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Books in Booklist Editor's Choice. Books for Youth series

  • Karate Hour

    Carol Nevius, Bill Thomson

    Hardcover (Two Lions, Sept. 1, 2004)
    KARATE CLASS SHOULD ALWAYS BE THIS EXCITING! Karate class begins and students come together to practice their blocks and stances––from crescent kicks to front kicks to tuck roll stands. Dynamic black-and-white artwork of children bowing, kicking and sailing through the air contrasts with their brilliantly colored karate belts in this rhythmic read-aloud that explores the action and philosophy of karate.
  • The Star of Kazan

    Eva Ibbotson, Kevin Hawkes

    Hardcover (Dutton Juvenile, Oct. 25, 2004)
    Annika is happy living in the servants' quarters of a house owned by three eccentric professors. She adores Ellie and Sigrid, the cook and housemaid who found her as a baby, abandoned on a church doorstep. In the eleven years since, they have taught her how to bake and clean to perfection. Then one day a glamorous stranger arrives, claiming to be Annika's mother. Annika is no servant, she learns, but an aristocrat whose true home is an ancient castle. But at crumbling Spittal, Annika discovers that all is not as it seems in the lives of her newfound family. . .
  • Kaddish for Grandpa in Jesus' Name Amen

    James Howe, Catherine Stock

    Hardcover (Atheneum, May 4, 2004)
    When Emily's grandfather dies, he has a Christian and a Jewish ceremony to honor both religions of the family and mark his passing in their own unique ways.
  • Merlin and the Making of the King

    Margaret Hodges, Trina Schart Hyman

    Hardcover (Holiday House, June 16, 2004)
    A retelling of four Arthurian legends, "The Sword in the Stone," "Excalibur," "The Lady of the Lake," and "The Last Great Battle," which feature Merlin, King Arthur, and other familiar figures.
  • La La Rose

    Satomi Ichikawa

    Hardcover (Philomel, Feb. 23, 2004)
    La La Rose is a pink rabbit. She and her little girl, Clementine, are absolutely inseparable. Until, one day in Luxembourg Gardens, the unthinkable happens: La La Rose gets left behind. Boys toss her in the trashcan, a jogger runs with her, a dog drags her from the fountain...La La Rose keeps getting farther and farther from her Clementine! Will she ever be safe in her arms again? In this touching story, Satomi Ichikawa seamlessly captures both the beauty of Luxembourg Gardens in Paris and the very special love between a child and her favorite doll.
  • One LIttle Seed

    Elaine Greenstein

    Hardcover (Viking Juvenile, May 24, 2004)
    Simple language and endearing illustrations follow a seed from the time it is planted until it grows into a beautiful flower.
  • The Truth About Sparrows

    Marian Hale

    Hardcover (Henry Holt and Co. (BYR), Sept. 1, 2004)
    "The Wynns are an unforgettable family. The details of their struggle to survive the Great Depression will linger long after the last page has been read."-Ann M. Martin, winner of the Newbery Honor for A Corner of the UniverseA stunning debut novel about the true meaning of homeSadie Wynn doesn't want a new life; her old one suits her just fine. But times are hard in drought-plagued Missouri, and Daddy thinks they'll be better off in Texas. Sadie hates this strange new place, where even children must work at the cannery to help make ends meet and people are rude to her disabled father.Yet when trouble comes, it is the kindness of these new neighbors that helps the family make it through. And no one helps more than Dollie, a red-headed chatterbox of a girl who just might become a good friend-if Sadie gives her half a chance. The Truth About Sparrows is a 2005 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.
  • See You Down the Road: A Novel

    Kim Ablon Whitney

    Hardcover (Knopf Books for Young Readers, Feb. 10, 2004)
    A fascinating glimpse into the lives of Irish Travelers in America, from a new voice in YA literature.Welcome to Bridget’s world: Her family lives in a trailer, moving every so often; she’s engaged and her wedding is sooner than she’d like; and her parents want her to quit high school so she can help more with the family business. The problem is Bridget’s not sure the Traveler life is for her anymore. She feels guilty about pulling scams, and she’s definitely not sure she wants to get married, even though Patrick’s a good guy. But Bridget’s always been the good girl who does what she’s told, and there’s no way her parents will let her out of the wedding. And if she leaves the life, she’s out of the family for good. Tautly written, with a riveting storyline and sympathetic characters coping with universal themes of family and social pressure, See You Down the Road will captivate readers to the very end.
  • Escape from Saigon: How a Vietnam War Orphan Became an American Boy

    Andrea Warren

    Hardcover (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Sept. 9, 2004)
    An unforgettable true story of an orphan caught in the midst of warOver a million South Vietnamese children were orphaned by the Vietnam War. This affecting true account tells the story of Long, who, like more than 40,000 other orphans, is Amerasian -- a mixed-race child -- with little future in Vietnam. Escape from Saigon allows readers to experience Long's struggle to survive in war-torn Vietnam, his dramatic escape to America as part of "Operation Babylift" during the last chaotic days before the fall of Saigon, and his life in the United States as "Matt," part of a loving Ohio family. Finally, as a young doctor, he journeys back to Vietnam, ready to reconcile his Vietnamese past with his American present. As the thirtieth anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War approaches, this compelling account provides a fascinating introduction to the war and the plight of children caught in the middle of it.
  • Dark Emperor and Other Poems of the Night

    Joyce Sidman, Rick Allen

    Hardcover (Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, Sept. 6, 2010)
    Come feel the cool and shadowed breeze, come smell your way among the trees, come touch rough bark and leathered leaves: Welcome to the night. Welcome to the night, where mice stir and furry moths flutter. Where snails spiral into shells as orb spiders circle in silk. Where the roots of oak trees recover and repair from their time in the light. Where the porcupette eats delicacies—raspberry leaves!—and coos and sings. Come out to the cool, night wood, and buzz and hoot and howl—but do beware of the great horned owl—for it’s wild and it’s windy way out in the woods!
  • Top Secret: A Handbook of Codes, Ciphers, and Secret Writing

    Paul B. Janeczko, Jenna LaReau

    Hardcover (Candlewick, April 12, 2004)
    Pssst! Inside these TOP SECRET files is everything sneaky young agents need to know about making-and breaking-their own secret codes.Do you know the difference between a code and a cipher? Can you tell a St. Cyr slide from a Cardano grille? Did you know that a substitution cipher caused Mary Queen of Scots to lose her head? Don’t look now, but packed into this practical field guide is everything a young person needs to know about the art of concealment — making and breaking codes, mastering cipher systems, and experimenting with secret writing. Offering plenty of hands-on practice sessions, tips for creating a code-making kit, sidebars on secret codes in history, and an amusing pair of spies to illustrate techniques, Paul B. Janeczko’s tantalizing TOP SECRET won’t stay a secret for long.
  • One Little Lamb

    Elaine Greenstein

    Hardcover (Viking Juvenile, May 24, 2004)
    Simple language describes how a lamb's coat is made into yarn, which is made into mittens worn by a little girl when she visits the lamb on the farm.