The 2012 winners of the Sakura Medal Book Award

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Picture Book

Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein
Little Red Chicken wants Papa to read her a bedtime story, but interrupts him almost as soon as he begins each tale.

Chapter Book

Out of my Mind by Sharon Draper
Considered by many to be mentally disabled, a brilliant, impatient fifth-grader with cerebral palsy discovers a technological device that will allow her to speak for the first time.

Middle School

Blood Ninja by Nick Lake
After his father is murdered and a ninja saves his life, Taro discovers the connection between ninjas and vampires and finds himself being dragged into a bitter conflict between the rival lords ruling Japan.

High School

Boys Don’t Cry by Malorie Blackman
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

こんもりくん by 山西 ゲンイチ
髪の毛を切るのがいやなこんもりくん。そのもじゃもじゃあたまのなかにはめくるめく楽しい世界がかくれていました!

Japanese Chapter Books

さらば、シッコザウルス by 服部千春
タクヤの夢の中に出てくる怪獣のシッコザウルスはいつもトイレに 案内してくれるけど、なぜか夢からさめるとオネショしてしまっている。タクヤにはもうすぐお兄さんになる。お母さんは、いよいよ 出産間近で入院してしまった。お兄ちゃんらしくオネショしないようになりたいのに…。

Japanese Middle School

秘密のスイーツ by はやしまりこ
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

Japanese High School

お父やんとオジさん by 伊集院 静
勇気と感動
著者自身もずっと知らなかった父親の真実の物語!