Kookiejar's List

Of course, I'm insanely excited about reading award winning books, and like some of the rest of you was planning on digging into a list like this soon anyway. Thank you 3M for hosting this challenge, which I think is going to be too tempting to pass up for many people. I think, like in my other challenges, I will post reviews for this challenge here and provide a link from my regular blog.

Here is my list. At first I'm only going to read books that I already have copies of.

1. We Need to Talk about Kevin-Lionel Shriver-Orange Prize (overlaps with the Something About Me)

2. The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress by Robert A. Heinlein Hugo Award (overlaps with the TBR Challenge)

3. All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy National Book Critics' Circle Award

4. Sophie's Choice by William Styron National Book Award

5. Arctic Dreams by Barry Lopez National Book Award

6. Schindler's List by Thomas Keneally Booker Award

7. Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry Pulitzer Prize

8. Spin by Robert Charles Wilson Hugo Award

9. Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides Pulitzer

10. The Moor's Last Sigh by Salman Rushdie Costa Award

11. The Shipping News by E. Annie Proulx National Book Award

12. A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller Hugo Award

My alternates:

Costa Award
Andrea Levy, Small Island

Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein

Postcards by E. Annie Proulx,

National Book Critics' Circle Award
Kate Vaiden by Reynolds Price

National Book Award
The Moviegoer by Walker Percy
Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier

True History of the Kelly Gang by Peter Carey

The Magnificent Ambersons - Booth Tarkington
So Big - Edna Ferber
The Confessions of Nat Turner by William Styron
A Summons to Memphis - Peter Taylor
Interpreter of Maladies - Jhumpa Lahiri
March - Geraldine Brooks

I'm going to clear out loads of shelf space this way. Thanks again 3M.

Amy's List

** I had to switch my list around to be able to fit this challenge into my 2008 challenge schedule.

Here is my list:

  1. Number the Stars – Lois Lowry NEWBERY(1990)
  2. The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini ALEX AWARD (2004)
  3. The Book Thief - Markus Zusak PRINTZ HONOR BOOK(2006)
  4. Bootlegger's Daughter - Margaret Maron ANTHONY AWARD(2001)
  5. The Poet - Michael Connelly ANTHONY AWARD(1997)
  6. No Colder Place - ANTHONY AWARD(1998)
  7. Water For Elephants -Sara Gruen ALEX AWARD(2007)
  8. Blood Work-Michael Connelly ANTHONY AWARD(1999)
  9. Mercy Falls - William Kent Krueger ANTHONY AWARD(2006)
  10. Blood Hollow - William Kent Krueger ANTHONY AWARD(2005)
  11. Speak - Laurie Halse Anderson PRINTZ HONOR BOOK(2000)
  12. The Chatham School Affair -Thomas H. Cook EDGAR AWARD(1997)

raidergirl3's list

I've been perusing the awards lists lately, so this challenge was very timely. I was toying with the idea of my own personal challenge to read a certain number, so thanks 3M for doing this for me. And it's always more fun to read with others, although all these challenges seem to do is give me more books I want to read. I can see easily going beyond twelve for this challenge, but I may be flush with the excitement of a list of big, fat juicy books.

The books I already have or had planned to read for other challenges would be:

  1. 1993 A Lesson Before Dying - Ernest J Gaines(National Book Critics Award)
  2. 2006 Bloodletting and Miraculous Cures -Vincent Lam (The Giller Prize)
  3. 1981 A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole (Pulitzer) done
  4. 2006 The Echo Maker - Richard Powers (National Book Award) I read this before the challenge started, so I'm not counting it. 2000 The Blind Assassin - Margaret Atwood (Booker)
  5. 2005 We Need to Talk About Kevin - Shriver (Orange Prize) done
  6. 2007 The Road - Cormac McCarthy (Pulitzer) done
  7. 1985 The Bone People by Keri Hulme (Booker) done
  8. 2002 Atonement by Ian McEwan (National Book Critics' Circle Award)
  9. 1997 The God of Small Things by Arundi Roy (Booker Prize) done
  10. 1997 The Chatham School Affair by Thomas H Cook (Edgar Award)
  11. 2004 The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo (Newbery)
  12. 2006 Other Colors by Orhan Pamuk (Nobel Prize winner)
  13. 1999 The Hours by Michael Cunningham (Pulitzer)
  14. 1968 From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs Basil E Frankweiler by EL Konisburg (Newbery)
  15. 1989 The Remains of the Day by Kazou Ishiguro (Booker)
  16. 1961 Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell (Newbery)
  17. 2005 Silence of the Grave by Arnaldur Indridason (Gold Dagger Award)
  18. 1991 Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli (Newbery)
  19. 1983 Life and Times of Michael K by JM Coetzee (Booker, Nobel Laureate)
  20. 1986 Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card (Nebula, Hugo)
  21. 2004 This Blinding Absence of Light by Tahar Ben Jelloun (IMPAC Dublin)
  22. 2007 The Gathering by Anne Enright (Man Booker)
  23. 1990 Number the Stars by Lois Lowry (Newbery)

and that will get me off to a great start. We have a whole year, right? Excellent

Hallo, all!
Although I had sworn off challenges for a while, this one proved so tempting because of its subject, its ability to be combined with other challenges, and its long time scheme that I couldn't even remotely resist it.

So, on to my (provisional. VERY provisional.) choices. I have tried to choose a number of Australian works, to fit in with my Year of Down Under Challenge (indicated by an asterisk in the list below). After December, the list may change to take into account the country I will be focusing on in 2008. I have also tried to spread my list of 12 evenly through a number of prizes, choosing at most 2 works from any single prize (although some of the works won more than one prize, and I am tricksy about this). But because I can never be truly strict with myself, I have also included a list of works that can serve either as alternates for my main list (should any book prove unappealing) or as "extra credit" reads. Here is the first draft of the list:

  1. The Bone People by Keri Hulme - BOOKER
  2. Gilead by Marilynne Robinson - NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE
  3. *Oscar and Lucinda by Peter Carey - MILES FRANKLIN
  4. *Dirt Music by Tim Winton - MILES FRANKLIN
  5. *The Secret River by Kate Grenville - COMMONWEALTH
  6. *Gould's Book of Fish by Richard Flanagan - COMMONWEALTH
  7. Small Island by Andrea Levy - ORANGE
  8. Samuel Pepys: the Unequalled Self by Claire Tomalin - WHITBREAD
  9. Citizen Vince by Jess Walter - EDGAR
  10. Hyperion by Dan Simmons - HUGO
  11. Parable of the Talents by Octavia E. Butler - NEBULA
  12. *The Great Fire by Shirley Hazzard - NATIONAL BOOK AWARD
Alternates/Extra Credit:
  1. *Cloudstreet by Tim Winton - MILES FRANKLIN
  2. A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth - COMMONWEALTH
  3. *The True History of the Kelly Gang by Peter Carey - BOOKER
  4. Home Truths by Mavis Gallant - GOV. GENERAL'S
  5. Neuromancer by William Gibson - HUGO/NEBULA
  6. English Passengers by Matthew Kneale - WHITBREAD/MILES FRANKLIN
  7. The Collected Stories of Katherine Anne Porter - NATIONAL BOOK AWARD
  8. The Known World by Edward P. Jones - NBCC/PULITZER
  9. Austerlitz by W.G. Sebald - NBCC
  10. Motherless Brooklyn by Jonathan Lethem - NBCC
  11. Tehanu by Ursula K. Le Guin - NEBULA
  12. Waiting by Ha Jin - PEN/FAULKNER
  13. March by Geraldine Brooks - PULITZER
  14. Empire Falls by Richard Russo - PULITZER

3M's Intro & List

Hello, and welcome to this challenge. My main blog is 1morechapter.com. I also own the BookAwards yahoo reading group.

I only have a partial list so far, but the titles were easy to come up with because of The Newbery Challenge and the reading group listed above.

I'll probably have at least the first 12 titles below finished before the end of 2007. I'd like to complete 18-24 books for the challenge. My list so far:

1. The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood (Booker 2000)
2. The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy (Booker 1997) FINISHED
3. The Sea by John Banville (Booker 2005)
4. A Death in the Family by James Agee (Pulitzer 1958)
5. The Higher Power of Lucky by Susan Patron (Newbery 2007)
6. The Door in the Wall by Marguerite de Angeli (Newbery 1950)
7. The Known World by Edward P. Jones (Pulitzer, IMPAC, NBCC)
8. The Hours by Michael Cunningham (Pulitzer)
9. The White Stag by Kate Seredy (Newbery 1938)
10. Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides (Pulitzer 2003) FINISHED
11. Lisey's Story by Stephen King (Bram Stoker 2007)
12. Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Orange 2007)
13. Bud, not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis (Newbery)
14. The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo (Newbery)
15. The Bridge of San Luis Rey by Thornton Wilder (Pulitzer)
16. The Shipping News by E. Annie Proulx (Pulitzer)

Pulitzer Prize


2011 - A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan
2010 - Tinkers by Paul Harding
2009 - Olive Kitteridge - Elizabeth Strout
2008 - The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao - Junot Diaz
2007 - The Road - Cormac McCarthy
2006 - March - Geraldine Brooks
2005 - Gilead - Marilynne Robinson
2004 - The Known World - Edward P. Jones
2003 - Middlesex - Jeffrey Eugenides
2002 - Empire Falls - Richard Russo
2001 - The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay - Michael Chabon
2000 - Interpreter of Maladies - Jhumpa Lahiri
1999 - The Hours - Michael Cunningham
1998 - American Pastoral - Philip Roth
1997 - Martin Dressler: The Tale of an American Dreamer - Millhauser
1996 - Independence Day - Richard Ford
1995 - The Stone Diaries - Carol Shields
1994 - The Shipping News - Annie Proulx
1993 - A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain - Robert Olen Butler
1992 - A Thousand Acres - Jan Smiley
1991 - Rabbit at Rest - John Updike
1990 - The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love - Oscar Hijuelos
1989 - Breathing Lessons - Anne Tyler
1988 - Beloved - Toni Morrison
1987 - A Summons to Memphis - Peter Taylor
1986 - Lonesome Dove - Larry McMurtry
1985 - Foreign Affairs - Alison Lurie
1984 - Ironweed - William Kennedy
1983 - The Color Purple - Alice Walker
1982 - Rabbit is Rich - John Updike
1981 - A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
1980 - The Executioner's Song - Norman Mailer
1979 - The Stories of John Cheever - John Cheever
1978 - Elbow Room - James Alan McPherson
1977 - None given
1976 - Humboldt's Gift - Saul Bellow
1975 - The Killer Angels - Michael Shaara
1974 - None given
1973 - The Optimist's Daughter - Eudora Welty
1972 - Angle of Repose - Wallace Stegner
1971 - None given
1970 - Collected Stories by Jean Stafford
1969 - House Made of Dawn by Scott Momaday
1968 - The Confessions of Nat Turner by William Styron
1967 - The Fixer by Bernard Malamud
1966 - Collected Stories by Katherine Anne Porter
1965 - The Keepers Of the House by Shirley Ann Grau
1964 - None given
1963 - The Reivers - William Faulkner
1962 - The Edge of Sadness by Edwin O'Connor
1961 - To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
1960 - Advise and Consent by Allen Drury
1959 - The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters by Robert Lewis Taylor
1958 - A Death in the Family - James Agee
1957 - None
1956 - Andersonville by MacKinlay Kantor
1955 - A Fable - William Faulkner
1954 - None
1953 - The Old Man and the Sea - Ernest Hemingway
1952 - The Caine Mutiny by Herman Wouk
1951 - The Town by Conrad Richter
1950 - The Way West by A. B. Guthrie, Jr.
1949 - Guard of Honor by James Gould Cozzens
1948 - Tales of the South Pacific by James A. Michener
1947 - All the King's Men - Robert Penn Warren
1946 - None
1945 - Bell for Adano by John Hersey
1944 - Journey in the Dark by Martin Flavin
1943 - Dragon's Teeth I by Upton Sinclair
1942 - In This Our Life by Ellen Glasgow
1941 - None
1940 - The Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
1939 - The Yearling - Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
1938 - The Late George Apley by John Phillips Marquand
1937 - Gone with the Wind - Margaret Mitchell
1936 - Honey in the Horn by Harold Lenoir Davis
1935 - Now in November by Josephine W. Johnson
1934 - Lamb in His Bosom by Caroline Miller
1933 - The Store by Thomas Stribling
1932 - The Good Earth - Pearl S. Buck
1931 - Years of Grace by Margaret Ayer Barnes
1930 - Laughing Boy by Oliver Lafarge
1929 - Scarlet Sister Mary by Julia Peterkin
1928 - The Bridge of San Luis Rey - Thornton Wilder
1927 - Early Autumn by Louis Bromfield
1926 - Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis
1925 - So Big - Edna Ferber
1924 - The Able McLauglins - Margaret Wilson
1923 - One of Ours - Willa Cather
1922 - Alice Adams - Booth Tarkington
1921 - The Age of Innocence - Edith Wharton
1920 - None
1919 - The Magnificent Ambersons - Booth Tarkington
1918 - His Family Ernest Poole

