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Product Type: Books
Age: Late Elementary School Years

 


2005 Award
The Klutz Book of Paper Airplanes
(Doug Stillinger, Klutz $16.95 Score:) Here are the instructions for ten different paper airplanes. Our testers raved about the interesting patterned paper (40 sheets) that comes with the kit. If you're a novice, the instructions are clear, and if you’re a pro, you might pick up some new designs. 7 & up.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2005.

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2005 Award
Spool Knit Jewelry
(Anne Akers Johnson, Klutz $16.95 Score:) Our 11-year-old tester gave this book an "A++" and loved making bracelets with the old-fashioned knitting spool and crochet hook. Comes with elastic cord, and glass and plastic beads. Marked 8 & up, we'd say more like 10 with parental help. Still top rated from the same author, last year's PLATINUM AWARD-winning Origami (Klutz $16.95 ). Our in-house origami master says this is the best origami book for beginners. 6 & up.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2005.

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2005 Award
The Secret Seder
(Doreen Rappaport/illus. by Emily Arnold McCully, Hyperion $16.99 Score:) Jacques and his father are determined to keep their promise to celebrate Passover in WWII France, where they have avoided being taken away by the "black-boot men." Based on true stories of Resistance fighters, this picture book captures the true spirit of Passover and those with faith and courage, even in a time of darkness. 7 & up.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2005.

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2005 Award
Story About Braille, A
(by Marion Ripley and illus. by Colin Backhouse, Dial $16.99 Score:) Laura soon discovers that her Australian pen pal is visually impaired. Up for the challenge, Laura learns how to write in Braille so that he can read her letters by himself. The book comes with a Braille chart so that kids can try their own hand at Braille writing.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2005.

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2005 Award
Knitting
(Klutz $24.95 Score:) The folks at Klutz have designed a well-thought out book/kit combination for kids interested in knitting. Comes with an appealing instruction book with kid friendly projects, 140 grams of rich variegated yarn (will appeal to grown ups as well), bamboo knitting needles, crochet hook and instructions for six projects. We still believe the best way to learn how to knit is from another person, but this would make a great gift along with a personalized lesson!

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2005.

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2005 Award
Half and Half
(by Lensey Namioka, Random House $3.99 Score:) With a mother who is Scottish and a father who is Chinese, Fiona is half and half. Yet, she often struggles with the expectations of others – especially her grandparents’ when they come to watch the folk dancing contest. Not as compelling as Yang the Eldest and His Odd Jobs or others in the author’s amusing and touching series about the Yang family and growing up Chinese-American. 9-12. Student Review: “This book pulls you in entirely. I could not stop reading it. It has suspense and lots of problems. There is still a happy ending. I liked this book because it has good characters, the plot is exciting and it is very descriptive. I think that children that are eight, nine and ten will like this book. I recommend Half and Half.” review by Rachel Martel, 10

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2005.

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2006 Award
Eldest
(by Christopher Paolini, Knopf $21 Score:) The much-anticipated Book Two in The Inheritance Trilogy. Eragon and his dragon are off to pursue Eragon’s skills as a Dragon Rider and meet new adventures at every turn. Meanwhile, at home, Eragon’s cousin Roran is battling the Ra’zac, and fighting for his life. For fans of fantasy, created by a teenager, this is a page turner. 10 & up.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2006.

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2006 Award
Inkspell
(by Cornelia Funke, Scholastic $19.99 Score:) “Even better than Ink-heart!” was the report from our 11-year old reader. A year has passed since Meggie first encountered the book, Inkheart, where the characters came to life. Now Dustfinger seeks a way back to the tale. Meggie and Farid find a way to get into the book themselves. Also wonderful, The Thief Lord. 9 & up.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2006.

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2006 Award
The Sisters Grimm
(by Michael Buckley, Abrams Books $14.95 Score:) Two sisters, Sabrina and Daphne, are sent to live with their grandmother, Relda Grimm. They discover that Grimm’s fairy tales are really a work of history, not fiction, as they quickly meet an assortment of villains and heroes from the fairy tales (Jack, Puck, Prince Charming, the Three Little Pigs). Buckley, a television writer, has imagined a fast-moving tale—you can already see where the special effects will go! 9 & up.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2006.

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2006 Award
Kamishibai Man
(by Allen Say, Houghton Mifflin $17 Score:) Based on his childhood in Japan, Say recalls the kamishibai man who used to come to the neighborhood (much like the Good Humor Man) to sell candies along with cliffhanger stories that grew each day. TV finished this old tradition, but here the kamishibai man returns to his old neighborhood and is received lovingly by his former children and a new generation. As always, the art is splendid, while the story may interest adults more than children. 7 & up.

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

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