A Proud Taste for Scarlet and Miniver

By E.L. Konigsburg

Current & Digital Publisher: Atheneum (Simon & Schuster)

Reading Level: Ages 10 & Up

Children’s Books Finalists That Year:

  • Alice Childress for A Hero Ain’t Nothin’ but a Sandwich
  • Vera and Bill Cleaver for The Whys and Wherefores of Littabelle Lee
  • Julia Cunningham for The Treasure is the Rose
  • Bette Greene for Summer of My German Soldier
  • Kristin Hunter for Guests in the Promised Land
  • E.L. Konigsburg for A Proud Taste for Scarlet and Miniver
  • Norma Fox Mazer for A Figure of Speech
  • F.N. Monjo for Poor Richard in France
  • Harve Zemach for Duffy and the Devil

Children’s Books Winner That Year: Eleanor Cameron for The Court of the Stone Children

Judges That Year: Clifton Fadiman, Nancy Larrick, George A. Woods

The Year in Literature: The Slave Dancer by Paula Fox won the Newbery Medal.

More Information: 

  • Konigsburg was also a Finalist for Children’s Books in 1980 for Throwing Shadows.
  • Konigsburg is one of a handful of authors who have won the Newbery Medal twice. She first won in 1968 for From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, and then won again in 1997 for The View from Saturday.

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