2017 Newbery Medal and Honor Books

2017 Medal Winner

Book cover image: The Girl Who Drank the Moon The Girl Who Drank the Moon, written by Kelly Barnhill and published by Algonquin Young Readers, an imprint of Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, a division of Workman Publishing.

“Moonlight is magic. Ask anyone you like.” Barnhill’s story is also pure magic, distinguished by careful development of a complex plot and indelible evocation of unique characters. Love, heartbreak, hope, sorrow, and wonder all shine in exquisite, lyrical prose.
 “This compassionate, hopeful novel invites children everywhere to harness their power, and ask important questions about what keeps us apart and what brings us together” said Newbery Medal Committee Chair Thom Barthelmess.

2017 Honor Books

Book cover image: Freedom Over MeFreedom Over Me: Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life by Ashley Bryan, written and illustrated by Ashley Bryan and published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing Division. 
Inspired by an 1828 estate appraisement, Ashley Bryan honors the lives of eleven slaves in poetry and collage. Conveying the terror of the patterroller and the hope of voices raised in song, Bryan imagines for each person a life of oppression and a dream for freedom.

Book cover image: The Inquisitor's TaleThe Inquisitor’s Tale: Or, The Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog, written by Adam Gidwitz, illustrated by Hatem Aly and published by Dutton Children's Books, Penguin Young Readers Group, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC.
Informed by six years of research, and reminiscent of “The Canterbury Tales,” Adam Gidwitz has written a brand-new illuminated manuscript, a sometimes harrowing, sometimes hilarious epic about three magical friends on the run in 1242 France and their encounters with a dragon, a holy dog, and cheese.

Book cover image: Wolf HollowWolf Hollow, written by Lauren Wolk and published by Dutton Children's Books, Penguin Young Readers Group, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC.
Set in rural Pennsylvania during World War II, this compelling story of consequences addresses complex issues of bullying, PTSD, and discrimination. At the center of this atmospheric novel, articulating themes of self-reliance, hope, and justice, is our heroine Annabelle who struggles to confront her tormentor and her own conscience.

Members of the 2017 Newbery Medal Selection Committee are: Chair Thom Barthelmess, Whatcom County Library System, Bellingham, Wash.; Tony A. Carmack, Placer County Library, Auburn, Calif.; Kimberly Castle-Alberts, Akron-Summit (Ohio) County Public Library; Betsy Fraser, Calgary Public Library, Alberta, Canada; Elaine M. Fultz, Madison Local Schools, Middletown, Ohio; Krishna Grady, Darien (Conn.) Library; Matthew Krueger, Irondequoit Public Library, Rochester, N.Y.; Laura Lutz, Convent of the Sacred Heart, New York; April Mazza, Massachusetts Library System, Marlborough, Mass.; Daniel L. Meyer, Queens Borough Public Library, Kew Gardens Hills, N.Y.; Gene Nelson, Provo (Utah) City Library; Maryann H. Owen, Oak Creek (Wis.) Public Library; Brandy Sanchez, Daniel Boone Regional Library, Columbia, Mo.; Shana M. Sojoyner, California Library Association, Pasadena, Calif.;  and Jamie Watson, Baltimore County Public Library, Towson, Md.

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