Man Booker Prize


2011 The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes
2010 The Finkler Question by Howard Jacobson
2009 Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
2008 The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga
2007 The Gathering by Anne Enright
2006 The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai
2005 The Sea by John Banville
2004 The Line of Beauty by Alan Hollinghurst
2003 Vernon God Little by DBC Pierre
2002 Life of Pi by Yann Martel
2001 True History of the Kelly Gang by Peter Carey
2000 The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood
1999 Disgrace by J. M. Coetzee
1998 Amsterdam by Ian McEwan
1997 The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
1996 Last Orders by Graham Swift
1995 The Ghost Road by Pat Barker
1994 How Late It Was, How Late by James Kelman
1993 Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha by Roddy Doyle
1992 The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje (co-winner)
1992 Sacred Hunger by Barry Unsworth (co-winner)
1991 The Famished Road by Ben Okri
1990 Possession by A. S. Byatt
1989 The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
1988 Oscar and Lucinda by Peter Carey
1987 Moon Tiger by Penelope Lively
1986 The Old Devils by Kingsley Amis
1985 The Bone People by Keri Hulme
1984 Hotel Du Lac by Anita Brookner
1983 Life and Times of Michael K by J. M. Coetzee
1982 Schindler’s Ark by Thomas Keneally
1981 Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie
1980 Rites of Passage by William Golding
1979 Offshore by Penelope Fitzgerald
1978 The Sea, the Sea by Iris Murdoch
1977 Staying on by Paul Scott
1976 Saville by David Storey
1975 Heat and Dust by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
1974 The Conservationist by Nadine Gordimer
1974 Holiday by Stanley Middleton
1973 The Siege of Krishnapur by J. G. Farrell
1972 G. by John Berger
1971 In a Free State by V. S. Naipaul
1970 The Elected Member by Bernice Rubens
1969 Something to Answer For by P. H. Newby

National Book Award


2011 Jesmyn Ward, Salvage the Bones
2010 Jaimy Gordon, Lord of Misrule
2009 Colum McCann Let the Great World Spin
2008 Peter Matthiessen Shadow Country
2007 Denis Johnson Tree of Smoke
2006 Richard Powers The Echo Maker
2005 William Vollmann Europe Central
2004 Lily Tuck The News from Paraguay
2003 Shirley Hazzard The Great Fire
2002 Julia Glass Three Junes
2001 Jonathan Franzen The Corrections
2000 Susan Sontag In America
1999 Ha Jin Waiting
1998 Alice McDermott Charming Billy
1997 Charles Frazier Cold Mountain
1996 Andrea Barrett Ship Fever and Other Stories
1995 Philip Roth Sabbath's Theater
1994 A Frolic of His Own by William Gaddis
1993 The Shipping News by E. Annie Proulx
1992 All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy
1991 Mating by Norman Rush
1990 Middle Passage by Charles Johnson
1989 Spartina by John Casey
1988 Paris Trout by Pete Dexter
1987 Paco's Story by Larry Heinemann
1986 World's Fair by E.L. Doctorow
1986 Arctic Dreams by Barry Lopez
1985 White Noise by Don Delillo
1985 Easy in the Islands (1st Novel Award) by Bob Shacochis
1984 Stones for Ibarra (1st Novel Award) by Harriet Doerr
1984 Victory Over Japan by Ellen Gilchrist
1983 The Women of Brewster Place by Gloria Naylor
1983 The Collected Stories by Eudora Welty
1983 The Color Purple by Alice Walker
1982 Dale Loves Sophie to Death (1st Novel Award) by Robb Forman Dew
1982 Rabbit is Rich by John Updike
1981 Plains Song by Wright Morris
1981 Sister Wolf (1st Novel Award) by Ann Arensberg
1980 Birdy (1st Novel Award) by William Wharton
1980 Sophie's Choice by William Styron
1980 The World According to Garp by John Irving
1979 Going After Cacciato by Tim O'Brien
1978 Blood Ties by Mary Lee Settle
1977 The Spectator Bird by Wallace Stegner
1977 Master Tung`s Western Chamber Romance by Li Li Chen
1976 JR by William Gaddis
1975 The Hair of Harold Roux by Thomas Williams
1975 Dog Soldiers by Robert Stone
1974 Gravity's Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon
1974 A Crown of Feathers and Other Stories by Isaac Bashevis Singer
1973 Augustus by John Williams
1973 Chimera by John Barth
1972 The Complete Stories by Flannery O'Connor
1971 Mr. Sammler's Planet by Saul Bellow
1970 Them by Joyce Carol Oates
1969 Steps by Jerzy Kosinski
1968 The Eighth Day by Thornton Wilder
1967 The Fixer by Bernard Malamud
1966 The Collected Stories by Katherine Anne Porter
1965 Herzog by Saul Bellow
1964 The Centaur by John Updike
1963 Morte d'Urban by J.F. Powers
1962 The Moviegoer by Walker Percy
1961 The Waters of Kronos by Conrad Richter
1960 Goodbye Columbus by Philip Roth
1959 The Magic Barrell by Bernard Malamud
1958 Wapshot Chronicle by John Cheever
1957 The Field of Vision by Wright Morris
1956 Ten North Frederick by John O'Hara
1955 A Fable by William Faulkner
1954 The Adventures of Augie March by Saul Bellow
1953 Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
1952 From Here to Eternity by James Jones
1951 The Collected Stories by William Faulkner
1950 The Man with the Golden Arm by Nelson Algren

2010 Jennifer Egan, A Visit from the Goon Squad
2009 Hilary Mantel, Wolf Hall
2008 Roberto Bolaño, 2666.
2007 Junot Díaz, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
2006 Kiran Desai The Inheritance of Loss
2005 E.L. Doctorow The March
2004 Marilynne Robinson Gilead
2003 Edward P. Jones The Known World
2002 Ian McEwan Atonement
2001 W.G. Sebald Austerlitz
2000 Jim Crace Being Dead
1999 Jonathan Lethem Motherless Brooklyn
1998 Alice Munro The Love of a Good Woman
1997 Penelope Fitzgerald The Blue Flower
1996 Gina Berriault Women in Their Beds
1995 Stanley Elkin Mrs. Ted Bliss
1994 Carol Shields The Stone Diaries
1993 Ernest J. Gaines A Lesson Before Dying
1992 Cormac McCarthy All the Pretty Horses
1991 Jane Smiley A Thousand Acres
1990 John Updike Rabbit at Rest
1989 E.L. Doctorow Billy Bathgate
1988 Bharati Mukherjee The Middleman and Other Stories
1987 Philip Roth The Counterlife
1986 Reynolds Price Kate Vaiden
1985 Anne Tyler The Accidental Tourist
1984 Louise Erdrich Love Medicine
1983 William Kennedy Ironweed
1982 Stanley Elkin George Mills
1981 John Updike Rabbit Is Rich

PEN/Faulkner Award


1981 Walter Abish, How German Is It
1982 David Bradley, The Chaneysville Incident
1983 Toby Olson, Seaview
1984 John Edgar Wideman, Sent for You Yesterday
1985 Tobias Wolff, The Barracks Thief
1986 Peter Taylor, The Old Forest
1987 Richard Wiley, Soldiers in Hiding
1988 T. Coraghessan Boyle, World's End
1989 James Salter, Dusk
1990 E.L. Doctorow, Billy Bathgate
1991 John Edgar Wideman, Philadelphia Fire
1992 Don DeLillo, Mao II
1993 E. Annie Proulx, Postcards
1994 Philip Roth, Operation Shylock
1995 David Guterson, Snow Falling on Cedars
1996 Richard Ford, Independence Day
1997 Gina Berriault, Women in Their Beds
1998 Rafi Zabor, The Bear Comes Home
1999 Michael Cunningham, The Hours
2000 Ha Jin, Waiting
2001 Philip Roth, The Human Stain
2002 Ann Patchett, Bel Canto
2003 Sabina Murray, The Caprices
2004 John Updike, The Early Stories
2005 Ha Jin, War Trash
2006 E.L. Doctorow, The March
2007 Philip Roth, Everyman
2008 Kate Christensen, The Great Man
2009 Joseph O'Neil, Netherland
2010 Sherman Alexie, War Dances
2011 Deborah Eisenberg, The Collected Stories of Deborah Eisenberg

Newbery Award

2012 Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos
2011 Moon over Manifest by Claire Vanderpool
2010 When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
2009 The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
2008 Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! by Laura Amy Schlitz
2007 Susan Patron The Higher Power of Lucky
2006 Lynne Rae Perkins Criss Cross
2005 Cynthia Kadohata Kira-Kira
2004 Kate DiCamillo The Tale of Despereaux
2003 Avi Crispin: The Cross of Lead
2002 Linda Sue Park A Single Shard
2001 Richard Peck A Year Down Yonder
2000 Christopher Paul Curtis Bud, Not Buddy
1999 Louis Sachar Holes
1998 Karen Hesse Out of the Dust
1997 E. L. Konigsburg The View from Saturday
1996 Karen Cushman The Midwife's Apprentice
1995 Sharon Creech Walk Two Moons
1994 Lois Lowry The Giver
1993 Cynthia Rylant Missing May
1992 Phyllis Reynolds Naylor Shiloh
1991 Jerry Spinelli Maniac Magee
1990 Lois Lowry Number the Stars
1989 Paul Fleischman Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices
1988 Russell Freedman Lincoln: A Photobiography
1987 Sid Fleischman The Whipping Boy
1986 Patricia MacLachlan Sarah, Plain and Tall
1985 Robin McKinley The Hero and the Crown
1984 Beverly Cleary Dear Mr. Henshaw
1983 Cynthia Voigt Dicey's Song
1982 Nancy Willard A Visit to William Blake's Inn
1981 Katherine Paterson Jacob Have I Loved
1980 Joan Blos A Gathering of Days: A New England Girl's Journal
1979 Ellen Raskin The Westing Game
1978 Katherine Paterson Bridge to Terabithia
1977 Mildred Taylor Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
1976 Susan Cooper The Grey King
1975 Virginia Hamilton M. C. Higgins, the Great
1974 Paula Fox The Slave Dancer
1973 Jean Craighead George Julie of the Wolves
1972 Robert C. O'Brien Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH
1971 Betsy Byars Summer of the Swans
1970 William H. Armstrong Sounder
1969 Lloyd Alexander The High King
1968 E. L. Konigsburg From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E.
1967 Irene Hunt Up a Road Slowly
1966 Elizabeth Borton de Treviño I, Juan de Pareja
1965 Maia Wojciechowska Shadow of a Bull
1964 Emily Cheney Neville It's Like This, Cat
1963 Madeleine L'Engle A Wrinkle in Time
1962 Elizabeth George Speare The Bronze Bow
1961 Scott O'Dell Island of the Blue Dolphins
1960 Joseph Krumgold Onion John
1959 Elizabeth George Speare The Witch of Blackbird Pond
1958 Harold Keith Rifles for Watie
1957 Virginia Sorenson Miracles on Maple Hill
1956 Jean Lee Latham Carry On, Mr. Bowditch
1955 Meindert DeJong The Wheel on the School
1954 Joseph Krumgold ...And Now Miguel
1953 Ann Nolan Clark Secret of the Andes
1952 Eleanor Estes Ginger Pye
1951 Elizabeth Yates Amos Fortune, Free Man
1950 Marguerite de Angeli The Door in the Wall
1949 Marguerite Henry King of the Wind
1948 William Pène du Bois The Twenty-One Balloons
1947 Carolyn Sherwin Bailey Miss Hickory
1946 Lois Lenski Strawberry Girl
1945 Robert Lawson Rabbit Hill
1944 Esther Forbes Johnny Tremain
1943 Elizabeth Gray Vining Adam of the Road
1942 Walter D. Edmonds The Matchlock Gun
1941 Armstrong Sperry Call It Courage
1940 James Daugherty Daniel Boone
1939 Elizabeth Enright Thimble Summer
1938 Kate Seredy The White Stag
1937 Ruth Sawyer Roller Skates
1936 Carol Ryrie Brink Caddie Woodlawn
1935 Monica Shannon Dobry
1934 Cornelia Meigs Invincible Louisa
1933 Elizabeth Foreman Lewis Young Fu of the Upper Yangtze
1932 Laura Adams Armer Waterless Mountain
1931 Elizabeth Coatsworth The Cat Who Went to Heaven
1930 Rachel Field Hitty, Her First Hundred Years
1929 Eric P. Kelly The Trumpeter of Krakow
1928 Dhan Gopal Mukerji Gay Neck, the Story of a Pigeon
1927 Will James Smoky the Cow Horse
1926 Arthur Bowie Chrisman Shen of the Sea
1925 Charles Finger Tales from Silver Lands
1924 Charles Hawes The Dark Frigate
1923 Hugh Lofting The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle
1922 Hendrik Willem van Loon The Story of Mankind

