Batchelder Award 2011

Most oustanding book in translation

This award honors Mildred L. Batchelder, a former executive director of the Association for Library Service to Children, a believer in the importance of good books for children in translation from all parts of the world. Awarded to an American publisher for outstanding children's books originally published in a foreign language in a foreign country, and subsequently translated into English.

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Author: Anne-Laure Bondoux
2011 Batchelder Award - Winner
In the early 1990s, a boy with a mysterious past and the woman who cares for him endure a five-year journey across the war-torn Caucasus and Europe, weathering hardships and welcoming unforgettable encounters with other refugees searching for a better life.
Author: Truus Matti
2011 Batchelder Award - Honor
Originally published in Dutch in 2009 as “Vertrektijd." An eleven-year-old mourns the death of her father in chapters set alternately in the real world and a dreamlike hotel staffed by odd creatures. She struggles to escape the snares of grief and regret, growing toward wholeness and acceptance.
Author: Janne Teller
2011 Batchelder Award - Honor

When thirteen-year-old Pierre Anthon leaves school to sit in a plum tree and train for becoming part of nothing, his seventh grade classmates set out on a desperate quest for the meaning of life.