1982 - Children’s Books, Nonfiction

Traitor: The Case of Benedict Arnold

By Jean Fritz

Original Publisher: Putnam
Current & Digital Publisher: Puffin

Reading Level: Ages 7 & Up

Children’s Books, Nonfiction Finalists That Year:

  • Jean Fritz for Traitor: The Case of Benedict Arnold
  • James Howe; Mal Warshaw, photos for The Hospital Book
  • Patricia Lauber; Jerome Wexler, photos for Seeds: Pop, Stick, Glide
  • Melvin B. Zisfein; Robert Andrew Parker, ill. for Flight: A Panorama of Aviation

Children’s Books, Nonfiction Winner That Year: Susan Bonners for A Penguin Year

Judges That Year: Not Available

The Year in Literature: A Visit to William Blake's Inn: Poems for Innocent and Experienced Travelers by Nancy Willard won the Newbery Medal.

More Information: 

  • In 2003, Jean Fritz was awarded the National Humanities Medal by President Bush, an honor given each year to up to twelve recipients who have “deepened the nation’s understanding of the humanities.”
  • Jean Fritz won the National Book Award for Children’s Books Fiction (Hardcover) in 1983 for Homesick: My Own Story. She was also a Finalist for Children’s Books, Nonfiction in 1981 for Where Do You Think You’re Going, Christopher Columbus?

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