Randolph Caldecott Medal/Newbery Medal

Brian Selznick has won the 2008 Randolph Caldecott Medal for The Invention of Hugo Cabret, a 533 page novel that he also illustrated. It is the first time that a novel has ever won the prize, awarded for illustration.

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The Newbery Medal was won by school librarian Laura Amy Schlitz for Good masters! Sweet ladies! Voices from a medieval village.

In “Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Voices from a Medieval Village,” thirteenth-century England springs to life using 21 dramatic individual narratives that introduce young inhabitants of village and manor; from Hugo, the lord’s nephew, to Nelly, the sniggler. Schlitz’s elegant monologues and dialogues draw back the curtain on the period, revealing character and relationships, hinting at stories untold. Explanatory interludes add information and round out this historical and theatrical presentation.
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