Edwards Award Books
2000 - 2003
- Nancy Garden
Garden’s writing encompasses nonfiction and a range of fiction from historical to fantasy to realistic. The book recognized, “Annie on My Mind,” is the bittersweet story of two young women who fall in love.
“ Nancy Garden has the distinction of being the first author for young adults to create a lesbian love story with a positive ending,” said Award Committee Chair Rosemary Chance, an assistant professor at The University of Southern Mississippi. “Using a fluid, readable style, Garden opens a window through which readers can find courage to be true to themselves.”
Garden currently lives in Carlisle, Mass., with her partner. She writes full time and also teaches writing to correspondence school students.
My Mind (1982)
Liza puts aside her feelings for Annie after the disaster at school, but
eventually she allows love to triumph over the ignorance of people.
"Paul Zindel knows and understands the reality young adults deal with day-to-day," said Committee Chair Mary Long, a teacher-librarian at Wilson Middle School in Plano, Texas. "He has the ability to depict young adults in an honest and realistic way. The characters he developed nearly 40 years ago still speak to today's teens."
In "The Pigman," widely recognized as one of the first authentic young adult novels; its sequel "The Pigman's Legacy;" and "My Darling, My Hamburger," Zindel's teen characters search for a sense of self, a way to connect with others and an understanding of the adult world into which they are moving.
Zindel currently lives in New Jersey. He earned a bachelor's of science and a master's of science degree from Wagner College, and was awarded an honorary doctorate by his alma mater. Zindel demonstrates to teens that they have worth and can contribute to the world. Serious issues are lightened by an offbeat sense of humor
YA Zindel, P.
Two lonely high school students befriend a strange old man, Mr. Pignati.
"An intensely moving story of believably alienated young people.”
(1984) YA Zindel, P.
Haunted by the memory of a dead friend, two teenagers join an old man in a
series of misadventures.
Pigman & Me
(1993) YA 921 ZINDEL, P. Zin
Gr 7-12--A popular author turns teen troubles into humor as he recalls the
year he, his sister, and their neurotic, wheeler-dealer mother shared a house
with another single mother and her rambunctious, identical, preschool twins.
Salvation comes in the form of his "pigman."
Darling, My Hamburger
(1969) YA Zindel, P.
Four high school seniors struggle with the responsibilities of growing up,
particularly the problems of an intimate relationship.
Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds: A Drama in Two Acts
(1971) YA Zindel, P.
A Pulitzer Prize-winning play by the author of "The Pigman"
focuses on the ups and downs of the relationship between an embittered,
eccentric woman and her two teenage daughters.
Lipsyte's "The Contender" and its sequels, "The Brave" and "The Chief" transformed the sports novel to authentic literature with their gritty depiction of the boxing world. An ongoing theme is the struggle of their protagonists to seek personal victory by their continuing efforts towards a better life despite defeats. The same theme appears in the humorous "One Fat Summer," in which an overweight boy deals with the timeless angst of body image. Lipsyte's books focus on the search for self-definition by young adults.
Robert Lipsyte lives in New York. He graduated from Columbia College and the Graduate School of Journalism. Beginning his career as a copyboy for the New York Times, he left fourteen years later as a sports columnist ready to write books. Author of many books, he has gained the greatest satisfaction from his young adult books because he feels "that I've had the chance to make a real impact on minds that are still open to possibility and change."
Contender (1967)—YA Lipsyte, R.
life is going nowhere fast. He's a high-school dropout working at a grocery
store. His best friend is drifting behind a haze of drugs and violence, and now
some street punks are harassing him for something he didn't do. Feeling
powerless and afraid, Alfred gathers up the courage to visit Donatelli's Gym,
the neighborhood's boxing club. He wants to be a champion--on the streets and in
his own life. Alfred doesn't quite understand when Mr. Donatelli tells him,
"It's the climbing that makes the man. Getting to the top is an extra
reward." In the end, he learns that a winner isn't necessarily the one
standing when the fight is over. Teens and adults alike will be knocked out by
this powerful story of how a frightened boy becomes a man.
The long-awaited sequel to The Contender. 17-year-old Sonny Bear has lived
most of his life on the reservation with Uncle Jake. Sonny's fists have found
him escape, but when he takes off for New York City, his fighting instincts land
him in trouble with the law. Then he meets Alfred Brooks--hero of The Contender
and now a cop--who helps Sonny discover the strength that's within him.
