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Children's Fiction Meme

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Carnegie and Newbery Prize winners, bolded where I've read them:

2007 Meg Rosoff, Just in Case, Penguin
2005 Mal Peet, Tamar, Walker Books
2004 Frank Cottrell Boyce, Millions, Macmillan
2003 Jennifer Donnelly, A Gathering Light, Bloomsbury Children's Books
2002 Sharon Creech, Ruby Holler, Bloomsbury Children's Books This one surprised me, as I thought Creech was American.
2001 Terry Pratchett, The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents, Doubleday Not one of his best books, but entertaining.
2000 Beverley Naidoo, The Other Side of Truth, Puffin
1999 Aidan Chambers, Postcards From No Man's Land, Bodley Head A very deserving win, but maybe more due to political correctness of subject matter than literary merit
1998 David Almond, Skellig, Hodder Children's Books I'm sorry, but I've never understood the fuss about this book. Very meh for me.
1997 Tim Bowler, River Boy, OUP
1996 Melvin Burgess, Junk, Andersen Press Half:
1995 Philip Pullman, His Dark Materials: Book 1 Northern Lights, Scholastic I am not one of Pullman's biggest fans. This certainly did't deserve the "Carnegie of Carnegies" or half the "masterpiece of its time" fuss that's made about it, though this book is the best of the trilogy IMO
1994 Theresa Breslin, Whispers in the Graveyard, Methuen
1993 Robert Swindells, Stone Cold, H Hamilton
1992 Anne Fine, Flour Babies, H Hamilton Another meh from me
1991 Berlie Doherty, Dear Nobody, H Hamilton
1990 Gillian Cross, Wolf, OUP
1989 Anne Fine, Goggle-eyes, H Hamilton
1988 Geraldine McCaughrean, A Pack of Lies, OUP Loved this one - Postmodern unreliability in a children's book - great stuff.
1987 Susan Price, The Ghost Drum, Faber
1986 Berlie Doherty, Granny was a Buffer Girl, Methuen
1985 Kevin Crossley-Holland, Storm, Heinemann
1984 Margaret Mahy, The Changeover, Dent This is one of my all time faves
1983 Jan Mark, Handles, Kestrel Very funny, but not her greatest work
1982 Margaret Mahy, The Haunting, Dent Not one of her best, but a good read, very creepy at the beginning.
1981 Robert Westall, The Scarecrows, Chatto & Windus
1980 Peter Dickinson, City of Gold, Gollancz A strange and rather "worthy" choice - retellings of Bible stories!
1979 Peter Dickinson, Tulku, Gollancz Absolutely brilliant - one of the best of a great writer's work
1978 David Rees, The Exeter Blitz, H Hamilton A very powerful novel
1977 Gene Kemp, The Turbulent Term of Tyke Tiler, Faber Genius.
1976 Jan Mark, Thunder and Lightnings, Kestrel lovely
1975 Robert Westall, The Machine Gunners, Macmillan His strongest book, I think
1974 Mollie Hunter, The Stronghold, H Hamilton don't remember this one much
1973 Penelope Lively, The Ghost of Thomas Kempe, Heinemann Absolutely brilliant
1972 Richard Adams, Watership Down, Rex Collings Well, of course.
1971 Ivan Southall, Josh, Angus & Robertson He's a tough and interesting writer, and this is a great book.
1970 Leon Garfield & Edward Blishen, The God Beneath the Sea, Longman Still one of the best retellings of Greek myths evah
1969 Kathleen Peyton, The Edge of the Cloud, OUP I think the Flambards books are weaker than her Pennington books, and this one is the weakest of the trilogy - an odd choice.
1968 Rosemary Harris, The Moon in the Cloud, Faber I like the third book in the trilogy better than this one, but these books are all delightful and sadly forgotten now
1967 Alan Garner, The Owl Service, Collins Well, yes. One of the most powerful YA fantasies ever.
1966 Prize withheld as no book considered suitable
1965 Philip Turner, The Grange at High Force, OUP ??
1964 Sheena Porter, Nordy Bank, OUP She's sadly forgotten now - this is an interesting book.
1963 Hester Burton, Time of Trial, OUP Wonderful. Love all her books, but this one is perhaps her best.
1962 Pauline Clarke, The Twelve and the Genii, Faber I know I have read this, but I don't really remember it
1961 Lucy M Boston, A Stranger at Green Knowe , Faber This one should have been up for "Carnegie of Carnegies" - haunting and wonderful
1960 Dr I W Cornwall, The Making of Man, Phoenix House
1959 Rosemary Sutcliff, The Lantern Bearers, OUP Any of her books would be worthy
1958 Philipa Pearce, Tom's Midnight Garden, OUP Yes, it's lovely, but a "writer's" book rather than a "reader's" one, I think.
