Tuesday, January 11, 2011

2011 Newberry Medal Winner

The 2011 Newberry Medal was announced yesterday. The winner was Moon over Manifest, by Claire Vanderpool:

"Abilene Tucker feels abandoned. Her father has put her on a train, sending her off to live with an old friend for the summer while he works a railroad job. Armed only with a few possessions and her list of universals, Abilene jumps off the train in Manifest, Kansas, aiming to learn about the boy her father once was."
-From Random House

Confession: I don't know much about it. But I am reading last year's winner (When You Reach Me, by Rebecca Stead) at the moment, and finding it quite lovely and engaging.

The Newberry Medal is awarded every year by a committee of librarians to recognize "the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children."

Previous winners include Neil Gaiman's The Graveyard Book, Scott O Dell's Island of the Blue Dolphins, Robert C. O'Brien's Mrs Frisby and the Rats of Nimh and Katherine Paterson's Jacob Have I Loved and Bridge to Terabithia (all of which I highly reccommend).

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the update, SE. Shall check it out. (nice title) jx