The 2009 winners of the Sakura Medal Book Award

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Picture Book

Penguin by Polly Dunbar
When Ben rips open his present, he finds a penguin inside. "Hello, Penguin!" he says. "What shall we play?" But Penguin says nothing. Even when Ben tickles its belly, does a dizzy dance, and sticks out his tongue, Penguin makes no response. What will it take for Penguin to say something — or for Ben to understand what Penguin has to say? Spare illustrations bring whimsy to this offbeat tale, in which a little boy gets his heart’s desire.

Chapter Book

The Name of this Book is Secret by Pseudonymous Bosch
Two eleven-year-old misfits try to solve the mystery of a dead magician and stop the evil Dr. L and Ms. Mauvais, who are searching for the secret of immortality.

Middle School

Unwind by Neal Shusterman
Recommended

High School

The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
Summary: The tale of Kvothe, from his childhood in a troupe of travelling players, to years spent as a near-feral orphan in a crime-riddled city, to his daring and successful bid to enter a dangerous school of magic. Kvothe becomes a notorious magician, an accomplished thief, a masterful musician, and an infamous assassin.

Japanese Picture Books

ふしぎなでまえ (Fushigi na demae) by かがくい ひろし (Hiroshi Kagakui)
こんなでまえがきたらどうする!?
ものぐさ者のじゃがさんとさつまさんのところに、ふしぎなでまえがやってきた!
かがくい ひろしのふしぎでおかしいお話

Japanese Middle / High School

夢をかなえるゾウ (Yume o kanaeru zo) by 水野敬也 (Keiya Mizuno)
シリーズ270万部突破のベストセラー待望の続編文庫化。
ガネ釈迦コンビのギャグにもさらに磨きがかかって…もちろん夢もかなえます!
ラブロマンスも加わった、笑って泣ける自己改革エンタテインメント小説、第2弾。