The 2011 winners of the Sakura Medal Book Award
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin
In the valley of Fruitless Mountain, a young girl named Minli lives in a ramshackle hut with her parents. In the evenings, her father regales her with old folktales of the Jade Dragon and the Old Man on the Moon, who knows the answers to all of life's questions. Inspired by these stories, Minli sets off on an extraordinary journey to find the Old Man on the Moon to ask him how she can change her family's fortune. She encounters an assorted cast of characters and magical creatures along the way, including a dragon who accompanies her on her quest for the ultimate answer.
The Nest by Paul Jennings
Robin fs life is spiralling out of control. His father fs a tyrant, his mother fs disappeared and the wrong girl's luring him into her web. Intolerable images keep flashing through his head. What does Robin really know about his past? Are their clues in his own writing? And what secrets lie within the frozen forest?