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The Sakura Medal Winners 2006-2018

NEW - The 2018 winners of the Sakura Medal Book Award

Picture Book

The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors by Drew Daywalt
You’ve played the game. Now read the legend of the three great warriors who started it all...ROCK, PAPER, SCISSORS!

Chapter Book

The Last Kids on Earth by Max Brallier
After a monster apocalypse hits town, average thirteen-year-old Jack Sullivan builds a team of friends to help slay the eerily intelligent monster known as Blarg.

Graphic Novel

Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier
Catrina and her family have moved to the coast of Northern California for the sake of her little sister, Maya, who has cystic fibrosis--and Cat is even less happy about the move when she is told that her new town is inhabited by ghosts, and Maya sets her heart on meeting one.

Middle School

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High School

Scythe by Neal Shusterman
In a world where disease has been eliminated, the only way to die is to be randomly killed ( gleaned ) by professional reapers ( scythes ). Citra and Rowan are teenagers who have been selected to be scythe s apprentices, and despite wanting nothing to do with the vocation they must learn the art of killing and come to understand the necessity of what they do.Only one of them will be chosen as a scythe s apprentice. And when it becomes clear that the winning apprentice s first task will be to glean the loser, Citra and Rowan are pitted against one another in a fight for their lives.

The 2017 winners of the Sakura Medal Book Award

Picture Book

Ida, Always by Caron Levis
A beautiful, honest portrait of loss and deep friendship told through the story of two iconic polar bears. Gus lives in a big park in the middle of an even bigger city, and he spends his days with Ida. Ida is right there. Always. Then one sad day, Gus learns that Ida is very sick, and she isn t going to get better. The friends help each other face the difficult news with whispers, sniffles, cuddles, and even laughs.

Chapter Book

Masterminds by Gordon Korman
Eli Frieden lives in the most perfect town in the world: Serenity, New Mexico. In this idyllic place, every lawn is perfectly manicured and everyone has a pool and a tree house. Honesty and integrity are valued above all else. The thirty kids who live there never lie they know it's a short leap from that to the awful problems of other, less fortunate places.

Graphic Novel

Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson
For most of her twelve years, Astrid has done everything with her best friend Nicole. But after Astrid falls in love with roller derby and signs up for derby camp, Nicole decides to go to dance camp instead. And so begins the most difficult summer of Astrid's life as she struggles to keep up with the older girls at camp, hang on to the friend she feels slipping away, and cautiously embark on a new friendship.

Middle School

The rule of thre3 By Eric Walters
One shocking afternoon, computers around the globe shut down in a viral catastrophe. At sixteen-year-old Adam Daley's high school, the problem first seems to be a typical electrical outage, until students discover that cell phones are down, municipal utilities are failing, and a few computer-free cars like Adam's are the only vehicles that function.

High School

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz's crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction--if they don't kill each other first.

The 2016 winners of the Sakura Medal Book Award

Picture Book

The Book with No Pictures by B.J. Novak
In this book with no pictures, the reader has to say every silly word, no matter what

Chapter Book

Space Case by Stuart Gibbs
Dashiell Gibson, who lives on Moon Base Alpha, has to solve a murder of one of the moon's most prominent doctors

Graphic Novel

Sisters by Raina Telgemeier
Raina can't wait to be a big sister. But once Amara is born, things aren't quite how she expected them to be. Amara is cute, but she's also a cranky, grouchy baby, and mostly prefers to play by herself. Their relationship doesn't improve much over the years, but when a baby brother enters the picture and later, something doesn't seem right between their parents, they realize they must figure out how to get along. They are sisters, after all.

Middle School

Wild Boy by Rob Lloyd Jones
Wild Boy, covered in hair from head to toe, becomes a sideshow freak. Isolated from other children and abused by the cruel master who bought him, Wild Boy becomes an avid observer, developing Sherlock Holmes-like deductive skills. ... When a murder occurs at the fair, Wild Boy is accused. Can he use his powers of deduction to save himself?

High School

The Bunker Diary by Kevin Brooks
Linus, a teenage runaway is kidnapped and locked in a nuclear bunker. Initally alone, he's soon joined by several others, also kidnapped against their will. Forced to co-exist in order to survive, the group finds themselves at the mercy of some particulary nasty mind games, and tensions soon begin to pull them apart. Can they survive? First person recount.

