Monday, October 13, 2014

Need a nominee for Cybils MGF? Try one of these!

Cybils-Logo-2014-Web-SmThe nominations for the Cybils Awards close on Wednesday, so if you don't know what to nominate, definitely take a look at some of these.

These were all books that I liked initially and have checked out well, OR that have surprised me with the number of students that really liked them. There are a lot of sports books, because that's what many students like to read, and we don't see many of them nominated, even though they often tell fascinating stories in addition to the sports. I've also included diverse books that my students have liked. When we come up with a short list, we like to have a large pool of books from which to choose, and these are all ones that I'm pretty sure will NOT cause the other panelists to want to hurt me!

See what you think? Do you have a favorite of your own? Nominate!

Behrens, Rebecca. When Audrey Met Alice
Bowen, Fred. Double Reverse
Clements, Andrew. The Map Trap
Elliot, L. M. Across a War-Tossed Sea
Feinstein, John. The Walk On
Freitas, Donna. Gold Medal Winter
Greenwald, Lisa. Welcome to Dog Beach
Hilmo, Tess. Skies Like These
Jeter, Derek. The Contract
Johnson, Peter. The Life and Times of Benny Alvarez
Kadohata, Cynthia. Half a World Away
London, C. Alexander. Blood in the Water
Lupica, Mike. Fantasy League
Mackall, Dandi Daley. The Secrets of Tree Taylor
Northrop, Michael. Surrounded by Sharks
Wertheim,  L. Jon  and Tobias Moskowitz. The Rookie Bookie
Woodrow, Allen. The Pet War

Blathery kind of note-- just go back from Kidlitcon, but it took over 30 hours of waiting for planes that were delayed. I really thought that I would end up just living at Chicago O'Hare! I was a little late to comment on MMGM and IMWAYR posts, but I tried to get to most of the blogs who participate and comment to spread the word about Cybils-- sorry if cut and paste was sometimes involved! I do try to make thoughtful comments that prove I read the post, but I don't know how much longer I can remain upright and conscious!


  1. Love Cybils! Cannot wait to see who wins!
    (Sidenote: I so hope to be part of the committee next year! It would be so much fun! :D)

    Happy reading this week! :)

  2. I found one to nominate, Karen. Thank you!

  3. Oh my, I think I keep up with new books, but all of this are new to me. I do recognize some of the authors, but I haven't read these titles yet. My students loved sports books--especially Mike Lupica and John Feinstein. Even though I'm not a huge sports fan in real life, I find myself enjoying sports books quite a bit. I hope you get caught up on your rest!

  4. I appreciated your reminder about Cybils. :) I will make one last check tomorrow and try to nominate in those areas that I didn't nominate anything in yet.

  5. Wow. I read a lot of MG books, but have only read two on your list. I have a lot of work to do!

  6. I am really, really hoping someone nominated Donna Freitas' Gold Medal Winter. I was really torn on my own nomination but went with Hurwitz' the Summer I Saved the World because I personally loved it. I'm also hoping someone will nominate The Battle on Darcy Lane, although the cover is a little off-putting, I thought the book was great.

  7. 30 hours! What a nightmare...and glad that's behind you! I appreciate this look at your Cybils nominees, many of which are unfamiliar to me. More for the To Read list! :D

  8. Thirty hours, wow! Glad you made it back home safely.

  9. Glad you had a nice time at Kidlitcon, but oh my, 30 hours of waiting in airports is horrible! You deserve a good long rest.

  10. Thank you for providing such a great list. I need to do a better job of staying on top of new releases next year.

  11. Most of these titles are unfamiliar to me, thanks for sharing. Hope you had a good rest back home! :)