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Candace Fleming

Boxes for Katje


2004, Great Lakes Book Awards, Winner2005, Red Clover Award, Nominee2006, California Young Reader Medal, Winner2005, Florida Children's Book Award, Nominee2005, Volunteer State Book Awards, Nominee2005, Black-Eyed Susan Award, Nominee2006, Virginia Readers Choice Award, Nominee2005, Arkansas Diamond Primary Book Award, Nominee2006, South Carolina Childrens, Junior and Young Adult Book Award, Nominee2006, Golden Sower Award, Nominee2008, Monarch Award, Nominee2007, Young Hoosier Book Award, Nominee2006, Rhode Island Children's Book Awards, Nominee

Simple seeds of friendship grow into something extraordinary

After World War II there is little left in Katje's town of Olst in Holland. Her family, like most Dutch families, must patch their old worn clothing and go without everyday things like soap and milk. Then one spring morning when the tulips bloom thick and bright, Postman Kleinhoonte pedals his bicycle down Katje's street to deliver a mysterious box - a box from America Full of soap, socks, and chocolate, the box has been sent by Rosie, an American girl from Mayfield, Indiana. Her package is part of a goodwill effort to help the people of Europe. What's inside so delights Katje that she sends off a letter of thanks - beginning an exchange that swells with so many surprises that the girls, as well as their townspeople, will never be the same.

This inspiring story, with strikingly original art, is based on the author's mother's childhood and will show young readers that they, too, can make a difference.

Boxes for Katje is a 2004 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year and a 2006 California Young Readers Medal for Picture Books for Older Readers winner


About the Author

Candace Fleming is the author of Gabriella's Song. She lives in Mount Prospect, Illinois.

Stacey Dressen-McQueen lives in Portland, Oregon. Boxes for Katje is her first book.