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Prairie Pasque Nominees 2008-2009


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The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo and Bagram Ibatoulline (Illustrator)

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Hero Revealed (Extraordinary Adventures of Ordinary Boy)

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William Boniface

In the town of Superopolis, Ordinary Boy is definitely the odd lad out. Everybody else in this crowded hero hamlet has some kind of superpower. The only problem is that they are not very bright. When Professor Brain-Drain looses his evil scheme on Superopolis, there is only one person to save the hometown from dastardly destruction. Can you guess who it is?

Grade Level: 3-7
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

Blood on the River: James Town 1607

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Elisa Carbone

Plucked from an orphanage to serve Captain John Smith on his voyage to the New World, eleven-year-old Samuel Collier finds that the aggressive energy that served him well on London's streets is equally helpful for surviving the rigors of the Atlantic crossing and England's new colony on the Virginia shores.

Grade Level: 6-up
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group

A Million Dots

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Andrew Clements

Did you know it takes 44 pages of this fascinating book to display one million tiny dots? Clements will hook even the most math-averse with mind-boggling facts like “Tie 578,504 shoelaces together, and they would reach from New York to Boston.” Oversize images on a dotted background make the concepts all the more graspable.

Grade Level: 2-6
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane

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Kate DiCamillo and Bagram Ibatoulline (Illustrator) WINNER!

Once, in a house on Egypt Street, there lived a china rabbit named Edward Tulane. The rabbit was very pleased with himself, and for good reason: he was owned by a girl named Abilene, who treated him with the utmost care and adored him completely.

Grade Level: 4-6
Publisher: Candlewick Press

The Homework Machine

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Dan Gutman

Meet the D Squad, a foursome of fifth graders at the Grand Canyon School made up of a geek, a class clown, a teacher's pet, and a slacker. They are bound together by one very big secret: the homework machine. Because the machine, code-named Belch, is doing their homework for them, they start spending a lot of time together, attracting a lot of attention. And attention is exactly what you don't want when you are keeping a secret.

Grade Level: 3-6
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's

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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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