2013 Newbery Medal and Honor Books

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2013 Medal Winner

The One and Only IvanThe 2013 Newbery Medal winner is The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate, published by HarperCollins Children's Books, a division of HarperCollins Publishers

Ivan’s transformative emergence from the “Ape at Exit 8” to “The One and Only Ivan, Mighty Silverback,” comes to life through the gorilla’s own distinct narrative voice, which is filled with wry humor, deep emotion and thought-provoking insights into the nature of friendship, hope and humanity.

“Katherine Applegate gives readers a unique and unforgettable gorilla’s-eye-view of the world that challenges the way we look at animals and at ourselves,” said Newbery Medal Committee Chair Steven Engelfried.


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2013 Honor Books

Splendors and Glooms

Splendors and Glooms by Laura Amy Schlitz, published by Candlewick Press

Lizzie Rose, Parsefall and Clara are caught in the clutches of a wicked puppeteer and a powerful witch in this deliciously dark and complex tale set in Dickensian England, where adventure and suspense are interwoven into nuanced explorations of good versus evil.

Bomb: The Race to Build--and Steal--the World's Most Dangerous Weapon

Bomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin, published by Flash Point, an imprint of Roaring Brook Press.

Balancing intersecting threads of scientific discovery, political intrigue and military strategy, “Bomb” is a riveting historical nonfiction drama. Sheinkin’s engaging narrative explores the complex series of events that led to the creation of the ultimate weapon and introduces many memorable personalities involved in the pursuit. 



Three Times Lucky

Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage, published by Dial Books for Young Readers, a division of Penguin Young Readers Group.


In the rich tradition of Southern storytelling, rising sixth-grader Mo LoBeau leads the eccentric residents of Tupelo Landing, North Carolina, on a rollicking journey of mystery, adventure and small-town intrigue as she investigates a murder and searches for her long-lost mother.

Members of the 2013 Newbery Medal Committee are: Chair Steven Engelfried, Wilsonville (Ore.) Public Library; Blair Christolon, Prince William (Va.) Public Library; Virginia Collier, Roswell (Ga.) Library; Amber Creger, Arlington Heights (Ill.) Memorial Library; Sheri L. Daun-Bedford, Woodridge (Ill.) Public Library; Roxanne Feldman, The Dalton School, New York; Jos N. Holman, Tippecanoe County Public Library, Lafayette, Ind.; Kate Houston, Multnomah County Library, Portland, Ore.; Caroline M. Kienzle, Apalachicola, Fla.; Amy A. McClure, Ohio Wesleyan University, Delaware, Ohio; Eva Mitnick, Los Angeles Public Library; Elizabeth Moreau, Anchorage (Alaska) Public Library; Susannah Richards, Eastern Connecticut State University, Willimantic, Conn.; Barbara Scotto, Children’s Literature New England, Brookline, Mass.; and Marilyn Taniguchi, Beverly Hills (Calif.) Public Library.

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