Newbery Medal Winner Russell Freedman Dies: Russell Freedman, author of many biographies and nonfiction books for tweens and winner of the 1988 Newbery Medal for Abraham Lincoln: a Photobiography, died at age 88 on March 16. Freedman also received three Newbery Honors, for The Wright Brothers: How They Invented the Airplane (1992), Eleanor Roosevelt: A Life of Discovery (1994), and The Voice That Challenged a Nation: Marion Anderson and the Struggle for Equal Rights (2005). Freedman grew up in San Francisco and attended UC Berkeley. After working as a journalist, he published his first book in 1961, Teenagers Who Made History. He is survived by his husband, filmmaker Evans Chan, and his sister Carol, who is an artist in San Jose.