1969

The High King

By Lloyd Alexander

Original Publisher: Holt, Rinehart & Winston
Current Publisher: Squarefish (Macmillan)
Digital Publisher: Henry Holt & Co.

Reading Level: Ages 8 & Up

Children’s Literature Finalists That Year:

  • Lloyd Alexander for The High King
  • Patricia Clapp for Constance
  • Esther Hautzig for The Endless Steppe
  • Milton Meltzer for Langston Hughes

Children’s Literature Winner That Year: Meindert DeJong for Journey from Peppermint Street

Judges That Year: John Ciardi, Virginia Haviland, Zena Sutherland

The Year in Literature: The High King by Lloyd Alexander won the Newbery Medal.

More Information: 

  • The High King was the last of five books in the Chronicles of Prydain series. The second book, The Black Cauldron, also won the Newbery Medal in 1966.
  • Alexander won the National Book Award for Children’s Books in 1971 and 1982 for The Marvelous Misadventures of Sebastian and Westmark respectively. He was a Finalist in 1979 for The First Two Lives of Lukas-Kasha, in 1981 for the paperback edition of The High King, in 1982 for The Wizard in the Tree, and in 1983 for the second book of the Westmark Trilogy, The Kestrel.

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