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2006 Award
Rose and Riley
(by Jane Cutler/illus. by Thomas F. Yezerski, Farrar Straus $15 Score:) Three predictable stories about Rose, a youngish vole, and Riley, an older and wiser groundhog; one about wanting to use new umbrellas in the rain, another about un-birthdays, and a last one about nighttime fears with a clever solution that might satisfy young worriers. Also amusing, Rose and Riley Come and Go.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2006.

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2006 Award
Babe Ruth Saves Baseball
(by Frank Murphy/illus. by Richard Walz, Random House $3.99 Score:) Baseball fans are going to love every moment of this story, which traces Babe Ruth’s career from being both batter and pitcher for the Red Sox to his days at Yankee Stadium—where he hit the first home run! Illustrations have the same lively spark that the text does. Also: Let’s Go to the Ballpark (by James Buckley, Jr. DK $3.99 ) Two kids go to their first major league game at Dodger Stadium.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2006.

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2006 Award
Big Bugs
(by Seymour Simon, Chronicle $3.95 Score:) Vivid photographs and clear language make this a good choice for bug lovers. Simon, who writes some the best science books for upper grade readers, has switched gears for beginners and created new See More Readers. He uses concrete examples to make connections between what children know and what they are learning. Marked Level 1, there is not a lot on each page, but the language makes a better fit for the next level up. Also recommended, his Amazing Bats and a handsome book, Bridges. 2nd & 3rd grade.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2006.

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2006 Award
From Slave to Soldier
(by Deborah Hopkinson/illus. by Brian Floca, Atheneum $14.95 Score:) When Union Soldiers arrive at the farm where Johnny is a slave, they ask him to come along with them. Based on a true life story of a boy who served in the Union army.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2006.

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2006 Award
Mercy Watson to the Rescue
(by Kate DiCamillo/illus. by Chris Van Dusen, Candlewick $12.99 Score:) Mercy, an indulged “porcine wonder” to her owners, is nothing but a pig to her cranky neighbors. This is the first of a series and Mercy will no doubt continue to pull the wool over the Watsons’ loving eyes. 2nd, 3rd grade.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2006.

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2006 Award
Sniffles, Sneezes, Hiccups, and Coughs
(by Penny Durant, DK $3.99 Score:) Young readers are often more curious about real things than the usual fiction stories written for beginners. This informative book has simple explanations and clear photos.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2006.

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2006 Award
Spy Force Series
(by Deborah Abela/illus. by George O’Connor, Simon & Schuster $9.95 Score:) Eleven-year-old Max looks like your everyday kid, but she is a superspy involved in an international agency, Spy Force. In Search of Time and Space is the first in the series and our eleven-year-old reader found it exciting and suspenseful.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2006.

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2006 Award
Code Talkers
(by Joseph Bruchac, Dial $16.99 Score:) Based on true events during WWII, Joseph Bruchac tells the once-secret story of the Navaho soldiers who served in the Marine Corps using the language of their culture to send messages that were impossible for the enemy to read. Opening with the narrator’s days in an Indian school where his native language was outlawed, there is more than a little irony in this story of courage that saved the lives of scores of GIs in the Pacific. 9 & up.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2006.

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2006 Award
A Friend Called Anne
(retold by Carol Ann Lee, Viking $15.99 Score:) Anne Frank’s diary has inspired movies, plays, and a wealth of books. This latest is about Anne and her “best” friend, “Jopie.” This is a book for those who have read the diary. The two girls meet at the Jewish school they must now attend. Their brief, intense friendship and Jacqueline’s own story give readers a fuller sense of their lives. 10 & up.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2006.

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2006 Award
Gregor and the Curse of the Warmbloods
(by Suzanne Collins, Scholastic $16.95 Score:) Collins has created an entire world of creatures (giant cockroaches, bats) and violet-eyed humans that inhabit the “underland” beneath New York City. Book Three continues with the story of the threat of a plague to the underworld that only Gregor can prevent. 10 & up.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2006.

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