2011 Newbery Medal and Honor Books

 2011 Medal Winner

Book cover image: Moon over ManifestThe 2011 Newbery Medal winner is Moon over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool, published by Delacorte Press, an imprint of Random House Children's Books, a division of Random House, Inc.

The town of Manifest is based on Frontenac, Kan., the home of debut author Clare Vanderpool’s maternal grandparents. Vanderpool was inspired to write about what the idea of “home” might look like to a girl who had grown up riding the rails. She lives in Wichita with her husband and four children.

“Vanderpool illustrates the importance of stories as a way for children to understand the past, inform the present and provide hope for the future,” said Newbery Medal Committee Chair Cynthia K. Richey.


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2011 Honor Books

Book cover image: Turtle in ParadiseTurtle in Paradise by Jennifer L. Holm, published by Random House Children's Books, a div. of Random House, Inc. 

Sassy eleven-year-old Turtle finds her life turned on end when she is sent to live with her aunt in Depression-era Key West. With vivid details, witty dialogue and outrageous escapades, Jennifer Holm successfully explores the meaning of family and home… and lost treasures found.

Book cover image: Heart of a SamuraiHeart of a Samurai by Margi Preus, published by Amulet Books, an imprint of Abrams.

Shipwrecks, whaling, a search for home and a delightful exploration of cultures create a swashbuckling adventure. This historical novel is based on the true story of Manjiro (later John Mung), the young fisherman believed to be the first Japanese person to visit America, who against all odds, becomes a samurai.

Book cover image: Dark Emperor and Other Poems of the NightDark Emperor and Other Poems of the Night by Joyce Sidman, illustrated by Rick Allen, published by Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Welcoming her readers into the “wild, enchanted park” that is the night, Joyce Sidman has elegantly crafted twelve poems rich in content and varied in format. Companion prose pieces about nocturnal flora and fauna are as tuneful and graceful as the poems. This collection is “a feast of sound and spark.”

book cover image: One Crazy SummerOne Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia, published by Amistad, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers


The voices of sisters Delphine, Vonetta and Fern sing in three-part harmony in this wonderfully nuanced, humorous novel set in 1968 Oakland, Calif. One crazy summer, the three girls find adventure when they are sent to meet their estranged poet-mother Cecile, who prints flyers for the Black Panthers.

Members of the 2011 Newbery Medal Selection Committee are: Chair Cynthia K. Richey, Mt. Lebanon (Pa.) Public Library; Samuel I. Bloom, Public Library of Cincinnati/Hamilton County, Groesbeck Branch Library, Cincinnati; Madeline J. Bryant, Los Angeles Public Library; Louise A. Capizzo, Falmouth (Maine) Memorial Library; Dan Darigan, West Chester University of Pennsylvania, West Chester, Pa; Julie E. Dietzel-Glair, Enoch Pratt Free Library, Baltimore; Brian Fahey, Wilmington (Del.) Friends School;  Jana R. Fine, Tuscaloosa (Ala.) Public Library;  Marianne Crandall Follis, Irving (Tex.) Central Public Library; Jean B. Gaffney, Dayton (Ohio) Metro Library; Kathryn B. Shepler, Aurora Elementary School, Oakland, Calif.; Karin Snelson, Seattle;  Nancy J. Snyder, Derby, (Kan.) Public Library; Pat Stainbrook, Spokane (Wash.) County Library District; and Bina Williams, Bridgeport (Conn.) Public Library.

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