Mildred L. Batchelder Award
This contemporary version of the Tom Thumb story follows charismatic Yann, youngest and smallest of seven brothers, as he silently leads his siblings across the rain-soaked French countryside. Their harrowing flight from abusive parents is described through the recollections of the boys themselves and through the distinctive voices of those who witness or abet their journey.
After his parents are murdered by itinerant criminal Angel, young Paolo and the killer haltingly discover their capacity for love and forgiveness. The two tempt an unavoidable fate when they accept a stranger into their lives and then venture beyond their bleak homestead on the southern tip of Chile.
A young elf and an irascible dragon, with the help of twobewildered but kindly humans and later a feisty orphan, attempt to fulfill aprophecy that tests their courage and resilience. The tale offers the readeradventure, romance and a wonderfully realized magical world.