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NAPPA 2006: Books for Ages 9 & Up

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By Helen Foster James, Ed.D., and Kathleen Krull




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Nappa Gold Winners
This year's NAPPA winners herald the return of favorite characters and announce the grand entrance of new ones in must-read stories that make you laugh, think and wonder. Happy reading!

Gold Award Winners




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Andy Warhol: Pop Art Painter, by Susan Goldman Rubin, Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2006, $18.95. The author focuses on Warhol's childhood, determination and rise in popularity in this beautifully designed book.
Clementine, by Sara Pennypacker, illustrated by Marla Frazee, Hyperion Books for Children, 2006, $14.99. Narrated by exuberant, disaster-prone, lovable Clementine, this witty chapter book will appeal to Junie B. Jones fans.
I Found a Dead Bird: The Kids' Guide to the Cycle of Life & Death, by Jan Thornhill, Maple Tree Press, 2006, $9.95. This nonfiction treatment of heavy topics is intelligent, age-appropriate and packed with info about nature.
Secrets, Lies, Gizmos and Spies: A History of Spies and Espionage, by Janet Wyman Coleman, Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2006, $24.95. This informative look at spies and espionage includes photographs, lingo and interviews.
What to Do When You Worry Too Much: A Kid's Guide to Overcoming Anxiety, by Dawn Huebner, illustrated by Bonnie Matthews, Magination Press/American Psychological Association, 2005, $14.95. A rare feat: a self-help book that bypasses jargon to become a terrific resource for kids.
The Year of the Dog, by Grace Lin; Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; 2006; $14.99. For Ramona Quimby lovers, this sparkling chapter book recounts the school adventures and heritage of a Taiwanese-American girl.


Honors Award Winners

All Made Up: A Girl's Guide to Seeing Through Celebrity Hype and Celebrating Real Beauty, by Audrey D. Brashich; Walker & Company, 2006; $16.95. Timely, persuasive deconstruction of female beauty myths, written with passion by a former model.

Crispin: At the Edge of the World, by Avi; Hyperion Books for Children, 2006; $16.99. This sequel to the 2003 Newbery winner is a feast of good storytelling, set in 14th-century England.


Friends: Making Them and Keeping Them, by Patti Kelley Criswell, illustrated by Stacy Peterson; American Girl, 2006; $9.95. This interactive book provides everything girls need to make long-lasting friends. Practical advice, tips, quizzes and true friendship stories are included.

R Is for Rhyme: A Poetry Alphabet, by Judy Young, illustrated by Victor Juhasz; Sleeping Bear Press, 2006; $17.95. Informative, inspiring and beautiful all at the same time.

Steven Caney's Ultimate Building Book, by Steven Caney; Running Press Book Publishers, 2006; $36. This comprehensive look at how and why structures of all shapes and sizes are built includes instructions for more than 100 kid-tested projects.




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