Mildred L. Batchelder Award
Arthur A. Levine Books
The book tells the story of a young farmhand’s experience as a soldier in Napoleon’s invasion of Russia beginning in the winter of 1811. Betrayed by his farmer, he is conscripted into the Grande Armée and joins an ill-fated march to conquer Moscow. He becomes the personal servant of a young aristocrat, a life-transforming experience for both of them.
Bloomsbury Children's Books
Zenatti’s memoir tackles the unusual topic of compulsory military service in Israel, revealing the complex fabric of Israeli society. Her account of her first year as a soldier describes an experience totally foreign to American teens.
Phaidon Press Limited
A favorite among French schoolchildren for nearly half a century, the Nicholas stories introduce American readers to the hilarious escapades of a schoolboy and his classmates in an all-boys school.