Mildred L. Batchelder Award
Delacorte Press/Random House Children's Books
“The Shadows of Ghadames” paints a vivid picture of a young woman’s coming of age in 19th-century Libya, as 11-year-old Malika questions the restrictions she encounters as she approaches marriageable age. When the women of her family secretly aid a young outcast, Malika gains a new understanding of the strength of the women of Ghadames, whose seclusion from the men’s world of the streets has created a powerful all-female community that extends across the rooftops of the city.
Farrar Straus Giroux
“The Crow-Girl,” by Bodil Bredsdorff, was translated into English by Faith Ingwersen. The book was originally published in Danish in 1993 as “Krageungen: Børnene i Kragevig 1.” In this spare yet moving novel, the Crow-Girl and her grandmother live in a stone house on a sea cove. After her grandmother dies, the child follows the beckoning cries of two crows and leaves her home. While on her journey, the Crow-Girl encounters people who attempt to break her spirit, as well as those who open their hearts and eventually become her chosen family.
Richard Jackson Books/Simon & Schuster's Atheneum division
In this story of 1930s’ Germany, a boy who initially enjoys the advantages of an affluent upbringing is forced into a life of deception after discovering that he is half-Jewish. The suspenseful plot revolves around the complicated relationship between Daniel and his friend Armin, who try to remain close even as the rise of Nazism takes them in different directions. Eventually both must make choices that change their own and each other’s lives.