The 2007 winners of the Sakura Medal Book Award

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Picture Book

Dougal the Garbage Dump Bear by Matt Dray
Dougal was a shy little bear with a heart of gold. He never got to play with the other toys in the house because they were all new and clean and perfect and he was not. He often wished he could be new like them...

Chapter Book

Cryptid Hunters by Roland Smith
Twins Grace and Marty, along with a mysterious uncle, are dropped into the middle of the Congolese jungle in search of their missing photojournalist parents.

Middle School

The Recruit by Robert Muchamore
James hasn't had a great start in life, but when he is recruited from his care home into an organisation called CHERUB, things most definitely take a turn for the better! To become an agent he goes through extreme hardship, learns to fight and to speak several languages. Now he's ready for his first undercover mission.

High School - tie

Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin
Summary: In this novel death is a beginning, a new start. Liz is killed in a hit-and-run accident and her 'life' takes a very unexpected turn. At nearly sixteen she knows she will never get married, never have children, and perhaps never fall in love. But in Elsewhere all things carry on almost as they did on earth except that the inhabitants get younger, dogs and humans can communicate (at last), new relationships are formed and old ones, sadly interrupted on earth, are renewed.
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Trying to make sense of the horrors of World War II, Death relates the story of Liesel--a young German girl whose book-stealing and story-telling talents help sustain her family and the Jewish man they are hiding, as well as their neighbors.

Japanese High School

佐賀のがばいばあちゃん by 島田 洋七
昭和三十三年、広島から佐賀の田舎に預けられた八歳の昭広。そこでは厳しい戦後を七人の子供を抱えて生き抜いたがばい(すごい)祖母との貧乏生活が待っていた。しかし家にはいつも笑いが溢れ…。黒柳徹子、ビートたけしも感動した超話題作。