1957 William Mayne, A Grass Rope, OUP Like many of his, strange, difficult, not one of his best. I far preferred his cathedral school books which are thoroughly delightful
1956 C S Lewis, The Last Battle, Bodley Head I agree with tree_and_leaf that this is not the best of the series, in fact I'd say it was one of the weakest. Probably for body of work.
1955 Eleanor Farjeon, The Little Bookroom, OUP
1954 Ronald Welch (Felton Ronald Oliver), Knight Crusader, OUP
1953 Edward Osmond, A Valley Grows Up
1952 Mary Norton, The Borrowers,, Dent I could never really get on with these, and don't know why.
1951 Cynthia Harnett, The Woolpack, Methuen Booooooring.
1950 Elfrida Vipont Foulds, The Lark on the Wing, OUP
1949 Agnes Allen, The Story of Your Home, Faber
1948 Richard Armstrong, Sea Change, Dent
1947 Walter De La Mare, Collected Stories for Children
1946 Elizabeth Goudge, The Little White Horse, University of London Press Yay. One of my absolute favourite books.
1945 Prize withheld as no book considered suitable
1944 Eric Linklater, The Wind on the Moon, Macmillan I didn't know this one had won - it's also thoroughly delightful
1943 Prize withheld as no book considered suitable
1942 'BB' (D J Watkins-Pitchford), The Little Grey Men, Eyre & Spottiswoode
1941 Mary Treadgold, We Couldn't Leave Dinah, Cape
1940 Kitty Barne, Visitors from London, Dent
1939 Eleanor Doorly, Radium Woman, Heinemann
1938 Noel Streatfeild, The Circus is Coming, Dent This was always one of my favourites, and I agree is actually probably one of her best, which is saying a lot. Tough, unsentimental look at professionalism.
1937 Eve Garnett, The Family from One End Street, Muller
1936 Arthur Ransome, Pigeon Post, Cape I don't know which of his I would say was his best, or my favourite - not this one, but worthwhile in any case.


Newbery Medal
2007: The Higher Power of Lucky by Susan Patron, illus. by Matt Phelan (Simon & Schuster/Richard Jackson)
2006: Criss Cross by Lynne Rae Perkins (Greenwillow Books/HarperCollins)
2005: Kira-Kira by Cynthia Kadohata (Atheneum Books for Young Readers/Simon & Schuster) Very well written "worthy" subject matter (death of sibling)
2004: The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread by Kate DiCamillo (Candlewick Press) Grossly overrated, IMO
2003: Crispin: The Cross of Lead by Avi (Hyperion Books for Children)
2002: A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park(Clarion Books/Houghton Mifflin)
2001: A Year Down Yonder by Richard Peck (Dial)
2000: Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis (Delacorte)
1999: Holes by Louis Sachar (Frances Foster) I loved this
1998: Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse (Scholastic)
1997: The View from Saturday by E.L. Konigsburg (Jean Karl/Atheneum) Far from her best work
1996: The Midwife's Apprentice by Karen Cushman (Clarion)
1995: Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech (HarperCollins) I loved this, very powerful, understated.
1994: The Giver by Lois Lowry(Houghton) Interesting, and well done fantasy
1993: Missing May by Cynthia Rylant (Jackson/Orchard)
1992: Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor (Atheneum)
1991: Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli (Little, Brown)
1990: Number the Stars by Lois Lowry (Houghton) A
1989: Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices by Paul Fleischman (Harper)
1988: Lincoln: A Photobiography by Russell Freedman (Clarion)
1987: The Whipping Boy by Sid Fleischman (Greenwillow)
1986: Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan (Harper)
1985: The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley (Greenwillow) YAY!!! Wonderful
1984: Dear Mr. Henshaw by Beverly Cleary (Morrow)
1983: Dicey's Song by Cynthia Voigt (Atheneum) I like these books a lot, and this one is one of the best of the series.
1982: A Visit to William Blake's Inn: Poems for Innocent and Experienced Travelers by Nancy Willard (Harcourt) A picture book: interesting and well done, but an odd choice.
1981: Jacob Have I Loved by Katherine Paterson (Crowell)
1980: A Gathering of Days: A New England Girl's Journal, 1830-1832 by Joan W. Blos (Scribner)
1979: The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin (Dutton) Brilliant!!
