Boston Globe-Horn Fiction and Poetry Honor

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.


Shusterman, Neal. (2015). Challenger Deep. (Illustrations by Brendan Shusterman). New York, NY : HarperTeen, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers. INTR-FIC S5627ch 

Caden Bosch is on a galleon that's headed for the deepest point on Earth: Challenger Deep, the southern part of the Marianas Trench. Caden Bosch is a brilliant high school student whose friends are starting to notice his odd behavior. Caden Bosch is designated the ship's artist in residence to document the journey with images. Caden Bosch pretends to join the school track team but spends his days walking for miles, absorbed by the thoughts in his head. Caden Bosch is split between his allegiance to the captain and the allure of mutiny. Caden Bosch is torn. Caden Bosch is dealing with schizophrenia... and as fantasy and paranoia begin to take over, his parents have only one choice left. 

Maguire, Gregory. (2014). Egg & spoon : a novel. Somerville, Massachusetts : Candlewick Press. INTR-FIC M2134eg 

In 1905 czarist Russia, an impoverished country girl Elena and the aristocratic Ekatrina meet and set in motion an escapade that includes mistaken identity, a monk locked in a tower, a prince traveling incognito, and the witch Baba Yaga. 


Yang, Gene Luen. (2013). Boxers. (Color by Lark Pien). New York : First Second. INTR-FIC Y222bo

In China in 1898 bands of foreign missionaries and soldiers roam the countryside, bullying and robbing Chinese peasants. Little Bao has had enough: harnessing the powers of ancient Chinese gods, he recruits an army of Boxers--commoners trained in kung fu who fight to free China from "foreign devils."

Wein, Elizabeth. (2013). Rose under fire. New York : Hyperion. INTR-FIC W423ro

When young American pilot Rose Justice is captured by Nazis and sent to Ravensbrück, the notorious women's concentration camp, she finds hope in the impossible through the loyalty, bravery, and friendship of her fellow prisoners.

Yang, Gene Luen. (2013). Saints. (Color by Lark Pien). New York : First Second. INTR-FIC Y222sa

"China, 1898. An unwanted and unwelcome fourth daughter, Four-Girl isn't even given a proper name by her family when she's born. She finally finds friendship-- and a name, Vibiana -- in the most unlikely of places: Christianity. But China is a dangerous place for Christians. The Boxer Rebellion is in full swing, and bands of young men roam the countryside, murdering Westerners and Chinese Christians alike. Torn between her nation and her Christian friends, Vibiana will have to decide where her true loyalties lie-- and whether she is willing to die for her faith" -- front flap.


Moriarty, Jaclyn. (2013). A corner of white. New York : Arthur A. Levine Books. INTR-FIC M854co

Fourteen-year-old Madeleine of Cambridge, England, struggling to cope with poverty and her mother's illness, and fifteen-year-old Elliot of the Kingdom of Cello in a parallel world where colors are villainous and his father is missing, begin exchanging notes through a crack between their worlds and find they can be of great help to each other.

Hartman, Rachel. (2012). Seraphina : a novel. New York : Random House. INTR-FIC H333se

In a world where dragons and humans coexist in an uneasy truce and dragons can assume human form, Seraphina, whose mother died giving birth to her, grapples with her own identity amid magical secrets and royal scandals, while she struggles to accept and develop her extraordinary musical talents.


Wein, Elizabeth. (2012). Code name Verity. New York : Hyperion Books. INTR-FIC W423co

In 1943, a British fighter plane crashes in Nazi-occupied France and the survivor tells a tale of friendship, war, espionage, and great courage as she relates what she must to survive while keeping secret all that she can.

Peet, Mal. (2011). Life : an exploded diagram. Somerville, Mass. : Candlewick Press. INTR-FIC P375Li

In 1960s Norfolk, England, seventeen-year-old Clem Ackroyd lives with his mother and grandmother in a tiny cottage, but his life is transformed when he falls in love with the daughter of a wealthy farmer in this tale that flashes back through the stories of three generations.


