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2012 Newbery, Caldecott & More Awards

The 2012 Newbery and Caldecott Awards were announced this morning, along with several other prestigious book awards for children and young adults. You can find the complete list here.


The 2012 Newbery Award Winner is Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos:


In the historic town of Norvelt, Pennsylvania, twelve-year-old Jack Gantos spends the summer of 1962 grounded for various offenses until he is assigned to help an elderly neighbor with a most unusual chore involving the newly dead, molten wax, twisted promises, Girl Scout cookies, underage driving, lessons from history, typewriting, and countless bloody noses.

The Newbery Award Honor books are:

Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai 

Through a series of poems, a young girl chronicles the life-changing year of 1975, when she, her mother, and her brothers leave Vietnam and resettle in Alabama.


Breaking Stalin’s Nose by Eugene Yelchin

In the Stalinist era of the Soviet Union, ten-year-old Sasha idolizes his father, a devoted communist, but when police take his father away and leave Sasha homeless, he is forces to examine his own perceptions, values, and beliefs.


The 2012 Caldecott Award Winner is

A Ball for Daisy by Chris Raschka.

The Caldecott Honor Books are:

Blackout written and illustrated by John Rocco

Grandpa Green written and illustrated  by Lane Smith


Me … Jane written and illustrated by Patrick McDonnell. 


The Michael L. Printz Award is given for excellence in literature in young adults.

The 2012 winner is Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley.

Seventeen-year-old Cullen’s summer in Lily, Arkansas, is marked by his cousin’s death by overdose, an alleged spotting of a woodpecker thought to be extinct, failed romances, and his younger brother’s sudden disappearance.

The Printz honor books are:

Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler 

Sixteen-year-old Min Green writes a letter to Ed Slaterton in which she breaks up with him, documenting their relationship and how items in the accompanying box, from bottle caps to a cookbook, foretell the end.

The Returning by Christine Hinwood

When the twelve-year war between the Uplanders and Downlanders is over and Cam returns home to his village, questions dog him, from how he lost an arm to why he was the only one of his fellow soldiers to survive, such that he must leave until his own suspicions are resolved.

Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey 

In small-town Australia, teens Jasper and Charlie form an unlikely friendship when one asks the other to help him cover up a murder until they can prove who is responsible.


The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

Nineteen-year-old returning champion Sean Kendrick competes against Puck Connolly, the first girl ever to ride in the annual Scorpio Races, both trying to keep hold of their dangerous water horses long enough to make it to the finish line.


The Schneider Family Book Award is given to books that embody an artistic expression of the disability experience. Two books were chosen for the middle school award:

Close to Famous by Joan Bauer

The residents of Culpepper, despite their grand aspirations, have made little progress toward achieving their goals, but unexpected events and surprises put the ambitions of the residents of Culpepper to the test.



Wonderstruck: A Novel in Words and Pictures written and illustrated by Brian Selznick

Having lost his mother and his hearing in a short time, twelve-year-old Ben leaves his Minnesota home in 1977 to seek the father he never knew in New York City, and meets there Rose, who is also longing for something missing from her life. Ben’s story is told in words; Rose’s in pictures.

The 2012 teen award goes to:

The Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen 

When a school bus accident leaves sixteen-year-old Jessica an amputee, she returns to school with a prosthetic limb and her track team finds a wonderful way to help rekindle her dream of running again.