1973

The Witches of Worm

By Zilpha Keatley Snyder

Current & Digital Publisher: Atheneum (Simon & Schuster)

Reading Level: Ages 8 & Up

Children’s Books Finalists That Year:

  • Betsy Byars for The House of Wings
  • Ingri and Edgar Parin d'Aulaire for Trolls
  • Jean Craighead George for Julie of the Wolves
  • Betty Jean Lifton and Thomas C. Fox for Children of Vietnam
  • Georgess McHargue for The Impossible People
  • Zilpha Keatley Snyder for The Witches of Worm
  • William Steig for Dominic

Children’s Books Winner That Year: Ursula K. Le Guin for The Farthest Shore

Judges That Year: Augusta Baker, Ian McDermott, Barbara Wersba

The Year in Literature:  Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George won the Newbery Medal.

More Information: The Witches of Worm has been frequently banned from schools and libraries in the US for its frank discussion of witchcraft. Despite this, The Witches of Worm was also a Newbery Honor Book in 1973. 

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