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Carolyn W. Field Award Winners

This award was established in 1983 by the Youth Services Division of the Pennsylvania Library Association. A Distinguished Daughter of Pennsylvania, Carolyn Wicker Field retired in 1983 from the Free Library of Philadelphia where she served as Coordinator of Work with Children for 30 years. 

Sonnenblick, Jordan
The Secret Sheriff of Sixth Grade

Phelan, Matt
Snow White
With a moody, dramatic feel reminiscent of film noir, acclaimed graphic novelist Matt Phelan has retold a well-known fairy tale in a wholly new way, showcasing the Depression era's cultural dynamism and vivid personalities, both those who are pure of heart and those who are pure evil.

 

2016
Bartoletti, Susan Campbell
Terrible Typhoid Mary
The true story of the "Deadliest Cook in America" tells the story of Mary Mallon, a quiet, hard-working Irish immigrant and who worked as a cook in New York at the turn of the 20th century. Mary caught typhoid disease, and spread it to the various families for whom she worked. 

 

2015
Auxier, Jonathan
The Night Gardener
The Night Gardener follows two abandoned Irish siblings who travel to work as servants at a creepy, crumbling English manor house. But the house and its family are not quite what they seem. Soon the children are confronted by a mysterious spectre and an ancient curse that threatens their very lives. 

 

2014
O'Hora, Zachariah
No Fits, Nilson!
Amelia must continually remind her gorilla friend, Nilson, not to have fits, especially when they are running errands with her mother, but sometimes Amelia stomps and growls, too. 

 

2013
King, A. S. 

Ask the Passengers 

Astrid Jones deals with the narrow-mindedness of her small town by town by sending her love to the passengers in the planes that fly above her backyard. She has no idea how it will affect their lives and her own. 


2012
Phelan, Matt

Around the World 
Challenged with circling the world at the end of the nineteenth century, three very different adventurers--avid bicyclist Thomas Stevens, fearless reporter Nellie Bly, and retired sea captain Joshua Slocum--embark on epic journeys. Presented in comic book format. 


2011
Sonnenblick, Jordan

After Ever After 
Although Jeff and Tad, encouraged by a new friend, Lindsey, make a deal to help one another overcome aftereffects of their cancer treatments in preparation for eighth-grade graduation, Jeff still craves advice from his older brother Stephen, who is studying drums in Africa. 



2010
Fantaskey, Beth

Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side
Seventeen-year-old Jessica, adopted and raised in Pennsylvania, learns that she is descended from a royal line of Romanian vampires and that she is betrothed to a vampire prince, who poses as a foreign exchange student while courting her. 



2009
Bartoletti, Susan Campbell

The Boy Who Dared 

In October, 1942, seventeen-year-old Helmuth Hubener, imprisoned for distributing anti-Nazi leaflets, recalls his past life and how he came to dedicate himself to bring the truth about Hitler and the war to the German people. 



2008
White, Ruth

Way Down Deep 
In the West Virginia town of Way Down Deep in the 1950s, a foundling called Ruby June is happily living with Miss Arbutus at the local boarding house when suddenly, after the arrival of a family of outsiders, the mystery of Ruby's past begins to unravel. 



2007
Barretta, Gene

Now & Ben: The Modern Inventions of Benjamin Franklin
What would you do if you lived in a community without a library, hospital, post office, or fire department? If you were Benjamin Franklin, you'd set up these organizations yourself. 


2006
Bartoletti, Susan Campbell

Hitler Youth: Growing Up in Hitler's Shadow
The story of a generation of German young people who devoted all their energy to the Hitler Youth and the propaganda that gave Hitler his power, and the youths that resisted the Nazi movement. 



2005
Spinelli, Eileen

Do You Have a Hat?
Rhyming text describes a great variety of hats worn by celebrities throughout history. 



2004
Spinelli, Jerry

Milkweed 
Newbery Medalist Jerry Spinelli takes us to one of the most devastating settings imaginable -- Nazi-occupied Warsaw of World War II -- and tells a tale of heartbreak, hope, and survival through the bright eyes of a young orphan. 



