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2000 Awards
Harry Potter series
(by J.K. Rowling, Scholastic $25.95 Score:) If you have 9s & up in your midst, they will be able to navigate the fantasy world where Harry, an orphaned wizard, leads anything but a charmed life. Try these as a read-aloud family story time for 7s and up—an alternative to so-called family programming. But don't be surprised if some kids try to read ahead. New for 2001, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, PLATINUM AWARD is much more intense than the first three books, and should be saved for 9s and up.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2000.

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2001 Awards
Luke on the High Seas
(by Bonnie Pryor, William Morrow $15 Score:) Luke is on a high seas, faced with the perils of pirates, sharks, and storms as he travels to California during the Gold Rush. From an appealing series that blends historic fiction with action adventure. 8 and up.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2001.

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2001 Awards
Freddy the Pig Series
(by Walter R. Brooks/illus. by Kurt Wiese, Overlook $23.95 Score:) Baby boomers who fondly remember their Freddy books will enjoy sharing these reissued classics. This season's releases are Freddy and the Dragon and Freddy and Mr. Camphor. Freddy, an oh-so-human pig, is given to excesses—sleeping too late and eating too much. His adventures have the pace and suspense that are exactly on target for young readers. Will be enjoyed as read-alouds with 5–7s and solo laugh-out-loud reading by 8 and up.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2001.

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2001 Awards
Dear America and Royal Diaries Series
(Kathryn Lasky, Lawrence Yep, et al, Scholastic $10.95 Score:) This series of historic journals continues to hold great appeal to kids in the intermediate grades, 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 this season are Journal of Wong Ming-Chung, by Lawrence Yep, a memorable account of a Chinese miner during the Gold Rush and Marie Antoinette by Kathryn Lasky. 8 and up.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2001.

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2001 Awards
Tennis Ace
(by Matt Christopher, Little Brown $3.95 Score:) Steve wishes he liked playing tennis as much as his sister. Ginny, wishes her dad would take her playing as seriously as he does Steve's. All in all, this is about family and the pressures that kids often face when parents try to relive their own dreams through their kids. 8 and up.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2001.

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2001 Awards
Me Tarzan
(by Betsy Byars, HarperCollins $14.95 Score:) When Dorothy tries out for the school play she out-yells her #1 rival and writes him a note that says, "Me Tarzan—you Dwayne!" But the Tarzan yell that gets her the part turns out to get her more than she bargains for. A fantasy funny enough to make Cheetah laugh! 8 and up.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2001.

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2001 Awards
Howie Bowles and Uncle Sam
(by Kate Banks, Farrar Straus $15 Score:) Howie Bowles, 3rd grader, has trouble with numbers. So when he gets mail from Uncle Sam saying he owes $112.15, Howie is worried. He doesn't even know his Uncle Sam, and where will he get the money? Light and right for young and new independent readers.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2001.

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2001 Awards
Gloria's Way
(by Ann Cameron, Farrar Straus $15 Score:) Readers who know Cameron's stories about Julian and Huey already know Gloria, who now stars in six new stories. In this collection Gloria learns some big lessons about friendship: that not all promises are for keeping, that not all bets are fair, and that fractions don't have to be a permanent rock in the road. 7 and up.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2001.

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2001 Awards
Captain Underpants and the Perilous Plot of Profes
(by Dav Pilkey, Scholastic $16.95 Score:) For reluctant readers with a taste for slapstick humor, the third Captain Underpants adventure returns with enough lowdown bathroom humor and sci-fi comic book tricks to satisfy 8s and 9s. All three of the Captain Underpants books in paperback were just released in a boxed set.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2001.

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2001 Awards
Superman's First Flight
(by Michael J. Friedman/illus. by Dean Motter, Scholastic $3.99 Score:) Clark Kent always knew he was different, but he didn't know how different until he sees a bad accident and, without stopping, races to the rescue. His parents try telling him that being different is not so bad—but that's something he has to find out for himself!

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2001.

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