A post for Cybils sf/f geeks--the 2006 long list

Ok. I am a Cybils Geek. Not a Cybils nerd, or, so help me, a Cybils dork, but a Geek. Obsessivly, intelligently (?) interested....as this post demonstates.

I just came across a list that Jocelyn put together back in December, 2006, of all the science fiction and fantasy books nominated for the Cybils in its first year...

Two things struck me:
1: It is much shorter than our lists now, and they didn't split it up into age groups back then.
2: I t is, on the one hand, rather neat to see so many books and authors I love, and familiar series that are still going strong (whose books have been nominated again this year!), back when they were new and shiny....and, on the other hand, it is a little melancholy to see books that have faded like flowers of the spring...

Here are the books:

Abadazad: The Road to Inconceivable by J.M. DeMatteis, Mike Ploog. Hyperion
Agent Boo: The Littlest Agent by Alex De Campi; illustrated by Edo Fuijkschot. TokyoPop
Amazing Flight of Darius Frobisher, The by Bill Harley. Peachtree Publishers
Anatopsis by Chris Abouzeid. Penguin: Dutton
Artemis Fowl: The Lost Colony by Eoin Colfer. Hyperion: Miramax
AutumnQuest by Terie Garrison. Flux
Avielle of Rhia by Dia Calhoun. Marshall Cavendish Children’s Books
Beast of Noor, The by Janet Lee CareySimon & Schuster: Atheneum
Beasts of Clawstone Castle, The by Eva Ibbotson. Penguin: Dutton
Beka Cooper: Terrier by Tamora Pierce. Random House
Bella at Midnight by Diane Stanley. HarperCollins
Blue Bloods by Melissa de la Cruz. Hyperion
Book of Story Beginnings, The by Kristin Kladstrup. Candlewick
Braced2Bite by Serena Robar. Penguin: Berkley
Changeling by Delia Sherman. Penguin: Viking Juvenile
Charlie Bone And The Hidden King by Jenny Nimmo. Scholastic
Corbenic by Catherine Fisher. HarperCollins. Greenwillow
Darkling Plain, A by Philip Reeve . HarperCollins. Eos
Death of a Ghost by Charles Butler. HarperCollins
Devilish by Maureen Johnson. Penguin: Razorbill
Dream Spinner by Bonnie Dobkin. Flux
Endymion Spring by Matthew Skelton. RandomHouse: Delacorte
Enemies by Christopher Golden and Ford Lytle Gilmore. Penguin: Razorbill
Erec Rex: The Dragon’s Eye by Kaza Kingsley. Firelight Press
Evil Star by Anthony Horowitz. Scholastic
Eye Pocket: The Fantastic Society of Peculiar Adventurers, The by E.J. Crow. DNA Press
Fablehaven by Brandon Mull. Shadow Mountain
Fairest by Gail Carson Levine. HarperCollins
Fetch, The by Chris Humphreys. RandomHouse: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Floating Island, The by Elizabeth Haydon. Tor: Starscape
Gideon: The Cutpurse by Linda Buckley-Archer. Simon & Schuster
Gilda Joyce, and the Ladies of the Lake by Jennifer Allison. Penguin: Dutton
Golden by Jennifer Lynn Barnes. RandomHouse: Delacorte
Good Fairies of New York, The by Martin Millar. Soft Skull
Gossamer by Lois Lowry. Houghton Mifflin: Walter Lorraine Books
Hellbent by Anthony McGowan. Simon & Schuster
Here Be Monsters by Alan Snow. Simon & Schuster: Atheneum
Here, There Be Dragons by James A. Owen. Simon & Schuster
High School Bites: The Lucy Chronicles by Liza Conrad. NAL Trade
Homefree by Nina Wright. Flux
Horns & Wrinkles by Joseph Helgerson. Houghton Mifflin
Horse Passages by Jennifer Macaire. Medallion Press
Into the Woods by Lyn Gardner. David Fickling Books
King of Attolia, The by Megan Whalen Turner. HarperCollins: Greenwillow
Larklight by Philip Reeve. Bloomsbury
Last Days, The by Scott Westerfield. Penguin: Razorbill
Last Dragon, The by Silvana de Mari. Hyperion: Miramax
Last of the Wilds by Trudi Canavan. HarperCollins: Eos
Legend of Zoey, The by Candie Moonshower. RandomHouse: Delacorte
Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer. Harcourt Children’s Books
London Calling by Edward Bloor. RandomHouse: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Looking Glass Wars, The by Frank Beddor. Penguin: Dial
Lurkers, The by Charles Butler. Usborne Publishing Ltd
Magic Lessons by Justine Larbalestier. Penguin: Razorbill
Monster Blood Tattoo: The Foundling by DM Cornish. Penguin: Putnam
New Moon by Stephenie Meyer. Little, Brown (Hachette)
Peter Pan in Scarlet by Geraldine McCaughrean. Simon & Schuster: Margaret K. McElderry
Pinhoe Egg, The by Diana Wynne Jones. HarperCollins: Greenwillow
Privilege of the Sword by Ellen Kushner. RandomHouse: Bantam Dell
Prophet of Yonwood, The by Jeanne Duprau. Random House
Ptolemy’s Gate by Jonathan Stroud. Hyperion: Miramax
Pucker by Melanie Gideon. Penguin: Razorbill
Quest of the Dragon Stone by Ami Blackford. Red Cygnet Press
Ranger’s Apprentice: The Burning Bridge, The. by John FlanaganPenguin: Philomel
River Secrets by Shannon Hale. Bloomsbury
Samurai by Jason Hightman. HarperCollins: Eos
Sea of Monsters, The by Rick Riordan. Hyperion: Miramax
Septimus Heap #2: Flyte by Angie Sage. HarperCollins: Katherine Tegen Books
Shadow in the Deep by L.B. Graham. P & R Publishing
Shadow Thieves, The by Anne Ursu. Simon & Schuster: Atheneum
Silver City by Cliff McNish. Carolrhoda Books
Sir Thursday by Garth Nix. Scholastic
Sisters Grimm: The Problem Child by Michael Buckley. Amulet
Softwire: Virus on Orbis 1, The by PJ Haarsma. Candlewick
Stones of Abraxas by K Osborn . SullivanMedallion
Summer King, The by O.R. Melling. Amulet Books
Sword of Anton by Gene Del Vecchio. Pelican Publishing Company
Temping Fate by Esther Friesner. Penguin: Dutton
Tide Knot, The by Helen Dunmore. HarperCollins
Travels of Thelonious by Susan Schade and Jon Buller. Simon & Schuster: Simon & Schuster
Undine by Penni Russon. HarperCollins: Greenwillow
Voices by Ursula Le Guin. Harcourt Children’s Books
Wabi by Joseph Bruchac. Penguin: Dial
Wall and the Wing, The by Laura Ruby. HarperCollins: Eos
Wintersmith by Terry PratchettHarperTeen
Wolfproof by Maureen Doyle McQuerry. Idylls Press
Wuthering High by Cara Lockwood. MTV

