Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Cybils Announced!

The 2006 Cybils (Children's and YA Bloggers' Literary Awards) winners have been announced!

I was a judge in the Middle Grade Fiction category, and we had five fabulous books to read. The book we chose as our winner is a true gem. Unique premise, memorable characters, great storyline. We all fell in love with it from the very first sentence: "On the morning of the best day of her life, Maud Flynn was locked in the outhouse, singing 'The Battle Hymn of the Republic.'" Of course I'm talking about A DROWNED MAIDEN'S HAIR: A MELODRAMA by Laura Amy Schlitz. Congratulations to Ms. Schlitz!!! This is a truly wonderful book. The win is well-deserved.

Here's a list of the winners in all the categories:

Middle Grade Fiction:
A Drowned Maiden's Hair: A Melodrama
by Laura Amy Schlitz
Candlewick Press

Young Adult Fiction:
Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist
by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
Knopf Books for Young Readers

Fantasy and Science Fiction:
Ptolemy's Gate (The Bartimaeus Trilogy, Book 3)
Jonathan Stroud
Hyperion: Miramax

Fiction Picture Books:
Scaredy Squirrel
by Melanie Watt
Kid’s Can Press

Graphic Novels - Ages 12 and Under:
Amelia Rules! Volume 3: Superheroes
by Jim Gownley
Renaissance Press

Graphic Novels - Ages 13 and Up:
American Born Chinese
Gene Yang
First Second

Non-Fiction, Middle Grade and Young Adult:
Freedom Walkers: The Story of the Montgomery Bus Boycott
by Russell Freedman
Holiday House

Non-Fiction Picture Books:
An Egg Is Quiet
written by Dianna Aston; illustrated by Sylvia Long
Chronicle Books

Butterfly Eyes and Other Secrets of the Meadow
written by Joyce Sidman, illustrated by Beth Krommes
Houghton Mifflin

Congratulations to all the winners! And happy reading, everyone!



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