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The John Newbery Medal for 2015 has been awarded to:
The crossover by Kwame Alexander
The John Newbery Honor Books for 2015 are:
Brown girl dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
El deafo by Cece Bell ; color by David Lasky
Mr. and Mrs. Prince: how an extraordinary eighteenth- century family moved out of slavery and into legend by Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina; researched with Anthony Gerzina
Black mutiny: the revolt on the schooner Amistad by William A. Owens
On her own ground: the life and times of Madam C.J. Walker by A'Lelia Bundles
The slaves' war: the Civil War in the words of former slaves by Andrew Ward
Equiano, the African: biography of a self-made man by Vincent Carretta
Black horizon by James Grippando
Canada by Richard Ford
The teacher wars: a history of America's most embattled profession by Dana Goldstein
Elizabeth is missing by Emma Healey
Chocolate chip cookie murder by Joanne Fluke. In Lake Eden, Minnesota, Hannah Swensen's Cookie Jar is the place to be. In addition to delicious cookies and great coffee, Hannah and her gang are clever amateur detectives.
A bone to pick by Charlaine Harris. As a member of the Real Murders Club, librarian Aurora Teagarden and her group try to solve baffling cases. When Aurora unexpectedly inherits an old house complete with an unidentified skull, they have a real murder to solve.
Dying on the vine by Peter King. Goodwin Harper, The Gourmet Detective, is a retired chef. As a specialist in rare spices and ancient recipes, Scotland Yard brings him in when poisoning is suspected.
Today we honor the life of Martin Luther King Jr., the civil rights leader who would have turned 84 this year. A federal holiday to honor King, who was assassinated in April 1968, was first observed in 1986. Congress also designated it a national day of service in 1994.
April 4, 1968: Martin Luther King Jr.'s death and transformation of America by Michael Eric Dyson
At Canaan's edge: America in the King years 1965-68 by Taylor Branch
Rocket boys [large print]: a memoir by Homer H. Hickam Jr
Mr. Penumbra's 24-hour bookstore by Robin Sloan
Unbroken [large print]: a World War II story of survival, resilience, and redemption by Laura Hillenbrand
Fall of giants by Ken Follett
Winter of the world by Ken Follett
Fifty shades of Grey [large print] by E.L. James
Ordinary grace: a novel by William Kent Krueger. Best known for his Conor O'Cork series, Mr. Krueger's stand-alone novel about a young woman's murder and its' impact on family, friends, and community garnered six awards this year.
Murder as a fine art by David Morrell
Agatha Christie Award for Best Historical Mystery
A question of honor by Charles Todd.
Shamus Award Best P. I. Paperback Original (Private Eye Writers of America)
The little plant doctor: a story about George Washington Carver by Jean Marzollo — An introduction to the life of George Washington Carver.
Annie Jump Cannon, astronomer by Carole Gerber — A biography about an early female astronomer.