Happy New Year!
The most exciting news of the week (mg sff book wise) is the announcement of the Cybils shortlists! I hope you all are pleased with the books us mg sff panelists chose--we could have made the list ever so much longer, what with all the great books published this year, but we managed to bringing it down to the following seven:
Breadcrumbs, by Anne Ursu
Tuesdays at the Castle, by Jessica Day George
Icefall, by Matthew Kirby
A Monster Calls, by Patrick Ness
The Cheshire Cheese Cat, by Carmen Agra Deedy
Dragon Castle, by Joseph Bruchac
The Inquisitor's Apprentice, by Chris Moriarty
As usual, I am glad I am not a final round judge. I do not know which one I would pick. The full list of all short-listed books can be found here.
On a much sadder note--before getting into the real round-up, I wanted to take a moment to say goodbye to three friends of mg sff who left us in 2011--Diana Wynne Jones, Anne McCaffrey, and Ben Boos. Ben Boos, for those who might not know, was the author and illustrator of two beautiful books--Swords (my review) and Fantasy: An Artist's Realm (my review). His loss is especially sad, because he was so young.
The Reviews (a longish list, because I didn't do a round-up on Christmas day; please let me know if I missed yours!)
Bliss, by Kathryn Littlewood, at Book Aunt
Breadcrumbs, by Anne Ursu, at Book-A-Day Almanac, One Librarian's Book Reviews, and Fantasy Literature
Dog Whisperer: Storm Warning, at TheHappyNappyBookseller
The Emerald Atlas, by John Stephens, at Jean Little Library
The Flint Heart, by Katherine Paterson and John Paterson, at books4yourkids
The Grimm Legacy, by Polly Shulman, at books4yourkids
Icefall, by Matthew Kirby, at Good Books and Good Wine
The Inquitior's Apprentice, by at Random Musings of a Bibliophile
The Jewel of the Kalderash, by Marie Rutkoski, at TheHappyNappyBookseller
The Magic Cake Shop, by Meika Hashimoto, at Book Aunt
Nicholas North and the Battle of the Nightmare King, by William Joyce and Laura Geringer, at Wicked Awesome Books
Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes, by Jonathan Auxier, at Random Musings of a Bibliophile
The Seige of Macindaw, by John Flanagan, at Karissa's Reading Review
Seven Sorcerers, by Caro King, at Charlotte's Library
Sidekicks, by Dan Santat, at Literate Lives
A Tale of Two Castles, by Gail Carson Levine, at Jean Little Library
The Unwanteds, by Lisa McMann, at Page in Training and The Musings of a Book Addict
Winterling, by Sarah Prineas, at Good Books and Good Wine and Ms. Martin Teaches Media
The Wizard of Dark Street, by Shawn Thomas Odyssey, at books4yourkids
A two for one post at Postcards from La-La Land: Sir Seth Thistlethwaite and the Soothsayer’s Shoes, by Richard Thake, and Canadian Flyer Adventures: Beware, Pirates! by Frieda Wishinsky.
Authors and Interviews:
Sarvenaz Tash (The Mapmaker and the Ghost) at Stacked
Other good stuff:
Breadcrumbs, by Anne Ursu, at NPR's Backstreet Book Club
Starting tomorrow, Deb at Just Deb is hosting a week long Marvelous Middle Grade Readathon. I'm giving away two ARCs to one participant--The Book of Wonders, by Jasmine Richards,
and Fairy Lies, by E.D. Baker.
And finally, may we all find happiness, wonder, wisdom, and refugee in the books we read in 2012! (art by Guy Laramee, found at Paranthetical).