The 1994 Newbery Medal winner is The Giver by Lois Lowry (Houghton).
Twelve-year-old Jonas performs well in the impressively ordered society that the Elders have developed. But when he is selected to be the new "Receiver," Jonas begins to unravel the truth that underlies his world.
Listen to Lois Lowry’s Newbery Medal Acceptance Speech [Link downloads MP3 audio file/28MB]
by Jane Leslie Conly (HarperCollins)
Twelve-year-old Vernon's initially reluctant, off-beat friendship with an alcoholic and her developmentally disabled son has repercussions throughout the neighborhood, changing the lives of all involved. The reader becomes aware that Vernon's growing self-esteem and maturity come about through his commitment to helping his friends.
Eleanor Roosevelt: a Life of Discovery
by Russell Freedman (Clarion)
Through compelling text and contemporary photographs, Eleanor Roosevelt is shown moving from a sheltered, unhappy childhood to the world's stage. This fascinating biography of a remarkable and complex woman is meticulously researched.
by Laurence Yep (HarperCollins)
Dragon's Gate is a carefully researched, well-written account of the lives of the Chinese who built the transcontinental railroad in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. This glimpse into the complex working community of California at the time of the Civil War is also a sensitive portrayal of the relationship between a father and son.