Edwards Award Books
1996 - 1999
1999- Anne McCaffrey
The awards and honors for science fiction’s much-heralded "Dragon Lady", include being the first woman recipient of the Hugo Award. She has received the Nebula Award and ALA notable Book Award Citations. Ms. McCaffrey is the author of over 50 novels for young adults and adults.
"Her books have become science fiction classics and have "impressed" young adult readers for 30 years. Although set in imaginary worlds, McCaffrey’s focus on the personal and emotional need of human beings mirrors the quest of today’s teens to find their own place in society", stated Jana R. Fine, Clearwater (FL) Public Library System, chair of the Edwards Committee.
McCaffrey was cited for the following books: Dragonflight, Dragonquest, and the White Dragon comprise the series know as the Dragonriders of Pern, published by Del Rey. These three fantastic tales explore the bond between humans and dragons on the planet Pern. The Ship Who Sang , also published by Del Rey, takes readers into the artificial world of Helva – who becomes more machine than human. And the Harper Hall Trilogy, published by Bantam Spectra, follows Menolly and her bridge to adulthood through the following titles: Dragonsong, Dragonsinger, and Dragondrums.
1978. SCI FIC McCaffrey, A.
the Dragonriders of Pern trilogy. To the nobles who live in Benden Weyr,
Lessa is nothing but a ragged kitchen girl. For most of her life she has
survived by serving those who betrayed her father and took over his lands. Now
the time has come for Lessa to shed her disguise—and take back her stolen
changes when she meets a queen dragon. The bond they share will be deep and last
forever. It will protect them when, for the first time in centuries, Lessa’s
world is threatened by Thread, an evil substance that falls like rain and
destroys everything it touches. Dragons and their Riders once protected the
planet from Thread, but there are very few of them left these days. Now brave
Lessa must risk her life, and the life of her beloved dragon, to save her
beautiful world. . .
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in the Dragonriders of Pern trilogy. In this book you are
faced with a world further developed but still not rid of danger. Though the
Dragonriders of Pern fly again to fight Thread, their quarrels are now inside
within their midst. And without the unity within the Dragonriders, the world of
Pern is doomed. New adventures, new developments and new discoveries are made on
this wonderful book. You are here introduced to the young Jaxom, holder of
Ruatha Hold, son of ungrieved Fax and the missed Lady Gemma, to whom Lessa,
Weyrwoman of Benden Weyr has renounced her right to the Hold, rightful hers.
Young Jaxom will have a great part in the 3rd volume of the Dragonriders
Chronicles and you will be able to witness the true danger of the Red Star which
brings the dangerous Silver Threads to the wonderful world of Pern.
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in a Dragonriders of Pern trilogy. The story is titled after
Ruth, the runt dragon that Jaxom impressed. It follows the adventures of Ruth
and Jaxom as they mature and deal with the population growth of Pern and the
The Ship Who
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had been born human, but only her brain had been saved and implanted into the
titanium body of an intergalactic scout ship. But first she had to choose a
human partner, to soar with her through the daring adventures and exhilarating
escapades in space.
YA SCI FIC McCaffrey, A.
The first book
of the wonderful Harper Hall
Forbidden by her father to indulge in music in any way, a girl on the
planet Pern runs away, taking shelter with the planet's fire lizards who, along
with her music, open a new life for her.
Dragonsinger. 1977. YA SCI FIC McCaffrey,
is the second
book of Anne McCaffrey's Harper Hall trilogy. Pursuing her dream to be a Harper
of Pern, Menolly studies under the Masterharper learning that more is required
than a facility with music and a clever way with words. Sequel to Dragonsong.
Dragondrums. 1979. YA SCI FIC McCaffrey, A.
is the third book
of Anne McCaffrey's Harper Hall trilogy. When his boy soprano voice begins to
change, Piemur is drafted by Masterharper Robinton to help with political work
and is sent on missions that lead him into unusual and sometimes dangerous
1998 - Madeleine L'Engle
Considered one of the foremost American creators of fantasy and science fiction as well as a perceptive writer of realistic family stories, L'Engle is the author of more than 40 books for young adults and children. "A Wrinkle in Time" won the 1963 Newbery Medal.
