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Neil Gaiman's "Graveyard Book" Wins Newbery Medal for Children's Literature

Among the other award recipients were:

Newbery Honor Books: "The Underneath," by Kathi Appelt; "The Surrender Tree: Poems of Cuba's Struggle for Freedom," by Margarita Engle; "Savvy," by Ingrid Law; and "After Tupac and D Foster," by Jacqueline Woodson.

Caldecott Honor Books: "A Couple of Boys Have the Best Week Ever," illustrated and written by Marla Frazee; "How I Learned Geography," illustrated and written by Uri Shulevitz; and "A River of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williams," illustrated by Melissa Sweet and written by Jen Bryant.

Printz Honor Books: "The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Volume II: The Kingdom of the Waves," by M.T. Anderson; "The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks," by E. Lockhart; "Nation," by Terry Pratchett; and "Tender Morsels," by Margo Lanagan.

The Pura Belpre Award, honoring Latino writers and illustrators: "The Surrender Tree: Poems of Cuba's Struggle for Freedom," written by Margarita Engle and "Just in Case," illustrated by Yuyi Morales.

King Author Honor Books: "The Blacker the Berry," by Joyce Carol Thomas; "Keeping the Night Watch," by Hope Anita Smith; and "Becoming Billie Holiday," by Carole Boston Weatherford.

King Illustrator Honor Books: "Before John Was a Jazz Giant," illustrated by Sean Qualls; and "The Moon Over Star," illustrated by Jerry Pinkney.

The Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime achievement in writing for young adults went to Laurie Halse Anderson for "Catalyst," "Fever 1793" and "Speak."

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