The 2015 winners of the Sakura Medal Book Award

Picture Book

The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt
When Duncan arrives at school one morning, he finds a stack of letters, one from each of his crayons, complaining about how he uses them.

Chapter Book

Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein
Twelve-year-old Kyle gets to stay overnight in the new town library, designed by his hero (the famous gamemaker Luigi Lemoncello), with other students but finds that come morning he must work with friends to solve puzzles in order to escape.

Graphic Novel

Monster on the Hill by Rob Harrell
In a fantastical 1860s England, every quiet little township is terrorized by a ferocious monster - much to the townsfolk's delight! Each town's unique monster is a source of local pride, not to mention tourism. Each town, that is... except for one. Unfortunately, for the people of Stoker-on-Avon, their monster isn't quite as impressive.

Middle School

Bodyguard (Hostage) by Chris Bradford
In a dangerous world, everyone needs protection. Bodyguard: Hostage is the new thriller from Chris Bradford, bestselling author of Young Samurai. Bodyguard is a bulletproof action-adventure series that fans of Cherub and Alex Rider will love. This is Lee Child for younger readers - Jason Bourne for the next generation. With the rise of teen stars, the intense media focus on celeb families and a new wave of billionaires, adults are no longer the only target for hostage-taking, blackmail and assassination - kids are too. That's why they need a young bodyguard like Connor Reeves to protect them.

High School

Butter by Erin Lange
A lonely obese boy everyone calls "Butter" is about to make history. He is going to eat himself to death-live on the Internet-and everyone is invited to watch. When he first makes the announcement online to his classmates, Butter expects pity, insults, and possibly sheer indifference. What he gets are morbid cheerleaders rallying around his deadly plan.

The 2014 winners of the Sakura Medal Book Award

Picture Book

Anton and the Battle by Ole Könnecke
Starring Anton from Anton Can Do Magic (an USBBY winner and ReadBoston Award finalist), this is another funny, child-centered picture book, full of imagination. Anton and his friend Luke fight an epic battle to be declared the strongestbut will they be outdone by a puppy?

Chapter Book

Fake Mustache by Tom Angleberger
Lenny Flem Jr. is the only one standing between his evil-genius best friend Casper and world domination as Casper uses a spectacularly convincing fake mustache and the ability to hypnotize to rob banks, amass a vast fortune, and run for president.

Graphic Novel

Cardboard by Doug TenNapel
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」

Middle School

A Monster Calls, by Patrick Ness
The monster in Conor’s backyard is not the one he’s been expecting — the one from the nightmare he’s had every night since his mother started her treatments. This monster is ancient. And wild. And it wants something from Conor. Something terrible and dangerous. It wants the truth. From the final idea of award-winning author Siobhan Dowd — whose premature death from cancer prevented her from writing it herself — Patrick Ness has spun a haunting and darkly funny novel of mischief, loss, and monsters both real and imagined.

High School

Every Day by David Levithan
Every morning A wakes in a different person's body, in a different person's life, learning over the years to never get too attached, until he wakes up in the body of Justin and falls in love with Justin's girlfriend, Rhiannon.

The 2013 winners of the Sakura Medal Book Award

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.

Graphic Novel

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?

The 2012 winners of the Sakura Medal Book Award

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.

Graphic Novel

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.

The 2011 winners of the Sakura Medal Book Award

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.

Graphic Novel

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?

The 2010 winners of the Sakura Medal Book Award

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.

Graphic Novel

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.

The 2009 winners of the Sakura Medal Book Award

Picture Book

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.

Chapter Book

The Name of this Book is Secret by Pseudonymous Bosch
Two eleven-year-old misfits try to solve the mystery of a dead magician and stop the evil Dr. L and Ms. Mauvais, who are searching for the secret of immortality.

Graphic Novel

Middle School

Unwind by Neal Shusterman
Recommended

High School

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.

