Annal: 2010 Batchelder Award

Results of the Batchelder Award in the year 2010.

Book:A Faraway Island

A Faraway Island

Annika Thor, Linda Schenck

Torn from their homeland, two Jewish sisters find refuge in Sweden.

It’s the summer of 1939. Two Jewish sisters from Vienna—12-year-old Stephie Steiner and 8-year-old Nellie—are sent to Sweden to escape the Nazis. They expect to stay there six months, until their parents can flee to Amsterdam; then all four will go to America. But as the world war intensifies, the girls remain, each with her own host family, on a rugged island off the western coast of Sweden.

Nellie quickly settles in to her new surroundings. She’s happy with her foster family and soon favors the Swedish language over her native German. Not so for Stephie, who finds it hard to adapt; she feels stranded at the end of the world, with a foster mother who’s as cold and unforgiving as the island itself. Her main worry, though, is her parents—and whether she will ever see them again.

Book:Big Wolf & Little Wolf

Big Wolf & Little Wolf

Nadine Brun-Cosme, Olivier Tallec, Claudia Bedrick

A wonderfully told story about the friendship that develops between a solitary big wolf and a little wolf, this book has in spades so much of what is best about life: charm, simplicity, emotional truth, humor, friendship and love.

“LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this book! WONDERFUL story, awesome illustrations … All about sharing and friendship and nowhere near overdoing it with heavy-handedness like many books today. Just a great story that your child will love … and you'll enjoy it just as much. Great storytelling!” — (three stars)

Book:Eidi: The Children of Crow Cove

Eidi: The Children of Crow Cove

Bodil Bredsdorff, Kathryn Mahaffy

Some years have passed since the Crow-Girl set off on a journey, met Eidi and her mother, Foula, along with a few others, and persuaded them to come live near the little cove where a brook runs out to the sea. But when Foula has another baby, Eidi feels there’s no longer room for her in the settlement. So she leaves Crow Cove to make her own way in the world, hoping to help her old friend Rossan with his wool out on the heath. Fate, however, brings her to a harbor town where she must find work, and she takes a position as a weaver in the household of a wealthy merchant. In town, Eidi faces disturbing reminders of her past. She also meets a neglected boy named Tink and soon makes a decision that changes the course of both of their futures.

The second book in the Children of Crow Cove series is beautifully written in Bodil Bredsdorff’s spare style and will deeply satisfy fans of The Crow-Girl and new readers alike.

Book:Moribito II: Guardian of the Darkness

Moribito II: Guardian of the Darkness

Nahoko Uehashi, Yuko Shimizu

Balsa returns to her native Kanbal to clear the name of Jiguro, her dear mentor, who saved her life when she was six years old. But what should be a visit of truth and reconciliation becomes a fight for her life when she learns that Jiguro had been a member of King Rogsam’s personal bodyguard. After Jiguro fled Kanbal with her, Rogsam sent the other bodyguards after them one by one—Jiguro’s best friends, whom he had to kill to protect Balsa. Now, with the help of two Kanbalese children, Balsa must unwind the conspiracy surrounding Jiguro and the mystery of the Guardians of the Dark.

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