Children's book awards.

Position:Younger readers

The following awards are presented annually by the American Library Association and were announced on January 22, 2007.

Newbery Medal

Awarded to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children. These books are typically for children aged 9-12; Hattie Big Sky is for children a little older.

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THE HIGHER POWER OF LUCKY

By Susan Patron, illustrated by Matt Phelan

Lucy, 10, feels lost in the world. Her mother died after being electrocuted; her father's ex-wife, who is now her guardian, may return to France; her best friend obsesses over knots; and nothing seems quite right. What else is there to do but pack her bags and search for a Higher Power?

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NEWBERY HONOR BOOKS

PENNY FROM HEAVEN

By Jennifer L. Holm

In 1953 Brooklyn, Penny Falucci, 12, lives with her widowed mother but spends time with her father's large, rambunctious Italian-American family. Although she doesn't remember her father, his death, or his role during World War II, she intends to find out.

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HATTIE BIG SKY

By Kirby Larson

In early 20th-century Iowa, the orphaned Hattie Brooks inherits a land claim from an unknown uncle. When she arrives in Montana, she must cultivate the 40 acres and fence the land--or lose the claim.

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RULES

By Cynthia Lord

Twelve-year-old Catherine only wants a normal life. If only her younger brother weren't autistic, she could befriend the girl next door. But when Catherine meets a nonverbal paraplegic, she starts to understand that "normal" can mean very different things.

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Caldecott Medal

Awarded to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children. These books are typically for children aged 4-8.

FLOTSAM

By David Wiesner

In this wordless picture book, a boy finds an old-fashioned camera on a beach and develops pictures of an octopus in a deep-sea parlor; a windup fish; tiny green aliens; and photos of children holding photos of other girls and boys back through time. The boy photographs himself, and then throws the camera back into the sea.

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CALDECOTT HONOR BOOKS

GONE WILD

An Endangered Animal Alphabet

By David McLimans

In this black-and-white alphabet picture book, 26 stylized images of endangered animals, along with descriptions of them, their habitats, and the threats to their survival, jump off the page--from Chinese Alligator to Grevy's Zebra.

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