"L'Engle tells stories that uniquely blend scientific principles and the quest for higher meaning," said Jeri Baker, chair of the Edwards Award Committee. "Basic to her philosophy of writing is the belief that 'story' helps individuals live courageously and creatively."
L'Engle was cited for the Austin Family Series, which includes "Meet the Austins" and "A Ring of Endless Light"; and the Time Fantasy Series, which includes "A Wrinkle In Time" and "A Swiftly Tilting Planet."
A Wrinkle in Time. 1962. YA
Newbery L’Engle, M.
Murry and her friends become involved with unearthly strangers and a search for
Meg's father, who has disappeared while engaged in secret work for the
The Moon by
1963. YA L’Engle, M.
the first time Vicky Austin feels the mixed emotions of friendship and love.
YA L’Engle, M.
A plot to rule New York City places the Austin family in
A Wind in
the Door. 1973. YA Sci Fic L’Engle, M.
a day and night of terror, the forces of good and evil fight for the life of a
boy and the ultimate salvation of mankind.
1978. YA Sci Fic L’Engle, M.
youngest of the Murry children must travel through time and space in a battle
against an evil dictator who would destroy the entire universe.
A Ring of
Endless Light. 1980.
YA L’Engle, M. During
the summer her grandfather is dying of leukemia and death seems all around,
15-year-old Vicky finds comfort with the pod of dolphins with which she has been
Many Waters. 1986. YA
Sci Fic L’Engle, M. The
fifteen-year-old Murry twins, Sandy and Dennys, are accidentally sent back to a
strange Biblical time period, in which mythical beasts roam the desert and a man
named Noah is building a boat in preparation for a great flood.
YA L’Engle, M. As
she tries to stay alive after being left on an iceberg in the Antarctic,
sixteen-year-old Vicky recalls the series of events that brought her to the
bottom of the world and involved her in a dangerous mystery.
YA L’Engle, M. Narrated
by twelve-year-old Vicky, Meet the Austins follows the adjustment of Vicky and
her siblings (John, Suzy, and Rob) to a new member of the Austin household --
Maggy Hamilton, who is suddenly orphaned when her father is killed in a plane
accident. Maggy is at first petulant and spoiled, but gradually, as she
witnesses how the Austins stick firmly together through good times and bad, she
begins to open her heart and become one of the family.
1997 - Gary Paulsen
From quiet introspective memoirs to edge-of-the-seat adventures, Paulsen grabs and holds the attention of his readers. The theme of survival is woven throughout, whether it is living through a plane crash or living in an abusive, alcoholic household. The six books the committee cited exemplified different aspect of Paulsen's central theme.
With his intense love of the outdoors and crazy courage born of adversity, Paulsen has reached young adults everywhere. His writing conveys a profound respect for their intelligence and ability to overcome life's worst realities. As Paulsen himself has said, 'I know if there is any hope at all for the human race, it has to come from young people.
AWARD Paulsen, G.
This Newbery Honor book is a dramatic, heart-stopping story of a boy who,
following a plane crash in the Canadian wilderness, must learn to survive with
only a hatchet and his own wits. Ages 12-up.
