The Sakura Medal Book Winners for 2006
Dragon Rider by Cornelia Funke
With a lonely boy named Ben on board, the brave young dragon Firedrake sets out on a magical journey to find the mythical place where silver dragons can live in peace forever. Flying over moonlit lands and sparkling seas, they encounter fantastic creatures, summon up surprising courage -- and cross the path of a ruthless villain with an ancient grudge who's determined to end their quest. Only a secret destiny can save the dragons in this enchanting adventure about the true meaning of home.
Middle School / High School
Ark Angel by Anthony Horowitz
Eccentric billionaire Nikolai Drevin if the target of eco-terrorists who claim his project Ark Angel--the first luxury hotel in outer space--is a danger to the environment. The group will stop at nothing to destroy the project, even if it means killing millions of innocent people, unless Alex can stop them.