2010 Newbery Medal and Honor Books

Medal Winner

Book cover image: When You Reach Me
The 2010 Newbery Medal winner is When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead, published by Wendy Lamb Books, an imprint of Random House Children's Books.

Twelve-year-old Miranda encounters shifting friendships, a sudden punch, a strange homeless man and mysterious notes that hint at knowledge of the future. These and other seemingly random events converge in a brilliantly constructed plot.


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Honor Books

Book cover image: Claudette Colvin
Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice
by Phillip Hoose, published by Melanie Kroupa Books, Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

Hoose reveals the true story of an unsung hero of the Montgomery bus boycott. Hoose’s work stands out for its creative approach to narrative biography. Colvin’s own recollections are merged seamlessly with the narrative voice, providing a uniquely personal view of Colvin and the Civil Rights Movement. 

Book cover image: The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate
The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate
by Jacqueline Kelly, published by Henry Holt and Company.

On the eve of the 20th century, 11-year-old Calpurnia awakens to new possibilities, and through her evolving relationship with her naturalist grandfather, learns to think like a scientist. Kelly’s rich, evocative language captures Callie’s distinctive voice and lively observations of the natural world.

Book cover image: Where the Mountain Meets the Moon
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon
by Grace Lin, published by Little, Brown and Company Books for Young Readers.

A rich tapestry of stories, both original and traditional, transports readers to a fantastic world where Dragon joins Minli on a fortune-changing quest.

Book cover image: The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. FiggThe Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg by Rodman Philbrick, published by The Blue Sky Press, an imprint of Scholastic, Inc.

This rollicking yarn, presented through the voice of 12-year-old Homer, uses humor and pluck to mitigate the horrors of the Civil War.


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