The Science Fiction/Fantasy titles nominated for the Cybils Award, with links to reviews

There are 162 nominees in the Science Fiction/Fantasy category, which has been split into books for young and older readers.

Here are the panelists who will be reading them all, and making a short list of fivish books in each category:

Laini Taylor Grow Wings
Charlotte Taylor Charlotte's Library
Alyssa Feller The Shady Glade
Em Em's Bookshelf
Nettle The Puck in the Midden
Tirzah Price The Compulsive Reader
Amanda Blau Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

An alphabetical list of all the books follows, with links to both my reviews and reviews and recommendations by my fellow panelists (a work in progress). If it's in bold that means I've read it (124 --my final tally).

There are 64 books that fall in the Middle Grade Category:

The 39 Clues (The Maze of Bones, Book 1) by Rick Riorden (Amanda)
A Best Friend For Claudia by Bebe Weinberg Katz
Boots and Pieces by Emily Ecton (Nettle)
Boy of All Time by Che Dee
The Cabinet of Wonders by Marie Rutkoski (Nettle, Laini)
The Curse of Cuddles McGee, by Emily Ecton
The Dark Legacy by K.G. McAbee
Dark Whispers (Unicorn Chronicles) by Bruce Coville
The Diamond of Darkhold by Jeanne DuPrau
Dinosaur Blackout by Judith Silverthorne
Dragon Flight by Jessica Day George (Nettle)
Eclipse Warriors Power of III By Erin Hunter
Escape the Mask, by David Ward
Fablehaven: Grip of the Shadow Plague by Brandon Mull
The Facttracker by Jason Carter Eaton
Family Matters Partners in Time #4 by Kristen Sheley
Farworld: Water Keep by J. Scott Savage
Fish and Sphinx by Rae Bridgman
Flora's Dare by Ysabeau Wilce
The Girl Who Could Fly by Victoria Forester (me, Amanda)
Gods of Manhattan by Scott Mebus
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman (Em)
Grim Hill: The Secret Deepens by Linda DeMeulemeester
The Gypsy Crown, by Kate Forsyth (Laini)
Heck: Where the Bad Kids Go, by Dale Basye
The House of Many Ways by Diana Wynne Jones
Inkdeath by Cornelia Funke
Kaimira: The Sky Village, by Monk Ashland and Nigel Ashland
Lamplighter, by D.M. Cornish
The Land Beyond the Clouds by Valerie Bishop
Magic and Other Misdemeanors by Michael Buckley
The Magic Thief by Sarah Prineas (me, Nettle, Laini)
Mary Lamb Enters the World of Maze by F. T. Botham
Masterpiece by Elise Broach (Em)
Misty Forest Fables by Acrid Hermit
Monks in Space, by David Jones
Once Upon a Time in the North by Philip Pullman
The Order of Odd-Fish by James Kennedy (Laini)
The Other Side of the Island by Allegra Goodman (Laini)
Ottoline and the Yellow Cat by Chris Riddell (Amanda, me)
Out of the Wild, by Sarah Beth Durst (Nettle)
Palace of Mirrors by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Philippa Fisher's Fairy Godsister by Liz Kessler
Portal by Jaqlyn Von Eger
Queste by Angie Sage
The Remarkable & Very True Story of Lucy & Snowcap by H.M. Bouwman (me)
Ring Dragonz Mister Rengerz
The Robe of Skulls, by Vivian French (me, Nettle)
Runemarks, by Joanne Harris
Savvy by Ingrid Law (Amanda)
The Seer of Shadows by Avi (Amanda)
The Shadow Diamond by S. Brooke
Sisters of the Sword by Maya Snow (Amanda)
Skulduggery Pleasant: Playing with fire by Derek Landy
The Softwire: The Betrayal on Orbis 2 by PJ Haarsma
Things That Are by Andrew Clements
Thornspell by Helen Lowe (Nettle)
Travelers Market by Maureen McQuerry
The Tygrine Cat by Inbali Iserles
Unnamables Ellen Booraem (Nettle)
Well Witched by Francis Hardinge
Wild Magic by Cat Weatherill
Winter Wood, by Steve Augarde

And here are the Young Adult nominees:

The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary Pearson (Nettle, Laini, Tirzah)
Airman by Eoin Colfer

