The Newbery Medal is awarded every year by a committee of librarians to recognize "the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children." Past winners have included The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis, The Giver by Lois Lowry, and Holes by Louis Sachar.
This year's winner was just announced today, and the 2012 Newbery Medal goes to Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos.
Have you read it yet? Do YOU think it was the best American book published in 2011? If you were on the committee voting for the 2012 Newbery Medal, which book would YOU have chosen? (Remember, only books published in 2011 by writers in America are eligible.) Let us know in the Comments.
UPDATE: Congratulations also to the Newbery Honor Books for 2012: Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai, and Breaking Stalin's Nose by Eugene Yelchin. Both amazing books too!