EMPORIA, Kan. (AP) _ A story about a free-spirited third-grader
and a story about a Jewish girl living in ghetto during World War
II won William Allen White Children's Book Awards.
Emporia State University announced the winners in a news release
Friday. The university has given the award for more than 50 years.
About 50,000 Kansas schoolchildren participated in the selection
``Clementine'' by Sara Pennypacker won in the third- through
fifth-grade category. The story chronicles the misadventures of an
8-year-old girl and her friendship with her neighbor, Margaret.
``Yellow Star'' by Jennifer Roy won in the sixth- through
eighth-grade category. It's about a 4-year-old girl named Syvia who
struggles to survive with her family in Poland's Lodz ghetto during
the Nazi occupation.