1981 - Children’s Books, Fiction (Hardcover)

The Alfred Summer

By Jan Slepian

Original Publisher: Macmillan
Current Publisher: Out of Print
Digital Publisher: Not Available

Reading Level: Ages 10 & Up

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

  • Paula Fox for A Place Apart
  • Katherine Paterson for Jacob Have I Loved
  • Ouida Sebestyen for Far From Home
  • Jan Slepian for The Alfred Summer

Children’s Books, Fiction (Hardcover) Winner That Year: Betsy Byars for The Night Swimmers

Judges That Year: Not Available

The Year in Literature: Jacob Have I Loved by Katherine Paterson won the Newbery Medal.

More Information: Before becoming a full-time writer, Slepian worked as a speech therapist. This experiences became the inspiration for several of her books, including The Alfred Summer, which is narrated by a child with cerebral palsy.

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