The 2007 winners of the Sakura Medal Book Award
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.