Edwards Award Books
1992 - 1995
- Cynthia Voigt
The books of Cynthia Voigt have shown the lasting ability to speak to the young adult experience and to help readers become more aware of themselves and the world around them.
In presenting this award to Cynthia Voigt for Homecoming, Dicey's Song, Solitary Blue, Building Blocks, The Runner, Jackaroo, and Izzy, Willy-Nilly, the Young Adult Library Services Association recognizes her profound respect for the capability of youth. Voigt's intense character studies introduce young adults to genuine people often isolated from society. While her characters may be orphaned, abandoned, disabled, their strength to overcome adversity is extraordinary.
Abandoned by their mother, four children begin a search for a home and an
NEWBERY Voigt, C.
Thirteen-year-old Dicey Tillerman brings
her abandoned family to the home of their eccentric grandmother to learn how to
trust, and when to let go. "A rich and perceptive book."
Jeff's mother, who deserted the family years before, reenters his life and
widens the gap between Jeff and his father, a gap that only truth, love, and
friendship can heal.
would it be like to be older than your father?
never imagined that he would actually get the chance to find out. But suddenly
he is hurled back in time to spend the day with his father as a young boy. In
this single mystifying day of adventure, Brann discovers that there is more to
his dad -- and fate -- than he thought.
Bullet Tillerman is a track team star
who answers to no one. He'd rather be cut from the team than work with the
promising new runner, Tamer Shipp. But Bullet finds his own rules are becoming
too painful to live by. "A powerful, intensely moving novel . . .
YA Voigt, C.
When hard times among the People revive the old stories of the hero
Jackaroo, an innkeeper's daughter follows her own quest to unlock the secret
reality behind the legend.
When Izzy Lingard loses the lower part of
her right leg in an auto accident, she is forced to look at her life from a
radically different perspective. Newbery winner Voigt shows unusual insight into
the workings of a 15-year-old girl's mind. Izzy faces the shock of loss, her
friends' inability to cope with that loss, a bungling but bright classmate whose
directness helps Izzy face reality, and a supportive, loving family who make her
homecoming bearable. Just as Voigt's perceptive empathy brings Izzy to life,
other characterizations are memorable, whether of Izzy's shallow former friends
or of her egocentric 10-year-old sister.
- Walter Dean Myers
In presenting this award to Walter Dean Myers for Hoops, Motown & Didi, Fallen Angels, and Scorpions, the Young Adult Library Services Association recognizes that these books authentically portray African-American youth, but their appeal is not limited to any particular ethnic group. The writing of Walter Dean Myers illustrates the universality of the teenage experience in urban America.
A teenage basketball player
from Harlem is befriended by a former professional player who, after being forced to quit because of a point shaving scandal, hopes to prevent other young
athletes from repeating his mistake.
Motown and Didi, two teenage loners in Harlem, become allies in a fight
against Touchy, the drug dealer whose dope is destroying Didi's brother, and
find themselves falling in love with each other.
Angels—YA Myers, W.
The critically acclaimed story of one
young man's tour of duty in Vietnam and a testament to the thousands of young
people who lived and died during the war. This generation's most powerful
author Walter Dean Myers (Brown Angels; The Righteous Revenge of Artemis Bonner)
tells the story of 12-year-old Jamal, whose life changes drastically when he
acquires a gun. Though he survives the experience, it's not without sacrificing
his innocence and possibly his friendship with his best friend.
- M.E. Kerr
Kerr says, "When I think of myself and what I would have like to have found in books those many years ago, I remember being depressed by all the neatly tied-up, happy-ending stories, the abundance of winners, the themes of winning, solving, finding - when around me it didn't seem that easy. So I write with a different feeling when I write for young adults. I guess I write for myself at that age."
A native of Auburn, New York, Kerr attended the University of Missouri. She now lives in East Hampton in Long Island, New York. She has written adult mysteries under the name of Vin Packer and has written books for adults under the name M.J.
Hocker Shoots Smack—YA
Published in 1972, Kerr's spectacularly funny and now famous first novel for
young adults is not another anti-drug sermon. Dinky does not shoot smack nor is
she about to--she only makes the announcement so that her mother will give her
a newspaper story claims that Buddy Boyle's grandfather is a former Nazi, the
ensuing chaos threatens the boy's familial ties and a romantic relationship.
Me Me Me Me Me: Not a
"The author recounts escapades from
her own teenage years and reveals how many of those real-life people and events
served as springboards for the fictional characters and plots in her nine young
At 17, Erick Rudd finds that his relatively stable life is turned upside
down by two nearly simultaneous events. His best friend Jack's girlfriend Nicki,
who's beautiful and flirtatious, makes a play for him. To Nicki, Erick's a
challenge; he falls hard for her, but loses his friendship with Jack and his own
girlfriend in the process. He also finds out that his older brother Pete is
dying of AIDS, which is how he learns that Pete is gay. Through Erick's eyes the
reader sees the effect of this shocking news on the Rudd family. Even without
having tackled the subject of AIDS, this would have been another fine novel by
Kerr: her characterizations are strong and true, and the book's very
contemporary references (MTV, Madonna, etc.) will appeal to teens. But it's her
sensitive, compassionate treatment of AIDS, and how Erick and his family cope
with it, that make this story exceptional, and one of Kerr's most moving yet.
- Lois Duncan
Lois Duncan provides readers
a window to a world that houses many different individuals - the strong, the
weak, the kind, the evil, the fortunate, the underprivileged, the arrogant, the
submissive, the caring, and the indifferent.
Duncan's novels allow readers to
examine themselves, their circumstances and their world. Whether accepting
responsibility for the death of an English teacher or admitting to their
responsibility for a hit and run accident, Duncan's characters face a universal
truth - your actions are important and you are responsible for them.
Duncan started writing as a
child, submitting writing for publication when she was 10 and had her first
story accepted at 13. At 20, she wrote her first young adult novel. Now a
resident of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Lois Duncan has published more than 40
Chapters: My Growth
as a Writer
author recounts the experiences from her childhood, adolescence, and marriage
which have been incorporated into her fictional stories and poems.
I Know What You Did Last
YA Mystery, DUN
was only an accident -- but it would change their lives forever. Last summer,
four terrified friends made a desperate pact to conceal a shocking secret. But
some secrets don't stay buried, and someone has learned the truth. Someone bent
on revenge. This summer, the horror is only beginning....
MYSTERY Duncan, L.
A teenager casually suggests playing a
cruel trick on the English teacher, but did he intend it to end with murder?
Five were missing on a terrifying ride
into a nightmare. In the beginning it was just a bus ride home from school, but
the driver is a stranger.
Summer of Fear
after the arrival of cousin Julia, insidious occurrences begin that convince
Rachel that Julia is a witch and must be stopped before her total monstrous plan
can be effected.
The Twisted Window
YA Mystery, DUN
a high school junior, becomes embroiled in the problems of a strange boy, who
asks her assistance in "snatching" his half-sister from her father who
has allegedly kidnapped her.