The Westing game
1979 WINNER. 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.
Roll of thunder, hear my cry
1977 WINNER. A black family living in Mississippi during the Depression of the 1930s is faced with prejudice and discrimination which its children do not understand.
Taylor, Mildred D.
The grey king
1976 WINNER. Will Stanton, visiting in Wales, is swept into a desperate quest to find the golden harp and to awaken the ancient Sleepers.
M.C. Higgins, the great
1975 WINNER. 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.
The slave dancer : a novel
1974 WINNER. 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.
Julie of the wolves.
1973 WINNER. 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.
George, Jean Craighead, 1919-
Mrs. Frisby and the rats of NIMH
1972 WINNER. Having no one to help her with her problems, a widowed mouse visits the rats whose former imprisonment made them wise and long lived.
O'Brien, Robert C.
1970 WINNER. 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 and with the help of the devoted dog Sounder.