Some Newbery Medal winners include Lois Lowry’s “The Giver,” Madeleine L’Engle’s “A Wrinkle in Time” and Neil Gaiman’s “The Graveyard Book.” The Newbery Medal is an annual award honoring the most distinguished contribution to children’s literature.
Lois Lowry won the Newbery in 1994 for “The Giver,” a dystopian science-fiction story about a society that has eliminated pain and suffering at the cost of also removing emotions. The novel follows a young boy who is selected to become the next Receiver of Mystery, an isolated figure who inherits the past’s memories of war, pain and death. “The Giver” has sold more than 10 million copies since its release in 1993.
The 1963 Newbery Award went to Madeleine L’Engle for “A Wrinkle in Time,” a wide-ranging science fantasy novel that follows two siblings on a search for their missing father. Meg Murry, her brother Charles Wallace and neighbor Calvin O’Keefe traverse time and space on a journey after Meg’s father, a scientist working on tesseracts, also known as wrinkles in time.
Neil Gaiman and illustrator Dave McKean won the 2009 Newbery for “The Graveyard Book,” an offbeat family story about a young boy who is raised by a group of ghosts after his family is murdered. Gaiman’s supernatural storytelling combines with McKean’s surreal artwork to create an unconventional coming-of-age story that is simultaneously dark and tender.