Atinuke. (2010, c2007). Anna Hibiscus. (Illustrated by Lauren Tobia). Tulsa, OK : Kane Miller. INTR-FIC A8725an

Linked short stories star Anna Hibiscus, who lives in a large house in a compound in "amazing Africa" with baby brothers Double and Trouble, parents and extended family.

Billingsley, Franny. (2011). Chime. New York : Dial Books. INTR-FIC B5984c

In the early twentieth century of Swampsea, seventeen-year-old Briony, who can see the spirits that haunt the marshes around their town, feels responsible for her twin sister's horrible injury until a young man enters their lives and exposes secrets the even Briony does not know about.


Turner, Megan Whalen. (2010). A conspiracy of kings. New York : Greenwillow Books. INTR-FIC T949co

Kidnapped and sold into slavery, Sophos, an unwilling prince, tries to save his country from being destroyed by rebellion and exploited by the conniving Mede empire.

Ryan, Pam Muñoz. (2010). The dreamer. (Drawings by Peter Sís). New York : Scholastic Press. INTR-FIC R9893dr 

A fictionalized biography of the Nobel Prize-winning Chilean poet Pablo Neruda, who grew up a painfully shy child, ridiculed by his overbearing father, but who became one of the most widely-read poets in the world.


Gaiman, Neil. (2008). The graveyard book. (Illustrations by Dave McKean). New York : HarperCollins Pub. INTR-FIC G1412gr 

An orphaned boy is raised by ghosts and other denizens of the graveyard.

Anderson, M. T. (2008). The kingdom on the waves. (The astonishing life of Octavian Nothing, traitor to the nation. v.2). Cambridge, Mass. : Candlewick Press. INTR-FIC A5486ki 

After escaping a death sentence in the summer of 1775, Octavian and his tutor find shelter but no safe harbor in British-occupied Boston and, persuaded by Lord Dunmore’s proclamation offering freedom to slaves who join his counterrevolutionary Royal Ethiopian Regiment, Octavian and his friends soon find themselves engaged in naval raids on the Virginia coastline as the Revolutionary War breaks out in full force.


Law, Ingrid. (2008). Savvy. New York : Dial Books for Young Readers, Penguin Group. INTR-FIC L415sa

Recounts the adventures of Mibs Beaumont, whose thirteenth birthday has revealed her "savvy"--a magical power unique to each member of her family--just as her father is injured in a terrible accident.

Dowell, Frances O'Roark. (2008). Shooting the moon. New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, Simon & Schuster.

When her brother is sent to fight in Vietnam, twelve-year-old Jamie begins to reconsider the army world that she has grown up in.


Pennypacker, Sara. (2006). Clementine. (Pictures by Marla Frazee). New York : Hyperion Books for Children. INTR-FIC P416cl 

While sorting through difficulties in her friendship with her neighbor Margaret, eight-year-old Clementine gains several unique hairstyles while also helping her father in his efforts to banish pigeons from the front of their apartment building.

Wynne-Jones, Tim. (2007). Rex Zero and the end of the world. New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux. INTR-FIC W9898re 

In the summer of 1962 with everyone nervous about a possible nuclear war, ten-nearly-eleven-year-old Rex, having just moved to Ottawa from Vancouver with his parents and five siblings, faces his own personal challenges as he discovers new friends and a new understanding of the world around him.    


Larios, Julie Hofstrand. (2006). Yellow elephant : a bright bestiary. (Paintings by Julie Paschkis). Orlando : Harcourt. 811.54 L3233y

In this bright bestiary, poet Julie Larios and painter Julie Paschkis cast a menagerie of animals in brilliantly unexpected hues--encouraging us to see the familiar in surprising new ways.

Roy, Jennifer Rozines. (2006). Yellow star. Tarrytown, NY : Marshall Cavendish. INTR-FIC R8885ye 

From 1939, when Syvia is four and a half years old, to 1945 when she has just turned ten, a Jewish girl and her family struggle to survive in Poland's Lodz ghetto during the Nazi occupation.