Lipsyte fans will be delighted to discover that the final installment in the
trilogy begun by The Contender is worthy, in every way, of the fine novels that
preceded it. The language, concise and powerful, moves the story along at a
seemingly effortless clip; its staccato cadences are guaranteed to raise more
than a few goosebumps. Sonny Bear, the half-Moscondaga, half-white protagonist
of The Brave , is back, eking out a meager living on the professional boxing
circuit. Also making a return appearance is aspiring novelist Marty Witherspoon,
Sonny's old friend and the tale's narrator, who finds himself acting as
publicity manager for the aspiring heavyweight champ on an impromptu trip to Las
Vegas. Marty's angling lands Sonny in a glitzy and highly publicized match,
which indirectly leads him into the hands of a bunch of Hollywood agents who
want to make him the country's next TV idol. Before the glamour can take too
much of a toll on him, violent events call Sonny back to the reservation, where
a newly built casino threatens to destroy the soul of the Moscondaga Nation.
Dramatic doings, terse and thrilling language and deftly sketched characters
produce a heart-pounding read. Ages 12-up.
Fat Summer (1977)—YA
Overweight Bobby Marks
hates the summertime because he can't hide under heavy clothing. Then he gets a
job grooming the grounds of Dr. Kahn's estate, and it isn't long before he finds
out how terrifying and exhilirating, how dangerous and wonderful, one fat summer
- Chris Crutcher
A six-time ALA Award winner, Crutcher writes novels that revolve around school, sports, friends and family. "His stories bring to life the contemporary teen world, including its darker side," said Joan Atkinson, Edwards Award Committee chair.
"Sarah Byrnes suffers facial deformity caused by her father's deliberate cruelty. Jennifer Lawless dreads the nights her stepfather forces his sexual advances on her. Louis Banks mourns the tragic and senseless death of his talented, understanding sweetheart/friend. Crutcher's themes include the power of friendships and connections to others and the necessity of taking responsibility for one's own life," Atkinson said.
"Crutcher takes teenagers seriously and cares about them. Readable, humorous, immediate and unforgettable, Crutcher's stories give hope to young adults struggling with the eternal questions of who they are and where they belong."
Born in Dayton, Ohio, Crutcher was raised in an Air Force family in Cascade, Idaho. His bachelor's degree in psychology/sociology ultimately led him to a teaching job in California and directorship of a K-12 alternative school for inner-city kids. After 10 years he moved to Spokane, Wash., where he now resides, to work as a child and family therapist. Crutcher began writing at age 35.
Fat for Sarah Byrnes
(1994) YA Crutcher, C.
Eric "Mobey" Calhoune finds himself desparately needed by his
longtime friend, Sarah Byrnes. Because of a bond that is cemented by a mutual
recognition of each other's physical imperfection, Eric becomes the last, best
hope for helping Sarah escape the catatonic state into which she slipped. Join
Eric as he tackles the task of discovering the cause of Sarah's pain and at the
same time experience the wealth of support they both enjoy beyond their little
YA Crutcher, C.
These six powerful short stories chronicle bits of the lives of characters,
major and minor, who have walked the rugged terrain of Chris Crutcher's earlier
works. They also introduce some new and unforgettable personalities who may well
be heard from again in future books. As with all Crutcher's work, these are
stories about athletes, and yet they are not sport stories. They are tales of
love and death, bigotry and heroism, of real people doing their best even when
that best isn't very good. Crutcher's straightforward style and total honesty
have earned him an admiring audience and made readers of many nonreaders.
YA Crutcher, C.
Still troubled by his older brother's violent suicide, eighteen-year-old
Dillon becomes deeply involved in the terrible secret of his friend Jennifer,
who feels she can tell no one what her stepfather is doing to her.
Crazy Horse Electric Game
(1987) YA Crutcher, C.
Willie is enjoying his life as a baseball hero when he is suddenly in an
accident and his left brain damaged. Shunned by everyone, he runs away and
enrolls in a special school. With the help of one special man and the people
around him, he learns to cope with his condition.
(1986) YA Crutcher, C.
High school buddies and members of the swim team Walker, Nortie, Lion and
Jeff accept the challenge to participate in Stotan week--a week of rigorous swim
training that pushes them beyond physical pain and tests their moral fiber,
changing their lives forever.
YA Crutcher, C.
a high school senior in a small Idaho town, learns about sportsmanship, love,
and death as he matures into manhood.
(1995) YA Crutcher, C.
"Bo" Brewster is your average teenager with an extremely low tolerance
for dictatorial adults and an extremely high tolerance for physical exertion.
This unique combination both gets Bo into trouble, exile to Mr. Nak's Anger
Management class, and helps him find a way out, training for and completion of a
triathlon. Pick up Ironman and join Bo as he uses the lessons and friendships
from Mr. Nak's class to overcome the emotional and physical obstacles he faces.