Awards and recognition

The book has won awards and has received recognition as follows:

  • Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis prize in 1985[19]
  • National Education Association "Teachers' Top 100 Books for Children" based on a 2007 online poll[20]
  • School Library Journal "Top 100 Chapter Books" of all time based on a 2012 poll[21]
  • In 2003, the novel was listed at number 56 on the BBC's survey The Big Read.[22]

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