Secret of the Andes

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This article is about the novel. For the unrelated 1999 film, see Secret of the Andes (film)
Secret of the Andes
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Author Ann Nolan Clark
Illustrator Jean Charlot
Cover artist Jean Charlot
Country United States
Language English
Genre Children's novel
Publisher Viking Press
Publication date
Media type Print (Hardback & Paperback)
Pages 120
ISBN 0140309268

Secret of the Andes is a children's novel by Ann Nolan Clark. It won the 1953 Newbery Medal.

Plot summary[edit]

Cusi is a 20th-century Incan boy who lives in a high mountain valley with an old llama herder named Chuto. Chuto raised Cusi in a traditional Incan fashion, although the Spanish culture was prevalent in Peru since the conquest of the Incan Empire. Although eager for adventure, Cusi is still drawn to the home he has known all his life. Cusi sets out from his home to try to find a family. Then, Cusi is followed by his biggest journey yet.

Newbery Medal[edit]

E. B. White's Charlotte's Web was a runner-up for the Newbery Medal the year Secret of the Andes won the award.[1] According to a 2008 article by children's literature expert Anita Silvey in the School Library Journal, one member of the Newbery committee stated that she voted for Secret of the Andes rather than Charlotte's Web "because she hadn't seen any good books about South America." Silvey further commented, "The Secret of the Andes is a good book; Charlotte's Web, the best."[2]


  1. ^ Strauss, Valerie (December 16, 2008). "Critics Say Newbery-Winning Books Are Too Challenging for Young Readers". The Washington Post. Retrieved April 2, 2012. 
  2. ^ Silvey, Anita (October 1, 2008). "Has the Newbery Lost Its Way?". School Library Journal. Retrieved April 2, 2012. 
Preceded by
Ginger Pye
Newbery Medal recipient
Succeeded by
...And Now Miguel