Newbery Winners
1972 - 1976

1976 Medal Winner

The Grey King by Susan Cooper YA Cooper, S. 

"Recuperating from illness at the home of Welsh kin, Will meets a strange boy, Bran, who accompanies him on his battle against the malevolence of the Grey King. Intricate yet cohesive, strong in its creation of a magic world that meshes closely with reality, this is a compelling fantasy that is traditional in theme and components yet original in conception".--Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books. 

Honor Books

The Hundred Penny Box by Sharon Bell Mathis j Mathis, S.

This book tells the story of "a boy and his hundred-year-old great-great-aunt in . . . a quietly intense story, illustrated with sepia pictures that make dramatic use of chiarosciro" 

Dragonwings by Laurence Yep YA Yep, L. + j Yep, L. 

A Chinese immigrant and his son build a flying machine in "an unusual historical novel, unique in its perspective of the Chinese in America and its portrayal of early 20th century San Francisco, including the Earthquake, from an immigrant's viewpoint."--"School Library Journal." ALA Notable Children's Books of 1971-1975; 1976 "Boston Globe/Horn Book" Award Honor Book; "New York Times" Outstanding Children's Books 1975; "School Library Journal" Best of the Best 1966-1978.

1975 Medal Winner

M. C. Higgins, the Great by Virginia Hamilton YA NEWBERY Hamilton, V. 

M.C. Higgins dreams of saving his family's home from strip miners. It is not until two strangers enter his life that he learns the answer to his dreams lies in coming to terms with his family heritage and his own identity. 

Honor Books

Figgs & Phantoms by Ellen Raskin 

Mona is miserable. Her family consists of Sister Figg Newton; Truman, the human pretzel; Aunt Gracie Jo, the dog catcher; and her son, Fido the Second. The only person Mona likes is her Uncle Florence, the book dealer, until she learns that things are seldom what they seem. Illustrated.

My Brother Sam is Dead by James Lincoln Collier & Christopher Collier YA Collier, C. + j COL 

Young Tim is caught between his brother's patriotism and his father's Tory sympathies, in this classic story of the American Revolution. "This stirring and authoritative novel earns a place beside our best historical fiction.

The Perilous Gard by Elizabeth Marie Pope 

In 1558, while exiled by Queen Mary Tudor to a remote castle known as Perilous Gard, young Kate Sutton becomes involved in a series of mysterious events that lead her to an underground world peopled by Fairy Folk—whose customs are even older than the Druids’ and include human sacrifice.

Philip Hall Likes Me, I Reckon Maybe by Bette Greene j GRE 

Eleven-year-old Beth thinks that Philip Hall likes her, but their on-again, off-again relationship sometimes makes her wonder.

1974 Medal Winner

The Slave Dancer by Paula Fox YA NEWBERY Fox, P. 

This moving production of the Newbery Award-winning children's classic tells the story of Jessie, a young boy snatched off the docks in New Orleans and thrown aboard a slave ship in a suspenseful and horrifying depiction of survival.

Honor Book

The Dark Is Rising by Susan Cooper j COO 

On his birthday Will Stanton finds himself endowed with strange powers, released from the hold of ordinary times and entrusted with a quest to unite the six Signs of Light so he can stem the rising power of the Dark. 

1973 Medal Winner

Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead YA NEWBERY Craighead, J. 

George Protected by a wolf pack while lost on the tundra, a 13-year-old Eskimo girl begins to appreciate her heritage--and the oneness with nature that modern man is destroying. This 1973 Newbery Medal-winning book is "compelling . . . A thrilling adventure story."--"School Library Journal."

Honor Books

Frog and Toad Together by Arnold Lobel j E LOB

Share the days and dreams of the very good friends Frog and Toad in another I Can Read anniversary treasure

The Upstairs Room by Johanna Reiss j 940.54 REI 

This autobiographical Newbery Honor Book shares the trials and triumphs of survival as the author depicts hiding in the upstairs room of a farmhouse for more than two years during World War II.

The Witches of Worm by Zilpha Keatley Snyder j SNY 

Jessica has never liked cats, and now she's really sorry she brought home a skinny, ugly kitten, Worm. Jessica is sure she isn't imagining the evil voice coming from the cat, telling her to play mean tricks on people. However, how can she explain what's happening, and who in the world will believe her?

1972 Medal Winner

Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O'Brien YA NEWBERY O’Brien, R. 

When mouse widow Mrs. Frisby needs advice on how to move her children safely, she consults the rats who live under the rosebush. Not only do they help her, they tell her of their escape from a laboratory where experimentation had made them literate, and of the brave death of her husband. Newbery Medal; ALA Notable Children's Book; "Horn Book" Fanfare Book

Honor Books

Incident At Hawk's Hill by Allan W. Eckert j ECK + LP

Six-year-old Ben is very small for his age, and gets along better with animals than people. One June day in 1870, Ben wanders away from his home on Hawk's Hill and disappears into the waving prairie grass. This is the story of how a shy, lonely boy survives for months in the wilds and forges a bond with a female badger. ALA Notable Book. 

The Planet of Junior Brown by Virginia Hamilton YA Hamilton, V. + j HAM 

"Two black eighth-grade boys in New York--one a neurotic, obese, musical prodigy, the other a homeless, tough-minded child of the streets--are the protagonists in an extraordinary story of heroism and survival and the interdependence of human beings".--ALA Notable Children's Books Committee.Ages 8-12.

The Tombs of Atuan by Ursula K. LeGuin YA SCI FIC LeGuin, U.

Arha's isolated existence as high priestess in the tombs of Atuan is jarred by a thief who seeks a special treasure.

Annie and the Old One by Miska Miles j MIL

A Navajo girl unravels a day's weaving on a rug whose completion, she believes, will mean the death of her grandmother.

The Headless Cupid by Zilpha Keatley Snyder j SNY
Life is never quite the same again for eleven-year-old David after the arrival of his new stepsister, a student of the occult.