Nominations for the Cybils have now been open a week, and have come flooding in...but there are still many fine books that haven't been nominated. And if a book's not nominated, it can't win. I hate to think of might have beens, and so I'm offering two lists of books still not on the middle grade science fiction/fantasy list (because that's the genre I know best, and that's where I'm a panelist.
I myself haven't nominated a book yet, and am trying to chose one from the list of books I read and really enjoyed (and it shows just how hard this process of coming up with a short list of books is--I could happily do it from this list alone! edited to add--not so much now, since thankfully my list has gotten shorter as people have nominated more books!)
Flood and Fire, by Emily Diamond
City of Ice, by Laurence Yep
The Midnight Gate, by Helen Stringer
Mistress of the Storm, by M. L. Welsh
House of the Star, by Caitlin Brennan
and I just read The Secret Kingdom, by Jenny Nimmo, and had to add it to my list!
(there are lots of others, but these are my top contenders for my own nomination! Happily, lots of other books I loved have already been nominated, but still....)
(note: it's my opinion that all of these are middle grade eligible, but that's just me....)
And then there are all the books I haven't read (which make me very anxious, because I don't know if I am destined to love them or not!) This list includes:
THE SHEPHERD OF WEEDS: THE POISONS OF CAUX by Susannah Appelbaum
CITY OF LIES: THE KEEPERS by Lian Tanner
THE FIRE KING: THE INVISIBLE ORDER by Paul Crilley
THE LAST MUSKETEER by Stuart Gibbs
LIGHTS ON THE NILE by Donna Jo Napoli
THE SUMMER OF PERMANENT WANTS by Jamieson Findlay
THE DEAD KID DETECTIVE AGENCY by Evan Munday
THE FLIGHT OF DRAGONS: THE FOURTH TALE FROM THE FIVE KINGDOMS by Vivian French
EMMY AND THE RATS IN THE BELFRY by Lynne Jonell
THE EMPIRE OF GUT AND BONE by M.T. Anderson
YOU'LL LIKE IT HERE (EVERYBODY DOES) by Ruth White
GHOST MESSAGES by Jacqueline Guest
THE DOOR IN THE FOREST by Roderick Townley
SUDDENLY IN THE DEPTHS OF THE FOREST, by Amos Oz.
HERO by Mike Lupica
DARKFALL, by Janice Hardy
RUNEWARRIORS: SHIP OF THE DEAD, by James Jannewein
and I'd really like to read Tollins II: Dynamite Tales, which just got published in Canada, making it eligible....
To nominate a book, first snag its isbn through the handy link provided. Then go to this page of the Cybils, to make sure it isn't there already (I'll be updating myself, but things happen). Then go to the nominations page.