Let the Cybils science fiction/fantasy fun begin!

I am thrilled and honored to be part of this year's Cybils, back as a first round judge in middle grade/elementary science fiction and fantasy! And I'm thrilled to be part of such a great team!

So please, start thinking what books you might want to nominate--any book from October 16 2009 to October 15 2010 is eligible. In case you need reminding about what was published, I have a full year's worth of New Releases in mg and ya sff posts (except, of course, for the next 3 weeks, but that will come). The Nominating begins October 1!

Panel Organizer: Sheila Ruth, Wands and Worlds

Panelists (Round I Judges), MG/Elementary:
Anamaria Anderson, Books Together
Gwenda Bond, Shaken & Stirred
Cindy Hannikman, Fantasy Book Critic
Aaron Maurer, Coffee for the Brain
Nicole Signoretta, Booked Up
Charlotte Taylor, Charlotte's Library
Karen Yingling, Ms. Yingling Reads

Panelists (Round I Judges), Teen/YA:
Steve Berman, Guys Lit Wire
Tanita Davis, Finding Wonderland
Leila Roy, Bookshelves of Doom
Sheila Ruth (see panel organizer)
Angie Thompson, Angieville
Hallie Tibbetts, Undusty New Books
Heather Zundel, Secret Adventures of WriterGirl

Round II Judges:

Melissa Baldwin, One Librarian's Book Reviews
Kate Coombs, Book Aunt
Emily Mitchell, emilyreads
Nancy Tsai, Kidsmomo
Tanya Zavestoski Turek, Books 4 Your Kids

Emma Carbone, Miss Print
Anne Levy, Cybils
Sam Musher, Parenthetical
Sarah Stevenson, Finding Wonderland
Steph Su, Steph Su Reads

And I am also really thrilled to think of the reading challenge before me--I love, absolutely love, the challenge of having more books to read than is actually possible. Last year I managed to read all but one of the books nominated--I think we had 99 in the end (and I would have read the last one too, but I couldn't get it in time....) .


  1. Oh, my. I see that Tanita will be receiving masses of books again this year, and we haven't even managed to clear out the ones from last year!

    Really is time to make our way to the library to make those donations!

  2. Nice to "meet" you, fellow panelist--I figured MG would be a fun change from YA this year.

  3. I loved The Iron King by Julie Kagawa,Linger by Meggie Stiefvater, I am Number Four by Pittacus Lore, Inside Out, by Maria Snyder, Paranormalcy by Kiersten White. Too many others to mention. I don't envy you trying to choose.

  4. I agree, Natalie, the YA folks have a huge task in front of them! Fortunatly, my own dear mg is a bit less daunting....

  5. Congrats, Charlotte. I don't think it'd be a MG SFF panel without your expertise!


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