A new poll--which Cybils sci fi/fantasy short-listed book do you love the best?

It is a chilly, grey evening here in southern New England; the rain, which made me happy at 6:00 a.m. (goodness knows we needed it), has overstayed its welcome. It cheered me no end, however, to see over at the Cybils blog the first stirrings of new life...with its promise of a new exciting season of book celebrating to come!

For those who don't know the Cybils, these are awards given by bloggers to books that combine quality writing and kid appeal. Since 2006, anyone who wanted to has nominated the books they loved best in a variety of categories, and panels of bloggers have created shortlists (I've been lucky enough to have been a panelist several times), and picked winners. The Cybils Shortlists are pretty much must read books in my opinion (many of them I Love, and there's only one I didn't enjoy at all. But not because it wasn't a good book).

And so, in an anticipatory spirit, I thought it would be fun to have a poll to see which, of all the books shortlisted in my favorite categories of sci fi/fantasy for middle grade and YA readers from 2006-2009, is the most best beloved! It's a long list--in 2006, there were only 5 books on the short list, but the astronomical increase in the number of books nominated meant that by 2009, middle grade and YA were two categories, with seven shortlisted books each.

Here's the poll; please vote for your favorite (incidently, when you look at the results, the grey bar goes with the book above it).

Which one do you like best?

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If that isn't a nice list of books, I don't know what is. And I am finding myself totally unable to pick just one, so maybe this whole poll thing was a bad idea....


  1. That's a pretty impressive list of books! It's so hard to choose just one.

  2. This is a great list and I can't decide which to vote for. I am glad I am not on the Cybil committee.

  3. Oh well, Alex, no one is actually going to have to chose a winner from this list for real! That would truly be a horribly difficult thing to do.

    The actual Cybils panelists have a slightly easier time of it (although there is the matter of having to read 100-160ish books in 10 weeks....)

  4. Thanks for this poll. I voted. I can't wait for the Cybils to start again.

  5. AHHHHH! How do I choose just one?? Seriously?

    And I can't wait for the Cybils to start up again, either. :-D

  6. I have read shockingly few of these. I'll have to go to the library with this list and see what I can find. :D

  7. Wow, love the list! Wish I could vote for a top 3 or 5 that would make it so much easier.

  8. I can't pick just one. There's too many really good ones. Glad I'm not a judge.

  9. another impossible poll?! I loved Beka Cooper...but how can I neglect Skulduggery? and Julie was brilliant (from Into the Wild) and I thought Repossessed was fascinating and when I finally got around to reading The True Meaning of Smekday I couldn't put it down. Cabinet of Wonders was good too. Serial Garden was either my nomination or one I suggestion to somebody - I can't remember...and Lips Touch was gorgeous....basically I loved everything on this list I read!

  10. Truly this is a hard one. I think I would have had to make it "pick your top 15" in order to make myself truly comfortable with voting...

  11. I haven't read them all, but I HAD to pick PTOLEMY'S GATE. It's got one of my very favourite endings.


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