Edgar Award

2012 Gone by Mo Hayder
2011 The Lock Artist by Steve Hamilton
2010 The Last Child by John Hart
2009 Blue Heaven by C.J. Box
2008 Down River by John Hart
2007 The Janissary Tree by Jason Goodwin
2006 Jess Walter, Citizen Vince
2005 T. Jefferson Parker, California Girl
2004 Ian Rankin, Resurrection Men
2003 S. J. Rozan, Winter and Night
2002 T. Jefferson Parker, Silent Joe
2001 Joe R. Lansdale, The Bottoms
2000 Jan Burke, Bones
1999 Robert Clark, Mr. White's Confession
1998 James Lee Burke, Cimarron Rose
1997 Thomas H. Cook, The Chatham School Affair
1996 Dick Francis, Come to Grief
1995 Mary Willis Walker, The Red Scream
1994 Minette Walters, The Sculptress
1993 Margaret Maron, Bootlegger's Daughter
1992 Lawrence Block, A Dance at the Slaughterhouse
1991 Julie Smith, New Orleans Mourning
1990 James Lee Burke, Black Cherry Blues
1989 Stuart M. Kaminsky, A Cold Red Sunrise
1988 Aaron Elkins, Old Bones
1987 Barbara Vine, A Dark Adapted Eye
1986 L.R. Wright, The Suspect
1985 Ross Thomas, Briarpatch
1984 Elmore Leonard, La Brava
1983 Rick Boyer, Billinsgate Shoal
1982 William Bayer, Peregrine
1981 Dick Francis, Whip Hand
1980 Arthur Maling, The Rheingold Route
1979 Ken Follett, The Eye of the Needle
1978 William Hallahan, Catch Me: Kill Me
1977 Robert B. Parker, Promised Land
1976 Brian Garfield, Hopscotch
1975 Jon Cleary, Peter's Pence
1974 Tony Hillerman, Dance Hall of the Dead
1973 Warren Kiefer, The Lingala Code
1972 Frederick Forsyth, The Day of the Jackal
1971 Maj Sjöwall & Per Wahlöö, Den skrattande polisen, English
translation as The Laughing Policeman
1970 Dick Francis, Forfeit
1969 Michael Crichton writing as Jeffrey Hudson, A Case of Need
1968 Donald E. Westlake, God Save the Mark
1967 Nicholas Freeling, King of the Rainy Country
1966 Adam Hall, The Quiller Memorandum
1965 John le Carré, The Spy who Came in from the Cold
1964 Eric Ambler, The Light of Day
1963 Ellis Peters, Death and the Joyful Woman
1962 J. J. Marric, Gideon's Fire
1961 Julian Symons, Progress of a Crime
1960 Celia Fremlin, The Hours Before Dawn
1959 Stanley Ellin, The Eighth Circle
1958 Ed Lacy, Room to Swing
1957 Charlotte Armstrong, A Dram of Poison
1956 Margaret Millar, Beast in View
1955 Raymond Chandler, The Long Goodbye
1954 Charlotte Jay, Beat not the Bones

Hugo Award


2011 Blackout/All Clear by Connie Willis
2010 The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi (tie)
2010 The City & the City by China Miéville (tie)
2009 The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
2008 The Yiddish Policemen's Union by Michael Chabon
2007 Rainbows End by Vernor Vinge
2006 Spin by Robert Charles Wilson
2005 Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke
2004 Paladin of Souls by Lois McMaster Bujold
2003 Hominids by Robert J. Sawyer
2002 American Gods by Neil Gaiman
2001 Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire by J. K. Rowling
2000 A Deepness in the Sky by Vernor Vinge
1999 To Say Nothing of the Dog: Or How We Found the Bishop's Bird
Stump At Last by Connie Willis
1998 Forever Peace by Joe Haldeman
1997 Blue Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson
1996 The Diamond Age: Or, a Young Lady's Illustrated Primer by Neal Stephenson
1995 Mirror Dance by Lois Mcmaster Bujold
1994 Green Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson
1993 Doomsday Book by Connie Willis and A Fire Upon the Deep by Vernor Vinge
1992 Barrayar by Lois McMaster Bujold
1991 The Vor Game: The Continuing Adventures of Miles Vorkosigan by Lois McMaster Bujold
1990 Hyperion by Dan Simmons
1989 Cyteen by C. J. Cherryh
1988 The Uplift War by David Brin
1987 Speaker for the Dead by Orson Scott Card
1986 Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
1985 Neuromancer by William Gibson
1984 Startide Rising by David Brin
1983 Foundation's Edge by Isaac Asimov
1982 Downbelow Station by C. J. Cherryh
1981 The Snow Queen by Joan D. Vinge
1980 The Fountains of Paradise by Arthur Charles Clarke
1979 Dreamsnake by Vonda N. Mcintyre
1978 Gateway by Frederik Pohl
1977 Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang by Kate Wilhelm
1976 The Forever War by Joe Haldeman
1975 The Dispossessed: An Ambiguous Utopia by Ursula Le Guin
1974 Rendezvous With Rama by Arthur Charles Clarke
1973 The Gods Themselves by Isaac Asimov
1972 To Your Scattered Bodies by Philip Jose Farmer
1971 Ringworld by Larry Niven
1970 The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula Le Guin
1969 Stand on Zanzibar by John Brunner
1968 Lord of Light by Roger Zelazny
1967 The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress by Robert A. Heinlein
1966 Dune by Frank Herbert and This Immortal by Roger Zelazny
1965 The Wanderer by Fritz Leiber
1964 Way Station by Clifford D. Simak
1963 The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick
1962 Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein
1961 A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller
1960 Starship Troopers by Robert A. Heinlein
1959 A Case of Conscience by James Blish
1958 The Big Time by Fritz Leiber
1957 No award was given.
1956 Double Star by Robert A Heinlein
1955 They'd Rather Be Right by Frank Riley
1954 No award was given.
1953 The Demolished Man by Alfred Bester

Orange Prize


2011 The Tiger's Wife - Tea Obreht
2010 The Lacuna - Barbara Kingsolver
2009 Home - Marilynne Robinson
2008 The Road Home - Rose Tremain
2007 Half of a Yellow Sun - Adichie
2006 On Beauty - Zadie Smith
2005 We Need to Talk About Kevin - Lionel Shriver
2004 Small Island - Andrea Levy
2003 Property - Martin
2002 Bel Canto - Patchett
2001 The Idea of Perfection - Kate Grenville
2000 When I Lived in Modern Times - Linda Grant
1999 Crime in the Neighborhood - Berne
1998 Larry's Party - Carol Shields
1997 Fugitive Pieces - Michaels
1996 Spell of Winter - Dunmore

Nebula Award


2010 Blackout/All Clear by Connie Willis
2009 The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi
2008 Powers by Ursula K. Le Guin
2007 The Yiddish Policemen's Union by Michael Chabon
2006 Seeker by Jack McDevitt
2005 Camouflage by Joe Haldeman
2004 Paladin of Souls by Lois McMaster Bujold
2003 The Speed of Dark by Elizabeth Moon
2002 American Gods by Neil Gaiman
2001 The Quantum Rose by Catherine Asaro
2000 Darwin's Radio by Greg Bear
1999 Parable of the Talents by Octavia E. Butler
1998 Forever Peace by Joe Haldeman
1997 The Moon and the Sun by Vonda N. Mcintyre
1996 Slow River by Nicola Griffith
1995 The Terminal Experiment by Robert J. Sawyer
1994 Moving Mars by Greg Bear
1993 Red Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson
1992 Doomsday Book by Connie Willis
1991 Stations of the Tide by Michael Swanwick
1990 Tehanu by Ursula K. Le Guin
1989 The Healer's War by Elizabeth Ann Scarborough
1988 Falling Free by Lois Mcmaster Bujold
1987 The Falling Woman by Pat Murphy
1986 Speaker for the Dead by Orson Scott Card
1985 Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
1984 Neuromancer by William Gibson
1983 Startide Rising by David Brin
1982 No Enemy But Time by Michael Bishop
1981 Claw of the Conciliator: New Sun 2 by Gene Wolfe
1980 Timescape by Gregory Benford
1979 The Fountains of Paradise by Arthur Charles Clarke
1978 Dreamsnake by Vonda N. Mcintyre
1977 Gateway by Frederik Pohl
1976 Mars Plus by Frederik Pohl
1975 The Forever War by Joe Haldeman
1974 The Dispossessed: An Ambiguous Utopia by Ursula Le Guin
1973 Rendezvous With Rama by Arthur Charles Clarke
1972 The Gods Themselves by Isaac Asimov
1971 Time of Changes by Robert Silverberg
1970 Ringworld by Larry Niven
1969 The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin
1968 Rite of Passage by Alexei Panshin
1967 The Einstein Intersection by Samuel R. Delany
1966 Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes and Babel-17: Including
Empire Star by Samuel R. Delany
1965 Dune by Frank Herbert


Novel Award -- Pure by Andrew Miller WINNER

First Novel Award — Kishwar Desai, Witness the Night
Novel Award — Maggie O'Farrell, The Hand That First Held Mine
Children's Book Award — Jason Wallace, Out of Shadows

First Novel Award — Raphael Selbourne, Beauty
Novel Award — Colm Tóibin, Brooklyn
Children's Book Award — Patrick Ness,The Ask and the Answer

First Novel Award — Sadie Jones, The Outcast
Novel Award — Sebastian Barry, The Secret Scripture WINNER
Children's Book Award — Michelle Magorian, Just Henry

First Novel Award – Catherine O'Flynn, What Was Lost
Novel Award — A.L. Kennedy, Day WINNER
Children's Book Award — Ann Kelley, The Bower Bird

First Novel Award – Stef Penney, The Tenderness of Wolves WINNER
Novel Award — William Boyd, Restless
Children's Book Award — Linda Newbery, Set in Stone

2005 - Hilary Spurling, Matisse The Master WINNER
First Novel Award - Tash Aw, The Harmony Silk Factory
Novel Award - Ali Smith, the accidental
Children's Book Award - Kate Thompson, The New Policeman

First Novel Award - Susan Fletcher, Eve Green
Novel Award - Andrea Levy, Small Island WINNER
Children's Book Award - Geraldine McCaughrean, Not the End of the World

First Novel Award - DBC Pierre, Vernon God Little
Novel Award - Mark Haddon, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time WINNER
Children's Book Award - David Almond, The Fire-Eaters

2002 - Claire Tomalin, Samuel Pepys: The Unequalled Self WINNER
First Novel Award - Norman Lebrecht, The Song of Names
Novel Award - Michael Frayn, Spies
Children's Book Award - Hilary McKay, Saffy's Angel

First Novel Award - Sid Smith, Something Like A House
Novel Award - Patrick Neate, Twelve Bar Blues
Children's Book Award - Philip Pullman, The Amber Spyglass WINNER

First Novel Award - Zadie Smith, White Teeth
Novel Award - Matthew Kneale, English Passengers WINNER
Children's Book Award - Jamila Gavin, Coram Boy

1999 - Seamus Heaney, Beowulf
1999 - Ted Hughes, Birthday Letters
1998 - Ted Hughes, Tales from Ovid
1996 - Salman Rushdie, The Moor's Last Sigh
1994 - William Trevor, Felicia's Journey
1993 - Joan Brady, Theory of War
1992 - Jeff Torrington, Swing Hammer Swing!
1991 - John Richardson, A Life of Picasso
1990 - Nicholas Mosley, Hopeful Monsters
1989 - Richard Holmes, Coleridge: Early Visions
1988 - Paul Sayer, The Comforts of Madness
1987 - Christopher Nolan, Under the eye of the clock
1986 - Kazuo Ishiguro, An Artist of the Floating World
1985 - Douglas Dunn, Elegies
1984 - James Buchan, A Parish of Rich Women
1983 - John Fuller, Flying to Nowhere
1982 - Bruce Chatwin, On The Black Hill
1981 - William Boyd, A Good Man in Africa
1980 - David Lodge, How Far Can You Go?

