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Newbery Awards 1970-1979

The Newbery Medal is awarded annually to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.

The Westing Game

The Westing Game

1979
The mysterious death of an eccentric millionaire brings together an unlikely assortment of heirs who must uncover the circumstances of his death before they can claim their inheritance.

Bridge to Terabithia

Bridge to Terabithia

1978
The life of a ten-year-old boy in rural Virginia expands when he becomes friends with a newcomer.

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry

1977
A black family living in Mississippi during the Depression of the 1930s is faced with prejudice and discrimination which its children do not understand.

The Grey King

The Grey King

1976
With the final battle between the Light and the Dark soon approaching, Will sets out on a quest to call for aid. Hidden within the Welsh hills is a magical harp that he must use to wake the Sleepers--six noble riders who have slept for centuries.

M. C. Higgins, the Great

M. C. Higgins, the Great

1975
As a slag heap, the result of strip mining, creeps closer to his house in the Ohio hills, fifteen-year-old M.C. is torn between trying to get his family away and fighting for the home they love.

The Slave Dancer

The Slave Dancer

1974
Kidnapped by the crew of an Africa-bound ship, a thirteen-year-old boy discovers to his horror that he is on a slaver and his job is to play music for the exercise periods of the human cargo.

Julie of the Wolves

Julie of the Wolves

1973
While running away from home and an unwanted marriage, a thirteen-year-old Eskimo girl becomes lost on the North Slope of Alaska and is befriended by a wolf pack.

Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH

Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH

1972
Having no one to help her with her problems, a widowed mouse visits the rats whose former imprisonment in a laboratory made them wise and long lived.

Summer of the Swans

Summer of the Swans

1971
A teen-age girl gains new insight into herself and her family when her mentally handicapped brother gets lost.

Sounder

Sounder

1970
Angry and humiliated when his sharecropper father is jailed for stealing food for his family, a young black boy grows in courage and understanding by learning to read and with the help of the devoted dog Sounder.