Newbery Winners
1977 - 1981

1981 Medal Winner

Jacob Have I Loved by Katherine Paterson - YA NEWBERY Paterson, K

Sara Louise Bradshaw knows that she should be proud of her beautiful twin Caroline. But how can she? Ever since they were born, Caroline has done nothing but take from Louise: their parents' love, Louise's hopes for an education, even her best -- and only -- friend. For once in her life, Louise wants to experience the kind of happiness that has always come so easily to Caroline, but in order to do that, she must first figure out who she is. And then she must make a place for herself outside her sister's shadow...

Honor Books

The Fledgling by Jane Langton - YA SCI FIC Langton, J. + j LAN 

Georgie's fondest hope, to be able to fly, is fleetingly fulfilled when she is befriended by a Canada goose.

A Ring of Endless Light by Madeleine L'Engle - 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 doing research.

1980 Medal Winner

A Gathering of Days: A New England Girl's Journal, 1830-1832 by Joan W. Blos - YA NEWBERY Blos, J.

Honor Book

The Road from Home: The Story of an Armenian Girl by David Kherdian - YA Kherdian, D.

A Newbery Honor book about Kherdian's mother, who was deported from Turkey in 1915, and the circumstances surrounding her arrival in the United States in 1924. Ages 10-14.

1979 Medal Winner

The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin - YA NEWBERY Raskin, E.

The mysterious death of an eccentric millionaire brings together an unlikely assortment of heirs who must uncover the circumstances of his death before they can claim their inheritance.

Honor Book

The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson - j PAT 

Winner of the 1979 National Book Award for Children's Literature and many other distinguished awards, this 1979 Newbery Honor Book is filled with love and compassion as it tells the story of an 11-year-old girl who yearns for a real family.

1978 Medal Winner

Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson - j NEWBERY PAT 

The life of a ten-year-old boy in rural Virginia expands when he becomes friends with a newcomer who subsequently meets an untimely death trying to reach their hideaway, Terabithia, during a storm.

Honor Books

Ramona and Her Father by Beverly Cleary - j CLE + j Spanish CLE 

In this classic tale, Ramona tries to cheer up her father after he loses his job and tries to help him stop smoking.

Anpao: An American Indian Odyssey by Jamake Highwater - 398.2 HIG 

The Newbery Honor Award-winning story of a young warrior's mystical search for his own destiny. "A vivid, sensitive rendering".--Booklist. Full color.

1977 Medal Winner

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor - YA NEWBERY Taylor, M. 

This unforgettable saga of racial tensions in the turbulent South has become a modern classic. Now on its 25th anniversary, the Newbery Medal winner is being reissued for a new generation of readers. "Taylor . . . writes not with rancor or bitterness of indignities, but with pride, strength, and respect for humanity".--"The New York Times Book Review".

Honor Books

Abel's Island by William Steig j STE 

Castaway on an uninhabited island, Abel, a very civilized mouse, finds his resourcefulness and endurance tested to the limit as he struggles to survive and return to his home.

A String in the Harp by Nancy Bond YA Bond, N.

The three Morgan children accompany their recently widowed professor father to Wales, where their worsening family life is transformed by twelve-year-old Peter's discovery of the harp-tuning key of Taliesin, the legendary sixteenth-century Welsh bard.