Mildred L. Batchelder Award
The Chicken House/Scholastic Publishing
Two orphaned brothers, Prosper, 12, and Bo, 5, come to Venice on the run from relatives who intend to separate them. A band of street kids, a mysterious Thief Lord, a nosy detective and a magical carousel are all part of an enchanting story that combines mystery, adventure and fantasy.
David R. Godine
An innovative book design captures the heart of this allegorical tale of a persistent and clever hen that pursues dreams leading to better conditions for the 3,333 chickens on a poultry farm.