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2006 Award
Operation Red Jericho
(by Joshua Mowll, Candlewick $15.99 Score:) Pull-out pages of imaginative art add to the incredible mystery adventure told in the form of a diary with sidebars, codes, and made-up photographs. Our readers found the story of two young people in search of their parents grisly at times and suspenseful at every turn, and the graphic quality of the book itself, a treasure of visual surprises. 10 & up.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2006.

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2006 Award
The Search for Belle Prater
(by Ruth WHite, Farrar Straus $16 Score:) When Woodrow’s birthday arrives on New Year’s Eve the phone rings, but the person on the other end hangs up. Woodrow is certain it is his mother, Belle Prater, who disappeared a year ago. A sequel to the award-winning Belle Prater’s Boy, this beautifully crafted novel is about young people who not only suffer losses, but have the grit to go on to do something about them. White has also drawn some strong adults that the young people in the story can rely upon. 9–12.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2006.

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2006 Award
Ballerina for a Day
(by Dawn Sirett,et al, DK $12.99 Score:) Here’s a combination pop-up, paper doll, and try-this-stretching-and-these-positions book. Not a lot of text, but a variety of activities for the beginning dancer. 5 & up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2006.

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2006 Award
How to Make Monstrous, Huge, Unbelievably Big Bubbles
(by David Stein et al, Klutz $16.95 Score:) David Stein’s “Bubble Thing” does make monstrous, 10-20 foot big, amazing bubbles. An updated classic, with full-color photos and clear tips on how to get results. Our 9-year-old tester and her dad gave this a rave review! Still top rated, PLATINUM AWARD-winning The Klutz Book of Paper Airplanes ($16.95 ) Instructions for ten different paper airplanes. 7 & up.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2006.

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2006 Award
Dear Baby: Letters from Your Big Brother
(by Sarah Sullivan/illus, by Paul Meisel, Candlewick $15.99 Score:) A clever idea that may inspire others to write letters to the newest member of the family. Mike, who is excited about having a new baby, starts writing and drawing pictures for the baby even before she is born. His letters through the year become a collection that records some of the highlights of her first year and ends with a card for her first birthday. 5–7.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2006.

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2006 Award
Grandpa's Angel
(by Jutta Bauer, Candlewick $12.99 Score:) Grandpa’s reminiscences about his adventures through his long life are all the more outrageous as one sees his guardian angel protecting him from all sorts of danger, including the Nazis during WWII. Bauer’s view of the world is decidedly cup-more-full-than-empty—a joy in the adventure that is being passed along to his fortunate grandson. 7 & up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2006.

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2006 Award
We Gather Together...Now Please Get Lost!
(by Diane deGroat, Chronicle $6.95 Score:) Gilbert is none too happy to be partners with Phillip on the class trip to Pilgrim Town. But when he tries to hide and lose Phillip, he gets stuck in the bathroom, and it’s Phillip who finds and saves him. A lively book about being thankful and friendship. 6 & up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2006.

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2006 Award
Dear Santa Claus
(by Alan Durant/ illus. by Vanessa Cabban, Candlewick $14.99 Score:) Gilbert is none too happy to be partners with Phillip on the class trip to Pilgrim Town. But when he tries to hide and lose Phillip, he gets stuck in the bathroom, and it’s Phillip who finds and saves him. A lively book about being thankful and friendship. 6 & up.

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

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2006 Award
e.guides Human Body
(by Richard Walker et al, DK $17.99 Score:) One of a series of single-volume encyclopedias with solid information, illustrations, and a link to fuller information online that has been produced by DK and Google. Others in the series include Insects, Mammals, and Rocks & Minerals. Each book has dedicated pages with more information and downloadable images that would spruce up a school project.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2006.

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2006 Award
See Inside Castles
(by Katie Daynes/illus. by David Hancock, Usborne $12.95 Score:) Each double page spread of this busy book has flaps to lift that add to the scenes. There are jousting, banquets, attacks and more. Wrap this up with the toy castle! 6 & up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2006.

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