She remembered running, tripping over the billiard cue, falling down the stairs denting Sandy's flask and dropping everything else .

There was no mention of two suspicious peanut butter-and-jelly sandwiches on the premises, or a flashlight, or a silver cross an a chain .

There was no mention of prowlers; no mention of anyone having seen a witch; no mention of foot-prints on the lawn: track shoes and sneakers size 6 .

From "The Westing Game," by Ellen Raskin

The 1979 Newbery and Caldecott Medals, the highest honors for children's literature and art, were awarded here yesterday afternoon at the American Library Association's midwinter meeting at the Sheraton-Park.

Ellen Raskin won the Newbery for "The Westing Game" (E.P. Dutton), a mystery story about 16 heirs who compete for an eccentric millionaire's fortune. And the Caldecott went to Paul Goble for "The Girl Who Loved Willd Horses" (Bradbury Press), a fantasy tale of a young American Indian who prefers to live among wild horses.

Raskin, a native of Milwaukee now living in New York City, for many years considered herself only an artist -- having done magazine and advertising work and illustrated a dozen children's Books -- before an editor encouraged her to write.

The result, in 1966, was the stillpopular "Nothing Ever Happens on My Block." Since then, Raskin, who is married to Dennis Flanagan. Editor of Scientific American, produced a number of fictional works, including "Figgs and Phantoms," which was a 1975 Newbery Honor Book.

Raskin, known for her high-spirited imagination, also has published two books of verse and has continued to illustrate the works of other authors. Unlike her peers in the juvenile field, she designs her own books: "Through words and pictures and the design of the book itself I try to create a world of surprises, waiting to be discovered by the child who opens the cover and turns the pages of my book."

Local author Katherine Paterson received the Hohn New bery Honor Book award for "The Great Gilly Hopkins" (Crowell). Paterson was the 1978 Newbery Medal recipient for "Bridge to Terabithia," and won a National Book Award in 1977 for "The Master Puppeteer."

The Randolph Caldecott Medal is awarded for the "most distinguished American picture book for children published during the preceding year." The Caldecott is not quite as venerable as its companion prize: The Newbery, named after an 18th-century British bookseller, was established in 1921; the Caldecott, after a well-loved English illustrator, was begun in 1938.

Goble, the Caldecott winner, is a transplanted British artist who lives and works in South Dakota. His prize-winning volume of full-color paintings is his fifth to treat aspects of the native American experience.

Goble is the artist-in-residence at the Gallery of Indian and Western Arts at Mt. Rushmore National Memorial.

Honor Books for this year's Caldecott are "Freight Train" (Greenwillow /Morrow) by Donald Crews and "The Way To Start a Day," (Scribners) illustrated by Peter Parnall and written by Byrd Baylor.