Mildred L. Batchelder Award
Arthur A. Levine/Scholastic Press
Samir, a Palestinian boy, enters an Israeli hospital for surgery. At first he is fearful and antagonistic, but he develops a bond with Yonatan, an Israeli youngster. The relationship of the children in the ward grows as they face their own physical and emotional trials. Carmi's lyrical text and Lotan's smooth translation leave readers with hopeful possibilities.
David R. Godine
Lehmann's novel relates moments in the lives of three teens who purchase a computer game that recreates a virtual reality of a time machine of history's evils: war after war. Eric and Charles are pitted against Andreas, the oldest, whose need for power propels him to play the game as judge, jury and finally, prey.