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  1. Last call for Cybils Nominations and some recommended books!

    Tomorrow, Thursday October 15, is the last day to nominate your favorite children's or YA books of the year for the Cybils Awards! You have until midnight tomorrow night to submit your nominations. Nominate here. In case you aren't sure what to nominate, here are some suggestions of books published…

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  2. Cybils Awards: Five Reasons to Apply as a Judge!

    Everyone else is doing it, so I thought I’d post my five reasons why you should apply to be a Cybils Awards judge. As you would expect, there’s a lot of overlap with other people’s reasons, but I’ll add my own spin on them, and with…

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  3. Don't overlook these books!

    I love the seven books my panel selected as the finalists for YA Speculative Fiction. I’m really proud of our shortlist as a representation of the best YA Spec Fic books of 2014. However, there are always the ones that got away, the ones that didn’t quite make…

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  4. Cybils Awards 2014 Finalists!

    The 2014 Cybils Awards finalists have been announced! The Cybils Awards, now in our 9th year, recognize the best children’s and YA books of the year as defined by our primary criteria: kid appeal and literary merit. We are an adjudicated award, and our judges are all bloggers specializing…

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  5. Cybils Nomination Suggestions!

    Wednesday is the last day for Cybils Awards nominations, and there are still eligible books that haven’t been nominated that maybe should be considered. If you’re looking for something to nominate, here are some suggestions that might jog your memory. See this post for information on eligibility and…

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  6. Book Review: Shadows

    Shadows by Robin McKinley It’s not just that Maggie misses her father, or understandably resents her new stepfather, Val. No, it goes beyond that: Val has too many shadows. Whenever Maggie looks at him, she sees him surrounded by wiggly shadow shapes with too many appendages. It can’t…

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  7. 2013 Cybils Awards: Suggested Nominations

    There are only about five more days to nominate for the Cybils Awards, and while there are some great books nominated, I’m surprised at some of the books released in the last year that haven’t been nominated yet. If you haven’t nominated yet, here are some suggestions…

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  8. Cybils Awards 2013: Speculative Fiction

    Every year since 2006, I’ve participated in one way or another in the Cybils Awards, the annual award for children’s and young adult books given by the children’s book blogger community. For most years, I’ve been Category Chair for the Fantasy & Science Fiction category. This…

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  9. Book Review: Planesrunner

    Planesrunner Everness, Book One by Ian McDonald I decided to try a new format for my reviews. I hope this is a useful format. Plot: Everett Singh’s dad, a quantum physicist, is kidnapped off the street in view of Everett by three men in a black car. Later that…

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  10. My Favorite Books that Didn't Make the Shortlist

    I used to think that the job of a book awards committee was to pick the best books of the year. After six years of serving on the Cybils Awards panel choosing the shortlist for science fiction & fantasy, I know differently. The truth is that there are any number…

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