04-23) , 4th edition



Publisher
Clarion Books
Series
Newbery Medal Book
ISBN
0395978270 / 9780395978276
Pages
160
Weight
12.8 oz.
Dimensions
5.5 x 0.7 in.

In this Newbery Medal-winning book set in 12th century Korea, Tree-ear, a 13-year-old orphan, lives under a bridge in Ch’ulp’o, a potters' village famed for delicate celadon ware. He has become fascinated with the potter’s craft; he wants nothing more than to watch master potter Min at work, and he dreams of making a pot of his own someday. When Min takes Tree-ear on as his helper, Tree-ear is elated — until he finds obstacles in his path: the backbreaking labor of digging and hauling clay, Min’s irascible temper, and his own ignorance. But Tree-ear is determined to prove himself — even if it means taking a long, solitary journey on foot to present Min’s work in the hope of a royal commission . . . even if it means arriving at the royal court with nothing to show but a single celadon shard.

Readu Level
V
Lexile Level
950
Ages
10-15
Grades
5-6
Polly Horvath

Everything on a Waffle

Hardcover (2001-04-04)



Publisher
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Series
Newbery Honor Book
ISBN
0374322368 / 9780374322366
Pages
160
Weight
12.6 oz.
Dimensions
5.7 x 0.7 in.
By the author of The Trolls, a National Book Award Finalist.

My name is Primrose Squarp. I am eleven years old. I have hair the color of carrots in apricot glaze (recipe to follow), skin fair and clear where it isn't freckled, and eyes like summer storms.

Readers will know right from the start that the narrator of Everything on a Waffle is going to tell her story straight and pull no punches. Primrose's parents have been lost at sea, but she believes without an iota of doubt that they are still alive, somewhere. She moves in with her Uncle Jack, but feels generally friendless. Her only real refuge is a local restaurant called The Girl on the Red Swing, where the owner, Miss Bowzer, serves everything on waffles -- except advice and good sense, which come free of charge and are always reliable.

Food in general plays an important role in Primrose's journey toward peace and understanding (a recipe dictated in her unmistakable voice is appended to each chapter), and readers will eagerly cheer her on through this funny, bittersweet novel.
Everything on a Waffle is a 2001 Boston Globe - Horn Book Award Honor Book for Fiction and Poetry and a 2002 Newbery Honor Book.
Readu Level
-
Lexile Level
890
Ages
6-9
Grades
1-4
Marilyn Nelson

Carver: A Life in Poems

Hardcover (2001-04-09) , 1st edition



Publisher
Front Street imprint of Boyds Mills Press
Series
Coretta Scott King Author Honor Books
ISBN
9781886910 / 9781886910539
Pages
112
Weight
13.6 oz.
Dimensions
6.2 x 0.5 in.
George Washington Carver was born a slave in Missouri about 1864 and was raised by the childless white couple who had owned his mother. In 1877 he left home in search of an education, eventually earning a master's degree. In 1896, Booker T. Washington invited Carver to start the agricultural department at the all-black-staffed Tuskegee Institute, where he spent the rest of his life seeking solutions to the poverty among landless black farmers by developing new uses for soil-replenishing crops such as peanuts, cowpeas, and sweet potatoes. Carver's achievements as a botanist and inventor were balanced by his gifts as a painter, musician, and teacher. This Newbery Honor Book and Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book by Marilyn Nelson provides a compelling and revealing portrait of Carver's complex, richly interior, profoundly devout life.
Readu Level
V
Lexile Level
670
Ages
8-12
Grades
3-7
Richard Peck

A Year Down Yonder

Paperback (2002-11-21) , Reprint edition



Publisher
Puffin Books
ISBN
0142300705 / 9780439325431
Pages
160
Weight
4.8 oz.
Dimensions
5.0 x 0.4 in.
A Newbery Medal Winner

Richard Peck's Newbery Medal-winning sequel to A Long Way from Chicago


Mary Alice's childhood summers in Grandma Dowdel's sleepy Illinois town were packed with enough drama to fill the double bill of any picture show. But now she is fifteen, and faces a whole long year with Grandma, a woman well known for shaking up her neighbors-and everyone else! All Mary Alice can know for certain is this: when trying to predict how life with Grandma might turn out . . . better not. This wry, delightful sequel to the Newbery Honor Book A Long Way from Chicago has already taken its place among the classics of children's literature.

