Wendy Glenn, Senior Editor
Ricki Ginsberg, Assistant Editor
Danielle King, Assistant Editor firstname.lastname@example.org
Volume 23, Number 3
So You Think You Know Young Adult Literature
The first line or two of some well-known YA novels are as familiar as old friends. Others? Well, perhaps not.
Try matching the opening lines -- a sentence or two -- with the titles of sixteen Newbery winners and honor books from the seventies, eighties, and nineties. The openings (1-16) are in alphabetical order; the novels (A-P) are listed chronologically. When the name of a title character is mentioned, it is "bleeped out" with a fill-in-the-blank line. The year following the novel's title and author is the year when the novel was selected as a Newbery Medal winner or Honor book. Answers are on page 49 (Or just click on the number).
||As soon as the snow melts, I'll go to Rass and fetch my mother. At Crisfield I'll board the ferry....
||Dear __________: My teacher read your book about the dog to our class. It was funny.
||"Did Mama sing every day?" asked Caleb. "Every single day?" He sat close to the fire, his chin in his hand.
||Ever since I can remember, I had wanted to know about the Land of the Golden Mountain, but my mother had never wanted to talk about it.
||If books could be more, could show more, could own more, this book would have smells....
||It was almost December, and Jonas was beginning to be frightened. No, wrong word, Jonas thought.
||Jimmy Little sat on the edge of the bed, eyes closed, listening to the rain that beat against the window. In the street below cars hissed by.
||"Look down on this scene," Rachel writes in her notebook. "Three people in a kitchen, sitting around a table. A man, a woman, and a girl."
||"Little Man, would you come on? You keep it up and you're gonna make us late."
||Miyak pushed back the hood of her sealskin parka and looked at the arctic sun. It was a yellow disk in a lime-green sky....
||The day __________ comes, we're having us a big Sunday dinner. Dara Lynn's dipping bread in her glass of cold tea, the way she likes....
||The tall man stood at the edge of the porch. The roof sagged from two rough posts which held it.
||The young prince was known here and there (and just about everywhere else) as Prince Brat. Not even black cats would cross his path.
||They say __________ was born in a dump. They say his stomach was a cereal box and his heart a sofa spring.
||12th Day of December: I am commanded to write an account of my days: I am bit by fleas and plagued by family. That is all there is to say.
||When __________ died, Ob came back to the trailer, got out his good suit and into regular clothes, then went and sat in the Chevy for the rest of the night.
||Sounder (William H. Armstrong, 1970)
||Dear Mr. Henshaw (Beverly Byars, 1971)
||Julie of the Wolves (Jean Craighead George, 1973)
||Dragonwings (Lawrence Yep, 1976)
||Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry (Mildred Taylor, 1977)
||Jacob Have I Loved (Katherine Paterson, 1981)
||Sarah, Plain and Tall (Patricia MacLachlan, 1986)
||The Whipping Boy (Sid Fleischman, 1987)
||After the Rain (Norma Fox Mazer, 1988)
||The Winter Room (Gary Paulsen, 1990)
||Maniac Magee (Jerry Spinelli, 1991)
||Shiloh (Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, 1992)
||Missing May (Cynthia Rylant, 1993)
||The Giver (Lois Lowry, 1994)
||Somewhere in the Darkness (Walter Dean Myers, 1995)
||Catherine, Called Birdy (Karen Cushman, 1995)