1983 - Children’s Books, Fiction (Hardcover)

Sweet Whispers, Brother Rush

By Virginia Hamilton

Original Publisher: Philomel Books (Penguin Group USA Inc.)
Current Publisher: Amistad (HarperCollins)
Digital Publisher: Open Road Integrated Media

Reading Level: Ages 13 & Up

Children’s Books, Fiction (Hardcover) Finalists That Year:

  • Lloyd Alexander for The Kestrel
  • Edward Fenton for The Refugee Summer
  • Virginia Hamilton for Sweet Whispers, Brother Rush
  • Zibby Oneal for A Formal Feeling

Children’s Books, Fiction (Hardcover) Winner That Year: Jean Fritz for Homesick: My Own Story

Judges That Year: Not Available

The Year in Literature: Dicey’s Song by Cynthia Voigt won the Newbery Medal.

More Information: 

  • Virginia Hamilton won both the National Book Award for Children’s Books and the Newbery Medal in 1975 for her book M.C. Higgins the Great. She was a National Book Award Finalist in 1972 for The Planet of Junior Brown.
  • Over the course of her career Hamilton was awarded the Coretta Scott King Book Award, the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, and many others.

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