Here's what made it to the 2006 shortlist: Ptolomey's Gate, Silver City, Beka Cooper: Terrier, The Last Dragon, and Pucker. Hmmm. I've read exactly one of these. Pathetic.

For me, King of Attolia, by Megan Whalen Turner, and Voices, by Ursula Le Guin, stand out. But I haven't read enough of these 2006 titles to come up with a shortlist of five, and I'm not sure if either of these two that I love have the Kid Appeal that would make them truly Cybilian (which I guess the 2006 panelists decided as well).

Which would you have picked?


  1. I don't think Peter Pan in Scarlet should be nominated at all - it has fact-checking mistakes from Barrie's original stories! How can an official sequel have story errors?

    There is a Pan adventure that's faithful, though, even based on Barrie's own idea for more. Click my name...


  2. Oh well, this is the list from way way back in 2006, so there's not much to do about it now!!! And anybody who wants to nominate a book is entitled to.

  3. Hey, I remember that list.

    I was actually on the graphic novels commitee that year. We were the first group to split up YA/MG titles from each other I think. Then the next year they split Sci Fi and gave MG it's own category. Neat to see how it's changed over the years!

  4. Can't believe Life As We Knew It didn't make the shortlist.
    It's the one on there that has the strongest lasting appeal. Though I personally loved Ptolemy's Gate and King of Attolia.
    thanks for the past blast.

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