Annal: 1990 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Fiction and Poetry

Results of the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award in the year 1990.

Book:Maniac Magee

Maniac Magee

Jerry Spinelli

He wasn’t born with the name Maniac Magee. He came into this world named Jeffrey Lionel Magee, but when his parents died and his life changed, so did his name.

And Maniac Magee became a legend.

Even today kids talk about how fast he could run; about how he hit an inside-the-park “frog” homer; how no knot, no matter how snarled, would stay that way once he began to untie it.

But the thing Mania Magee is best known for is what he did for the kids from the East Side and those from the West Side.

He was special all right, and this is his story, and it’s a story that is very careful not to let the facts get mixed up with the truth.

Book:Saturnalia

Saturnalia

Paul Fleischman

“I Want You To Know That My Eye Is Upon You”

It is December 1681, and the words of Mr. Baggot, the tithingman, terrify young William. William is living a strange double life. By day he is a printer’s apprentice living in a white man’s house. By night, he is Weetasket of the Narraganset tribe who must risk Baggot’s wrath to search for his lost brother. Then comes the winter celebration of the Saturnalia—the ancient Roman holiday on which masters and slaves trade roles. Will William’s secret be revealed? And what dark deed of others will be brought to light on this fateful night?

Book:Stonewords

Stonewords: A Ghost Story

Pam Conrad

The first time Zoe met Zoe Louise, Zoe was four years old. Zoe Louise was more than 100. From that day on—living in the same house, separated by a staircase and a century—Zoe and Zoe Louise have been an important and permanent part of each other’s lives.

Now Zoe is older. And although Zoe Louise never grows up, she is changing in dreadful, frightening ways. Time is running out for Zoe’s frightening ways. Time is running out for Zoe’s best friend—and Zoe is the only one who can help her. To do so, she must travel back 100 years in time and somehow alter the past. But in changing the past, must she also change the present? If she saves her friend’s life, will she lose Zoe Louise forever? Zoe’s grandparents think that Zoe Louise is Zoe’s imaginary friend. The truth, however, is that Zoe Louise lived in Zoe’s house a century ago, and her ghost has returned to solve a terrible mystery…

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