Annal: 1980 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature

Results of the National Book Award in the year 1980.

Book:A Gathering of Days

A Gathering of Days: A New England Girl's Journal, 1830-32

Joan W. Blos

Born to the rigors of life on a small New Hampshire farm, thirteen year old Catherine Hall is keeping house for her widowed father and youngers sister as she begins her journal in 1830, unaware that it is to be one of the most memorable times of her life. Her father’s remarriage introduces a new mother and brother into her home; the plight of a runaway slave opens her eyes to injustice; the tragedy of early death brings her first growing-up grief. And everyday life moves on as well: quilting, berrying, the great “breaking out” after the snowbound winter, sugaring in the spring, rivalries and romances.

Joan Blos’s moving novel captures the hardship as well as the tranquility of early American farm life and the sturdiness, the tenderness, of the people whose way of life it was.

Book:A Swiftly Tilting Planet

A Swiftly Tilting Planet

Madeleine L'Engle

In this companion to the Newbery Award winner A Wrinkle in Time and A Wind in the Door, fifteen-year-old Charles Wallace and the unicorn Gaudior undertake a perilous journey through time in a desperate attempt to stop the destruction of the world by the mad dictator Madog Branzillo. They are not alone in their quest. Charles Wallace’s sister, Meg—grown and expecting her first child, but still able to enter her brother’s thoughts and emotions by “kything”—goes with him in spirit. Charles Wallace must face the ultimate test of his faith and his will as he is sent within four people from another time, there to search for a way to avert the tragedy threatening them all.

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