Nelson, Marilyn. (2005). A wreath for Emmett Till. (Illustrated by Philippe Lardy). Boston : Houghton Mifflin. 811.54 N428w

A memorial wreath of poems, created in a series of fifteen interlinked sonnets, challenges readers to "speak what they see." Emmett Louis Till’s murder in 1955 was a significant impetus that led to the civil rights movement of the 1960s.

Clarke, Judith. (2004). Kalpana’s dream. Asheville, N.C. : Front Street. INTR-FIC C5985ka

While an English class of 7B students at Wentworth High in Australia struggle with a six-week essay assignment answering, "Who am I?," one child’s great-grandmother arrives unexpectedly from India to follow her dream.


Rylant, Cynthia. (2003). God went to beauty school. New York : HarperTempest. INTR-FIC R994go

A collection of related poems which describe how God discovered the wonders and pains in the world He created.

Stroud, Jonathan. (2003). The Amulet of Samarkand (The Bartimaeus trilogy ; bk. 1). New York : Hyperion Books For Children.
INTR-FIC S9253am

Nathaniel, a magician’s apprentice, summons up the djinni Bartimaeus and instructs him to steal the Amulet of Samarkand from the powerful magician Simon Lovelace.


Anderson, M. T. (2002). Feed. Cambridge, Mass. : Candlewick Press. INTR-FIC A5486fe

In a future where most people have computer implants in their heads to control their environment, a boy meets an unusual girl who is in serious trouble.

Woodson, Jacqueline. (2003). Locomotion. New York : G.P. Putnam’s Sons. INTR-FIC W8985Lo

In a series of poems, eleven-year-old Lonnie writes about his life, after the death of his parents, separated from his younger sister, living in a foster home, and finding his poetic voice at school.


Williams, Vera B. (2001). Amber was brave, Essie was smart : the story of Amber and Essie told here in poems and pictures. New York : Greenwillow Books. INTR-FIC W7278am

A series of poems tells how two sisters help each other deal with life while their mother is working and their father has been sent to jail.

McKay, Hilary. (2002). Saffy's angel. New York : Margaret K. McElderry Books. INTR-FIC M153sa

After learning that she was adopted, thirteen-year-old Saffron's relationship with her eccentric, artistic family changes, until they help her go back to Italy where she was born to find a special memento of her past.


Horvath, Polly. (2001). Everything on a waffle. New York : Farrar Straus Giroux. INTR-FIC H8237EV

Eleven-year-old Primrose living in a small fishing village in British Columbia recounts her experiences and all that she learns about human nature and the unpredictability of life in the months after her parents are lost at sea.

Geras, Adèle. (2002). Troy. San Diego : Harcourt. INTR-FIC G3587tr

The last weeks of the Trojan War find the women sick of tending the wounded, men tired of fighting, and bored gods and goddesses trying to find ways to stir things up.

 Fiction Honor changed to Fiction and Poetry Honor


Myers, Walter Dean. (2000). 145th Street : short stories. New York : Delacorte Press. INTR-FIC M9965on

Ten stories portray life on a block in Harlem - Big Joe's funeral -- The baddest dog in Harlem -- Fighter -- Angela's eyes -- The streak -- Monkeyman -- Kitty and Mack: a love story -- A Christmas story -- A story in three parts -- Block party, 145th street style.

Cooper, Susan. (1999). King of shadows. New York : Margaret K. McElderry Books. INTR-FIC C7785k

While in London as part of an all-boy acting company preparing to perform in a replica of the famous Globe Theatre, Nat Field suddenly finds himself transported back to 1599 and performing in the original theater under the tutelage of Shakespeare himself.


Myers, Walter Dean. Monster. (Illustrations by Christopher Myers). New York, N.Y. : Harper Collins Publishers. INTR-FIC M996mn

While on trial as an accomplice to a murder, sixteen-year-old Steve Harmon records his experiences in prison and in the courtroom in the form of a film script as he tries to come to terms with the course his life has taken.

