Boston Globe-Horn Fiction and Poetry Award

Titles Owned by the Kathryn A. Martin Library

The Boston Globe-Horn Award honors authors and illustrators of outstanding children's and young adult books published in the United States. The awards are presented in three categories: Fiction and Poetry; Nonfiction; and Picture Book. The committee may name two honor books in each category. Occasionally, a book with overall creative excellence and quality will be awarded a special citation. The award information was retrieved from the Boston Globe-Horn Award website. The call numbers for the books owned by the UMD library are provided after the citation.


Rundell, Katherine. (2014). Cartwheeling in thunderstorms. New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. INTR-FIC R9413ca

"Will must find her way after she's plucked out of a wonderful life in Zimbabwe and forced to go to boarding school in England"--Provided by publisher. 


Smith, Andrew. (2014). Grasshopper jungle : a history. New York : Dutton Books, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA), LLC. INTR-FIC S6422gr

"Austin Szerba narrates the end of humanity as he and his best friend Robby accidentally unleash an army of giant, unstoppable bugs and uncover the secrets of a decades-old experiment gone terribly wrong".


Rowell, Rainbow. (2013). Eleanor & Park. New York : St. Martin's Griffin. INTR-FIC R881el

"Set over the course of one school year in 1986, this is the story of two star-crossed misfits--smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try".


Nelson, Vaunda Micheaux. (2012). No crystal stair : a documentary novel of the life and work of Lewis Michaux, Harlem bookseller. (Artwork by R. Gregory Christie). Minneapolis : Carolrhoda Lab. INTR-FIC N4318no

In this work of historical fiction, Nelson tells the story of a man with a passion for knowledge and of a bookstore whose influence has become legendary.


Wynne-Jones, Tim. (2011). Blink & Caution. Somerville, MA : Candlewick Press. INTR-FIC W9898bl

Two teenagers who are living on the streets and barely getting by become involved in a complicated criminal plot, and make an unexpected connection with each other.


Stead, Rebecca. (2009). When you reach me. New York : Wendy Lamb Books.  INTR-FIC S799wh 

As her mother prepares to be a contestant on the 1970s television game show, "The $20,000 Pyramid, " a twelve-year-old New York City girl tries to make sens of a series of mysterious notes received from an anonymous soure that seems to defy the laws of time and space.


Pratchett, Terry. (2008). Nation. New York, NY : HarperCollins. INTR-FIC P9122na

After a devastating tsunami destroys all that they have ever known, Mau, an island boy, and Daphne, an aristocratic English girl, together with a small band of refugees, set about rebuilding their community and all the things that are important in their lives.


Alexie, Sherman. (2007). The absolutely true diary of a part-time Indian. (Art by Ellen Forney). New York : Little, Brown.

Budding cartoonist Junior leaves his troubled school on the Spokane Indian Reservation to attend an all-white farm town school where the only other Indian is the school mascot.


Anderson, M. T. (2006). The Pox party. (The astonishing life of Octavian Nothing, traitor to the nation ; v. 1). Cambridge, Mass. : Candlewick Press. INTR-FIC A5486po 

Various diaries, letters, and other manuscripts chronicle the experiences of Octavian, a young African American, from birth to age sixteen, as he is brought up as part of a science experiment in the years leading up to and during the Revolutionary War.


DiCamillo, Kate. (2006). The miraculous journey of Edward Tulane. (Illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline). Cambridge, Mass. : Candlewick Press. INTR-FIC D5452mi

Edward Tulane, a cold-hearted and proud toy rabbit, loves only himself until he is separated from the little girl who adores him and travels across the country, acquiring new owners and listening to their hopes, dreams, and histories.


Shusterman Neal. (2004). The Schwa was here. New York : Dutton Children's Books. INTR-FIC S5627sc

A Brooklyn eighth-grader nicknamed Antsy befriends the Schwa, an "invisible-ish" boy who is tired of blending into his surroundings and going unnoticed by nearly everyone.


Almond, David. (2003). The fire-eaters. New York : Delacorte Press. INTR-FIC A452fi

In 1962 England, despite observing his father’s illness and the suffering of the fire-eating Mr. McNulty, as well as enduring abuse at school and the stress of the Cuban Missile Crisis, Bobby Burns and his family and friends still find reasons to rejoice in their lives and to have hope for the future.


Fine. Anne. (2002). The Jamie and Angus stories. (Illustrated by Penny Dale). Cambridge, Mass. : Candlewick Press.
PRIM-FIC F4952ja

Covers the following stories: Dry-clean only; Uncle Edward teaches Angus to jump; Flora's wedding; Tell me the story; Strawberry creams; and The perfect day.