"Hilarious and poignant." —Publishers Weekly, starred review

A Newbery Medal Winner
A New York Times Bestseller
An ALA Notable Book
An ALA Best Book for Young Adults
A Booklist Best Book of the Year
A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year 
Readu Level
W
Lexile Level
710
Ages
12+
Grades
7-9
Joan Bauer

Hope Was Here

Hardcover (2000-09-11)



Publisher
G
Series
Newbery Honor Book
ISBN
9780399231 / 9780399231421
Pages
192
Weight
12.8 oz.
Dimensions
5.8 x 0.7 in.
Readers fell in love with teenage waitress Hope Yancey when Joan Bauer’s Newbery Honor–winning novel was published ten years ago. Now, with a terrific new jacket and note from the author, Hope’s story will inspire a new group of teen readers.
Readu Level
R
Lexile Level
610
Ages
9-12
Grades
4-7
Kate DiCamillo

Because of Winn-Dixie

Hardcover (2000-03-01) , 1st edition



Publisher
Candlewick
Series
Because of Winn-Dixie
ISBN
0763607762 / 9780763607760
Pages
184
Weight
8.8 oz.
Dimensions
5.8 x 0.7 in.
An unforgettable first novel about coming of age one sweet summer—and learning to love what you have.

The summer Opal and her father, the preacher, move to Naomi, Florida, Opal goes into the Winn-Dixie supermarket—and comes out with a dog. A big, ugly, suffering dog with a sterling sense of humor. A dog she dubs Winn-Dixie. Because of Winn-Dixie, the preacher tells Opal ten things about her absent mother, one for each year Opal has been alive. Winn-Dixie is better at making friends than anyone Opal has ever known, and together they meet the local librarian, Miss Franny Block, who once fought off a bear with a copy of WAR AND PEACE. They meet Gloria Dump, who is nearly blind but sees with her heart, and Otis, an ex-con who sets the animals in his pet shop loose after hours, then lulls them with his guitar.

Opal spends all that sweet summer collecting stories about her new friends and thinking about her mother. But because of Winn-Dixie or perhaps because she has grown, Opal learns to let go, just a little, and that friendship—and forgiveness—can sneak up on you like a sudden summer storm.

Recalling the fiction of Harper Lee and Carson McCullers, here is a funny, poignant, and utterly genuine first novel from a major new talent.
Readu Level
T
Lexile Level
800
Ages
10-14
Grades
5-6
Jack Gantos

Joey Pigza Loses Control

Hardcover (2000-09-22)



Publisher
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Series
Joey Pigza (Book 2)
ISBN
0439338743 / 9780374399894
Pages
208
Weight
14.4 oz.
Dimensions
6.4 x 0.8 in.

The sequel to Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key, a National Book Award Finalist.

When Joey Pigza meets his dad for the first time in years, he meets a grown-up version of his old out-of-control self. Carter Pigza is as wired as Joey used to be -- before his stint in special ed, and before he got his new meds.

Joey's mom reluctantly agrees that he can stay with his dad for a summer visit, which sends Joey racing with sky-high hopes that he and Carter can finally get to know each other. But as the weeks whirl by, Carter has bigger plans in mind. He decides that just as he has pulled himself up by his own bootstraps, Joey can do the same and become as normal as any kid, without the help of a doctor's prescription. Carter believes Joey can do it and Joey wants to believe him more than anything in the world.

Here is the continuation of the acclaimed Joey Pigza story, affirming not only that Joey Pigza is a true original but that it runs in the family. This title has Common Core connections.

Joey Pigza Loses Control is a 2000 New York Times Book Review Notable Children's Book of the Year and a 2001 Newbery Honor Book.

Readu Level
V
Lexile Level
830
Ages
8-12
Grades
3-7
Sharon Creech, David Diaz

The Wanderer

Hardcover



Publisher
HarperCollins
Series
Newbery Honor Book
ISBN
0060277300 / 9780060277307
Pages
320
Weight
16.0 oz.
Dimensions
5.5 x 1.0 in.
None
Readu Level
U
Lexile Level
950
Ages
10+
Grades
5-6
Christopher Paul Curtis

Bud, Not Buddy

Hardcover (1999-09-07) , 1 edition



Publisher
Delacorte Books for Young Readers
ISBN
0385323069 / 9780385323062
Pages
288
Weight
12.8 oz.
Dimensions
5.8 x 0.9 in.