2004
Woodruff, Elvira

The Ravenmaster's Secret 
The eleven-year-old son of the Ravenmaster at the Tower of London befriends a Jacobite rebel being held prisoner there. 



2003
Schachner, Judith Byron

Yo, Vikings! 
Emma's research on Erik the Red soon extends beyond the classroom. 



2002
Bartoletti, Susan Campbell

Black Potatoes: The Story of the Great Irish Famine, 1845-1850 
Black Potatoes is the story of men, women, and children who searched empty fields for scraps of harvested vegetables and edible weeds to eat, who walked several miles each day to hard-labor jobs for meager wages and to reach soup kitchens. 



2001
Howard, Elizabeth Fitzgerald

Virgie Goes to School With Us Boys 
In the post-Civil War South, a young African American girl is determined to prove that she can go to school just like her older brothers. 



2000
Anderson, Laurie Halse

Speak 
A traumatic event near the end of the summer has a devastating effect on Melinda's freshman year in high school. 



2000
Woodruff, Elvira

The Memory Coat 
In the early 1900s, two cousins leave their Russian shtetl with the rest of their family to come to America, hopeful that they will all pass the dreaded inspection at Ellis Island. 



1999
Springer, Nancy

I Am Mordred: A Tale from Camelot 
When Mordred learns the identity of his father, he struggles with feelings of hatred, but also fights the fate which determines that he kill the good and gracious king. 



1998
Spinelli, Jerry

Wringer 
As Palmer comes of age, he must either accept the violence of being a wringer at his town's annual Pigeon Day or find the courage to oppose it. 



1997
Bartoletti, Susan Campbell

Growing Up in Coal Country 
Describes what life was like, especially for children, in coal mines and mining towns in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. 



1996
Wojciechowski, Susan

The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey 
The widow McDowell and her seven-year-old son Thomas ask the gruff Jonathan Toomey, the best wood-carver in the valley, to carve the figures for a Christmas creche. 



1995
Priceman, Marjorie

How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World 
Since the market is closed, the reader is led around the world to gather the ingredients for making an apple pie. Includes recipe. 



1994
Lyon, George Ella

Dreamplace 
Illustrated by Peter Catalanotto 
Present-day visitors describe what they see when they visit the pueblos where the Anasazi lived long ago. 



1993
McDonald, Megan

The Great Pumpkin Switch 
An old man tells his grandchildren how he and a friend accidentally smashed the pumpkin his sister was growing and had to find a replacement. 




1992
Keehn, Sally M.

I am Regina 
In 1755, as the French and Indian War begins, ten-year-old Regina is kidnapped by Indians in western Pennsylvania, and she must struggle to hold onto memories of her earlier life as she grows up under the name of Tskinnak and starts to become Indian herself. 



1991
Spinelli, Jerry

Maniac Magee 
After his parents die, Jeffrey Lionel Magee's life becomes legendary, as he accomplishes athletic and other feats which awe his contemporaries. 



1990
George, William T.

Box Turtle at Long Pond 
Illustrated by Lindsay Barrett George 
On a busy day at Long Pond, Box Turtle searches for food, basks in the sun, and escapes a raccoon. 



1989
Le Guin, Ursula K.

Catwings 
Illustrated by Steven Schindler 
Four young cats with wings leave the city slums in search of a safe place to live, finally meeting two children with kind hands. (1989)



1988
Cummings, E. E.

Little Tree 
Illustrated by Deborah Kogan Ray 
Inspired by a poem by E.E. cummings, this is the story of a little tree that finds its own special place in the world as a much-loved Christmas tree. 


1987
Alexander, Lloyd

The Illyrian Adventure 
On a visit to a remote European kingdom in 1872, a fearless sixteen-year-old orphan and her guardian research an ancient legend and become enmeshed in a dangerous rebellion. 



1986
Rogers, Fred

The New Baby 
Explains the needs of toddlers faced with a new baby in the family and some of the changes and disruptions the baby can cause in the life of the older brother or sister. (1986)



1985
Hodges, Margaret

Saint George and the Dragon 
Retells the segment from Spenser's The Faerie Queene, in which George, the Red Cross Knight, slays the dreadful dragon that has been terrorizing the countryside for years and brings peace and joy to the land. 

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