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2002 Award
Riding the Tiger
(by Eve Bunting/illus. by David Frampton, Clarion $16 Score:) Danny dares to ride on the back of a tiger, but soon discovers that he cannot control the tiger! A powerful but dark book that uses the metaphor of a tiger that takes over in much the same way as drugs or peer pressure. A story worth sharing and talking about with preteens.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2002.

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2002 Award
The Great Pig Search
(by Eileen Christelow, Clarion $15 Score:) When Bert's pigs escape he is surprised to receive a postcard from Florida that says, "Oink!" Bert and his wife Ethel head south, where Bert is determined to find his runaways. Too bad Bert needs glasses! A fun story in which kids enjoy sighting swine the hero never sees!

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2002.

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2002 Award
Mim's Christmas Jam
(by Andrea Davis Pinkney/illus. by Brian Pinkney, Harcourt $16 Score:) It's 1915 and Pap is up in New York City, building something called the subway. His bosses, nicknamed Mean and Evil, don't care one whit about holiday cheer until Pap offers them a taste of Mom's Belly-Hum Jam. A deliciously satisfying holiday tale.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2002.

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Rivka's First Thanksgiving
(by Elsa O. Rael/illus. by Maryann Kovalski, Simon & Schuster $16 Score:) In New York in 1910, young Rivka tries to convince her mama, grandmother, and eventually the rabbi that Thanksgiving is a holiday for all Americans-especially Jewish immigrants who, like the Pilgrims, came to America to escape religious persecution.

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2002 Award
Tricky Pix
(Klutz $17.95 Score:) A 35mm camera comes with a book that's loaded with all kinds of trick photography know-how inside. Use your pet dog to make Wegmanesque photos; play around with perspective and optical illusions. An exciting choice for getting kids involved with reading, doing, and creative thinking!

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2002.

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2002 Award
The Land
(by MIldred D. Taylor, Penguin $17.99 Score:) A powerful prequel to her Newbery classic, Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry. Set in the post-Civil War south, this is the story of Cassie Logan's grandfather, born of a white plantation master and a slave. Paul Edward runs away at 14 with a single-minded dream to get his own land and be his own man. A splendid read.

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2002 Award
Caleb's Story
(by Patricia MacLachlan, HarperCollins $14.95 Score:) In this sequel to Sarah, Plain and Tall, a stranger who arrives during a winter storm turns out to be Papa's father. Caleb and Cassie form a bond with the old man, but Papap doesn't want to give him any forgiveness for running off years ago. Another beautifully crafted story in a memorable saga.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2002.

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2002 Award
Hank Aaron: Brave in Every Way
(by Peter Golenbock/illus. by Paul Lee, Harcourt $16 Score:) Hank Aaron was determined to play in the major leagues before black players were allowed to play. He not only fulfilled his dream he was the first player to break Babe Ruth's home run record, and not all fans were rooting for this black player.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2002.

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2002 Award
What You Never Knew About Tubs, Toliets, & Showers
(by Patricia Laubert/illus. by John Manders, Simon & Schuster $16 Score:) Here's a hilarious history of how bathrooms have evolved through the ages from Greek and Roman times to the present. This title will surely spark a lively conversation. A worthy sequel to Fingers, Forks, & Chopsticks.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2002.

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2002 Award
Egyptian Mummies
(by Delia Pemberton, Harcourt $18 Score:) Pemberton takes us on a terrific tour of seven mummies from the British Museum. Strikes the right balance of factual information, interesting trivia, and photographs for those who are fascinated by all things mummy!

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2002.

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