Horvath, Polly. (1999). The trolls. New York : Farrar Straus Giroux. INTR-FIC H8237tr

Eccentric Aunt Sally comes from Canada to babysit the Anderson children while their parents are on a trip to Paris and every night the bedtime story adds another piece to a very suspect family history.


Holt, Kimberly Willis. (1998). My Louisiana sky. New York : Holt. INTR-FIC H7583my

Growing up in Saitter, Louisiana, in the 1950s, twelve-year-old Tiger Ann struggles with her feelings about her stern, but loving grandmother, her mentally slow parents, and her good friend and neighbor, Jesse.

Conly, Jane Leslie. (1998). While no one was watching. New York : Holt. INTR-FIC C7523W

When two brothers steal a rabbit from a back yard in the rich part of town, the incident brings about their collision with other children from a background very different from their own.


Myers, Walter Dean. (1997). Harlem : a poem. (Pictures by Christopher Myers). New York : Scholastic Press. 811 M996h

A poem celebrating the people, sights, and sounds of Harlem.

Giff, Patricia Reilly. (1997). Lily's crossing. New York : Delacorte. INTR-FIC G456L

During a summer spent at Rockaway Beach in 1944, Lily's friendship with a young Hungarian refugee causes her to see the war and her own world differently.


White, Ruth. (1996). Belle Prater's boy. New York : Farrar Straus Giroux. INTR-FIC W587B

When Woodrow's mother suddenly disappears, he moves to his grandparents' home in a small Virginia town where he befriends his cousin and together they find the strength to face the terrible losses and fears in their lives.

McGraw, Eloise. (1996). The moorchild. New York : Margaret K. McElderry Books. INTR-FIC M147MOO

Feeling that she is neither fully human nor "Folk," a changeling learns her true identity and attempts to find the human child whose place she had been given.


Nelson, Theresa. (1994). Earthshine : a novel. New York : Orchard Books.

Slim watches over her father, a disarmingly charismatic man, as his struggle with AIDS reaches its climax.

Hickman, Janet. (1994). Jericho : a novel. New York : Greenwillow Books.

An account of twelve-year-old Angela's visit to help take care of her great-grandmother alternates with the story of the old woman's life.


Fine, Anne. (1995, c1992). Flour babies. New York, N.Y. : Bantam Doubleday Dell Books for Young Readers. INTR-FIC F495fl

When his class of underachievers is assigned to spend three torturous weeks taking care of their own "babies" in the form of bags of flour, Simon makes amazing discoveries about himself while coming to terms with his long-absent father.

Fox, Paula. (1993). Western wind : a novel. New York : Orchard Books. INTR-FIC F793WE

Twelve-year-old Elizabeth resents being sent to stay on a small Maine island after the arrival of her new baby brother, but the time she spends with her artist grandmother and an unusual young neighbor help her to see things differently.


Lowry, Lois. (1993). The giver. Boston : Houghton Mifflin. INTR-FIC L921GI

Given his lifetime assignment at the Ceremony of Twelve, Jonas becomes the receiver of memories shared by only one other in his community and discovers the terrible truth about the society in which he lives.


Avi. (1991). Nothing but the truth : a documentary novel. New York : Orchard Books. INTR-FIC A957NO and Teaching Materials Z1033.H53 A942no 1999

A ninth-grader's suspension for singing "The Star-Spangled Banner" during homeroom becomes a national news story.

Myers, Walter Dean. (1992). Somewhere in the darkness. New York : Scholastic. INTR-FIC M996SO

A teenage boy accompanies his father, who has recently escaped from prison, on a trip that turns out to be a time of, often painful, discovery for them both.


Seabrooke, Brenda. (1990). Judy Scuppernong. (Illustrated by Ted Lewin). New York : Cobblehill Books, Dutton. 811.54 S438j

Poems describe the daily experiences of four girls growing up in a small town in Georgia in the early 1950s.

