Set up in 2006, the Sakura Medal program is awarded by students attending Japanese international schools. Each year, nearly 15,000 children across 20 schools vote for their favourite book in nine categories. The winners will be announced in May 2016.
Space Case, the first title in a new middle grade series by Stuart Gibbs, was previously nominated for the Edgar Award in the US in the best juvenile category and received top reviews. The novel takes place on the first moon base where 12 year old Dash Gibson investigates the death of one of the base’s highly-respected scientist. The second novel in the series Spaced Out is scheduled for May 2016. Stuart Gibbs’ works have been translated in ten languages.
Described by School Library Journal as a cross between “Gail Carson Levine’s Ella Enchanted and Meg from Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time", The Real Boy by Anne Ursu is a literary middle grade novel which was longlisted for the National Book Award in the Young People’s Literature category. The novel was very well-received in the US and rights were sold in China and Russia.