The Big News:
The Cybils Shortlists have been announced, and here are the lovely books us first round mg sff panelists came up with! (click here to see the blurbs we wrote for them)
Beswitched by Kate Saunders
Geeks, Girls, and Secret Identities by Mike Jung
The Cabinet of Earths by Anne Nesbet
The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen
The Last Dragonslayer by Jasper Fforde
The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
The Peculiar by Stefan Bachmann
The Aviary, by Kathleen O’Dell, at Beyond Books
The Cup and the Crown, by Diane Stanley, at Kid Lit Geek
Elliot and the Goblin War, by Jennifer Nielsen, at My Precious
The False Prince, by Jennifer Nielsen, at Bookends and Literate Lives
The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There, by Catherynne M. Valente, at Ex Libris
Just So Stories, by Rudyard Kipling--Michael Morpurgo at The Guardian
Iron Hearted Violet, by Kelly Barnhill, at Karissa's Reading Review
The One and Only Ivan, by Katherine Applegate, at Challenging the Bookworm
Palace of Stone, by Shannon Hale, at Stacked
The Path of Beasts, by Lian Tanner, at Ms. Yingling Reads
The Peculiar, by Stefan Bachmann, at books4yourkids
Pip and the Wood Witch Curse, by Chris Mould, at Charlotte's Library
Posiden and the Sea of Fury, by Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams, at The Write Path
Shadow Breakers, by Daniel Blythe, at Ms. Yingling Reads
Spirit Fighter, by Jay Law, at Challenging the Bookworm
Tilly's Moonlight Garden, by Julia Green, at Ms. Yingling Reads
Who Could That Be At This Hour? by Lemony Snickett, at Biblio File
Two fantasy moth books--Margaret and the Moth Tree, by Brit Trogan and Kari Trogan, and The Grey Ghost, by Julie Hahnke, at Charlotte's Library
Other Good Stuff:
At From the Mixed Up Files, Sayantani DasGupta asks--Is there a shortage of girls in mg sff? I think not, myself, and the comments are full of recommendations. Watching the books I'm offering to my own young fantasy reader, I'm rather thrilled to see how many books with central characters who are girls he's loving, and I think that if you want your boy to "read girls," mgsff is your best bet. Followed by graphic novels.
Which is illustrated by my own look at the mg sff sequels and series continuators coming out this spring--6 star girls (one being a girl dragon) and 3 star boys.
For those interested in diversity in mg sff--here's my round up of all the 2012 books I found whose central protagonists aren't white kids.
It would actually take 2.5 million seagulls to lift the Giant Peach (via The Guardian). Logistically challenging.