Brooks, Martha. (1988). Paradise Café and other stories. Saskatoon : Thistledown Press. INTR-FIC B873pa

Fourteen short stories dealing with various aspects of love.


Fleischman, Paul. (1992). Saturnalia. New York : HarperTrophy. INTR-FIC F5965sa

William is living a strange double life. By day he is a printer’s apprentice living in a white man’s house. By night, he is Weetasket of the Narraganset tribe who must risk Magistrate Baggot’s wrath to search for his lost brother. Then comes the winter celebration of the Saturnalia -- the ancient Roman holiday on which masters and slaves trade roles. Will William’s secret be revealed? And what dark deed of others will be brought to light on this fateful night?

Conrad, Pam. (1990). Stonewords : a ghost story. New York : Harper & Row. INTR-FIC C7546st

Zoe discovers that her house is occupied by the ghost of an eleven-year-old girl, who carries her back to the day of her death in 1870 to try to alter that tragic event.


Dickinson, Peter. (1990, c1988). Eva. New York, N.Y. : Dell. INTR-FIC D5535ev

After a terrible accident, a young girl wakes up to discover that she has been given the body of a chimpanzee. The picnic on the beach is Eva's last memory. As she lies in the hospital bed while her mother explains about the accident and the coma, Eva senses there is something they are not telling her--a price she must pay to be alive.

Mayne, William. (1989). Gideon ahoy! New York : Delacorte Press.

Twelve-year-old Eva's chaotic but cheerful family life in a small English town changes when Gideon, her brain-damaged deaf older brother, gets a job opening bridges and locks for the local canal boat.


Doherty, Berlie. (1988, c1986). Granny was a buffer girl. New York : Orchard. INTR-FIC D6554gr 

The night before Jess goes off to France for a university year abroad, her parents and grandparents gather to celebrate and share the stories of their lives.

Fleischman, Paul. (1988). Joyful noise : poems for two voices. (Illustrated by Eric Beddows). New York : Harper & Row. 811.54 F596j

Fourteen poems, using two voices (alternating or together) offer listeners a look at what insects might think of themselves and their world.

Mahy, Margaret. (1988, c1987). Memory. New York : M.K. McElderry Books. INTR-FIC M2168me

On the fifth anniversary of his older sister's death, nineteen-year-old Jonny Dart, troubled by feelings of guilt and an imperfect memory of the event, goes in search of the only other witness to the fatal accident and, through a chance meeting with a senile old woman, finds a way to free himself of the past.


Griffith, Helen V. (1986). Georgia music. (Pictures by James Stevenson). New York : Greenwillow Books. PRIM-FIC G8535GE

A little girl and her grandfather share two different kinds of music, that of his mouth organ and that of the birds and insects around his cabin.


Howker, Janni. (1986). Isaac Campion. New York : Greenwillow Books. INTR-FIC H8638is 

After the death of his idolized older brother, twelve-year-old Isaac's relationship with his horse dealer father grows even worse as he sees his father's obsession with hatred poison their family's life.


Jones, Diana Wynne. (2001). Howl's moving castle. New York, NY : HarperTrophy. INTR-FIC J7654ho

Eldest of three sisters in a land where it is considered to be a misfortune, Sophie is resigned to her fate as a hat shop apprentice until a witch turns her into an old woman and she finds herself in the castle of the greatly feared wizard Howl.

Conrad, Pam. (1985). Prairie songs. (Illustrations by Darryl S. Zudeck). New York : Harper & Row. INTR-FIC C7546PR

Louisa's life in a loving pioneer family on the Nebraska prairie is altered by the arrival of a new doctor and his beautiful, tragically frail wife.


King-Smith, Dick. (1985, c1983). Babe: the gallant pig. (Illustrated by Mary Rayner). New York : Crown. INTR-FIC K5495BA

A piglet destined for eventual butchering arrives at the farmyard, is adopted by an old sheep dog, and discovers a special secret to success.

