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Good Books for Young People to Read This Summer

Books Presented by Pat Leach on NETRadio's "All About Books," June 8, 2006

Golden Sower Winners of 2006:

Primary:
Substitute Teacher Plans Substitute Teacher Plans by Doug Johnson, illustrated by Tammy Smith
A picture book illustrating the merry mix-ups when the teacher's lesson plans get mixed up with her "fun list" for her day off.

Intermediate:
Escaping the Giant Wave Escaping the Giant Wave by Peg Kehret
A novel of a boy and his sister who survive a tsunami off the Oregon Coast.

Young Adult:
High Heat High Heat by Carl Deuker
A baseball novel featuring a high school relief pitcher who must find his emotional footing after losing nearly everything.

Other Award Winners:
Newbery Medal:
Criss Cross Criss Cross by Lynne Rae Perkins
When Debbie wishes that something, anything, good would happen during her 14th summer, she finds that what happens inside is much bigger than what happens outside.

Caldecott Medal:
The Hello Goodbye Window The Hello Goodbye Window by Norton Juster, illustrated by Chris Raschka
A rollicking picture book story told by a young girl about how her wonderful times with her grandparents revolve around their kitchen window.

Some Interesting Nonfiction:
Boy, Were We Wrong About Dinosaurs! Boy, Were We Wrong About Dinosaurs! by Kathleen V. Kudlinski, illustrated by S.D. Schindler
This picture-book format informational book illustrates many ways in which early and ongoing scientific theories about dinosaurs change as new information is gathered. Second through fourth grade.

Mummies: the Newest, Coolest & Creepiest From Around the World Mummies: the Newest, Coolest & Creepiest From Around the World by Shelley Tanaka
Employing ample graphic photographs and informational insets, this book goes beyond Egypt to describe other ways and places where mummies developed. Fourth through sixth grade.

Something Funny!
Whales On Stilts Whales On Stilts by M.T. Anderson
A droll parody of mystery series, featuring Lily Gefelty, who must stop a plot by her father's mad scientist employer to take over the world using whales on stilts.