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2014 Medal Winner
Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures, written by Kate DiCamillo and published by Candlewick Press
Comic book fan and natural-born cynic Flora Belle Buckman and Ulysses, a flying, superhero, poetry-writing squirrel, join forces to overcome Ulysses’ arch-nemesis, Flora’s mother and encounter a quirky cast of characters. Through poignant, laugh-out-loud episodes, this homage to comic books is a testament to the power of love.
“Our dedicated committee of 15 considered hundreds and hundreds of titles in our quest for the best books for children, and I am delighted with our selections,” said Newbery Medal Committee Chair Elizabeth C. Orsburn.
2014 Honor Books
Doll Bones, written by Holly Black and published by Margaret K. McElderry Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Division
In this distinctive coming-of-age tale, best friends Zach, Poppy and Alice set out on a life-altering quest driven by the presence of a sinister bone china doll who haunts their dreams and waking hours. Black explores complex questions of sto-rytelling, imagination and changing friendships in this superbly haunting narrative.
The Year of Billy Miller, written by Kevin Henkes and published by Greenwillow Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Seven-year-old Billy Miller starts second grade with a bump on his head and a lot of worries, but during the year he develops better relationships with his teacher, his little sister, and his parents, and celebrates a quiet triumph of his own.
One Came Home, written by Amy Timberlake and published by Alfred A. Knopf, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, a division of Random House, Inc.
In 1871 Wisconsin, love, betrayal, grief and violence spur 13-year-old Georgie on a gripping adventure full of hardship, heartbreak and terror. As she tries to solve the mystery of her sister’s disappearance, Georgie and her brash, humorous voice pull readers along on her journey of self-discovery.
Paperboy, written by Vince Vawter and published by Delacorte Press, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, a division of Random House, Inc.
Little Man, a sensitive and resilient 11-year-old boy who stutters, ventures beyond the familiar and finds his voice while taking over his best friend’s paper route. Set in the summer heat of 1959 Memphis, “Paperboy” is a moving coming-of-age novel.
Members of the 2014 Newbery Medal Selection Committee are: Chair - Elizabeth “Betsy” Orsburn, Drexel University, Philadelphia; Marilyn Ackerman, BookOps, Long Island City, N.Y.; Robert Bittner, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC, Canada; Chelsea Couillard-Smith, Sac-ramento (Calif.) Public Library; Andrea Erickson, Prince George’s County Memorial Library System, Laurel, Md.; Kathy Jarombek, Perrot Memorial Library, Old Greenwich, Conn.; Laura M. Jenkins, Chicago Public Library Uptown Branch; Ada G. Kent, Worthington, Ohio; Amy E. Koester, St. Charles City-County Library District, Wentzville, Mo.; Debra Ann McLeod, John-son City Community College, Overland Park, Kan.; Elizabeth A. Poe, Morgantown, W.Va.; Su-san H. Polos, Bedford (N.Y.) Central School District; John Schumacher, Butler School District, Oak Brook, Ill.; Amy E. Sears, Teaneck (N.J.) Public Library; and Meg E. Smith, Cumberland County Public Library, Hope Mills, N.C.
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