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2003 Award
Sun Paint Book
(Klutz Editors, Klutz $19.99 Score:) This book comes with three cotton scarves, brush and special fabric paint that kids can dye with a little help from the sun. A fun craft for outdoors and comes with enough goodies for a playdate. There are also stencils, plenty of extra paint and lots of other ideas to use on pillow cases, teeshirts and other cotton duds.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2003.

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2003 Award
Making Mini-Books
(by Sherri Haab, Klutz $19.95 Score:) For kids who like making their own books, this is a resource book for making books with accordion pages, Post-its, scrolls, and interesting shapes. Book has some patterns and materials to get started. 8 & up. Also top-rated, Sun Paint (4˝), a crafty book with a supply of fabric paints, brush, and three cotton scarves to dye in the sun. Still top rated: Tricky Pix (by Carla Jimison & Paula Weed, Klutz), PLATINUM AWARD '02. 8 & up.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2003.

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2003 Award
Ruby Holler
(by Sharon Creech, HarperCollins $16.99 Score:) Dallas and Florida are orphan twins who have been passed from one terrible foster home to another and treated with cruelty. All they have is each other and the hope of one day running away to escape on the train they hear each night. But then they are chosen by an old couple who surprise them again and again with kindness. Ruby Holler, the place they call home, becomes a magical place where hope and trust are restored. 8–12.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2003.

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2003 Award
Guy Wire
(by Sarah Weeks, HarperCollins $14.95 Score:) When Guy's best friend Buzz is hit by a car, Guy flashes back to how they first became friends and how first impressions are not always right. The latest in a series that addresses issues kids relate to with humor and heart.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2003.

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2003 Award
Darby
(by Jonathon Scott Fuqua, Candlewick $15.99 Score:) Darby and her friend Evette aspire to be like Evette's aunt, a journalist who lives far north in New York City. In 1926, the idea of a southern black woman being a writer is as much a fantasy as becoming a princess. Yet, Evette edits Darby's writing. Their articles start out cute, but turn serious, igniting trouble with the KKK. Darby is an endearing character—part child, part philosopher—supported by adults willing to stand with her or, perhaps, because of her. 8–12.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2003.

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2003 Award
Artemis Fowl: The Arctic Incident
(by Eoin Colfer, Hyperion $16 Score:) Our readers thought this sequel was more thrilling than the first book. Bad boy Artemis is back, but this time he helps the underworld of fairies. A fun page turner! 9 & up.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2003.

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2003 Award
Little Bo in France
(by Julie Andrews Edwards/illus. by Henry Cole, $18.99 Score:) This is the story an adventuresome cat that makes a purrrr-fect choice for that tricky transition from picturebooks to chapter storybook with a more complex plot and cast of characters to juggle. An old-fashioned story told in lyrical prose with the added charm of a visually delightful tour of Paris and the south of France—ooh-la-la! 6 & up.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2003.

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2003 Award
7 X 9 = Trouble!
(by Claudia Mills/illus. by G. Brian Karas, Farrar Straus $15 Score:) Anyone who ever had trouble learning the multiplication tables will relate to Wilson who is trying hard, even though his younger brother is better at math than he is. Stir in a subplot about the class pet and Wilson's dream of owning a pet of his own, and you have a short and appealing book for third graders.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2003.

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2003 Award
Judy Moody Saves the World!
(by Megan McDonald/illus. by Peter Reynolds, Candlewick $15.99 Score:) Third-grader Judy Moody has just discovered that the environment needs fixing! She not only gets her class on board, she may inspire young readers to do their part.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2003.

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2003 Award
Gloria Rising
(by Ann Cameron/illus. by Lis Toft, Farrar Straus $15 Score:) Thanks to an onion, Gloria meets Dr. Grace Street, an astronaut, in the supermarket. But when she tells her class about, it no one believes her! Another gem from the creator of The Stories Julian and Huey Tell.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2003.

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