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Newbery Awards 1950-1959

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

The Witch of Blackbird Pond

The Witch of Blackbird Pond

1959
In 1687 in Connecticut, Kit Tyler, feeling out of place in the Puritan household of her aunt, befriends an old woman considered a witch by the community and suddenly finds herself standing trial for witchcraft.

Rifles for Watie

Rifles for Watie

1958
A story of the western campaign of the Civil War.

Miracles on Maple Hill

Miracles on Maple Hill

1957
Marly and her family share many adventures when they move from the city to a farmhouse on Maple Hill.

Carry On, Mr. Bowditch

Carry On, Mr. Bowditch

1956
A fictionalized biography of the mathematician and astronomer who realized his childhood desire to become a ship's captain and authored The American Practical Navigator.

The Wheel on the School

The Wheel on the School

1955
Six school children bring the storks (harbingers of good luck) back to their little Dutch village.

...And Now Miguel

...And Now Miguel

1954
The story of a young shepherd's coming of age in the mountains of New Mexico.

Secret of the Andes

Secret of the Andes

1953
An Indian boy who tends llamas in a hidden valley in Peru learns the traditions and secrets of his Inca ancestors.

Ginger Pye

Ginger Pye

1952
When the Pye family's puppy, Ginger, disappears on Thanksgiving Day, the children are convinced that he has been abducted by a stranger in a yellow hat.

Amos Fortune, Free Man

Amos Fortune, Free Man

1951
The life of the eighteenth-century African prince who, after being captured by slave traders, was brought to Massachusetts where he was a slave until he was able to buy his freedom at the age of sixty.

The Door in the Wall

The Door in the Wall

1950
As the son of a nobleman, Robin's destiny is changed suddenly when he falls ill and loses the use of his legs