immediacy, the award winning novelist Gary Paulsen pulls us into the
breathtaking drama of his own story. His life-changing adventure begins with
sparkling days and moonlit nights spent running with his dogs in the Minnesota
6-9-- Of the four rooms downstairs in the northern Minnesota farmhouse, the one
that might be called a living room is where Wayne and Eldon, their parents and
great-uncle, and old Norwegian Nels spend their winters. There the family sits
near the corner wood stove and listens, uninterrupting, as Uncle David tells
stories--of the old country, of old times, of a semi-mythical lumberjack. Eldon,
the younger son, begins his own story, in spring, when everything is soft. While
he describes for readers the farm activities of each season and narrates
memorable pranks and milestones of his boyhood, it is the palpable awareness of
place and character that is unforgettable. Paulsen, with a simple intensity,
brings to consciousness the texture, the smells, the light and shadows of each
distinct season. He has penned a mood poem in prose. Uncle David's final story
precipitates within the brothers a fuller understanding of personal identity and
integrity. For those special readers who find delight in The Winter Room, it
will become a part of their own identity and understanding. Teachers who seek to
illuminate the use of ordinary English words with extraordinary descriptive
power will find the introductory chapter, in particular, to be a godsend.
8-12 Manny is a small Mexican street boy in Juarez, an orphan who survives by
using his wits and his speed against other desperate boys, against the evil
street men who would kill or sell him, against starvation and death. Manny has
only one chance to survive, and that means crossing the river into the United
States, an incredibly dangerous undertaking for a small boy alone. Robert is a
sergeant in the Army. His whole life consists of being a good officer during the
day and surviving his haunted nights by drinking himself into oblivion. Robert
is haunted by dead friends, gruesomely killed in war. Manny and Robert meet when
the sergeant is being sick behind a bar and Manny tries to lift his wallet.
Manny doesn't succeed, but this is the beginning of a relationship, brief and
brutal, which leads to the sergeant's death and Manny's chance for survival.
(Readers may question what language is being spoken, as it is made clear that
Robert speaks no Spanish and Manny knows only enough English to hold a ``limited
conversation.'' However, it shouldn't matter, as the two have little verbal
communication.) Paulsen creates a stark, moving portrait of Mexican poverty and
street life, of the desperation facing those who attempt ``the crossing.'' Like
the relationship between Robert and Manny, this book is brief and brutal but
ends on a note of hope. The short length and simple writing style should give
this book special appeal for high-school students who are reluctant readers.
Brennan is a
young loner of the type that will be instantly familiar to Paulsen fans. Coyote
Runs is a 19th-century Apache boy who was murdered during the raid that was to
mark his entry into manhood. The two boys' stories come together when Brennan
unearths Coyote Runs's skull and grows obsessed with the Apache's history. A
sort of psychic link is forged, and Brennan learns that Coyote Runs's spirit
will have no rest until his skull is taken to a sacred spot in the canyons.
Brennan therefore undertakes a grueling and unusual journey which serves as a
modern-day coming-of-age ritual. Terse language keeps the story moving at a
brisk pace. This novel is not as engrossing as Hatchet , nor is it likely to
appeal to as wide an audience. However, readers with an appetite for Paulsen's
blend of nature and mysticism will overlook Canyons 's predictable plot and find
much to savor in its spirit. Ages 12-up.
troubled, battle-scarred veteran who works at the local ice rinks enlightens
Marsh and his close friend, Willy, about the devastating consequences and
horrors of war and, at the same time, about the redeeming potential of love.
1996 - Judy Blume
In presenting this award to Judy Blume for Forever, the Young Adult Library Services Association recognizes that she broke new ground in her frank portrayal of Michael and Katherine, high school seniors who are in love for the first time. Their love and sexuality are described in an open, realistic manner and with great compassion. The emotions experienced by Michael and Katherine are as true today as they were when the book was written in 1975. The appeal of the book is fresh and continuous because everyday someone, somewhere finds a first love.
tells a convincing tale of first love--a love that seems strong and true enough
to last forever. Katherine loves Michael so much, in fact, that she's willing to
lose her virginity to him, and, as the months go by, it gets harder and harder
for her to imagine living without him. However, something happens when they are
separated for the summer: Katherine begins to have feelings for another guy.
What does this mean about her love for Michael? What does this mean about love
in general? What does "forever" mean, anyway? As always, Blume writes
as if she's never forgotten a moment of what it's like to be a teenager.