Salisbury, Graham. (2001). Lord of the deep. New York : Delacorte Press. INTR-FIC S1675Lo

Working for his stepfather on a charter fishing boat in Hawaii teaches thirteen-year-old Mikey about fishing, and about taking risks, making sacrifices, and facing some of life's difficult choices.


Nelson, Marilyn. (2001). Carver, a life in poems. Asheville, N.C. : Front Street. 811.54 N428c

"A biography of George Washington Carver. Told from multiple perspectives, this collection of 59 poems reveals little known facets of the remarkable scientist who is too often dismissed as "the peanut man."        

Fiction Award changed to Fiction and Poetry Award


Billingsley, Franny. (1999). The Folk Keeper. New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers. INTR-FIC B5984f

Orphaned Corinna disguises herself as a boy to pose as a Folk Keeper, one who keeps the Evil Folk at bay, and discovers her heritage as a seal maiden when she is taken to live with a wealthy family in their manor by the sea.


Sachar, Louis. (1998). Holes. New York : New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux. INTR-FIC S1215H

As further evidence of his family's bad fortune which they attribute to a curse on a distant relative, Stanley Yelnats is sent to a hellish correctional camp in the Texas desert where he finds his first real friend, a treasure, and a new sense of himself.


Jiménez, Francisco. (1997). The circuit : stories from the life of a migrant child. Albuquerque : University of New Mexico Press.
813 J578c

The story of a migrant family that follows the same route every year, growing from four members to ten and enduring thanks to faith, hope and work.


Yumoto, Kazumi. (1996). The friends. (Translated by Cathy Hirano). New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux. INTR-FIC Y953fr

Curious about death, three sixth-grade boys decide to spy on an old man waiting for him to die, but they end up becoming his friends.


Avi. (1995). Poppy. (Illustrated by Brian Floca). New York : Orchard Books. INTR-FIC A957po

Poppy the deer mouse urges her family to move next to a field of corn big enough to feed them all forever, but Mr. Ocax, a terrifying owl, has other ideas.


Wynne-Jones, Tim. (1996, c1993). Some of the kinder planets. New York : Puffin Books. INTR-FIC W9898so

A collection of nine stories by the popular Canadian author, including "The Night of the Pomegranate," "Save the Moon for Kerdy Dickus," and "The Hope Bakery."


Williams, Vera B. (1993). Scooter. New York : Greenwillow Books. INTR-FIC W7278sc

A child's silver blue scooter helps her to adjust to her new home.


Berry, James. (1992, c1991). Ajeemah and his son. New York, NY : HarperCollins Publishers. INTR-FIC B534aj

A father and his eighteen-year-old son are each affected differently by their experiences as slaves in Jamaica in the early nineteenth century.


Rylant, Cynthia. (1992). Missing May. New York : Orchard Books. INTR-FIC R994MI

After the death of the beloved aunt who has raised her, twelve-year-old Summer and her uncle Ob leave their West Virginia trailer in search of the strength to go on living.


Avi. (1990). The true confessions of Charlotte Doyle. (Decorations by Ruth E. Murray). New York : Orchard Books. INTR-FIC A957TR

As the lone passenger on a transatlantic voyage in 1832, thirteen-year-old Charlotte learns that the captain is murderous and the crew rebellious. Her one friend, the old African cook, Zachariah, gives her a dagger, for her own protection.


Spinelli, Jerry. (1990). Maniac Magee : a novel. Boston : Little, Brown. INTR-FIC S757MA

After his parents die, Jeffrey Lionel Magee's life becomes legendary, as he accomplishes athletic and other feats which awe his contemporaries.


Fox, Paula. (1988). The village by the sea. New York : Orchard Books. INTR-FIC F793VI

When her father enters the hospital to have open-heart surgery, ten-year-old Emma is sent to Peconic Bay to live with her tormented aunt and finds the experience painful until she meets a friend who suggests making a miniature village in the sand.


Taylor, Mildred D. (1987). The friendship. (Pictures by Max Ginsburg). New York : Dial Books for Young Readers. INTR-FIC T2445FR

Four children witness a confrontation between an elderly black man and a white storekeeper in rural Mississippi in the 1930s.


Lowry, Lois. (1987). Rabble Starkey. Boston : Houghton Mifflin. INTR-FIC L921RA

Many things change for twelve-year-old Rabble Starkey, her mother, and her best friend, Veronica Bigelow when Veronica's mother becomes mentally incapacitated and the Starkeys move in with the Bigelows.


Oneal, Zibby. (1985). In summer light. New York, N.Y., U.S.A. : Viking Kestrel. INTR-FIC O5843in

With the help of an attractive graduate student, Kate endures a summer with her overpowering artist father and gains the courage to pursue her own artistic goals.


