1969

The Endless Steppe

By Esther Hautzig

Original Publisher: T.Y. Crowell & Co.
 Current Publisher: HarperCollins
 Digital Publisher: None

Reading Level: Ages 10 & 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:

  • In 1941, Hautzig and her entire family were exiled from their comfortable upper-class home to an impoverished village in Siberia by the Soviet army for being “capitalists and enemies of the people.” The Endless Steppe is about the years they spent in exile.
  • Hautzig’s daughter, Deborah, is also a successful children’s book writer.

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