Printz Award


2012 Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley
2011 Ship Breaker, Paolo Bacigalupi
2010 Going Bovine, Libby Bray
2009 Jellicoe Road, Melina Marchetta
2008 The White Darkness, Geraldine McCaughrean
2007 American Born Chinese, Gene Luen Yang
2006 Looking for Alaska, John Green
2005 How I Live Now, Meg Rosoff
2004 The First Part Last, Angela Johnson
2003 Postcards from No Man's Land, Aidan Chambers
2002 A Step From Heaven, An Na
2001 Kit's Wilderness, David Almond
2000 Monster, Walter Dean Myers

Carnegie Medal


Please note that before 2007 the year refers to when the book was published rather than when the medal was awarded i.e. the 2005 winner was announced and the medal presented in July 2006.

2011 Patrick Ness, Monsters of Men

2010 Neil Gaiman, The Graveyard Book

2009 Siobhan Dowd, Bog Child

2008 Philip Reeve, Here Lies Arthur
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

2001 Terry Pratchett, The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents, Doubleday

2000 Beverley Naidoo, The Other Side of Truth, Puffin
1999 Aidan Chambers, Postcards From No Man's Land, Bodley Head
1998 David Almond, Skellig, Hodder Children's Books
1997 Tim Bowler, River Boy, OUP
1996 Melvin Burgess, Junk, Andersen Press
1995 Philip Pullman, His Dark Materials: Book 1 Northern Lights, Scholastic
1994 Theresa Breslin, Whispers in the Graveyard, Methuen
1993 Robert Swindells, Stone Cold, H Hamilton
1992 Anne Fine, Flour Babies, H Hamilton
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
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
1983 Jan Mark, Handles, Kestrel
1982 Margaret Mahy, The Haunting, Dent
1981 Robert Westall, The Scarecrows, Chatto & Windus
1980 Peter Dickinson, City of Gold, Gollancz
1979 Peter Dickinson, Tulku, Gollancz
1978 David Rees, The Exeter Blitz, H Hamilton
1977 Gene Kemp, The Turbulent Term of Tyke Tiler, Faber
1976 Jan Mark, Thunder and Lightnings, Kestrel
1975 Robert Westall, The Machine Gunners, Macmillan
1974 Mollie Hunter, The Stronghold, H Hamilton
1973 Penelope Lively, The Ghost of Thomas Kempe, Heinemann
1972 Richard Adams, Watership Down, Rex Collings
1971 Ivan Southall, Josh, Angus & Robertson
1970 Leon Garfield & Edward Blishen, The God Beneath the Sea, Longman
1969 Kathleen Peyton, The Edge of the Cloud, OUP
1968 Rosemary Harris, The Moon in the Cloud, Faber
1967 Alan Garner, The Owl Service, Collins
1966 Prize withheld as no book considered suitable
1965 Philip Turner, The Grange at High Force, OUP
1964 Sheena Porter, Nordy Bank, OUP
1963 Hester Burton, Time of Trial, OUP
1962 Pauline Clarke, The Twelve and the Genii, Faber
1961 Lucy M Boston, A Stranger at Green Knowe, Faber
1960 Dr I W Cornwall, The Making of Man, Phoenix House
1959 Rosemary Sutcliff, The Lantern Bearers, OUP
1958 Philipa Pearce, Tom's Midnight Garden, OUP
1957 William Mayne, A Grass Rope, OUP
1956 C S Lewis, The Last Battle, Bodley Head
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
1951 Cynthia Harnett, The Woolpack, Methuen
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
1945 Prize withheld as no book considered suitable
1944 Eric Linklater, The Wind on the Moon, Macmillan
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
1937 Eve Garnett, The Family from One End Street, Muller
1936 Arthur Ransome, Pigeon Post, Cape

Commonwealth Writers' Prize


1987 - Olive Senior, Summer Lightning
1988 - Festus Iyayi, Heroes
1989 - Janet Frame, The Carpathians
1990 - Mordecai Richler, Solomon Gursky Was Here
1991 - David Malouf, The Great World
1992 - Rohinton Mistry, Such a Long Journey
1993 - Alex Miller, The Ancestor Game
1994 - Vikram Seth, A Suitable Boy
1995 - Louis de Bernières, Captain Corelli's Mandolin
1996 - Rohinton Mistry, A Fine Balance
1997 - Earl Lovelace, Salt
1998 - Peter Carey, Jack Maggs
1999 - Murray Bail, Eucalyptus
2000 - John Maxwell Coetzee, Disgrace
2001 - Peter Carey, True History of the Kelly Gang
2002 - Richard Flanagan, Gould's Book of Fish
2003 - Austin Clarke, The Polished Hoe
2004 - Caryl Phillips, A Distant Shore
2005 - Andrea Levy, Small Island
2006 - Kate Grenville, The Secret River
2007 - Lloyd Jones, Mr. Pip
2008 - Lawrence Hill, The Book of Negroes (U.S. title: Someone Knows My Name)
2009 - The Slap, Christos Tsiolkas
2010 - Solo by Rana Dasgupta
2011 - The Memory of Love by Aminatta Forna

1936 - Bertram Brooker, Think of the Earth
1937 - Laura G. Salverson, The Dark Weaver
1938 - Gwethalyn Graham, Swiss Sonata
1939 - Franklin D. McDowell, The Champlain Road
1940 - Ringuet, Thirty Acres
1941 - Alan Sullivan, Three Came to Ville Marie
1942 - G. Herbert Sallans, Little Man
1943 - Thomas H. Raddall, The Pied Piper of Dipper Creek
1944 - Gwethalyn Graham, Earth and High Heaven
1945 - Hugh MacLennan, Two Solitudes
1946 - Winifred Bambrick, Continental Revue
1947 - Gabrielle Roy, The Tin Flute
1948 - Hugh MacLennan, The Precipice
1949 - Philip Child, Mr. Ames Against Time
1950 - Germaine Guèvremont, The Outlander
1951 - Morley Callaghan, The Loved and the Lost
1952 - David Walker, The Pillar
1953 - David Walker, Digby
1954 - Igor Gouzenko, The Fall of a Titan
1955 - Lionel Shapiro, The Sixth of June
1956 - Adele Wiseman, The Sacrifice
1957 - Gabrielle Roy, Street of Riches
1958 - Colin McDougall, Execution
1959 - Hugh MacLennan, The Watch That Ends the Night
1960 - Brian Moore, The Luck of Ginger Coffey
1961 - Malcolm Lowry, Hear Us O Lord from Heaven Thy Dwelling Place
1962 - Kildare Dobbs, Running to Paradise
1963 - Hugh Garner, Hugh Garner's Best Stories
1964 - Douglas LePan, The Deserter
1965 - (none)
1966 - Margaret Laurence, A Jest of God
1967 - (none)
1968 - Alice Munro, Dance of the Happy Shades
1969 - Robert Kroetsch, The Studhorse Man
1970 - Dave Godfrey, The New Ancestors
1971 - Mordecai Richler, St. Urbain's Horseman
1972 - Robertson Davies, The Manticore
1973 - Rudy Wiebe, The Temptations of Big Bear
1974 - Margaret Laurence, The Diviners
1975 - Brian Moore, The Great Victorian Collection
1976 - Marian Engel, Bear
1977 - Timothy Findley, The Wars
1978 - Alice Munro, Who Do You Think You Are?
1979 - Jack Hodgins, The Resurrection of Joseph Bourne
1980 - George Bowering, Burning Water
1981 - Mavis Gallant, Home Truths: Selected Canadian Stories
1982 - Guy Vanderhaeghe, Man Descending
1983 - Leon Rooke, Shakespeare's Dog
1984 - Josef Skvorecky, The Engineer of Human Souls
1985 - Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid's Tale
1986 - Alice Munro, The Progress of Love
1987 - M.T. Kelly, A Dream Like Mine
1988 - David Adams Richards, Nights Below Station Street
1989 - Paul Quarrington, Whale Music
1990 - Nino Ricci, Lives of the Saints
1991 - Rohinton Mistry, Such a Long Journey
1992 - Michael Ondaatje, The English Patient
1993 - Carol Shields, The Stone Diaries
1994 - Rudy Wiebe, A Discovery of Strangers
1995 - Greg Hollingshead, The Roaring Girl
1996 - Guy Vanderhaeghe, The Englishman's Boy
1997 - Jane Urquhart, The Underpainter
1998 - Diane Schoemperlen, Forms of Devotion
1999 - Matt Cohen, Elizabeth and After
2000 - Michael Ondaatje, Anil's Ghost
2001 - Richard B. Wright, Clara Callan
2002 - Gloria Sawai, A Song for Nettie Johnson
2003 - Douglas Glover, Elle
2004 - Miriam Toews, A Complicated Kindness
2005 - David Gilmour, A Perfect Night to Go to China
2006 - Peter Behrens, The Law of Dreams
2007 - Michael Ondaatje, Divisadero
2008 - Nino Ricci, The Origin of Species
2009 - Kate Pullinger, The Mistress of Nothing
2010 - Dianne Warren, Cool Water
2011 - The Sisters Brothers, Patrick deWitt

Nobel Prize


1901 Sully Prudhomme France French
"in special recognition of his poetic composition, which gives evidence of lofty idealism, artistic perfection and a rare combination of the qualities of both heart and intellect."

1902 Theodor Mommsen Germany German
"the greatest living master of the art of historical writing, with special reference to his monumental work, A History of Rome."

1903 Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson Norway Norwegian
"as a tribute to his noble, magnificent and versatile poetry, which has always been distinguished by both the freshness of its inspiration and the rare purity of its spirit."

1904 Frédéric Mistral France Occitan
"in recognition of the fresh originality and true inspiration of his poetic production, which faithfully reflects the natural scenery and native spirit of his people, and, in addition, his significant work as a Provencal philologist."

José Echegaray Spain Spanish
"in recognition of the numerous and brilliant compositions which, in an individual and original manner, have revived the great traditions of the Spanish drama."

1905 Henryk Sienkiewicz Poland Polish
"because of his outstanding merits as an epic writer."

1906 Giosuè Carducci Italy Italian
"not only in consideration of his deep learning and critical research, but above all as a tribute to the creative energy, freshness of style, and lyrical force which characterize his poetic masterpieces."

1907 Rudyard Kipling United Kingdom English
"in consideration of the power of observation, originality of imagination, virility of ideas and remarkable talent for narration which characterize the creations of this world-famous author."

1908 Rudolf Christoph Eucken Germany German
"in recognition of his earnest search for truth, his penetrating power of thought, his wide range of vision, and the warmth and strength in presentation with which in his numerous works he has vindicated and developed an idealistic philosophy of life."

1909 Selma Lagerlöf Sweden Swedish
"in appreciation of the lofty idealism, vivid imagination and spiritual perception that characterize her writings."

