Edwards Award Books
2007 - 2010
2010 - Jim Murphy
Murphy is the recipient of the 2010 Margaret A. Edwards Award honoring his
significant and lasting contribution to writing for teens for An American
Plague: The True and Terrifying Story of the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793;
Blizzard! The Storm That Changed America; The Great Fire; The Long Road to
Gettysburg; and A Young Patriot: The American Revolution as Experienced by One
Murphy’s well-researched books bring history alive through multiple narratives
involving young people. Primary sources, maps, photos, illustrations and
dialogue reveal the drama of historical events, making Murphy’s books fast-paced
reading of particular interest for young adults. The reader participates in the
lives of these individuals and the events that shaped history.
An American Plague: The True and Terrifying Story of the Yellow Fever
Epidemic of 1793, tells the story of the devastating course of the
epidemic and highlights the heroic efforts of some, and the ignorance of others,
to curb this disease that has yet to be eradicated. Blizzard! The Storm
that Changed America, tells the chilling story of the three-day 1888
storm that crippled the East Coast. The Great Fire, reveals the
myriad events that led to the catastrophic fire that destroyed much of Chicago
in 1871. The Long Road to Gettysburg, details perspectives of
young soldiers on both sides of the Civil War and the events that culminated in
the Gettysburg Address. A Young Patriot: The American Revolution as
Experienced by One Boy, follows 15-year-old Joseph Plumb Martin, from
his enlistment through the many battles and hardships of the American
An American Plague
YA 614.5 MUR
YA 974.7 MUR
The Great Fire
YA 977.3 MUR
The Long Road to Gettysburg
Young Patriot: The American Revolution as Experienced by One Boy
2009 - Laurie Halse Anderson
Halse Anderson is the winner of the 2009 Margaret A. Edwards Award for Catalyst,
Fever 1793, and Speak.
These gripping and exceptionally well-written novels, through various settings,
time periods, and circumstances, poignantly reflect the growing and changing
realities facing teens. Iconic and classic in her storytelling and character
development, Anderson has created for teens a body of work that continues to be
widely read and cherished by a diverse audience.
In Catalyst, overachiever Kate Malone is forced to confront unresolved issues
when girl bully Terri and her family move into her home. Fever 1793, shows how Mattie Cook’s dreams for the future are reduced
to a day-to-day struggle for survival as a yellow fever epidemic fills the
streets of Philadelphia. In Speak, a 2000 Printz Honor Book, Melinda Sordino is silenced by
a trauma and ostracized by her classmates until she once again faces her
attacker and finds the strength to fight back
“Laurie Halse Anderson masterfully gives voice to teen characters undergoing
transformations in their lives through their honesty and perseverance while
finding the courage to be true to themselves,” said Edwards Committee Chair
2008 - Orson Scott Card
Scott Card is the recipient of the 2008 Margaret A. Edwards Award honoring his
outstanding lifetime contribution to writing for teens for his novels Ender's
Game and Ender's Shadow. An accomplished storyteller, Card weaves the everyday
experiences of adolescence into broader narratives, addressing universal
questions about humanity and society. The award was announced January 14 at the
2008 Midwinter Meeting of the American Library Association (ALA) in
Ender's Game and Ender's Shadow both published by Tor Books, present a future
where a global government trains gifted young children from around the world in
the art of interstellar warfare, hoping to find a leader whose skills can
prevent a second attack upon humanity by the insect-like aliens descriptively
nicknamed "buggers." Young Andrew "Ender" Wiggin may be the savior they seek. He
is not alone, as seen in the companion tale, Ender's Shadow, where orphaned Bean
relates his own Battle School experiences. Just as the stories of Ender and Bean
are paralleled in the novels, their experiences echo those of teens, beginning
as children navigating in an adult world and growing into a state of greater
awareness of themselves, their communities and the larger universe.
"Ender's Game and Ender's Shadow continually capture the imagination and
interest of teens," said Edwards Committee Chair Brenna Shanks. "The conflicts
of self and society, on a personal level and on a universal stage, never lose
Card, the author of numerous books, short stories and plays, lives in
SCI FIC CAR
SCI FIC CAR
Lois Lowry, author of "The Giver," is the recipient of the
2007 Margaret A.
Edwards Award honoring her outstanding lifetime contribution to writing for
teens. The award was announced January 22 at the American Library Association
(ALA) Midwinter Meeting in Seattle.
"The Giver," published by Walter Lorraine Books/Houghton Mifflin Company,
explores a future where differences have been erased and strict rules govern
society. The novel tells the story of Jonas, a young man designated as the new
Receiver of Memory for his community. Little by little, Lowry reveals what is
absent from Jonas’ life: color, pain, love. Readers, along with Jonas, discover
that lack of freedom is too heavy a price to pay for security.
"‘The Giver’ is a timeless classic with widespread teen appeal," said Edwards
Committee Chair Mary Hastler. "Lowry’s complex and provocative novel, translated
into 22 languages, remains infinitely discussable."
In fact, "The Giver" was one of the most frequently challenged books from
1990-2000, as recorded by the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom. A challenge
is a formal, written attempt to remove a book from a library or classroom.
Published in 1993, "The Giver" continues to provide a mechanism for teens to
understand themselves, the
in which they live and their relationships with others and with society.
"The book has held a unique position in teen literature. Lowry’s exceptional use
of metaphors and subtle complexity make it a book that will be discussed,
debated and challenged for years to come…a perfect teen read," Hastler said.
Lowry lives in Boston and continues to provide support to those fighting
censorship attempts against this complex novel.