Angel by Cliff McNish (me)
Aurelie: A Faerie Tale by Heather Tomlinson
Battle of the Labyrinth, Rick Riordan
Bewitching Season by Marissa Doyle (me, Tirzah)
Bite Me, by Parker Blue (Em)
Bliss Lauren Myracle (Nettle)
The Book of Names by D. Barkley Briggs
Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer (Em, Tirzah)
Brisingr by Christopher Paolini (Amanda, Tirzah)
Chalice by Robin McKinley
A Charm for a Unicorn by Jennifer Macaire
Cherry Heaven by L. J. Adlington (Tirzah)
The City in the Lake by Rachel Neumeier (Nettle, me)
City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare (Amanda, Tirzah)
The Crimson Thread by Suzanne Weyn (Em)
A Curse Dark as Gold
, by Elizabeth Bunce (Em, Tirzah , Nettle)
Cybele's Secret by Juliet Marillier (Tirzah )
Cycler by Lauren McLaughlin (Em)
Damosel by Stephanie Spinner (Nettle)
The Dead and the Gone by Susan Beth Pfeffer
Dead Girl Walking by Linda Singleton
Dead is the New Black by Marlene Perez
The Devouring, by Simon Holt (Nettle, Tirzah)
Dingo by Charles de Lint
The Dragon Heir by Cinda Williams Chima
Dream Girl by Lauren Mechling (Nettle)
Ever by Gail Carson Levine (Tirzah)
Evernight by Claudia Gray
The Explosionist by Jenny Davidson (Laini, me)
First Duty by Marva Dasef
Found by Margaret Peterson Haddix (me)
Frostbite by Richelle Mead (Tirzah)
Generation Dead by Daniel Waters (Nettle, Amanda, Tirzah)
The Ghosts of Kerfol by Deborah Noyes
Graceling by Kristin Cashore (Nettle)
How to Ditch Your Fairy by Justine Larbalestier (Tirzah, me)
The Humming of Numbers, by Joni Sensel
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (Amanda, Tirzah, Laini)
Impossible by Nancy Werlin (Nettle, Tirzah)
In The Company of Whispers by Sallie Lowenstein (me)
Ink Exchange by Melissa Marr (Em)
Invisible Touch by Kelly Para
The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
Lament, by Maggie Stiefvater (me, Tirzah)
The Last of the High Kings by Kate Thompson
Lifeblood, by Tom Becker
Little Brother, by Cory Doctrow (Nettle)
Lonely Werewolf Girl, by Martin Millar (Amanda)
The Magician: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel by Michael Scott
Masks: Rise of Heroes by Hayden Thorne
Melting Stones by Tamora Pierce
Moonstone, by Marilee Brothers
Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit, by Nahoko Uehashi
Must Love Black by Kelly McClymer (me)
Nation by Terry Pratchett (Nation)
Night Road by AM Jenkins
Nightworld No 1: Secret Vampire et al. by L.J. Smith (Tirzah)
Nobody's Prize by Esther Friesner
Noman, William Nicholson
Oh.My.Gods by Tera Lynn Childs (Tirzah, Nettle)
The Other Book by Philip Womack
Pillage by Obert Skye
Poison Ink by Christopher Golden (Nettle)
A Posse of Princesses by Sherwood Smith
Pretty Monsters by Kelly Link (Tirzah)
Princess Ben, by Catherine Gilburt Murdock (Em)
Ranger's Apprentice: The Battle for Skandia by John Flanagan
Ratha's Courage, Clare Bell (me)
The Red Necklace by Sally Gardner
The Resistance - Gemma Malley
Revealers by Amanda MarronBolde (Nettle, Tirzah)
Sapphique (Incarceron Book 2) Catherine Fisher
Saving Juliet by Suzanne Selfors (me)
Sea of Wind - by Fuyumi Ono
The Secret of Bailey's Chase, by Marlis Day
Secrets of the Survivors,by Mark L. Eastburn
The Sky Inside by Clare Dunkle
Spellspam by Alma Alexander
Starclimber, by Kenneth Oppel
The Stone Crown by Malcolm Walker
The Stowaway by R.A. and Geno Salvatore
A Stranger to Command by Sherwood Smith
Sucks to Be Me by Kimberly Pauley (Em, Tirzah)
The Summoning, by Kelly Armstrong (Tirzah, Em)
Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow by Jessica Day George (me, Nettle)
The Swan Kingdom by Zoe Mariot
Switch by Carol Snow (Em)
Tender Morsels Margo Lanagan
Tim, Defender of the Earth by Sam Enthoven
The Time Paradox by Eion Colfer
Treason in Eswy by K.V. Johansen
Two Pearls of Wisdom (aka Eon Dragoneye Reborn), by Alison Goodman
Untamed by P.C. + Kristin Cast
Wake, by Lisa McMann (Tirzah)
Wild Talent by Eileen Kernaghan (me)
Zoe's Tale by John Scalzi.
Zombie Blondes by Brian James

So there you have it--the most beloved books in this genre for 2008! Which will make the shorelists? (coming in January) Which will win the highest honors? (coming in February). How many can you read by December 31st? (more to the point, how many can my brave fellow panelists and I read...) So exciting!

If you might like to buy one of these books in a way that supports the Cybils Awards, here at the Cybils website are clickable links.


  1. Oh my goodness, Charlotte. I wish you all the best with this; you are on the panel with such fine people. I salute you.

    Interesting post on Hamlet, too. Did you read the Sawtelle?


  2. Yes, oh my goodness, that's a heckuva lot of books! Thank you for participating in the awards -- I had no idea how huge the Cyblis is!

  3. Thanks so much for doing this. I see the book I nominated is already here, as you told me on my blog. I'll have to see if I can come up with another one this weekend...

  4. Thanks so much for letting me know that the title I nominated was already on the list. Now I look at the list clearly I can see exactly which book I should nominate!

  5. Wow, what a list! But there is one title missing. The one I nominated! It's The Emerald Tablet by P.J. Hoover. Awesome awesome sci fi title for kids. I stayed up too late just to finish it. I nominated it on the Cybils and it's on page two of the comments. I don't know if you can add it to this list, but it's an edge of your seat read.

  6. Hi Stacy,

    The Emerald Tablet is sadly not eligible this year! It is being published one week to late! Please come back and nominate it next year, and in the meantime, there are some suggestions in my comments at the top for things that haven't been nominated yet...


  7. Thanks for the heads-up about Princess Ben. I don't see any others that I need to nominate (YOWSAH, what a list!!!!), but I did want to make sure that one was on a list somewhere.

    Thanks for all your work! Have fun reading!!!!!!!

  8. I have a review of THe Girl Who Could Fly up now. . .

  9. Unless it's too much trouble to correct, my name is actually spelled Tirzah...

    Great list! Way to go for putting all of that together!


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