Mahy, Margaret. (1984). The changeover : a supernatural romance. New York : Atheneum. INTR-FIC M2168ch

When her little brother seems to become possessed by an evil spirit, fourteen-year-old Laura seeks the help of the strangely compelling older boy at school who she is convinced has supernatural powers.


Voigt, Cynthia. (1983). A solitary blue. New York : Atheneum. INTR-FIC V891SO

Jeff's mother, who deserted the family years before, reenters his life and widens the gap between Jeff and his father, a gap that only truth, love, and friendship can heal.

Jones, Diana Wynne. (2003, c1984). Archer's goon. New York : Greenwillow Books. INTR-FIC J7654ar

After the Goon moves into Sykes' house and refuses to budge, thirteen-year-old Howard learns some startling information about his family, including the fact that he is adopted and that his father is connected with seven wizards who run their town.

MacLachlan, Patricia. (1984). Unclaimed treasures. New York : Harper & Row. INTR-FIC M1615UN

Willa, who wants to feel extraordinary, thinks that she's in love with the father of the boy next door until she realizes that her"ordinary" true love is the boy himself.


Voigt, Cynthia. (1983, c1982). Dicey's song. New York : Atheneum. INTR-FIC V891DI

Now that the four abandoned Tillerman children are settled in with their grandmother, Dicey finds that their new beginnings require love, trust, humor, and courage.

Fritz, Jean. (1982). Homesick: my own story. (Illustrated by Margot Tomes). New York : Putnam. INTR-FIC F9198HO

The author's fictionalized version, though all the events are true, of her childhood in China in the 1920's.

Sutcliff, Rosemary. (1994, c1981). The road to Camlann. (Decorations by Shirley Felts). New York : Dutton. 398.2 S965ro

The evil Mordred, plotting against his father King Arthur, implicates the Queen and Sir Lancelot in treachery and brings about the downfall of Camelot and the Round Table.    


Schlee, Ann. (1982, c1976). Ask me no questions. New York : Holt, Rinehart, and Winston. INTR-FIC S3394as 

Laura, sent to the country from London to escape the cholera in 1848, tries to help the neglected children of Drouet's asylum she finds eating the pigs' food in her uncle's barn.

Westall, Robert. (1984, c1981). The scarecrows. London : Heinemann Educational. INTR-FIC W5225sc

While visiting his mother and new stepfather whom he hates, an English teenager is terrorized by three scarecrows embodying people who met violent death and who silently threaten the entire family.

Bond, Nancy. (1981). The voyage begun. New York : Atheneum. INTR-FIC B7116vo 

Living in the not-so-distant future when the energy supply has been almost depleted, a teenage boy explores the deserted colonies near his father's Cape Cod research station and begins to understand the long-term effects of recent climate and weather changes and environmental pollution on the land and the people.


Cunningham, Julia. (1980). Flight of the sparrow : a novel. New York : Pantheon Books. INTR-FIC C973fl

After stealing a valuable painting for the band of street urchins who have adopted her, a 10-year-old orphan must flee Paris.

Garfield, Leon. (1980). Footsteps. New York : Delacorte Press. INTR-FIC G2314jo 

Unsettling words from his dying father set twelve-year-old William on a mission to eighteenth-century London where, in the course of searching for his father's mysterious business partner John Diamond, he encounters an odd assortment of characters, some of whom seem determined to kill him.

Burch, Robert. (1990). Ida Early comes over the mountain. New York, N.Y., U.S.A. : Puffin Books. INTR-FIC B9475id

Tough times in rural Georgia during the Depression take a lively turn when spirited Ida Early arrives to keep house for the Suttons.


King, Clive. (1976). Me and my million. Harmondsworth : Kestrel Books. INTR-FIC K523me

When Ringo, a young Londoner, finds himself in sudden possession of a stolen painting worth a million pounds, his life turns into a series of wild adventures.

Slepian, Jan. (2001). The Alfred summer. New York : Philomel Books. INTR-FIC S6325al

Four preteen outcasts, two of them handicapped, learn lessons in courage and perseverance when they join forces to build a boat.