Brooks, Bruce. (1984). The moves make the man : a novel. New York, N.Y. : Harper & Row. INTR-FIC B8728MO

A Black boy and an emotionally troubled white boy in North Carolina form a precarious friendship.


Wrightson, Patricia. (1983). A little fear. New York : Atheneum. INTR-FIC W9547LI

A strong-minded old woman struggles with an ancient gnome for the right to live in her own small cottage.


Hamilton, Virginia. (1982). Sweet whispers, Brother Rush. New York, N.Y. : Philomel Books. INTR-FIC H2218SW

Fourteen-year-old Tree, resentful of her working mother who leaves her in charge of a retarded brother, encounters the ghost of her dead uncle and comes to a deeper understanding of her family's problems.


Park, Ruth. (1982, c1980). Playing Beatie Bow. New York : Atheneum. INTR-FIC P2365pl

A lonely Australian girl from a divided family is transported back to the 1880's and an immigrant family from the Orkney Islands.


Hall, Lynn. (1980). The leaving. New York : Scribner. INTR-FIC H1779Le

Roxanne's decision to leave her parents' farm for a life in the city triggers other major changes in her family.


Davies, Andrew. (1980, c1978). Conrad's war. New York : Crown Publishers. INTR-FIC D2552co

Currently fascinated with wars, army, killing, and guns, Conrad becomes convinced that through dreams or time warp he is experiencing action in a past war.


Fleischman, Sid. (1978). Humbug mountain. (Illustrations by Eric Von Schmidt). Boston : Little, Brown. INTR-FIC F5996hu

A young boy and his wandering family foil villains and rout nasty varmints as they make a home for themselves in a beached boat on the banks of the Missouri.


Raskin, Ellen. (1978). The Westing game. New York : Dutton. INTR-FIC R225WE

The mysterious death of an eccentric millionaire brings together an unlikely assortment of heirs who must uncover the circumstances of his death before they can claim their inheritance.


Yep, Laurence. (1977). Child of the owl. New York : Harper & Row. INTR-FIC Y47CH

A twelve-year-old girl who knows little about her Chinese heritage is sent to live with her grandmother in San Francisco's Chinatown.


Paton Walsh, Jill. (1976). Unleaving. New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux. INTR-FIC P3125un

The recent heir to her grandmother's house, a young girl rents it for the summer to a professor and a group of students whose long, abstract, philosophical discussions become meaningful to her as the summer wears on.


Degens, T. (1974). Transport 7-41-R. New York : Viking Press. INTR-FIC D3174tr

A thirteen-year-old girl describes her journey from the Russian sector of defeated Germany to Cologne on a transport carrying returning refugees in 1946.


Hamilton, Virginia. (1974). M. C. Higgins, the great. New York : Macmillan. INTR-FIC H2218M

As a slag heap, the result of strip mining, creeps closer to his house in the Ohio hills, fifteen-year-old M. C. is torn between trying to get his family away and fighting for the home they love.


Cooper, Susan. (1973). The dark is rising. (Illustrations by Alan E. Cober). New York : Atheneum. INTR-FIC C7785da

On his eleventh birthday Will Stanton discovers that he is the last of the Old Ones, destined to seek the six magical Signs that will enable the Old Ones to triumph over the evil forces of the Dark.


Sutcliff, Rosemary. (1971). Tristan and Iseult. New York : Dutton. 398.2 S965t

Retells the Celtic legend of the love between the warrior Tristan and Iseult, the wife of King Marc of Cornwall.


Cameron, Eleanor. (1971). A room made of windows. (Illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman). Boston : Little, Brown. INTR-FIC C182RO

A young girl with ambitions to be a writer observes the people around her.


Townsend, John Rowe. (1970, c1969). The intruder. Philadelphia : Lippincott. INTR-FIC T7485in

The life of a sixteen-year-old English boy begins to change when a stranger claiming to be a relative appears in the village.


Le Guin, Ursula K. (1968). A wizard of Earthsea. (Drawings by Ruth Robbins). Berkeley, Calif. : Parnassus Press. INTR-FIC L521WI and PS3562 .E42 W5X

A boy grows to manhood while attempting to subdue the evil he unleashed on the world as an apprentice to the Master Wizard.


Lawson, John. (1968). The Spring Rider. New York : Crowell. INTR-FIC L4254sp

A brother and sister become involved with the ghost of a Union soldier who returns to life each spring and, with his regiment, reenacts a Civil War battle which took place one hundred years before.


Haugaard, Erik Christian. (1967). The little fishes. (Illustrated by Milton Johnson). Boston : Houghton Mifflin Company. INTR-FIC H3713Li

A tale of the tragedy of war: the story of a twelve-year-old orphaned beggar in occupied Italy, his daily search for food and for meaning in the life he witnesses, and the development of compassion and understanding that will help him survive.



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