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Prairie Pasque Nominees 2006-2007

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The Old Willis Place: A Ghost Story

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Mary Downing Hahn

Tired of the rules that have bound them ever since “the bad thing happened,” twelve-year-old Diana ignores her brother’s warnings and befriends the daughter of the new caretaker, setting in motion events that lead to the release of the spirit of an evil, crazy woman who once ruled the old Willis place.

Grade Level: 5-8
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Company

The Truth About Sparrows

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Marian Hale

Twelve-year-old Sadie promises that she will always be Wilma’s best friend when their families leaves drought-stricken Missouri in 1933, but once in Texas, Sadie learns that she must try to make a new home--and new friends, too.

Grade Level: 5-7
Publisher: Holt, Henry Books for Young Readers

Cats in Krasinski Square

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Karen Hesse

Two Jewish sisters, escapees of the infamous Warsaw ghetto, devise a plan to thwart an attempt by the Gestapo to intercept food bound for starving people behind the dark Wall.

Grade Level: 2-5
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.

Merlin and the Making of the King

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Margaret Hodges

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.

Grade Level: 2-6
Publisher: Holiday House, Inc.

Top Secret: A Handbook of Codes, Ciphers, and Secret Writing

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Paul B. Janeczko

A wonderful guide to secret writing. Janeczko relates how different codes came to be and why they were needed, and gives some historical examples. The book also contains information and exercises (with answers) on deciphering codes and provides children with the tools to make their own field kit.

Grade Level: 4-8
Publisher: Candlewick Press

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The Prairie Bud, Prairie Bloom & Prairie Pasque Children's Book Awards are sponsored by the South Dakota Library Association . Prairie Bud winners are determined by South Dakota kindergarten, first and second grade students. Prairie Pasque winners are determined by South Dakota third, fourth, and fifth grade students. Students are encouraged to read and vote for their one favorite book of the year from the masterlists of titles. The books receiving the most votes from the students win the awards. A committee of educators and librarians select the books nominated for the awards.

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