Author and Librarian Susan Patron Dies: Newbery Medalist Susan Patron died at age 75 from cancer on October 24, 2023. Her novel The Higher Power of Lucky (Atheneum, 2006) received the Newbery Medal in 2007. She was a children’s librarian in Los Angeles at that time, retiring in 2007. She was also an activist for intellectual freedom and opposed censorship. Obituary: Susan Patron (publishersweekly.com) .