1978: Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson (Crowell) Wonderful. Don't see the movie.
1977: Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor (Dial)
1976: The Grey King by Susan Cooper (McElderry/Atheneum)Of course, wonderful, and I do think the most powerful of the series
1975: M. C. Higgins, the Great by Virginia Hamilton (Macmillan)
1974: The Slave Dancer by Paula Fox (Bradbury)
1973: Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George (Harper) Very good
1972: Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O'Brien (Atheneum) Great fun
1971: Summer of the Swans by Betsy Byars (Viking)
1970: Sounder by William H. Armstrong (Harper)
1969: The High King by Lloyd Alexander (Holt) Yay. Body of work, but also maybe the strongest of the five books
1968: From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg (Atheneum) Yes, good.
1967: Up a Road Slowly by Irene Hunt (Follett)
1966: I, Juan de Pareja by Elizabeth Borton de Trevino (Farrar)
1965: Shadow of a Bull by Maia Wojciechowska (Atheneum)
1964: It's Like This, Cat by Emily Neville (Harper)
1963: A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle (Farrar) Too bad the sequels didn't live up to this one
1962: The Bronze Bow by Elizabeth George Speare (Houghton)
1961: Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell (Houghton)
1960: Onion John by Joseph Krumgold (Crowell)
1959: The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare (Houghton)
1958: Rifles for Watie by Harold Keith (Crowell)
1957: Miracles on Maple Hill by Virginia Sorensen (Harcourt)
1956: Carry On, Mr. Bowditch by Jean Lee Latham (Houghton)
1955: The Wheel on the School by Meindert DeJong (Harper)
1954: ...And Now Miguel by Joseph Krumgold (Crowell)
1953: Secret of the Andes by Ann Nolan Clark (Viking)
1952: Ginger Pye by Eleanor Estes (Harcourt) A rare fun one among all the worthy historical bios
1951: Amos Fortune, Free Man by Elizabeth Yates (Dutton)
1950: The Door in the Wall by Marguerite de Angeli (Doubleday)
1949: King of the Wind by Marguerite Henry (Rand McNally) All her books are the best ever horse books
1948: The Twenty-One Balloons by William Pène du Bois (Viking)
1947: Miss Hickory by Carolyn Sherwin Bailey (Viking)
1946: Strawberry Girl by Lois Lenski (Lippincott)
1945: Rabbit Hill by Robert Lawson (Viking) Fun
1944: Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes (Houghton)
1943: Adam of the Road by Elizabeth Janet Gray (Viking)
1942: The Matchlock Gun by Walter Edmonds (Dodd)
1941: Call It Courage by Armstrong Sperry (Macmillan)
1940: Daniel Boone by James Daugherty (Viking)
1939: Thimble Summer by Elizabeth Enright (Rinehart) Not my fave of hers - The Saturdays is much more fun.
1938: The White Stag by Kate Seredy (Viking)
1937: Roller Skates by Ruth Sawyer (Viking)
1936: Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Ryrie Brink (Macmillan) worthy historical, but fun with it for once
1935: Dobry by Monica Shannon (Viking)
1934: Invincible Louisa: The Story of the Author of Little Women by Cornelia Meigs (Little, Brown)
1933: Young Fu of the Upper Yangtze by Elizabeth Lewis (Winston)
1932: Waterless Mountain by Laura Adams Armer (Longmans)
1931: The Cat Who Went to Heaven by Elizabeth Coatsworth (Macmillan)
1930: Hitty, Her First Hundred Years by Rachel Field (Macmillan)
1929: The Trumpeter of Krakow by Eric P. Kelly (Macmillan)
1928: Gay Neck, the Story of a Pigeon by Dhan Gopal Mukerji (Dutton)
1927: Smoky, the Cowhorse by Will James (Scribner)
1926: Shen of the Sea by Arthur Bowie Chrisman (Dutton)
1925: Tales from Silver Lands by Charles Finger (Doubleday)
1924: The Dark Frigate by Charles Hawes (Little, Brown)
1923: The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle by Hugh Lofting (Stokes) seems a strangely frivolous choice
1922: The Story of Mankind by Hendrik Willem van Loon (Liveright)

The newberys are much more "highminded" - tending to be worthy historical or topics like coping with death. I guess living in Canada I had the best of both worlds, as I seem to have read almost as many on both lists. Also my British rellies sent me books, and my mum made sure I kept up with the British ones.
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