Newbery award winner now available
The American Library Association awarded the 2012 Newbery Medal to Jack Gantos for Dead End in Norvelt. In the historic town of Norvelt, Pennsylvania, twelve-year-old Jack Gantos spends the summer of 1962 grounded for various offenses until he is assigned to help an elderly neighbor with a most unusual chore involving the newly dead, molten wax, twisted promises, Girl Scout cookies, underage driving, lessons from history, typewriting, and countless bloody noses.
The Newbery Medal, first offered as an incentive for better quality in children’s books, honors John Newbery, a famous 18th century publisher and seller of children’s books. It is awarded annually to the author of the “most distinguished contribution to American literature for children, published in the United States, during the preceding year” by the Association for Library Services to Children, American Library Association. Eligibility is limited to residents or citizens of the United States.