Awards and Honors

Recognition

Boston Public Library Literary Lights Award
The Empire State Author Award
The Knickerbocker Award, New York Library Association
NSK Neustadt Prize for Children’s Literature 2021 Shortlist
Rochester (NY) Arts Council 2002 Literary Artist of the Year award

A Single Shard

2002 Newbery Medal Book
2002 ALA Best Book for Young Adults
2002 ALA Notable Book for Children
2001 Booklist Editor’s Choice
2001 Capitol Choices Selection
2003-2004 Charlie May Simon Book Award Nominee (AR)
2003 Dorothy Canfield Fisher Book Award Nominee (VT)
2003-2004 Massachusetts Children’s Book Award Nominee
2001 New York Public Library, 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing
2003 Pennsylvania Young Reader’s Choice Award Nominee
2006 Rebecca Caudill Young Readers Book Award Master List (IL)
2001 School Library Journal, Best Books of the Year
2004 Sequoyah Book Award (OK)

A Long Walk to Water

2012 Black-Eyed Susan Award Nominee (MA)
2012 Flicker Tale Children’s Book Award (ND)
2013 Golden Sower Award Nominee (NE)
2012 Great Lakes Book Award Nominee (MI)
2011 Jane Addams Children’s Book Award (NY)
2012 Kentucky Blue Grass Award Nominee
2012-2013 Lamplighter Award Nominee
2012 Maine Student Book Award Nominee
2012-2013 Maud Hart Lovelace Award Nominee (MN)
2013 North Carolina Children’s Book Award Nominee
2013 Nutmeg Award Nominee (CT)
2016 Oregon Battle of the Books Nominee
2015 Rebecca Caudill Young Readers Book Award Master List (IL)
2013 Sasquatch Award Nominee (WA)
2013 South Carolina Association of School Librarians Award Nominee
2013 Sunshine State Young Readers Award Master List (FL)
2013-2014 Virginia Readers’ Choice Award Nominee
2013 Young Hoosier Book Award Nominee (IN)

Nya’s Long Walk

Junior Library Guild selection

Archer’s Quest

2008 Black-Eyed Susan Award Nominee
2008 Kentucky Blue Grass Award Nominee
2009 Children’s Choice Award Nominee (IA)
2009 Sasquatch Award Nominee (WA)
2009 South Carolina Association of School Librarians Award Nominee
2009 William Allen White Children’s Book Award Nominee (KS)
2010 Nutmeg Award Nominee (CT)
2010 Young Hoosier Book Award Nominee (IN)

Bee-bim Bop!

2005 New York Public Library, 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing
2006 Bank Street Best Children’s Books of the Year
2006 Kansas State Reading Circle Recommendation

Fatal Throne

2019 Selected to the Amelia Bloomer Book List (an American Library Association list of
well-written books with significant feminist content, intended for young readers)
2018 The New York Public Library Best Books for Teens: Top 10

The Firekeeper’s Son

2004 Parents’ Choice Recommended Winner
2004 New York Public Library, 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing
2005 CCBC Choices
2005 Kansas State Reading Circle Recommendation
2005 Bank Street Best Children’s Books of the Year
2006 Young Hoosier Book Award (IN) Nominee
2006 Kentucky Bluegrass Award Nominee
2004 Bank Street College of Education Irma S. and James H. Black Finalist
2007 Georgia’s Children’s Book Award Nominee
2007 Volunteer State (TN) Book Award Master Reading List
2008 Monarch Award Nominee (IL)

Keeping Score

2010 Charlie May Simon Book Award nominee (AR)
2010 Nene Award Nominee (HI)
2010 Oregon Battle of the Books
2010 Prairie Pasque Award nominee (SD)

The Kite Fighters

2002 California Young Readers Medal finalist
2001 Notable Books for a Global Society
2000 Bank Street Best Children’s Books of the Year
2004 Texas Bluebonnet Master List
2005 Arizona Young Readers’ Master List

Project Mulberry

2006 CCBC Choices
2005 New York Public Library, 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing
2005 Chicago Tribune Young Adult Fiction Prize
2005 Chicago Public Library’s Best of the Best Books
2005 Notable Books for a Global Society
2006 Bank Street Best Children’s Books of the Year
2006 Kansas State Reading Circle Recommendation
2006 Texas Bluebonnet Master List
2006 Keystone to Reading Master List (PA)
2007 Kentucky Bluegrass Award Nominee
2008 Connecticut Nutmeg Award Nominee
2008 Golden Sower Award Nominee (NE)
2008 Iowa Children’s Choice Award Nominee
2008 Mark Twain Award Master List (MO)
2008 Massachusetts Children’s Book Award Nominee
2008 Prairie Pasque Children’s Book Award Nominee (SD)
2008 Virginia Young Readers Award Nominee
2008 William Allen White Children’s Book Award Nominee (KS)
2009 Rebecca Caudill Young Readers Book Award Nominee (IL)

Seesaw Girl

1999 Riverbank Review Book of Distinction
1999 New York Public Library, 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing
2000 Bank Street Best Children’s Books of the Year

Tap Dancing on the Roof

2008 The Lion and the Unicorn Prize for Excellence in North American Poetry
2008 ALA Notable Book for Children
2007 Book Sense Award Finalist
2007 Horn Book Fanfare Selection
2007 ABC Children’s Booksellers Choice Award
2010 Prairie Bud Children’s Book Award Nominee (SD)
2010 Rhode Island Children’s Book Award Nominee
2011 Texas Bluebonnet Award Nominee

The Third Gift

2012 ALA Notable Book for Children
2012 Bank Street Best Children’s Books of the Year
2012 Capitol Choices: Noteworthy Books for Children and Teens

 

What Does Bunny See?

2006 Bank Street Best Children’s Books of the Year
2006 Kansas State Reading Circle Recommendation

When My Name Was Keoko

2002 Publishers Weekly Best Books of the Year
2002 School Library Journal, Best Books of the Year
2002 New York Public Library, 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing
2003 ALA Notable Book for Children
2003 Notable Children’s Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies
2005 Sequoyah Book Award (OK) Nominee
2003 ALA Best Book for Young Adults
2003 Bank Street Best Children’s Books of the Year
2003 NYPL Books for the Teen Age List
2003 CCBC Choices
2005 Rebecca Caudill Young Readers Book Award Master List (IL)
2004 Skipping Stones Honor Award
2004 Maine Student Book Award Master List
2003 Jane Addams Book Award Honor Book
2005 Mark Twain Award Master List (MO)
2006 Sunshine State Young Readers’ Master List (FL)
2005 Garden State (NJ) Teen Book Award Nominee

Wing & Claw: Forest of Wonders

Junior Library Guild selection
Kirkus Reviews Best Middle-Grade Fantasy & Science Fiction of 2016
Brightly, 16 Great Middle Grade Books to Read in 2016

Wing & Claw: Cavern of Secrets

Junior Library Guild selection

Xander’s Panda Party

2014-2015 Georgia Children’s Picture Storybook Award Nominee
2016 Grand Canyon Reader Award Nominee
2015 Pennsylvania Young Reader’s Choice Award Nominee
2015 Utah Beehive Award Nominee
2015 Wyoming Buckaroo Book Award Nominee

Yaks Yak

2016 Amazon Best Children’s Books of the Year
2018 Land of Enchantment Book Award Nominee (NM)
2016 Shelf Awareness Best Children’s & Teen Books of the Year

Yum! Yuck!

2006 ALA Notable Book for Children
2006 Bank Street Best Children’s Books of the Year
2006 Kansas State Reading Circle Recommendation