1980 - Children’s Books (Paperback)

A Swiftly Tilting Planet

By Madeleine L’Engle

Original Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Current Publisher: Squarefish (Macmillan)
Digital Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Reading Level: Ages 10 & Up

Children’s Books (Paperback) Finalists That Year:

  • Myron Levoy for Alan and Naomi
  • Arnold Lobel for Frog and Toad Are Friends
  • Katherine Paterson for The Great Gilly Hopkins
  • Maurice Sendak for Higglety Pigglety Pop! or There Must Be More to Life

Children’s Books (Paperback) Winner That Year: Madeleine L'Engle for A Swiftly Tilting Planet

Judges That Year: Not Available

The Year in Literature: A Gathering of Days: A New England Girl's Journal, 1830-32 by Joan W. Blos won the Newbery Medal.

More Information: Though L’Engle won some of literature’s most prestigious awards, including the Newbery Medal, the National Humanities Medal, and the World Fantasy Award for Life Achievement, her love of writing grew out of her difficulties at school. A shy child, she was branded as stupid by many of her teachers and found solace in reading and in keeping a journal.

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