1910 Paul Heyse Germany German
"as a tribute to the consummate artistry, permeated with idealism, which he has demonstrated during his long productive career as a lyric poet, dramatist, novelist and writer of world-renowned short stories."

1911 Count Maurice Maeterlinck Belgium French
"in appreciation of his many-sided literary activities, and especially of his dramatic works, which are distinguished by a wealth of imagination and by a poetic fancy, which reveals, sometimes in the guise of a fairy tale, a deep inspiration, while in a mysterious way they appeal to the readers' own feelings and stimulate their imaginations."

1912 Gerhart Hauptmann Germany German
"primarily in recognition of his fruitful, varied and outstanding production in the realm of dramatic art."

1913 Rabindranath Tagore India Bengali
"because of his profoundly sensitive, fresh and beautiful verse, by which, with consummate skill, he has made his poetic thought, expressed in his own English words, a part of the literature of the West."

1915 Romain Rolland France French
"as a tribute to the lofty idealism of his literary production and to the sympathy and love of truth with which he has described different types of human beings."

1916 Verner von Heidenstam Sweden Swedish
"in recognition of his significance as the leading representative of a new era in our literature."

1917 Karl Adolph Gjellerup Denmark Danish
"for his varied and rich poetry, which is inspired by lofty ideals."

Henrik Pontoppidan Denmark Danish
"for his authentic descriptions of present-day life in Denmark."

1919 Carl Spitteler Switzerland German
"in special appreciation of his epic, Olympian Spring."

1920 Knut Hamsun Norway Norwegian
"for his monumental work, Growth of the Soil."

1921 Anatole France France French
"in recognition of his brilliant literary achievements, characterized as they are by a nobility of style, a profound human sympathy, grace, and a true Gallic temperament."

1922 Jacinto Benavente Spain Spanish
"for the happy manner in which he has continued the illustrious traditions of the Spanish drama."

1923 William Butler Yeats Irish Free State English
"for his always inspired poetry, which in a highly artistic form gives expression to the spirit of a whole nation."

1924 Władysław Reymont Poland Polish
"for his great national epic, The Peasants."

1925 George Bernard Shaw Irish Free State English
"for his work which is marked by both idealism and humanity, its stimulating satire often being infused with a singular poetic beauty."

1926 Grazia Deledda Italy Italian
"for her idealistically inspired writings which with plastic clarity picture the life on her native island and with depth and sympathy deal with human problems in general."

1927 Henri Bergson France French
"in recognition of his rich and vitalizing ideas and the brilliant skill with which they have been presented."

1928 Sigrid Undset Norway Norwegian
"principally for her powerful descriptions of Northern life during the Middle Ages."

1929 Thomas Mann Germany German
"principally for his great novel, Buddenbrooks, which has won steadily increased recognition as one of the classic works of contemporary literature."

1930 Sinclair Lewis United States English
"for his vigorous and graphic art of description and his ability to create, with wit and humour, new types of characters."

1931 Erik Axel Karlfeldt Sweden Swedish
"The poetry of Erik Axel Karlfeldt"

1932 John Galsworthy United Kingdom English
"for his distinguished art of narration which takes its highest form in The Forsythe Saga."

1933 Ivan Bunin Soviet Union (in exile) Russian
"for the strict artistry with which he has carried on the classical Russian traditions in prose writing."

1934 Luigi Pirandello Italy Italian
"for his bold and ingenious revival of dramatic and scenic art."

1936 Eugene O'Neill United States English
"for the power, honesty and deep-felt emotions of his dramatic works, which embody an original concept of tragedy."

1937 Roger Martin du Gard France French
"for the artistic power and truth with which he has depicted human conflict as well as some fundamental aspects of contemporary life in his novel cycle Les Thibault."

1938 Pearl S. Buck United States English
"for her rich and truly epic descriptions of peasant life in China and for her biographical masterpieces."

1939 Frans Eemil Sillanpää Finland Finnish
"for his deep understanding of his country's peasantry and the exquisite art with which he has portrayed their way of life and their relationship with Nature."

1944 Johannes Vilhelm Jensen Denmark Danish
"for the rare strength and fertility of his poetic imagination with which is combined an intellectual curiosity of wide scope and a bold, freshly creative style."

1945 Gabriela Mistral Chile Spanish
"for her lyric poetry which, inspired by powerful emotions, has made her name a symbol of the idealistic aspirations of the entire Latin American world."

1946 Hermann Hesse Switzerland German
"for his inspired writings which, while growing in boldness and penetration, exemplify the classical humanitarian ideals and high qualities of style."

1947 André Gide France French
"for his comprehensive and artistically significant writings, in which human problems and conditions have been presented with a fearless love of truth and keen psychological insight."

1948 T. S. Eliot United States/United Kingdom English
"for his outstanding, pioneer contribution to present-day poetry."

1949 William Faulkner United States English
"for his powerful and artistically unique contribution to the modern American novel."

1950 Bertrand Russell United Kingdom English
"in recognition of his varied and significant writings in which he champions humanitarian ideals and freedom of thought."

1951 Pär Lagerkvist Sweden Swedish
"for the artistic vigour and true independence of mind with which he endeavours in his poetry to find answers to the eternal questions confronting mankind."

1952 François Mauriac France French
"for the deep spiritual insight and the artistic intensity with which he has in his novels penetrated the drama of human life."

1953 Winston Churchill United Kingdom English
"for his mastery of historical and biographical description as well as for brilliant oratory in defending exalted human values."

1954 Ernest Hemingway United States English
"for his mastery of the art of narrative, most recently demonstrated in The Old Man and the Sea, and for the influence that he has exerted on contemporary style."

1955 Halldór Laxness Iceland Icelandic
"for his vivid epic power which has renewed the great narrative art of Iceland."

1956 Juan Ramón Jiménez Spain Spanish
"for his lyrical poetry, which in Spanish language constitutes an example of high spirit and artistical purity."

1957 Albert Camus France French
"for his important literary production, which with clear-sighted earnestness illuminates the problems of the human conscience in our times."

1958 Boris Pasternak (declined the prize) Soviet Union Russian
"for his important achievement both in contemporary lyrical poetry and in the field of the great Russian epic tradition."

1959 Salvatore Quasimodo Italy Italian
"for his lyrical poetry, which with classical fire expresses the tragic experience of life in our own times."

1960 Saint-John Perse France French
"for the soaring flight and the evocative imagery of his poetry which in a visionary fashion reflects the conditions of our time."

1961 Ivo Andrić Yugoslavia Serbo-Croat
"for the epic force with which he has traced themes and depicted human destinies drawn from the history of his country."

1962 John Steinbeck United States English
"for his realistic and imaginative writings, combining as they do sympathetic humour and keen social perception."

1963 Giorgos Seferis Greece Greek
"for his eminent lyrical writing, inspired by a deep feeling for the Hellenic world of culture."

1964 Jean-Paul Sartre (declined the prize) France French
"for his work which, rich in ideas and filled with the spirit of freedom and the quest for truth, has exerted a farreaching influence on our age."

1965 Mikhail Sholokhov Soviet Union Russian
"for the artistic power and integrity with which, in his epic of the Don, he has given expression to a historic phase in the life of the Russian people."

1966 Shmuel Yosef Agnon Israel Hebrew
"for his profoundly characteristic narrative art with motifs from the life of the Jewish people."

Nelly Sachs Germany/Sweden German
"for her outstanding lyrical and dramatic writing, which interprets Israel's destiny with touching strength."

1967 Miguel Ángel Asturias Guatemala Spanish
"for his vivid literary achievement, deep-rooted in the national traits and traditions of Indian peoples of Latin America."

1968 Yasunari Kawabata Japan Japanese
"for his narrative mastery, which with great sensibility expresses the essence of the Japanese mind."

1969 Samuel Beckett Ireland English/French
"for his writing, which - in new forms for the novel and drama - in the destitution of modern man acquires its elevation."

1970 Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn Soviet Union Russian
"for the ethical force with which he has pursued the indispensable traditions of Russian literature."

1971 Pablo Neruda Chile Spanish
"for a poetry that with the action of an elemental force brings alive a continent's destiny and dreams."

1972 Heinrich Böll Germany (West) German
"for his writing which through its combination of a broad perspective on his time and a sensitive skill in characterization has contributed to a renewal of German literature."

1973 Patrick White Australia English
"for an epic and psychological narrative art which has introduced a new continent into literature."

1974 Eyvind Johnson Sweden Swedish
"for a narrative art, farseeing in lands and ages, in the service of freedom."

Harry Martinson Sweden Swedish
"for writings that catch the dewdrop and reflect the cosmos."

1975 Eugenio Montale Italy Italian
"for his distinctive poetry which, with great artistic sensitivity, has interpreted human values under the sign of an outlook on life with no illusions."

1976 Saul Bellow Canada/United States English
"for the human understanding and subtle analysis of contemporary culture that are combined in his work."

1977 Vicente Aleixandre Spain Spanish
"for a creative poetic writing which illuminates man's condition in the cosmos and in present-day society, at the same time representing the great renewal of the traditions of Spanish poetry between the wars."

1978 Isaac Bashevis Singer Poland/United States Yiddish
"for his impassioned narrative art which, with roots in a Polish-Jewish cultural tradition, brings universal human conditions to life."

1979 Odysseas Elytis Greece Greek
"for his poetry, which, against the background of Greek tradition, depicts with sensuous strength and intellectual clear-sightedness modern man's struggle for freedom and creativeness."

1980 Czesław Miłosz Poland Polish
"who with uncompromising clear-sightedness voices man's exposed condition in a world of severe conflicts."

1981 Elias Canetti United Kingdom German
"for writings marked by a broad outlook, a wealth of ideas and artistic power."

1982 Gabriel García Márquez Colombia Spanish
"for his novels and short stories, in which the fantastic and the realistic are combined in a richly composed world of imagination, reflecting a continent's life and conflicts."

1983 William Golding United Kingdom English
"for his novels which, with the perspicuity of realistic narrative art and the diversity and universality of myth, illuminate the human condition in the world of today."

1984 Jaroslav Seifert Czech Republic Czech
"for his poetry which endowed with freshness, sensuality and rich inventiveness provides a liberating image of the indomitable spirit and versatility of man."

1985 Claude Simon France French
"who in his novel combines the poet's and the painter's creativeness with a deepened awareness of time in the depiction of the human condition."

1986 Wole Soyinka Nigeria English
"in a wide cultural perspective and with poetic overtones fashions the drama of existence."

1987 Joseph Brodsky Soviet Union/United States Russian/English
"for an all-embracing authorship, imbued with clarity of thought and poetic intensity."

1988 Naguib Mahfouz Egypt Arabic
"who, through works rich in nuance - now clearsightedly realistic, now evocatively ambiguous - has formed an Arabian narrative art that applies to all mankind."

1989 Camilo José Cela Spain Spanish
"for a rich and intensive prose, which with restrained compassion forms a challenging vision of man's vulnerability."

1990 Octavio Paz Mexico Spanish
"for impassioned writing with wide horizons, characterized by sensuous intelligence and humanistic integrity."

1991 Nadine Gordimer South Africa English
"who through her magnificent epic writing has - in the words of Alfred Nobel - been of very great benefit to humanity."

1992 Derek Walcott Saint Lucia English
"for a poetic oeuvre of great luminosity, sustained by a historical vision, the outcome of a multicultural commitment."

1993 Toni Morrison United States English
"who in novels characterized by visionary force and poetic import, gives life to an essential aspect of American reality."

1994 Kenzaburo Oe Japan Japanese
"who with poetic force creates an imagined world, where life and myth condense to form a disconcerting picture of the human predicament today."

1995 Seamus Heaney Ireland English
"for works of lyrical beauty and ethical depth, which exalt everyday miracles and the living past."

1996 Wisława Szymborska Poland Polish
"for poetry that with ironic precision allows the historical and biological context to come to light in fragments of human reality."

1997 Dario Fo Italy Italian
"who emulates the jesters of the Middle Ages in scourging authority and upholding the dignity of the downtrodden."

1998 José Saramago Portugal Portuguese
"who with parables sustained by imagination, compassion and irony continually enables us once again to apprehend an elusory reality."