Byars, Betsy. (1980). The night swimmers. (Illustrated by Troy Howell). New York : Delacorte Press. INTR-FIC B993NI

With their mother dead and their father working nights, Retta tries to be mother to her two younger brothers but somehow things just don't seem to be working right.


Bridgers, Sue Ellen. (1979). All together now : a novel. New York : Knopf : distributed by Random House. INTR-FIC B8518al

With her father serving in the Korean War and her mother working, Casey spends her 12th summer visiting her grandparents in their small town where she makes friends with a 33-year-old man with the mind of a 12-year-old.

Bødker, Cecil. (1978). Silas and Ben-Godik. (Translated from the Danish by Sheila La Farge). New York : Delacorte Press /Seymour Lawrence.

Silas and his friend Ben-Godik spend a year traveling by horseback and encountering many strange individuals and harrowing adventures.


Levoy, Myron. (1977). Alan and Naomi. New York : Harper & Row. INTR-FIC L6667al

In New York of the 1940's a boy tries to befriend a girl traumatized by Nazi brutality in France.

Highwater, Jamake. (1977). Anpao : an American Indian odyssey. (Pictures by Fritz Scholder). Philadelphia : Lippincott. 398.2 H638a

Traditional tales from North American Indian tribes woven into one story that relates the adventures of one boy as he grows to manhood.

Cleary, Beverly. (1977). Ramona and her father. (Illustrated by Alan Tiegreen). New York : Morrow. INTR-FIC C6232ra

The family routine is upset during Ramona's year in second grade when her father unexpectedly loses his job.


Sutcliff, Rosemary. (1976). Blood feud. New York : Dutton.

Sold into slavery to the Northmen in the tenth century, a young Englishman becomes involved in a blood feud which leads him to Constantinople and a totally different way of life.

Taylor, Mildred. (1976). Roll of thunder, hear my cry. New York : Dial Press. INTR-FIC T2445RO & INTR-FIC T2445ROL

A black family living in the South during the 1930's are faced with prejudice and discrimination which their children don't understand.

Westall, Robert. (1976). The machine gunners. New York : Greenwillow Books.

After an air raid, a group of English children find a German machine gun and hide it from adults who are looking for it.


Hunter, Mollie. (1975). A stranger came ashore : a story of suspense. New York : Harper & Rows. INTR-FIC H9465st

Twelve-year-old Robbie becomes convinced that the stranger befriended by his family is one of the Selkie Folk and tries to get help against his magical powers from the local wizard.

Bond, Nancy. (176). A string in the harp. New York : Atheneum. INTR-FIC B7116ST

Relates what happens to three American children, unwillingly transplanted to Wales for one year, when one of them finds an ancient harp-tuning key that takes him back to the time of the great sixth-century bard Taliesin.

Yep, Laurence. (1975). Dragonwings. New York : Harper & Row. INTR-FIC Y47DW

In the early twentieth century a young Chinese boy joins his father in San Francisco and helps him realize his dream of making a flying machine.


Mathis, Sharon Bell. (1975). The hundred penny box. (Illustrated by Leo and Diane Dillon). New York : Viking Press. INTR-FIC M431H

Michael's love for his great-great-aunt who lives with them leads him to intercede with his mother who wants to toss out all her old things.


Fritz, Jean. (1973). And then what happened, Paul Revere? (Pictures by Margot Tomes). New York : Coward, McCann & Geoghegan.
973.3 F919a

Describes some of the well-known as well as the lesser-known details of Paul Revere's life and exciting ride.


Gardam, Jane. (1973). The summer after the funeral. New York : Macmillan.

Following her father's death, a sixteen-year-old English girl spends an unsettling summer convinced that she has lived before as Emily Bronte.

Smith, Doris Buchanan. (1974). Tough Chauncey. New York : Morrow.

Abused by his grandfather and neglected by his mother, a "tough" thirteen-year-old sees running away as the only solution to changing his life until a friend opens his eyes to an alternative.


