Fuse #8

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Tick Tick Tick Tick

Time is running out. You only have until Monday at midnight (Eastern time) to post your nominations for the Cybil Award.

Here is what has already been nominated. If you don't see a title you posted already, it was probably moved to a different category or wasn't originally published in the year 2006. I'm presenting them here in the order in which they were nominated because I am a lazy lazy woman. Voila.

Hugging the Rock by Susan Taylor Brown
Out of Patience by Brian Meehl
Shug by Jenny Han
Toys Go Out: Being the Adventures of a Knowledgeable Stingray, a Toughy Little Buffalo, and Someone Called Plastic by Emily Jenkins, illustrated by Paul O. Zelinsky
Victory by Susan Cooper.
Younguncle Comes To Town by Vandana Singh (Viking, 2006)
That Girl Lucy Moon, by Amy Timberlake
Weedflower by Cynthia Kadohata
Julia's Kitchen by Brenda A. Ferber
Year of the Dog by Grace Lin
Rules by Cynthia Lord
Black Duck, by Janet Taylor Lisle
Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life by Wendy Mass
Firegirl by Tony Abbott.
Ruby Lu, Empress of Everything, by Leonore Look
YELLOW STAR by Jennifer Roy
The Higher Power of Lucky, by Susan Patron (Richard Jackson Books).
ALL OF THE ABOVE by Shelley Pearsall
Clementine by Sara Pennypacker
Fly By Night by Frances Hardinge
Wright 3 by Blue Balliett.
Vive La Paris, by Esme Raji Codell.
Half-Moon Investigations by Eoin Colfer
Kiki Strike by Kirsten Miller
Framed by Frank Cottrell Boyce
PENNY FROM HEAVEN by Jennifer L. Holm
Caddy Ever After by Hilary McKay
THE GREEN GLASS SEA by Ellen Klages.
Bread and Roses Too by Paterson
Home in a Wilderness Fort: Copper Harbor, 1844 by Charlotte Otten
"The Strictest School in the World," by Howard Whitehouse
FINDING DAY"S BOTTOM by Candice Ransom
Secret of the Three Treasures by Janni Lee Simner
A Drowned Maiden's Hair by Laura Amy Schlitz
Vanishing Act by Jon Feinstein
Penelope Bailey Takes the Stage by Susanna Reich
Gossamer by Lois Lowry
The Fairies of Nutfolk Wood by Barb Bentler Ullman
Breathe by Cliff McNish
Battle Cry by Jan Neubert Schultz
LARGER-THAN-LIFE LARA by Dandi Daley Mackall
BLUE by Joyce Moyer Hostetter
Alabama Moon by Watt Key
The Loud Silence of Francine Green by the brilliant Karen Cushman
Charlotte in Paris by Annie Bryant
The Clue of the Linoleum Lederhosen by M.T. Anderson
"Georgie's Moon", by Chris Woodworth
Heat by Mike Lupica
Goodnight Mrs. Dinglewall by JoAn Martin
The Manny Files by Christian Burch
Uncharted Waters by Leslie Bulion
Ashley Enright Investigations by Lauren E. Smith
Mystery of the Hats by Eddie Lay
Desperate Journey by Jim Murphy


At 8:44 AM , Anonymous Eric Berlin said...

MAN but I am glad I volunteered to be on the judging committee and not the nominating committee. I wouldn't be able to read a quarter of these books before January.

(I have started to read some of these books, on the assumption that a few of my selections will be among the final five. We'll soon see if I guessed right.)

At 11:22 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do you have a list of criteria that you are working with?


At 12:13 PM , Blogger fusenumber8 said...

First and foremost, the Cybils distinguish themselves from the Newbery and other awards by taking into consideration the kid-appeal of the titles. We (the middle grade fiction committee) don't want to become the Quills, but at the same time we'd rather not promote books that no one but the most advanced 6th grader would be interested in reading. However, there is no written criteria for the Cybils as of yet. As such, in terms of middle grade novels, my nominating committee will be operating within criteria very similar to that of the Newberys. This includes, but is not restricted to:

Interpretation of the theme or concept
Presentation of information including accuracy, clarity, and organization
Development of a plot
Delineation of characters
Delineation of setting
Appropriateness of style

... as defined by the Newbery itself.

Hopefully once the year is done and the award, uh, awarded the committee heads will be able to sit down and hammer out some proper criteria and conditions for 2007.

At 12:47 PM , Blogger What Maternal Instinct? said...

Hi there. Here's what Kelly posted about our criteria so far:


Mostly, though, I encouraged her to leave it vague and let each committee come to its own consensus. I felt that was better than having a strict set of rules that might not apply across genres, or would lock people into a formula, or give "serious" too much of an edge over "silly."

What if the poetry panelists decide "Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich" is a better collection than "Songs of the Water Boatman"?

There's something to be said for asking a bunch of smart people to weed through a stack of books, pick their favorites and defend their choices. I trust them.

I don't think we need wait until next year to see a brilliant contest: this year's will teach us much about how bloggers define what makes a good read.

Okay, getting off the Cybils soapbox now. Happy reading.

At 10:38 PM , Blogger fusenumber8 said...

Oh no no no. I didn't mean to imply that the choices this year wouldn't be fabulous. Just that we've the usual set of bugs and kinks that time will help us iron out.

Thanks for the clarification all the same. You are the heart and soul of the Cybils and should be given the acclaim you are due accordingly.

At 10:23 AM , Blogger What Maternal Instinct? said...

Erm, uh, *blush* I'm just here to take the blame. Or something. I didn't mean it THAT way. Oh dear.

I'm just running around to different blogs to bang the Cybils drum. I don't want people to think all our hard-working volunteers are flinging this whole contest together on the fly.

But, yes, I can see how the Newbery's have had several decades head start on us. I expect they're somewhat more smoothly run.

Then again, we're not making you un-post any reviews. ;-)

At 11:58 AM , Anonymous elizabeth fama said...

It's fascinating that your devoted audience has not nominated Tulane.

My sister-in-law would want me to correct that.

Oh, well.

At 3:32 PM , Blogger MotherReader said...

I could swear I saw Tulane on the website list. Did you dump that bad bunny, Fuse?

At 6:51 PM , Blogger What Maternal Instinct? said...

Someone only just nominated it at 4:50 p.m. today.


Post a Comment

Subscribe to Post Comments [Atom]

Links to this post:

Create a Link

<< Home