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2002 Award
Dear America Series
(various, Scholastic $10.95 Score:) This series of historic journals holds great appeal to intermediate grade readers, many of whom keep their own journals. Written by both girls and boys, they capture details of everyday life in another time while reflecting major historic events. Our favorites for 2002: Seeds of Hope, A Gold Rush Diary; Five Smooth Stones, a family torn apart during the Revolutionary War by their differing allegiances; and The Journal of Jesse Smoke: A Cherokee Boy and the Trail of Tears. 9 & up.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2002.

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2002 Award
A Book of Coupons
(by Susie Morganstern, Viking $12.99 Score:) You'll wish you had a teacher just once like the eccentric old Monsieur Noel. Imagine a teacher who gives out coupons that allow for sleeping late, making noise, dancing, or eating in class. Though he gets into a lot of trouble with the principal, this amusing teacher has a big serious lesson he is delivering about life! 8–12.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2002.

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2002 Award
Angel on the Square
(by Gloria Whelan, HarperCollins $15.95 Score:) , HarperCollins $15.95 ) Set in czarist Russia before and during the revolution, this is a rich blend of fiction and history, with a cast of characters whose lives touch both the czar's family and those who seek change. 8 & up.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2002.

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2010 Award
Artemis Fowl
(by Eoin Colfer, Hyperion $24 Score:)

Promoted as the next Harry Potter, Artemis Fowl has many of the same elements that attracted HP readers--but with notable differences. Twelve-year-old Artemis is not an innocent; he comes from a long line of criminals and his mission is to capture all the gold from the underground world of leprechauns, fairies, and goblins. The magic of the underworld is different from Hogwarts'. Artemis's world is not as richly drawn as Harry Potter's but it is an entertaining, fast read. The mental illness of Artemis's mother resolves itself but makes this an inappropriate and unsettling read for kids 9 & under. Since our original review this has grown into a series and is now available in a boxed set.

Age: Later School Years, Tweens. Award Year: 2010. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2002 Award
Pinky and Rex and the Just Right Pet
(by James Howe/illus. by Melissa Sweet, Atheneum $15 Score:) Pinky wants a dog but the rest of the family wants a cat. Try as he might to dislike the kitten, Pinky is the one Patches chooses as his person. A tender, well-paced story from a consistently well-crafted series.

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

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2002 Award
The Man Who Wore All His Clothes
(by Allan Ahlberg/illus. by Katherine McEwen, Candlewick $12.99 Score:) A slapstick comedy with a laugh-out-loud cast that includes the Gaskitt family, a radio that can't get the news straight, talking cats, lights, trucks, and a Keystone Cops kind of chase when Mrs. G picks up a robber in her taxi. Action-packed mayhem for beginners! 7 & up.

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

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2002 Award
Judy Moody Gets Famous
(by Megan McDonald/illus. by Peter Reynolds, Candlewick $15.99 Score:) Meet the funniest new character in the beginning chapter book section—third grader Judy Moody, who is struggling with a commonplace but not-too-funny condition—jealousy! How can she top a classmate who gets a crown and her picture in the newspaper for winning a spelling bee? 7 & up.

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

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2002 Award
Captain Underpants Collection
(by Dav Pilkey, Scholastic $15.99 Score:) For reluctant readers with a taste for slapstick humor, what could be better than one Captain Underpants adventure? All four titles are packaged together with loads of humor in sci-fi comic book style. 8s & 9s.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2002.

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2002 Award
Splash!
( $3.99 Score:) Interest in whales and dolphins runs high at this stage and here is an informative book with a text that intermediate beginners will be able to tackle.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2002.

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2002 Award
Singing Diggety
(by Maggie Stern/illus. by Blanch Sims, Orchard $14.95 Score:) Here is one funny pooch. He doesn't follow commands very well, but he does carry a tune! A collection of laugh-out-loud stories about a boy and his dog.

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

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