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Best children's books chosen by the American Library Association.
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  Cover Art: Onion John 1960
Krumgold, Joseph
Onion John
His friendship with the town odd-jobs man, Onion John, causes a conflict between Andy and his father.
1959
Children's Fiction Book KRUMGOLD
  Cover Art: Island of the Blue Dolphins 1961
O'Dell, Scott
Island of the Blue Dolphins
Left alone on a beautiful but isolated island off the coast of California, a young Indian girl spends eighteen years, not only merely surviving through her enormous courage and self-reliance, but also finding a measure of happiness in her solitary life.
1960
Children's Fiction Book O'DELL
  Cover Art: The Bronze Bow 1962
Speare, Elizabeth George
The Bronze Bow
1961
Children's Fiction Book SPEARE
  Cover Art: A Wrinkle in Time 1963
L'Engle, Madeleine
A Wrinkle in Time
Meg Murray and her friends become involved with unearthly strangers and search for Meg's father, who has disappeared while engaged in secret work for the government.
1962
Children's Fiction Book L'ENGLE
  Cover Art: It's Like This Cat 1964
Neville, Emily Cheney
It's Like This Cat
1963
Children's Fiction Book NEVILLE
  Cover Art: Shadow of a Bull 1965
Wojciechowska, Maia
Shadow of a Bull
Manolo Olivar has to make a decision: to follow in his famous father's shadow and become a bullfighter, or to follow his heart and become a doctor.
1970
Children's Fiction Book WOJCIECHO
  Cover Art: I Juan De Pareja 1966
Trevi~no, Elizabeth Borton de
I Juan De Pareja
Offers a fictionalized account of the life of Juan de Pareja, a young slave who grew to become an assistant to the painter Velasquez.
1965
Children's Fiction Book TREVINO
  Cover Art: Up a Road Slowly 1967
Hunt, Irene
Up a Road Slowly
After her mother's death, Julie goes to live with Aunt Cordelia, a spinster schoolteacher, where she experiences many emotions and changes as she grows from seven to eighteen.
1966
Children's Fiction Book HUNT
  Cover Art: From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler 1968
Konigsburg, E. L.
From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
Claudia and her brother run away to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where she sees a statue so beautiful, she must identify its sculptor. To find out, she must visit the statue's former owner, the elderly Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler.
1967
Children's Fiction Book KONIGSBUR
  Cover Art: The High King 1969
Alexander, Lloyd
The High King
In this final part of the chronicle of Prydain the forces of good and evil meet in an ultimate confrontation, which determines the fate of Taran, the Assistant Pig-Keeper who wanted to be a hero.
1999
Children's Fiction Book ALEXANDER
  Cover Art: Sounder 1970
Armstrong, William Howard
Sounder
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.
1969
Children's Fiction Book ARMSTRONG
  Cover Art: The Summer of the Swans 1971
Byars, Betsy Cromer
The Summer of the Swans
A teenage girl gains new insight into herself and her family when her mentally handicapped brother gets lost.
1970
Teen Fiction Book BYARS
  Cover Art: Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh 1972
O'Brien, Robert C.
Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh
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.
1971
Children's Fiction Book O'BRIEN
  Cover Art: Julie of the Wolves 1973
George, Jean Craighead
Julie of the Wolves
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.
1972
Teen Fiction Book GEORGE
  Cover Art: The Slave Dancer 1974
Fox, Paula
The Slave Dancer
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.
1973
Children's Fiction Book FOX
  Cover Art: M.C. Higgins the Great 1975
Hamilton, Virginia
M.C. Higgins the Great
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.
1974
Teen Fiction Book HAMILTON
  Cover Art: The Grey King 1976
Cooper, Susan
The Grey King
Visiting in Wales, Will Stanton is swept into a desperate quest to find the golden harp and to awaken the ancient sleepers.
1975
Teen Fiction Book COOPER
  Cover Art: Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry 1977
Taylor, Mildred D.
Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry
A Black family living in the South during the 1930's is faced with prejudice and discrimination which their children don't understand.
1976
Teen Fiction Book TAYLOR
  Cover Art: Bridge to Terabithia 1978
Paterson, Katherine
Bridge to Terabithia
Jess' life expands when he becomes friends with Leslie, a girl from the city who opens doors to culture and imaginative play. But then tragedy strikes.
1977
Children's Fiction Book PATERSON
  Cover Art: The Westing Game 1979
Raskin, Ellen
The Westing Game
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.
1978
Children's Fiction Book RASKIN
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