The Honorable Prison

By Lyll Becerra de Jenkins

Reading Level: Middle School, High School, Adult
Genre: Fiction
Awards: Scott O'Dell Historical Fiction Award
Publisher: Dutton Juvenile 1988

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Because few novels have addressed the political upheaval in South America, this gripping tale is especially welcome. Loosely based on the author's childhood experiences, Marta Maldonada's story begins as her journalist father continues to attack, in the pages of his newspaper, the country's dictator resulting in the family's imprisonment. Perseverance and courage are the central themes of this poignant story about a South American family faced with political oppression.

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Caldecott Medal

Most distinguished American picture book for children (annually).

Coretta Scott King Award

Distinguished books by authors and illustrators of African descent which promote an understanding and appreciation of the American dream (annually).

Golden Kite Award

Outstanding examples of text, illustration, fiction and nonfiction (four awards annually).

Newbery Medal

Most distinguished contribution to American literature for children (annually).

Scott O'Dell Historical Fiction Award

Outstanding work of historical fiction published by a U.S. publisher set in the New World.