1999 Günter Grass Germany German
"whose frolicsome black fables portray the forgotten face of history."

2000 Gao Xingjian China/ France Chinese
"for an oeuvre of universal validity, bitter insights and linguistic ingenuity, which has opened new paths for the Chinese novel and drama."

2001 V. S. Naipaul Trinidad and Tobago/United Kingdom English
"for having united perceptive narrative and incorruptible scrutiny in works that compel us to see the presence of suppressed histories."

2002 Imre Kertész Hungary Hungarian
"for writing that upholds the fragile experience of the individual against the barbaric arbitrariness of history."

2003 J. M. Coetzee South Africa English
"who in innumerable guises portrays the surprising involvement of the outsider."

2004 Elfriede Jelinek Austria German
"for her musical flow of voices and counter-voices in novels and plays that with extraordinary linguistic zeal reveal the absurdity of society's clichés and their subjugating power."

2005 Harold Pinter United Kingdom English
"who in his plays uncovers the precipice under everyday prattle and forces entry into oppression's closed rooms."

2006 Orhan Pamuk Turkey Turkish
"who in the quest for the melancholic soul of his native city has discovered new symbols for the clash and interlacing of cultures."

2007 Doris Lessing United Kingdom English
"that epicist of the female experience, who with scepticism, fire and visionary power has subjected a divided civilisation to scrutiny"

2008 J. M. G. Le Clézio France French
"author of new departures, poetic adventure and sensual ecstasy, explorer of a humanity beyond and below the reigning civilization"

2009 Herta Müller Germany German
"who, with the concentration of poetry and the frankness of prose, depicts the landscape of the dispossessed"

2010 Mario Vargas Llosa Peru Spanish
"for his cartography of structures of power and his trenchant images of the individual's resistance, revolt, and defeat"

2011 - That Deadman Dance, Kim Scott
2010 - Truth, Peter Temple
2009 - Breath, Tim Winton
2008 - The Time We Have Taken, Steven Carroll
2007 - Carpentaria, Alexis Wright
2006 - The Ballad of Desmond Kale, Roger McDonald
2005 - The White Earth, Andrew McGahan
2004 - The Great Fire, Shirley Hazzard
2003 - Journey to the Stone Country, Alex Miller
2002 - Dirt Music, Tim Winton
2001 - Dark Palace, Frank Moorhouse
2000 - tie
Drylands, Thea Astley
Benang, Kim Scott
1999 - Eucalyptus, Murray Bail
1998 - Jack Maggs, Peter Carey
1997 - The Glade within the Grove, David Foster
1996 - Highways to a War, Christopher Koch
1995 - The Hand That Signed the Paper, Helen Demidenko
1994 - The Grisly Wife, Rodney Hall
1993 - The Ancestor Game, Alex Miller
1992 - Cloudstreet, Tim Winton
1991 - The Great World, David Malouf
1990 - Oceana Fine, Tom Flood
1989 - Oscar and Lucinda, Peter Carey
1988 - Date changed from year of publication to year of announcement.

1987 - Dancing on Coral, Glenda Adams
1986 - The Well, Elizabeth Jolley
1985 - The Doubleman, Christopher Koch
1984 - Shallows, Tim Winton
1983 - No award.
1982 - Just Relations, Rodney Hall
1981 - Bliss, Peter Carey
1980 - The Impersonators, Jessica Anderson
1979 - A Woman of the Future, David Ireland
1978 - Tirra Lirra by the River, Jessica Anderson
1977 - Swords and Crowns and Rings, Ruth Park
1976 - The Glass Canoe, David Ireland
1975 - Poor Fellow My Country, Xavier Herbert
1974 - The Mango Tree, Ronald McKie
1973 - No award.
1972 - The Acolyte, Thea Astley
1971 - The Unknown Industrial Prisoner, David Ireland
1970 - A Horse of Air, Dal Stivens
1969 - Clean Straw for Nothing, George Johnston
1968 - Three Cheers for the Paraclete, Thomas Keneally
1967 - Bring Larks and Heroes, Thomas Keneally
1966 - Trap, Peter Mathers
1965 - The Slow Natives, Thea Astley
1964 - My Brother Jack, George Johnston
1963 - Careful He Might Hear You, Sumner Locke Elliott
1962 - tie
The Well Dressed Explorer, Thea Astley
The Cupboard Under the Stairs, George Turner
1961 - Riders in the Chariot, Patrick White
1960 - The Irishman, Elizabeth O'Conner
1959 - The Big Fellow (Palmer), Vance Palmer
1958 - To the Islands, Randolph Stow
1957 - Voss, Patrick White

Alex Awards


2011 Alex Award winners:

  • The Boy Who Couldn’t Sleep and Never Had To by DC Pierson, published by Vintage Books, a division of Random House, Inc., New York (ISBN 9780307474612)
  • Breaking Night: A Memoir of Forgiveness, Survival, and My Journey from Homeless to Harvard by Liz Murray, published by Hyperion (ISBN 9780786868919)

  • Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok, published by Riverhead Books, a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc. (ISBN 9781594487569)

  • The House of Tomorrow by Peter Bognanni, published by Amy Einhorn Books, an imprint of G.P. Putnam’s Sons, a division of the Penguin Group (ISBN 9780399156090)
  • The Lock Artist by Steve Hamilton, published by Thomas Dunne Books for Minotaur Books, an imprint of St. Martin’s Press (ISBN 9780312380427)

  • The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake: A Novel by Aimee Bender, published by Doubleday, a division of Random House, Inc., New York (ISBN 9780385501125)

  • The Radleys by Matt Haig, published by Free Press, a division of Simon & Schuster, Inc. (ISBN 9781439194010)
  • The Reapers Are the Angels: A Novel by Alden Bell, published by Holt Paperbacks, a division of Henry Holt and Company, LLC (ISBN 9780805092431)
  • Room: A Novel by Emma Donoghue, published by Little, Brown and Company a division of Hatchette Book Group, Inc. (ISBN 9780316098335)

  • The Vanishing of Katharina Linden: A Novel by Helen Grant, published by Delacorte Press, an imprint of The Random House Publishing Group, division of Random House, Inc., New York (ISBN 9780385344173)

2010 Alex Award winners:

  • The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer, published by William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers (9780061730320)
  • The Bride’s Farewell by Meg Rosoff, published by Viking Penguin, a member of Penguin Group (9780670020997)
  • Everything Matters! by Ron Currie, Jr., published by Viking Penguin, a member of Penguin Group (9780670020928)
  • The Good Soldiers by David Finkel, published by Sarah Crichton Books, an imprint of Farrar, Straus and Giroux (9780374165734)
  • The Kids Are All Right: A Memoir by Diana Welch and Liz Welch with Amanda Welch and Dan Welch, published by Harmony Books, an imprint of the Crown Publishing Group, a division of Random House (9780307396044)
  • The Magicians by Lev Grossman, published by Viking Penguin, a member of Penguin Group (9780670020553)
  • My Abandonment by Peter Rock, published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (9780151014149)
  • Soulless: An Alexia Tarabotti Novel, by Gail Carriger, published by Orbit, an imprint of Hachette Book Group (9780316056632)
  • Stitches: A Memoir by David Small, published by W.W. Norton & Company (978039306857)
  • Tunneling to the Center of the Earth by Kevin Wilson, published by Harper Perennial, an imprint of HarperCollins (9780061579028)

The 2009 Alex Awards winners:

City of Thieves, by David Benioff, published by Viking Penguin, a member of Penguin Group (9780670018703)

Two teenage boys encounter cannibals, murderers, prostitutes, and assassins as they struggle to complete an impossible task during the freezing Siege of Leningrad in this funny, shocking, and briskly written tome.

The Dragons of Babel, by Michael Swanwick, a Tor Book published by Tom Doherty Associates (9780765319500)

In this original steampunk fantasy, young Will embarks on a quest that takes him to the dizzying heights and gritty depths of the postindustrial world of Babel.

Finding Nouf, by Zoë Ferraris published by Houghton Mifflin Company (9780618873883)

After a 16-year-old girl from a wealthy Saudi family is found dead in the middle of the desert, a devout Muslim guide and a young medical examiner seek to unravel the mystery while facing the sanctions of Middle Eastern society.

The Good Thief, by Hannah Tinti, published by Dial Press, a division of Random House (9780385337458)

In this suspenseful and unpredictable adventure, Ren, a one-handed eighteenth-century orphan, becomes apprenticed to a con man. Surprisingly, Ren seems born to it.

Just After Sunset: Stories, by Stephen King, published by Scribner, a division of Simon & Schuster (9781416584087)

Modern terrors abound—a porta-potty prison, class warfare on an apocalyptic afternoon—in this wickedly compelling collection of macabre, absurd, and gleefully vulgar stories. Scary, dirty fun.

Mudbound, by Hillary Jordan, published by Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill (9781565125698)

At the close of WW II, two soldiers return to their home in the South to find racial tensions as explosive as the battlefields of Europe. This beautifully written story casts a spell as inescapable as the mud fields of the Mississippi Delta.

Over and Under, by Todd Tucker, published by Thomas Dunne Books, an imprint of St. Martin’s Press (9780312379902)

Andy and Tom’s fourteenth summer is defined by adventures in the woods and caves near their home, a strike that polarizes their small town, and secrets that test their friendship.

The Oxford Project, by Stephen G. Bloom, photographed by Peter Feldstein, published by Welcome Books (9781599620480)

In this riveting sociological study, the residents of Oxford, Iowa were photographed in 1984 and then again in 2005. Their compelling life stories, vividly expressed in brief biographical sketches, show just how much someone can change in 21 years.

Sharp Teeth, by Toby Barlow, published by Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins (9780061430220)

A fast-paced ride through the brutality of L.A.’s wilderness of drugs, gangs, and the connections people make with one another. The fact that most of the characters in this bloody, sexy, free-verse tale are mostly lycanthropes is almost incidental.

Three Girls and Their Brother, by Theresa Rebeck, published by Shaye Areheart Books, an imprint of the Crown Publishing Group, a division of Random House (9780307394149)

This witty satire of show-biz politics, told from the perspective of four New York teenage siblings in the eye of a publicity tornado, provides a fascinating insider’s look at the world of the rich and famous.

The 2008 Alex Awards winners:

  • American Shaolin: Flying Kicks, Buddhist Monks, and the Legend of Iron Crotch: An Odyssey in the New China, by Matthew Polly, published by Penguin/Gotham Books (ISBN13:978-1592402625)
  • Bad Monkeys, by Matt Ruff, published by HarperCollins (ISBN13: 978-0061240416)
  • Essex County Volume 1: Tales from the Farm, by Jeff Lemire, published by Top Shelf Publications (ISBN13: 978-1891830884)
  • Genghis: Birth of an Empire, by Conn Iggulden, published by Delacorte (ISBN13: 978-0385339513)
  • The God of Animals, by Aryn Kyle, published by Scribner (ISBN13: 978-1416533245)
  • A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier, by Ishmael Beah, published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux/Sarah Crichton Books (ISBN13: 978-0374105235)
  • Mister Pip, by Lloyd Jones, published by Random/Dial Press (ISBN13: 978-0385341066)
  • The Name of the Wind, by Patrick Rothfuss, published by DAW (ISBN13: 978-0756404079)
  • The Night Birds, by Thomas Maltman, published by Soho (ISBN13: 978-1569474624)
  • The Spellman Files, by Lisa Lutz, published by Simon & Schuster (ISBN13: 978-1416532392)

The 2007 Alex Awards:

  • Connolly, John. The Book of Lost Things. $23.00. Simon & Schuster/Atria.(0743298853).
  • Doig, Ivan. The Whistling Season. $25.00. Harcourt. (0151012377).
  • D'Orso, Michael. Eagle Blue: A Team, A Tribe, and A High School Basketball Season in Arctic Alaska. $23.95. Bloomsbury. (1582346232).
  • Gruen, Sara. Water for Elephants. $23.95. Algonquin. (1565124995).
  • Joern, Pamela Carter. Floor of the Sky. $16.95. University of Nebraska.(0803276311).
  • Hamamura, John. Color of the Sea. $24.95. Thomas Dunne. (0312340737).
  • Lewis, Michael. The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game. $24.95. Norton. (0393061239).
  • Mitchell, David. Black Swan Green. $23.95. Random House.(1400063795).
  • Rash, Ron. The World Made Straight. $24.00. Henry Holt. (0805078665).
  • Setterfield, Diane. The Thirteenth Tale. $26.00. Simon & Schuster/Atria.