The Newbery Medal and Coretta Scott King Award-winning classic about a boy who decides to hit the road to find his father—from Christopher Paul Curtis, author of The Watsons Go To Birmingham—1963, a Newbery and Coretta Scott King Honoree.
 
It’s 1936, in Flint Michigan. Times may be hard, and ten-year-old Bud may be a motherless boy on the run, but Bud’s got a few things going for him:

1. He has his own suitcase full of special things.
2. He’s the author of Bud Caldwell’s Rules and Things for Having a Funner Life and Making a Better Liar Out of Yourself.
3. His momma never told him who his father was, but she left a clue: flyers advertising Herman E. Calloway and his famous band, the Dusky Devastators of the Depression!!!!!!
 
Bud’s got an idea that those flyers will lead him to his father. Once he decides to hit the road to find this mystery man, nothing can stop him—not hunger, not fear, not vampires, not even Herman E. Calloway himself.
 
AN ALA BEST BOOK FOR YOUNG ADULTS
AN ALA NOTABLE CHILDREN'S BOOK
AN IRA CHILDREN'S BOOK AWARD WINNER
NAMED TO 14 STATE AWARD LISTS
 
“The book is a gem, of value to all ages, not just the young people to whom it is aimed.” —The Christian Science Monitor
 
“Will keep readers engrossed from first page to last.” —Publishers Weekly, Starred
 
“Curtis writes with a razor-sharp intelligence that grabs the reader by the heart and never lets go. . . . This highly recommended title [is] at the top of the list of books to be read again and again.” —Voice of Youth Advocates, Starred

Readu Level
V
Lexile Level
740
Ages
10-13
Grades
5-8
Audrey Couloumbis

Getting Near to Baby

Library Binding (2001-04-24)



Publisher
Perfection Learning
ISBN
075690840X / 9780756908409
Pages
211
Weight
8.8 oz.
Dimensions
4.8 x 0.8 in.
After their baby sister dies, Willa Jo and Little Sister's family falls apart. Their mother sinks deep into an unshakable depression, so the two older girls are sent to live with their strict Aunt Patty and her husband. Since Little Sister refuses to talk, Willa Jo has to try and make things right in their new home, but she can't stop missing her mother or the life the four of them had before Baby died. Aunt Patty is trying as hard as she can, but she doesn't really understand what Willa Jo and Little Sister are trying to deal with-until the morning the two girls climb up to the roof of her house, and stay there. Audrey Couloumbis's masterful debut novel brings to mind Karen Hesse, Katherine Paterson, and Betsy Byars's The Summer of the Swans it is a story you will never forget.
Readu Level
R
Lexile Level
900
Ages
8-12
Grades
3-7
Jennifer L Holm

Our Only May Amelia

Hardcover (1999-06-04) , 1st edition



Publisher
HarperCollins
ISBN
0060278226 / 9780060278229
Pages
272
Weight
17.6 oz.
Dimensions
5.5 x 0.9 in.

The beloved Newbery Honor book by the author of The Fourteenth Goldfish, about a spirited heroine growing up with trying circumstances, a sense of adventure, and tremendous heart.

It isn′t easy being a pioneer in the state of Washington in 1899. It′s particularly hard when you are the only girl ever born in the new settlement.

With seven older brothers and a love of adventure, May Amelia Jackson just can′t seem to abide her family′s insistence that she behave like a Proper Young Lady. She′s sure she could do better if only there were at least one other girl living along the banks of the Nasel River. And now that Mama′s going to have a baby, maybe there′s hope.

Inspired by the diaries of her great-aunt, the real May Amelia, three-time Newbery Honor-winning author Jennifer Holm gives a beautifully crafted tale of one young girl whose unique spirit captures the courage, humour, passion and depth of the American pioneer experience.

Readu Level
N
Lexile Level
640
Ages
7-10
Grades
2-5
Tomie dePaola

26 Fairmount Avenue

Hardcover (1999-04-05)



Publisher
G
Series
26 Fairmount Avenue (Book 1)
ISBN
9780399232 / 9780399232466
Pages
64
Weight
8.0 oz.
Dimensions
6.3 x 0.6 in.
Tomie dePaola?s stories from the momentous year his family built their new house at 26 Fairmount Avenue highlight his wit, sense of humor, and strong family bonds. The book earned raves from reviewers of all ages and a Newbery Honor award.