The 2008 winners of the Sakura Medal Book Award

Picture Book

Library Lion by Michelle Knudsen & Kevin Hawkes
Miss Merriweather, the head librarian, is very particular about rules in the library. No running allowed. And you must be quiet. But when a lion comes to the library one day, no one is sure what to do. There aren't any rules about lions in the library. And, as it turns out, this lion seems very well suited to library visiting. His big feet are quiet on the library floor. He makes a comfy backrest for the children at story hour. And he never roars in the library, at least not anymore. But when something terrible happens, the lion quickly comes to the rescue in the only way he knows how. Michelle Knudsen's disarming story, illustrated by the matchless Kevin Hawkes in an expressive timeless style, will win over even the most ardent of rule keepers.

Chapter Book

The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
Orphan, clock keeper, and thief, Hugo lives in the walls of a busy Paris train station, where his survival depends on secrets and anonymity. But when his world suddenly interlocks with an eccentric, bookish girl and a bitter old man who runs a toy booth in the station, Hugo's undercover life, and his most precious secret, are put in jeopardy. A cryptic drawing, a treasured notebook, a stolen key, a mechanical man, and a hidden message from Hugo's dead father form the backbone of this intricate, tender, and spellbinding mystery.

Graphic Novel

Middle School

Girl Missing by Sophie McKenzie
What if everything you thought you knew about your life was a lie? Lauren is adopted and eager to know more about her mysterious past. But when she discovers shy may have been snatched from her family as a baby, her whole life suddenly feels like a sham. Why will no one answer her questions? How can she find her biological parents? And could her adoptive parents really have been responsible for kidnapping her? Running away from her family to seek out the truth, Lauren's journey takes her deeper and deeper into danger as she realises that someone wants to stop her uncovering what really happened when she was a baby

High School

Fire Storm by David Klass
His mother is not his mother. His father is not his father. But if Jack hadn't broken the high school rushing record that night, he never would have known and nothing would have changed. He'd just be going out for pizza, playing football, trying yet again to score with his girlfriend, P.J. But he did break the record. He appeared on the news. And now they've found him.
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Trying to make sense of the horrors of World War II, Death relates the story of Liesel--a young German girl whose book-stealing and story-telling talents help sustain her family and the Jewish man they are hiding, as well as their neighbors.

The 2007 winners of the Sakura Medal Book Award

Picture Book

Dougal the Garbage Dump Bear by Matt Dray
Dougal was a shy little bear with a heart of gold. He never got to play with the other toys in the house because they were all new and clean and perfect and he was not. He often wished he could be new like them...

Chapter Book

Cryptid Hunters by Roland Smith
Twins Grace and Marty, along with a mysterious uncle, are dropped into the middle of the Congolese jungle in search of their missing photojournalist parents.

Graphic Novel

Middle School

The Recruit by Robert Muchamore
James hasn't had a great start in life, but when he is recruited from his care home into an organisation called CHERUB, things most definitely take a turn for the better! To become an agent he goes through extreme hardship, learns to fight and to speak several languages. Now he's ready for his first undercover mission.

High School

Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin
Summary: In this novel death is a beginning, a new start. Liz is killed in a hit-and-run accident and her 'life' takes a very unexpected turn. At nearly sixteen she knows she will never get married, never have children, and perhaps never fall in love. But in Elsewhere all things carry on almost as they did on earth except that the inhabitants get younger, dogs and humans can communicate (at last), new relationships are formed and old ones, sadly interrupted on earth, are renewed.
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Trying to make sense of the horrors of World War II, Death relates the story of Liesel--a young German girl whose book-stealing and story-telling talents help sustain her family and the Jewish man they are hiding, as well as their neighbors.

The 2006 winners of the Sakura Medal Book Award

Picture Book

Mystery at the Club Sandwich by Doug Cushman
Recommended

Chapter Book

Dragon Rider by Cornelia Funke
With a lonely boy named Ben on board, the brave young dragon Firedrake sets out on a magical journey to find the mythical place where silver dragons can live in peace forever. Flying over moonlit lands and sparkling seas, they encounter fantastic creatures, summon up surprising courage -- and cross the path of a ruthless villain with an ancient grudge who's determined to end their quest. Only a secret destiny can save the dragons in this enchanting adventure about the true meaning of home.

Graphic Novel

Middle School

Ark Angel by Anthony Horowitz
Eccentric billionaire Nikolai Drevin if the target of eco-terrorists who claim his project Ark Angel--the first luxury hotel in outer space--is a danger to the environment. The group will stop at nothing to destroy the project, even if it means killing millions of innocent people, unless Alex can stop them.

High School

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