The Sakura Medal Book Winners for 2009
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.
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.