• Arrell Gibson Lifetime Achievement Award for the Book
  • Governor's Award, The Honorable Frank Keating, Governor of Oklahoma
  • Poet Laureate Award: Center for Poets and Writers
  • Citation, Oklahoma Senate
  • Citation, Oklahoma House of Representatives
  • Arkansas Traveler Award, The Honorable William J. Clinton, Governor of Arkansas
  • Outstanding Woman of the 20th
  • Century, Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority
  • Oklahoma Book Awards Winner
  • Parents' Choice Award winner
  • New York Public Library Books for the Teen Age
  • Junior Library Guild Selection
  • Kirkus Reviews - Editors' Choice
  • Book of the Month Club Selection
  • BCLA Award
  • Coretta Scott King Honor Book (3 awards)
  • International Reading Association Award
  • Kentucky Blue Grass Award Master List
  • Proclamation, City of Berkeley
  • The National Conference of Christians and Jews
  • Chancellor's Award for Research and Creativity, University of Tennesse
  • Coretta Scott King Honor Award Book, American Library Association
  • Outstanding Book of the Year, The New York Times
  • National Book Award
  • Best Book for Young Adults, American Library Association
  • Blacker the Berry chosen as one of the 2008 New York Public Library's 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing

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