They're up! The official shortlists of the Cybil Award have just been posted and they're mighty dandy. Everyone owes a great big thank you to Anne Boles Levy for her extraordinarily hard work in putting all this together. Thanks too to Kelly Herold, who has been brilliant at keeping everyone involved in line. Here are some Cybils stats:
- Total nominated books: 484
- Smallest category: Poetry (26 nominations)
- Largest category: Fiction picture books (111 nominations)
As for Middle Grade Fiction, here's what my group liked the most. Drumroll, please.
Framed by Frank Cottrell Boyce
Take a small grey Welsh town. Add great works of art. Stir.
Weedflower by Cynthia Kadohata
WWII serves as the backdrop to this tale of internment, friendship, and growing flowers in the dry desert dust of Arizona.
Heat by Mike Lupica
A heartwarming tale of immigration, baseball and familial love. It's a reminder of what the U.S.A. and Americans can be.
Kiki Strike by Kirsten Miller
What's better than Girl Scouts, books, and an underground world under New York City? Absolutely nothing! That's why Kiki Strike: Inside the Shadow City, by Kirsten Miller, is one of the most entertaining books of the year.
A Drowned Maiden's Hair by Laura Amy Schlitz
This Gothic page-turner features a feisty orphan, a houseful of secrets, and a villain preying on unsuspecting victims.