The 2006 Alex Awards:

  • Bates, Judy Fong. Midnight at the Dragon Café. Counterpoint, $14 (1582431892)
  • Buckhanon, Kalisha. Upstate. St Martins, $19.95 (0312332688)
  • Gaiman, Neil. Anansi Boys. William Morrow & Company, $26.95 (006051518x)
  • Galloway, Gregory. As Simple As Snow. Putnam, $23.95 (0399152318)
  • Ishiguro, Kazuo. Never Let Me Go. Alfred A. Knopf, $24 (1400043395)
  • Martinez, A. Lee. Gil’s All Fright Diner. Tor, $12.95 (076531711)
  • Palwick, Susan. The Necessary Beggar. Tor, $ 24.95 (076531097x)
  • Rawles, Nancy. My Jim. Crown, $19.95 (1400054001)
  • Scheeres, Julia. Jesus Land: A Memoir. Counterpoint, $23 (152433380)
  • Walls, Jeannette. The Glass Castle: A Memoir. Scribner, $25 (0743247531)

The 2005 Alex Awards:

  • Almond, Steve. Candyfreak: A Journey through the Chocolate Underbelly of America. Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, $21.95 (1-56512-412-9).
  • Cox, Lynn. Swimming to Antarctica: Tales of a Long-Distance Swimmer. Knopf, $24.95 (0-375-41507-6).
  • Halpin, Brendan. Donorboy. Random House, $12.95 (1-4000-6277-2).
  • Kurson, Robert. Shadow Divers. Random House, $26.95 (0-375-50858-9).
  • Meyers, Kent. Work of Wolves. Harcourt, $24.00 (0-15-101057-9).
  • Patchett, Ann. Truth & Beauty: A Friendship. HarperCollins, $23.95 (0-06-057214-0).
  • Picoult, Jodi. My Sister’s Keeper. Atria, $25.00 (0-7434-5452-9).
  • Reed, Kit. Thinner Than Thou. Tom Doherty Associates, $24.00 (0-765-30762-6).
  • Shepard, Jim. Project X. Knopf, $20.00 (1-4000-4071-X).
  • Sullivan, Robert. Rats: Observations on the History and Habitat of the City’s Most Unwanted Inhabitants. Bloomsbury, $23.95 (1-58234-385-3).

The 2004 Alex Awards:

· Davis, Amanda. Wonder When You’ll Miss Me. William Morrow/HarperCollins, $24.95 (0-688-16781-0).

· Haddon, Mark. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time. Doubleday, $22.95 (0-385-50945-6).

· Hosseini, Khaled. The Kite Runner. Riverhead, $24.95 (1-57322-245-3).

· Niffenegger, Audrey. The Time Traveler’s Wife. MacAdam Cage, $25.00 (1-931561-46-X)

· Packer, Z.Z. Drinking Coffee Elsewhere. Riverhead, $24.95 (1-57322-234-8).

· Roach, Mary. Stiff. Norton, $23.95 (0-393-05093-9).

· Salzman, Mark. True Notebooks. Knopf, $24.00 (0-375-41308-1).

· Satrapi, Marjane. Persepolis. Pantheon, $17.95 (0-375-42230-7)

· Winspear, Jacqueline. Maisie Dobbs. Soho, $24.00 (1-56947-330-7).

· Yates, Bart. Leave Myself Behind. Kensington, $23.00 (0-7582-1348-9).

2003 Alex Awards:

  • Barry, Lynda. One Hundred Demons. Sasquatch, $24.95 (0-57061-337-0)
  • Conroy, Pat. My Losing Season. Doubleday/Nan A Talese, $27.95 (0-385-48912-9)
  • Ferris, Timothy. Seeing in the Dark: How Backyard Stargazers Are Probing Deep Space and Guarding Earth from Interplanetary Peril. Simon & Schuster, $26 (0-684-86579-3)
  • Fforde, Jasper. The Eyre Affair. Viking, $23.95 (0-670-03064-3)
  • Lawson, Mary. Crow Lake. Dial, $23.95 (0-385-33611-X); Bantam, paper, $12.95 (0-385-33767-9).
  • Malloy, Brian. The Year of Ice. St. Martin’s, $22.95 (0-312-28948-0).
  • Otsuka, Julie. When the Emperor Was Divine. Knopf, $18 (0-375-41429-0).
  • Packer, Ann. The Dive from Clausen’s Pier. Knopf/Borzoi, $24 (0-375-41282-4); Vintage, paper, $14 (0-375-72713-2).
  • Southgate, Martha. The Fall of Rome. Scribner, $23 (0-684-86500-9); paper, $12 (0-743-22721-2).
  • Weisberg, Joseph. 10th Grade. Random, $23.95 (0-375-50584-9); paper, $11.95 (0-8129-6662-7).

2002 Alex Awards:

  • Year of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague, by Geraldine Brooks, Viking
  • An American Insurrection: The Battle of Oxford, Mississippi, by William Doyle, Doubleday
  • Gabriel's Story, by David Anthony Durham, Doubleday
  • Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in Boom-Time America, by Barbara Ehrenreich, Holt/Metropolitan
  • Peace like a River, by Leif Enger, Atlantic Monthly
  • The Wilderness Family: At Home with Africa's Wildlife, by Kobie Kruger, Ballantine
  • Kit's Law, by Donna Morrissey, Houghton/Mariner
  • The Rover, by Mel Odom, Tor
  • Motherland, by Vineeta Vijayaraghavan, Soho
  • Black, White, and Jewish: Autobiography of a Shifting Self, by Rebecca Walker, Putnam/Riverhead

2001 Alex Awards:

  • Chang And Eng, by Darin Strauss, Dutton
  • Counting Coup, by Larry Colton, Warner
  • Daughter Of The Forest, by Juliet Marillier, Tor
  • Diamond Dogs, by Alan Watt, Little,Brown
  • Flags Of Our Fathers, by James Bradley and Ron Powers, Bantam
  • The Girl With A Pearl Earring, by Tracy Chevalier, Plume
  • In The Heart Of The Sea: The Tragedy Of The Whaleship Essex, by Nathaniel Philbrick, Viking
  • The Man Who Ate The 747, by Ben Sherwood, Bantam
  • The Sand Reckoner, by Gillian Bradshaw, Tor/Forge
  • Soldier: A Poet's Childhood, by June Jordan, Basic

2000 Alex Awards:

Breashears, David. High Exposure: An Enduring Passion for Everest and Unforgiving Places. 1999. Simon & Schuster, $26 (0-684-85361-2); May 2000, paper, $15 (0-684-86545-9).
Admittedly stubborn and driven, Breashears recounts his life story--recollections of his abusive father and tumultuous childhood; his discovery and dedication to mountain climbing, which he has always equated with humankind's belief in hope; and his entry into filmmaking. His account of his 1996 Everest IMAX Filming Expedition, during which he and his crew sought to rescue survivors and reclaim the bodies of the people caught in the well-publicized Everest calamity, is a natural link to Jon Krakauer's 1998 Alex winner, Into Thin Air. The danger, the audacity, the adventure will keep teens enthralled, and send them to the shelves to find similar titles.

Card, Orson Scott. Ender's Shadow. 1999. Tor, $24.95 (0-312-86860-X).
Call it a parallel novel; call it a companion. Call it sf; call it adventure. No matter what it's called, this exciting novel, by the author of the very popular Ender's Game (1985), is what Card's readers have been waiting for. Bean, an orphan living on the streets, finds himself plucked from desperate straits and placed in Battle School, where his tactical skills earn him respect and a role with Ender Wiggin in battle. Wiggin's world is recognizable, but Bean's voice and character make this return to it extraordinarily fresh. This is a sure bet for Ender's Game's many teen fans, but it also stands very well alone.

Clarke, Breena. River, Cross My Heart. 1999. Little, Brown, $23 (0-316-89999-2); paper, $14.95 (0-316-89998-4).
Strong-willed Alice Bynam is convinced that by moving to Georgetown, her family will have more economic and educational opportunity. That's true, but "whites still rule the roost" in the 1920s, and they've barred 10-year-old Johnnie Mae and her friends from swimming in a local pool. When Johnnie Mae opts for the river, instead, her younger sister, Clara, drowns, leaving her family and community behind to struggle with the personal loss and the legacy of racial injustice.

Codell, Esmé Raji. Educating Esme: Diary of a Teacher's First Year. 1999. Algonquin, $17.95 (1-56512-225-9).
Fifth-grader Melanie instinctively knows what Codell finds out when she begins as a 24-year-old first-year teacher in an inner-city Chicago school: "You got to know everything." And that doesn't mean just what the textbooks say. As Codell gamely reveals in her forthright diary entries, it means fighting lazy teachers and unsupportive administrators; it means dealing with violence and racism; it means marshalling energy, imagination, and wit enough to ensure her students the best possible education. Teens who have been through "the system" can't help but recognize the landscape.

Fuqua, Jonathon Scott. The Reappearance of Sam Webber. 1999. Bancroft, $23.95 (1-890862-02-9).
There's a strong sense of place in this ultimately warm, reassuring novel set in a poor, racially tense Baltimore neighborhood. Sam Webber doesn't like his new home, a smelly apartment light years away from the middle-class area where he spent his first 11 years. Since his father's disappearance, he's felt responsible for protecting his mother, but he's so sad and scared he can't even help himself: druggies and muggers patrol the streets; bullies hound him in school. His only friend is the school's black janitor, who turns out to need Sam as much as Sam needs him. Themes of racism, urban violence, depression, and family structure threaded through the story make the book effective for discussion as well as for independent reading.

Gaiman, Neil. Stardust. 1999. Avon, $22 (0-380-97728-1); paper, $6.99 (0-380-86455-7).
Many teens will already know Gaiman from his Sandman graphic novels and Neverwhere (1997). In this book, which makes fantasy accessible to a wide audience, 17-year-old Tristran Thorn pledges to fetch for his beloved a star that has fallen on the far side of the wall that marks the edge of the village where he lives. His quest takes him into the land of Fairie, where nothing along the way is really what it seems. Fantasy fans will see in this the work of many of their favorite writers; teens new to the genre will have a fine first reading experience; all will be charmed by the warmth and creativity of Gaiman's wonderful combination of comedy, romance, and energetic adventure.

Greenlaw, Linda. The Hungry Ocean: A Swordboat Captain's Journey. 1999. Hyperion, $22.95 (0-7868-6451-6); June 2000, paper, $14 (0-786-88541-6).
Greenlaw, the captain of the Hanna Boden, sister ship to the Andrea Gail, whose loss was portrayed in 1998 Alex winner The Perfect Storm by Sebastian Junger, tells a different but equally fascinating story of life at sea. Hers is a record of a typical month-long swordfishing trip--the backbreaking work, the danger, the uncertainty of the weather, and the thrill of a gritty job that makes the sea a home. "Writing has proven to be hard work, often painful," she says. "I can honestly say I'd rather be fishing."

Hart, Elva Trevino. Barefoot Heart: Stories of a Migrant Child. 1999. Bilingual Press/Editorial Bilingue, paper, $17 (0-927534-81-9).
"My whole childhood, I never had a bed," begins Hart's bittersweet recollections about growing up one of six children in a migrant family that made the circuit from Texas to Minnesota each year. Her stories about her family, especially her stern but caring father, and about breaking away only to return home, show the moving struggle of an immigrant population, but also the universal personal struggle of finding, then acknowledging, oneself.

Haruf, Kent. Plainsong. 1999. Knopf, $24 (0-375-40618-2).
They were always connected--in the way people in small towns are: the elderly McPheron brothers, unschooled but wise in other ways; high-school teacher Tom Guthrie and his mischievous sons, Bobby and Ike; and Victoria Roubideaux, 17 and pregnant, with nowhere to go. In this plainspoken yet graceful story that is at once complex and elemental, Haruf deftly brings his characters together, slowly turning them into a family ready to face private fears with a renewed sense of hope, connection, and even joy.

