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Children's & Youth Services | South Dakota Children's Book Awards | Prairie Pasque Nominees 2007-2008

Prairie Pasque Nominees 2007-2008


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Ghost's Grave by Peg Kehret

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Missing Manatee

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Cynthia DeFelice

While coping with his parents’ separation, eleven-year-old Skeet spends most of Spring Break in his skiff on a Florida river, where he finds a manatee shot to death and begins looking for the killer.

Grade Level: 3-7
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Willow Run

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Patricia Giff

Meggie Dillon's life has been turned upside down by World War II. Her older brother Eddie enlisted and was shipped off to fight in Europe. And people say that anywhere else Grandpa would be turned in because he's German, and people might think he's a spy. Is it true? Could Grandpa be taken away? Meggie's father has announced that they must help the war effort and move to Willow Run, Michigan, where he'll work nights in a factory building important war planes that will help fight the enemy in Europe.

Grade Level: 4-7
Publisher: Random House Children's Books

A Kick in the Head: An Everyday Guide to Poetic Forms

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Paul Janeczko

Twenty-nine illustrated examples of poetic forms, demonstrating not only the (sometimes bendable) rules of poetry, but also the spirit that brings these forms so wonderfully to life.

Grade Level: 3-7
Publisher: Candlewick Press

Ghost's Grave

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Peg Kehret WINNER!

Apprehensive about spending the summer in Washington State with his Aunt Ethel when his parents get an overseas job, twelve-year-old Josh soon finds adventure when he meets the ghost of a coal miner.

Grade Level: 6-up
Publisher: Penguin Group

Once Upon a Cool Motorcycle Dude

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Kevin O'Malley

Cooperatively writing a fairy tale for school, a girl imagines a beautiful princess whose beloved ponies are being stolen by a giant, and a boy conjures up the muscular biker who will guard the last pony in exchange for gold.

Grade Level: 4-7
Publisher: Walker & Company

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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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