The 2010 winners of the Sakura Medal Book Award

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Picture Book

The Pencil by Allan Ahlberg
"One day that little pencil made a move, shivered slightly, quivered somewhat . . . and began to draw."

Welcome back Banjo, the boy from THE RUNAWAY DINNER! Once a pencil draws him, there's no telling what will come next — a dog, a cat, a chase (of course), and a paintbrush to color in an ever-expanding group of family and friends. But it's not long before the complaints begin — "This hat looks silly!" "My ears are too big!" — until the poor pencil has no choice but to draw . . . an eraser. Oh no! In the hands of Allan Ahlberg and Bruce Ingman, can anything but havoc and hilarity ensue?

Chapter Book

Sisters of the Sword by Maya Snow
I see you blink with surprise. A girl? you are thinking. Surely a girl cannot be asamurai. But you are wrong.

Kimi dreams of being a great samurai warrior, but she and her sister, Hana, are young ladies of ancient Japan, daughters of the Jito of the province. Her future seems clear: Girls do not become samurai.

Then, a murderous betrayal shatters the sisters' world. Suddenly, Kimi and Hana are thrown headlong into a life of warrior codes, deadly swords, and dangerous enemies. Life has swept them into an adventure more heart-pounding than the sisters ever could have imagined . . . and once it has been set in motion, nothing will ever be the same.

Middle School

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. Long ago the districts waged war on the Capitol and were defeated. As part of the surrender terms, each district agreed to send one boy and one girl to appear in an annual televised event called, "The Hunger Games," a fight to the death on live TV. Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she is forced to represent her district in the Games. The terrain, rules, and level of audience participation may change but one thing is constant: kill or be killed.

High School

Numbers by David A. Poulsen
You're about to receive your A-level results & then a future of university & journalism awaits. But the day they're due to arrive your old girlfriend turns up unexpectedly - with a baby. Your baby. You agree to look after it, just for an hour or two. Then she doesn't come back - and your life changes forever.

Japanese Picture Books

100かいだてのいえ by 岩井 俊雄
100かいだてのてっぺんにすむだれかからあそびにきてね、とてがみをもらったトチくん。ちずをみながらあるいていくと、きゅうに100かいだてのいえがあらわれました!みあげても、うえのほうはかすんでよくみえません。トチくんは、100かいまでたどりつけるのでしょうか…?

Japanese Intermediate Books

ナニワのMANZAIプリンセス (ノベルズ・エクスプレス) by 荒井 寛子
ウチの名前は、倉橋葉菜。漫才師の両親のもとにおんのがイヤんなって、東京に転校してん。でも、林田っちゅう芸人志望のヘンな男子につきまとわれて、いつの間にか、コンビを組むことになったんや。あーあ、なんでやねん!なんでウチが漫才やらなあかんねん!第1回ポプラズッコケ文学賞入選作。

Japanese Intermediate Books

は なこ 八月七日にひろったこねこ by なりゆき わかこ
「子どものしつけに暴力は不要」――『長くつ下のピッピ』を生んだ作家リンドグレーンは、1978年にドイツ書店協会平和賞授賞式で力強く訴えた。その提言は世論を動かし、スウェーデンでは、世界ではじめて子どもへの体罰を禁止する法律を定めるきっかけにもなった。子どもとかかわる全てのひとを希望へと導く名演説。

Japanese Middle School

告白 by 湊 かなえ
人気作家・林真理子が挑む、初の児童文学!

親子で読める心温まるストーリー!

時代を超えた二人の少女が出会う奇跡。

多感な少女の心の移り変わりを繊細に描いた傑作!

イラストは人気漫画家のいくえみ綾