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Carolyn W. Field Award

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.

Ask the Passengers

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. (2013)

Around the World

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. (2012)

After Ever After

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. (2011)

Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side

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. (2010)

The Boy Who Dared

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. (2009)

Way Down Deep

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. (2008)

Now & Ben: The Modern Inventions of Benjamin Franklin

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. (2007)

Hitler Youth: Growing Up in Hitler's Shadow

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. (2006)

Do You Have a Hat?

Do You Have a Hat?

Rhyming text describes a great variety of hats worn by celebrities throughout history. (2005)

Milkweed

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)

The Ravenmaster's Secret

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. (2004)

Yo, Vikings!

Yo, Vikings!

Emma's research on Erik the Red soon extends beyond the classroom. (2003)

Black Potatoes: The Story of the Great Irish Famine, 1845-1850

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. (2002)

Virgie Goes to School With Us Boys

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. (2001)

Speak

Speak

A traumatic event near the end of the summer has a devastating effect on Melinda's freshman year in high school. (2000)

The Memory Coat

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. (2000)

I Am Mordred: A Tale from Camelot

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. (1999)

Wringer

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. (1998)

Growing Up in Coal Country

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. (1997)

The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey

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. (1996)

How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World

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. (1995)

Dreamplace

Dreamplace
Illustrated by Peter Catalanotto

Present-day visitors describe what they see when they visit the pueblos where the Anasazi lived long ago. (1994)

The Great Pumpkin Switch

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. (1993)

I am Regina

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. (1992)

Maniac Magee

Maniac Magee

After his parents die, Jeffrey Lionel Magee's life becomes legendary, as he accomplishes athletic and other feats which awe his contemporaries. (1991)

Box Turtle at Long Pond

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. (1990)

Catwings

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)

Little Tree

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. (1988)

The Illyrian Adventure

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. (1987)

The New Baby

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)

Saint George and the Dragon

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. (1985)