John Newbery Medal: Dead End in Norvelt Jack Gantos had exciting vacation plans, but when he’s “grounded for life” by his feuding parents, his summer takes a turn for the worse. He ends up taking on a strange task: typewriting obituaries of the founders of his town. Jack is launched into a strange and surprising adventure that blends past and present, truth and fiction.
Randolph Caldecott Medal: A Ball for Daisy : This poignant, wordless tale features an endearing young dog that is heartbroken when a bigger dog destroys a favorite toy. Told through impressionistic illustrations by the Caldecott Medal-winning author of The Hello,Goodbye Window.
Coretta Scott King Medal: “Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans” An extensive volume focusing on American history as it intertwines with the lives of African Americans. The story is told from the viewpoint of an elderly woman who shares her life story while highlighting pivotal historical events including Abolition, the Great Migration, World War II and the Civil Rights movement.