Annal: 1989 Newbery Medal

Results of the Newbery Medal in the year 1989.

Book:Joyful Noise

Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices

Paul Fleischman

Written to be read aloud by two voices—sometimes alternating, sometimes simultaneous—here is a collection of irresistible poems that celebrate the insect world, from the short life of the mayfly to the love song of the book louse. Funny, sad, loud, and quiet, each of these poems resounds with a booming, boisterous, joyful noise.

In this remarkable volume of poetry for two voices, a companion to I Am Phoenix,Paul Fleischman verbally re-creates the “Booming/boisterios/joyful noise” of insects. The poems resound with the pulse of the cicada and the drone of the honeybee. Eric Beddows’s vibrant drawings send each insect soaring, spinning, or creeping off the page in its own unique way.

Paul Fleischman has created not only a clear and fascinating guide to the insect world—from chrysalid butterflies to whirligig beetles—but an exultant celebration of life.

Book:In the Beginning

In the Beginning: Creation Stories from Around the World

Virginia Hamilton

A thought-provoking collection of twenty-five stories that reflect the wonder and glory of the origins of the world and humankind. With commentary by the author.

Book:Scorpions

Scorpions

Walter Dean Myers

Bad Trouble

Lately everybody’s messing with Jamal. His teachers, the kids at school, even his dad. And now that Jamal’s brother Randy’s in the slam, Crazy Mack has a crazy idea. He wants Jamal to take control of the Scorpions and run crack.

All the gang jive—Jamal has no use for it. Unless, like some say, it’s the only way to cop the bread for Randy’s appeal…

The story of twelve-year-old Jamal, whose life changes drastically when he acquires a gun. Though he survives the experience, it’s not without sacrificing his innocence and possibly his relationship with his best friend.

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