Allan, Mabel Esther. (1972). An island in a green sea. (Illustrated by Charles Robinson). New York : Atheneum.

Happy on the Outer Hebrides, eleven-year-old Mairi has no desire to leave when her family situation changes and takes her to new places.

Smith, Emma. (1972). No way of telling. New York : Atheneum.

Stranded by a blizzard on their lonely Welsh farm, a young girl and her grandmother are confronted by a series of strange visitors.

Alexander, Lloyd. (1973). The cat who wished to be a man. New York : Dutton. INTR-FIC A376CA

When he begins dealing with humanity, Lionel the cat begins to understand why his wizard master was reluctant to change him into a man.


No fiction honor


Burton, Hester. (1970, c1969). Beyond the weir bridge. (Illustrated by Victor G. Ambrus). New York : Crowell. INTR-FIC B9744Be

Three young people in seventeenth-century England maintain their close friendship despite their political and religious differences, the tragedy of the Great Plague, and the two boys' rivalry for the girl's love.

Coolidge, Olivia E. (1970). Come by here. (Illustrated by Milton Johnson). Boston : Houghton Mifflin. INTR-FIC C7745co

In the early 1900's in Baltimore a middle class black child has a difficult struggle regaining the comfortable life she knew before her parents were killed.

O'Brien, Robert C. (1971). Mrs. Frisby and the rats of NIMH. (Illustrated by Zena Bernstein). New York : Atheneum. INTR-FIC O136MI

Having no one to help her with her problems, a widowed mouse visits the rats whose former imprisonment in a laboratory made them wise and long lived.


Cleaver, Vera and Bill. (1969). Where the lilies bloom. (Illustrated by Jim Spanfeller). Philadelphia : J.B. Lippincott Co. INTR-FIC C6237wh

In the Great Smoky Mountains region, a fourteen-year-old girl struggles to keep her family together after their father dies.


Peyton, K. M. (1968, 1967). Flambards. (Illustrated by Victor G. Ambrus). Cleveland : World Pub. Co.

A twelve-year-old orphan girl is faced with a radically different way of life when she is sent to live with a crippled tyrannical uncle, who is obsessed with hounds and horses and who expects her and his two sons to follow in his footsteps.

Zindel, Paul. (1968). The pigman; a novel. New York : Harper & Row . INTR-FIC Z773pi

A teenage boy and girl, high school sophomores from unhappy homes, tell of their bizarre relationship with an old man.

Treviño, Elizabeth Borton de. (1968). Turi's poppa. (Illustrated by Enrico Arno). New York : Farrar, Straus, and Giroux.

Following the Second World War a little boy and his violin-maker father, destitute and without proper identification, walk the long and often dangerous journey from Hungary to Italy where the father has been promised a good job.


Beyer, Audrey White. (1968). Dark venture. (Illustrated by Leo and Diane Dillon). New York : Knopf.

A twelve-year-old African boy, captured and shipped to the West Indies to be sold into slavery, is saved from a cruel master when the slave ship's doctor buys him and takes him to New England, where he must adjust to a new way of life.

Garfield, Leon. (1967). Smith. (Illustrated by Antony Maitland). New York : Pantheon Books. INTR-FIC G2314sm

A young pickpocket in eighteenth century London takes a document he cannot read from a man's pocket and a moment later sees the man murdered by two men who want the document.

Hautzig, Esther Rudomin. (1968). The endless steppe; growing up in Siberia. New York : T. Y. Crowell Co. 940.54 H382e

During World War II, when she was eleven years old, the author and her family were arrested in Poland by the Russians as political enemies and exiled to Siberia. She recounts here the trials of the following five years spent on the harsh Asian steppe.

Almedingen, E. M. (1968). Young Mark; the story of a venture. (Illustrated by Victor G. Ambrus). New York : Farrar, Straus & Giroux.

Chronicles the adventurous journey of a fourteen-year-old lad who leaves his eighteenth-century manor home in the Ukraine to make his way to St. Petersburg where he seeks a career as a singer.


No fiction honor



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