The 2011 winners of the Sakura Medal Book Award

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Picture Book

The Book That Eats People by John Perry
The reader is warned to be careful around this book, which has already eaten several people and is always hungry.

Chapter Book

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.

Middle School

Cosmic by Frank Cottrell Boyce
Liam has always had trouble keeping his feet on the ground. Being 239,000 miles from earth doesn't make it any easier.

High School

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?

Japanese Picture Books

べべべん べんとう by さいとうしのぶ
「べべべん べんとう いろいろべんとう みんなのべんとう どんなべんとう?」
数々のお弁当が、おいしそうでたまらない、『あっちゃんあがつく』などでおなじみのさいとうしのぶが描くおべんとうてんこもり絵本。ふだんのおべんとうから、遠足・運動会、ちょっとユニークなおべんとう、各地の"想像上?"のおべんとうまで、軽快な大阪弁にのせて、とってもたのし~絵本です。「なんでやねん」や、「さびし-い」は、おもいっきり身振りをつけてつっこんでみてください。各地の読み聞かせ会や幼稚園保育園で笑い沸騰中の絵本です!

Japanese Chapter Books

小さなりゅう by 長井るり子
れんしゅう、れんしゅう、れんしゅうだ。空をとべたらうれしいな。小さなりゅうは、鳥のチッチにならって、空をとぶれんしゅうをはじめます。おいしい木の実がいっぱいの大きい島へとんでいけるでしょうか。

Japanese Middle School

招福堂のまねきねこ by 茂市久美子
細い路地のつきあたりにあるまたたび荘。その一階にある不思議な旅行会社の物語。『またたびトラベル』に続き、心に残る旅のお話が、始まります―。「またたびトラベル」がおくる、7つの旅のものがたり。小学校中学年から。

Japanese High School

神様のカルテ by 夏川 草介
上橋菜穂子さん推薦!
「命というものの深みに届きながら、
信州の風のような爽快さと、静かな明るさがある。
これこそ夏川さんの筆の、魔法です」