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Children's & Youth Services | South Dakota Children's Book Awards | Prairie Pasque Nominees 2010-2011

Prairie Pasque Nominees 2010-2011

WINNER!

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Bodies from the Ice by James Deem


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Mysterious Universe

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Ellen Jackson

The universe is rapidly expanding. Of that much scientists are certain. But how fast? And with what implications regarding the fate of the universe? Ellen Jackson and Nic Bishop follow Dr. Alex Fillippenko and his High-Z Supernova Search Team to Mauna Kea volcano in Hawaii, where they will study space phenomena and look for supernovae, dying stars that explode with the power of billions of hydrogen bombs. Dr. Fillippenko looks for black holes — areas in space with such a strong gravitational pull that no matter or energy can escape from them — with his robotic telescope. And they study the effects of dark energy, the mysterious force that scientists believe is pushing the universe apart, causing its constant and accelerating expansion.

Grade Level: 3-5
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

The Last Wild Place

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Rosa Jordan

When 12-year-old Chip's best friend Luther seems to be distancing himself, Chip goes by himself to a deserted property that he and Luther discovered several years earlier. What he finds there is amazing: two Florida panther cubs have somehow traveled from the Everglades to the abandoned site and have established a home there. Chip has visions of befriending the animals, but the future of all the wildlife in the marshy sanctuary is unexpectedly put into danger when a construction crew arrives to destroy the barn and renovate the property for commercial use. When the adults don't succeed in preventing the destruction of the property, Chip and his cohorts seek a solution of their own.

Grade Level: 4-5
Publisher: Peachtree Publishers, Ltd.

Way Up and Over Everything

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Alice McGill

My great-grandmama's mama told her and she told me this story about a long time ago… So begins this account of the author's great-great-grandmother Jane, and how she meets a slave new to the plantation, a slave who would prove to have magical powers… created by the wish for freedom. Alice McGill remembers this story, passed down in her family through the generations, from her childhood and how her great-grandmother told it to her “as if unveiling a great, wonderful secret. My siblings and I believed that certain Africans shared this gift of taking to the air — 'way up and over everything.'”

Grade Level: 3-5
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

How Oliver Olson Changed the World

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Claudia Mills

Oliver Olson's teacher is always saying that one person with a big idea can change the world. But how is Oliver supposed to change the world when his parents won't let him do anything on his own? Not his class projects or even attending activities such as the space sleepover at school. Afraid he will become an outsider like ex-planet Pluto, Oliver decides to take control of his corner of the universe!

Grade Level: 3-5
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Boys of Steel

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Marc Tyler Nobleman

JERRY SIEGEL AND Joe Shuster, two misfit teens in Depression-era Cleveland, were more like Clark Kent — meek, mild, and myopic — than his secret identity, Superman. Both boys escaped into the worlds of science fiction and pulp magazine adventure tales: Jerry wrote stories, and Joe illustrated them. In 1934, they created a superhero who was everything they were not. It was four more years before they convinced a publisher to take a chance on their Man of Steel in a new format — the comic book. The author includes an afterword about Jerry and Joe's long struggle with DC Comics when they realized they had made a mistake in selling all rights to Superman for a mere $130!

Grade Level: 4-5
Publisher: Random House Childrens Books

Leanin' Dog

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K.A. Nuzum

More than anything, Dessa Dean needed a friend. A friend to love and confide in, a friend with whom she could share her heart. A friend who would delight in all the beauty and joy and fun of Christmas, only four days away, the first Christmas without her mom. Hope had just about run out, but then… there came a scratchin' at the door and Dessa Dean's life was forever changed.

Grade Level: 3-5
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

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The Prairie Bud & Pasque Children’s Book Awards are sponsored by the South Dakota Library Association link to s d library association dot org. 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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