So nominations for the Cybils are chugging along, and sixty some books have been nominated in the middle grade sci fi/fantasy category, and over ten mg sci fi/fantasy books have been nominated in other categories....but still there are important and interesting books missing.
Now, I am not a fiercely, desperately competitive and neurotic person and I don't every year get saddened by the fact that more YA sci fi/fantasy books get nominated than middle grade ones and I don't write frantic posts saying ACK! These books haven't been nominated and I don't obsessively check just about every hour to see if any new books have made it onto the mg sff Cybils list. (Kidding. I am and I do).
This year some of the pressure is off me because publishers get to do a bit of filling in the blank at the end. So this is not a frantic, hysterical post; it is a calm and reflective post, in which I look back at November and December of 2011 to see what books came out then that haven't been nominated yet.
It used to be that there was a great website that listed books by their release date, and I used to go through these lists and cull the middle grade and YA sci fi/fantasy books into lists I shared here. But it went dark in March. Still, the November (part a and part b) and December lists (part a and part b) are there....So if you haven't nominated, take a look and see if you are reminded of a beloved book, and if looking back at those lists reminds you of a YA title you want to nominate, I guess that's ok too.
I didn't actually read as many of these as I would have thought I might have, but here are some that look interesting to me personally, and some I read and liked:
MOUSENET by Prudence Breitrose
BESWITCHED by Kate Saunders (now nominated!)
THE FUTURE DOOR: NO PLACE LIKE HOLMES by Jason Lethcoe
THE GRAVE ROBBERS OF GENGHIS KHAN: CHILDREN OF THE LAMP by P.B. Kerr
LITTLE WOMEN AND ME by Lauren Baratz-Logsted
MADAME PAMPLEMOUSSE AND THE ENCHANTED SWEET SHOP by Rupert Kingfisher
THE OUTCASTS: BROTHERBAND CHRONICLES by John Flanagan
SNOW IN SUMMER: FAIREST OF THEM ALL by Jane Yolen (now nominated)
THE TWILIGHT CIRCUS: WOLVEN by Di Toft
(and here are some books from Jan-March)