Newbery Winners
1982 - 1986

1986 Medal Winner

Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan j NEWBERY MAC 

"In a near-perfect miniature novel, two children experience the apprehensions and joys of the possibility of a new mother, when their father invites a mail-order bride to their prairie home."--"Booklist." ALA Notable Children's Book; IRA/CBC Children's Choice Book; "School Library Journal" Best of the Best; a "New York Times" Outstanding Children's Book; Golden Kite Award for Fiction; Christopher Award.

Honor Books

Commodore Perry In the Land of the Shogun by Rhoda Blumberg 

"A well-written story of Matthew Perry's expedition to open Japan to American trade and whaling ports, sensitive to the cultural differences that both had to overcome. There is no better book for students on this historical event".--School Library Journal. ALA Notable Children's Book.

Dogsong by Gary Paulsen - YA Paulsen, G

A fourteen-year-old Eskimo boy who feels assailed by the modernity of his life takes a 1400-mile journey by dog sled across ice, tundra, and mountains seeking his own "song" of himself. 

1985 Medal Winner

The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley - YA NEWBERY McKinley, R.

The dazzling prequel to The Blue Sword follows the adventures of the Damarian king's daughter, Aerin, as she fights to claim both birthright and love. "Splendid high fantasy . . . superb, filled with tender moments, good characters, satisfying action, and sparkling dialogue".--School Library Journal. Newbery Medal Book, 1985; ALA Notable Book, 1984; ALA Best Book for Young Adults, 1985. Young Adults.

Honor Books

Like Jake and Me by Mavis Jukes - j JUK

The Moves Make the Man by Bruce Brooks - YA Brooks, B. 

A black boy and an emotionally troubled white boy in North Carolina form a precarious friendship.

One-Eyed Cat by Paula Fox - YA Fox, P. 

"Ned believes that, with a forbidden gun, he has shot out the eye of a wild cat, and his guilt poisons his life. An outstanding growing-up story for all ages about the painful secrets and the struggle to be good. . . ".--Booklist, starred review. ALA Notable Children's Book; ALA Best Book for Young Adults; Booklist Editors' Choice; New York Times Outstanding Children's Book of the Year.

1984 Medal Winner

Dear Mr. Henshaw by Beverly Cleary - YA NEWBERY Cleary, B.

In his letters to his favorite author, ten-year-old Leigh reveals his problems in coping with his parents' divorce, being the new boy in school, and generally finding his own place in the world.

Honor Books

The Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare - j SPE

Until the day his father returns to their cabin in the Maine wilderness, 12-year-old Matt must try to survive on his own. During an attack by swarming bees, Matt is astonished when he's rescued by an Indian chief and his grandson, Attean. As the boys come to know each other, many months pass without a sign of Matt's family. Then Attean asks Matt to join the Beaver tribe.

A Solitary Blue by Cynthia Voigt j Voigt, C.

Jeff's mother, who deserted the family years before, reenters his life and widens the gap between Jeff and his father, a gap that only truth, love, and friendship can heal.

Sugaring Time by Kathryn Lasky 

"In lyrical prose and black-and-white photographs, Lasky's book depicts the Lacey family of Vermont making maple syrup . . . A rare kind of nonfiction, informative yet as easily read as fiction." 
The Wish Giver: Three Tales of Coven Tree by Bill Brittain j BRI When a strange little man comes to the Coven Tree Church Social promising he can give people exactly what they ask for, three young believers-in-magic each make a wish that comes true in the most unexpected way. ALA Notable Children's Book.

1983 Medal Winner

Dicey's Song by Cynthia Voigt - YA NEWBERY Voigt, C.

Thirteen-year-old Dicey Tillerman brings her abandoned family to the home of their eccentric grandmother to learn how to trust, and when to let go.

Honor Books

The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley - YA McKinley, R
Harry, bored with her sheltered life in the remote orange-growing colony of Daria, discovers magic in herself when she is kidnapped by a native king with mysterious powers.

Doctor DeSoto by William Steig - j E STE

Doctor De Soto, "un dentista raton", and his wife operate a clinic for all walks of animals except those who have a taste for mice. How, then, should the compassionate De Sotos handle the weeping and wailing fox begging for relief?

Graven Images by Paul Fleischman YA Fleischman, P. + j FLE 

A wooden boy, a copper saint, and a ghostly marble statue open a creaky door on mystery, romance, and murder in this 1983 Newbery Honor Winner with chilling new illustrations.

Homesick: My Own Story by Jean Fritz - j FRI 

"Fritz draws readers into scenes of her youth in the turbulent China of the mid-twenties. . . . the generous affection of her nurse/companion . . . her mother's grief over losing a second child, the dynamics of asuffering population venting its hostility on foreigners, and most of all, the loneliness of a child's exile from a homeland she has imagined constantly but never seen".--Booklist, starred review.  Boston Globe/Horn Book Award Honor Book.

Sweet Whispers, Brother Rush by Virginia Hamilton - j HAM

Fourteen-year-old Tree, resentful of her working mother who leaves her in charge of a retarded brother, encounters the ghost of her dead uncle and comes to a deeper understanding of her family's problems.

1982 Medal Winner

A Visit to William Blake's Inn: Poems for Innocent and Experienced Travelers by Nancy Willard 

A collection of poems describing the curious menagerie of guests who arrive at William Blake's inn.

Honor Books

Ramona Quimby, Age 8 by Beverly Cleary - j CLE 

The further adventures of the Quimby family as Ramona enters the third grade.

Upon the Head of the Goat: A Childhood in Hungary 1939-1944 by Aranka Siegal 

Nine-year-old Piri describes the bewilderment of being a Jewish child during the 1939-1944 German occupation of her hometown (then in Hungary and now in the Ukraine) and relates the ordeal of trying to survive in the ghetto