Porter, Connie. Imani All Mine. 1999. Houghton, $23 (0-395-83808-8); May 2000, paper, $12 (0-618-05678-5).
This deceptively simple first-person novel takes readers into the heart and mind of 15-year-old Tasha, whose love for her baby, Imani, is as plain as her fear of the rapist who fathered the child. In the stark language of a tough urban neighborhood, Tasha comes alive on the page as she struggles to reconcile her love and hope for her daughter with the violence that resulted in Imani's conception. A sad though ultimately hopeful novel, compelling from its very first page.

1999 Alex Awards:

Alexander, Caroline. The Endurance: Shackleton's Legendary Antarctic Expedition. Knopf, $29.95 (0-375-40403-1).
The photos will grab teens first: a three-masted wooden vessel broken and splintered; rugged ice-encrusted faces of the ship's crew; fields of ice stretching into infinity. The Imperial Transatlantic Expedition, Sir Ernest Shackleton's daring but ill-fated attempt to cross the South Pole, comes to life in pictures taken by one of the crew and in the words of the men who lived the extraordinary Antarctic adventure. It's an exhilarating account of one of the greatest episodes in the history of polar exploration and one of history's all-time great survival stories.

Boylan, James Finney. Getting In. Warner, paper, $14 (0-446-67417-6).
Boylan takes wicked aim at the college mystique, bringing together three adults and four high-school seniors for a whirlwind tour of swanky eastern colleges that turns into a journey of self-discovery none of them will ever forget. Long-kept secrets, betrayals, and complex relationships between teens and between teens and their parents mark this raucous, sexy, and also moving novel that gives new meaning to going off to college and coming of age.
Dominick, Andie. Needles. Scribner, $22 (0-684-84232-7).
"I know about needles. My sister leaves them everywhere." So begins this absorbing memoir of a growing up marked not by illegal drugs but by diabetes. In graceful yet unsparing prose, Dominick recalls the exacting routines, the doctors, the hospitals, and the struggle for normalcy that shaped her older sister's life and later ruled her own. Although a candid record of the ravages of illness on family and self, Dominick's story is also an inspirational account of hope and courage. A paperback will be available next spring.

Gilstrap, John. At All Costs. Warner, $24 (0-446-52315-1); paper, $7.50 (0-446-60740-1).
That federal agents happened to be looking for someone else didn't matter once they learned that Jake and his wife, Carolyn, were on their Ten Most Wanted List. By that time, though, the Donovans, with their 13-year-old son, were already on the run and committed to proving that the 16 people whose lives they were accused of taking were viciously murdered by someone else. Gilstrap, the author of Nathan's Run (1995), combines his expertise as an explosives safety expert with political dirty dealing and breakneck pacing to produce a terrific nail-biter that will leave teens clamoring for more.
Kercheval, Jesse Lee. Space. Algonquin, $18.95 (1-56512-146-5); paper, $12.95 (0-425-16683-4).
In a memoir so beautifully and seamlessly written that teens will think it is fiction, Kercheval tells her own story, beginning when, at age 10, she moved with her family to a home in Cocoa Beach, Florida, in view of Cape Kennedy. Set against the promise implicit in the launching of Apollo, her touching recollection of her youth and teenage years--her strange, unhappy parents, her difficulties fitting into a new school, and her first love--speaks to universal concerns about growing up and resurrects a pivotal episode of American history and culture for a new generation.

Kluger, Steve. Last Days of Summer. Avon/Bard, $21.95 (0-380-97645-5); paper, $12 (0-380-79763-1).
"Dear Mr. Banks, I am a 12-year-old boy and I am dying of an incurable disease" begins the first of many letters sent by determined, perfectly healthy Joey Margolis to tough-talking, loose cannon Charlie Banks, rookie third baseman for the New York Giants. Filled with energy, heart, and laugh-out-loud humor, this poignant epistolary novel looks at loneliness, friendship, and love in a way that both transfixes and transcends its 1940s setting.

Legends: Stories by the Masters of Modern Fantasy. Ed. by Robert Silverberg. Tor; dist. by St. Martin's, $27.95 (0-312-86787-5).
It reads like an honor roll of modern sf/fantasy writers: Orson Scott Card, Ursula Le Guin, Anne McCaffrey, Robert Jordan, Stephen King, and more. With editor Silverberg carefully supplying background, 11 stellar genre writers reenter the well-established universes they so lovingly created in series: McCaffrey returns to Pern, Silverberg writes again about Valentine as king, Roland the Gunslinger continues his journey toward the Dark Tower. Series fans won't be disappointed in the least, and the novellas provide teens who don't know the earlier books with a wonderful preview of what's in store. The first volume of a three-part paperback edition will be available sometime this fall.

Robinson, Kim Stanley. Antarctica. Bantam, $24.95 (0-553-10063-7); paper, $6.99 (0-553-57402-7).
The popular author of the Mars trilogy takes readers on a journey to a place with an equally inhospitable climate, bringing along a disparate group of characters with vastly different agendas for the frozen continent. Teens who like multilayered sf will be as pleased with the vivid blend of fact and fiction Robinson uses to depict the stark landscape as they are by the story's diverse cast and its gradually widening circle of intrigue.

Santiago, Esmeralda. Almost a Woman. Perseus/Merloyd Lawrence, $24 (0-7382-0043-3).
The author of When I Was Puerto Rican(1993) continues to limn her past, this time focusing on her adolescence and young womanhood. In a patchwork of memories, she recalls her guilty longing to escape the Brooklyn barrio, where she lived with her mother and large, extended family, and what she finds (including an affair with an older man) when she leaves. The mixture of regret, joy, and confusion is unmistakable in this portrait of a daughter growing up in two cultures. A Vintage paperback will be available in October.

Senna, Danzy. Caucasia. Putnam/Riverhead, $24.95 (1-57322-091-4); paper, $12.95 (1-573-22716-1).
Questions about integration, intermarriage, identity, and the status of mixed-race children bubble beneath the surface of this dramatically rich, heartrending novel set in the 1970s. When her white mother, a civil rights activist, goes into hiding, Birdie, the lighter-skinned of two daughters, goes with her. The traumatic leave-taking not only separates Birdie from her beloved older sister but also loosens her grasp on her mixed-race heritage, a legacy that turns out to be increasingly important to her as she enters her teens.

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Bodanis, David. The Secret Family: Twenty-four Hours inside the Mysterious Worlds of Our Minds and Bodies. Simon & Schuster, $27.50 (0-684-81019-0).
With surprises and information on every page, Bodanis' book peels back the layers of our minds and bodies to reveal a churning world of tiny, invisible components, living and inanimate, in ourselves and in our surroundings, that silently and secretly affect us. By following the activities of a family—mom, dad, baby, young son, and teenage daughter—through a typical day, from breakfast to bedtime, Bodanis makes readers active partners in a mysterious and fascinating science adventure. If teens are shocked to discover that there's embalming fluid on postage stamps, just wait till they find out what's floating around the local mall.

Bragg, Rick. All Over but the Shoutin'. Pantheon, $25 (0-679-44258-8).
Bragg, a Pulitzer Prize–winning correspondent, didn't start out to be a writer. In fact, he sort of fell into it. He recalls this personal journey in a rags-to-riches memoir, which begins in 1959 in Alabama, where "white people had it hard and black people had it harder than that, because what are the table scraps of nothing?" In vivid prose, by turns comic and affecting, he recalls growing up white and poor in the South, his difficult relationship with his abusive, alcoholic father, and his love for his courageous mother, who raised him and taught him what really mattered.

Carroll, Rebecca. Sugar in the Raw: Voices of Young Black Girls in America. Crown, paper, $12 (0-517-88497-6).
Carroll captures the voices of the next generation of African American women in this collection of interviews. Teenagers will hear themselves plainly and powerfully echoed in the honest, unfiltered words of fifteen young black women, who range in age from eleven to twenty. From a variety of backgrounds and in very different ways, they speak candidly about their personal lives, their race, their gender, and their future as black women. A paperback format and a winning cover adds to the YA appeal.

Cook, Karin. What Girls Learn. Pantheon, $23 (0-679-44828-4); Vintage, paper, $13 (0-679-76944-7).
This poignant, honest novel calls up themes that teenagers will easily recognize from reading young-adult books—family relationships, sibling rivalry, the death of a parent. In fact, this reads as if it were written just for teens. With a fine ear for dialogue and a firm grasp on the concerns of adolescent girls, Cook tells the story of two sisters—Tilden, quiet and good; Elizabeth, the family rebel—and their relationship with their beloved mother, Frances. When Frances marries Nick, the girls must adjust; when Frances is diagnosed with breast cancer, the girls' lives change in ways they never expected.

Hamill, Pete. Snow in August. Little, Brown, $23.95 (0-316-34094-4).
A piece of history comes to life for young adults in a vivid novel about prejudice, love, courage, and miracles. Eleven-year-old Michael Devlin lives with his widowed mother in a working-class neighborhood in 1940s Brooklyn, in the shadow of Ebbets Field. The last thing he expects to find is a friend in Rabbi Judah Hirsch, a refugee from Prague, who trades wonderful stories from Jewish folklore for lessons in English and American culture, especially the sport of baseball. When religious prejudice rears its ugly head, Michael's real world and Hirsch's fantastical one fold together in a powerful, unexpected way.

Junger, Sebastian. The Perfect Storm: A True Story of Men against the Sea. Norton, $25 (0-303-04016-X).
In 1991, as Halloween nears, a cold front moves south from Canada, a hurricane swirls over Bermuda, and an intense storm builds over the Great Lakes. These forces converge to create the cruelest holiday trick of all, a 100-year tempest that catches the North Atlantic fishing fleet off guard and unprotected. Readers weigh anchor with sailors struggling against the elements; they follow meteorologists, who watch helplessly as the storm builds; and, by helicopter and boat, they navigate 100-foot seas and 120-mph winds to attempt rescue against harrowing odds.

Krakauer, Jon. Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster. 1997. Villard, $24 (0-679-45752-6).
Only a handful of people have stood atop Everest. Krakauer is one of them, but the story he tells here is not of glorious triumph. Rather, it is a true account of survival and death that will grab YA readers from the very first page. Krakauer had a front-row seat to the headline-making 1996 climbing disaster that resulted in the deaths of five people, and his account of the unfolding tragedy, filled with keenly observed details, is not only a transfixing drama but also an inquiry into survivor guilt and the outer limits of human strength and responsibility.

Thomas, Velma Maia. Lest We Forget: The Passage from Africa to Slavery and Emancipation. Crown, $29.95 (0-609-60030-3).
In a cleverly designed interactive book, the creator of the Black Holocaust Exhibit relates "the pain of my people." Her simple yet descriptive words tell the story of slavery and the struggle for freedom—from the African villages to the boats, from the plantations to the end of the Civil War and Jubilee, the day of freedom. Letters and newspaper clippings personalize the story, and reproductions of documents, meant to be pulled from envelopes and pouches attached to the pages, bring the past directly into the present.

Trice, Dawn Turner. Only Twice I've Wished for Heaven. 1997. Crown, $23 (0-517-70428-5).
Eleven-year-old Tempest doesn't like her new home in Lakeland, a planned community for African Americans. Most of her school classmates are boring, and their prissy airs anger and puzzle her. What saves her is a friendship with troubled Valerie, an outsider like herself, and the secret trips she makes each day to Miss Jonetta's liquor store on fascinating Thirty-fifth Street, where she discovers great courage and caring—and terrible secrets about the world of grown-ups and about her best friend.

Willis, Connie. To Say Nothing of the Dog; or, How We Found the Bishop's Bird Stump at Last. Bantam, $23.95 (0-553-09995-7).
Part time travel, part mystery, part comedy of errors, this clever fantasy has lots to offer YAs, not the least of which is a chance to sink deeply into a piece of history they won't know much about. The year is 2057, and rich Lady Schrapnell has promised to finance Oxford University's time-travel project if she's assisted in her endeavors to rebuild Coventry Cathedral, which was destroyed by the Nazis in 1940. The grueling search for church artifacts has given time-traveler Ned Henry an advanced case of time lag. But it isn't rest he gets when he's sent back to the year 1888; it's another time-traveler's mistake, which he must help correct before it alters the entire course of history.