Do you need ideas for great Elementary/Middle Grade Speculative Fiction to nominate for the Cybils?

This is the last day of the public nominating period for the Cybils Awards! And as always at this point, I'm on tenterhooks about the great books that have not yet been nominated in Elementary/Middle Grade Fiction (the category for which I'm chair)! It's especially tenterhooking this year, because lots of great books came out during the Crisis, and might not be as well known....

Here's my current list of un-nominated books: 

Diverse books:

Ikenga, by Nnedi Okorafor
Gloom Town, by Ronald L. Smith
Thunder Run Dactyl Hill Squad Book 3 by Daniel José Older
The Chaos Curse (Kiranmala and the Kingdom Beyond) by Sayantani DasGupta
Silverworld, by Diana Abu-Jaber
The Fallen Hero, by Katie Zhao
Mixture of Mischief, by Anna Meriano
Muse Squad, by Chantel Acevedo
Treasures of the Twelve, by Cindy Lin
White Fox, by Chen Jiatong

Other eligible books

A Wizard's Guide to Defensive Baking, by T. Kingfisher
Wishes and Wellingtons, by Julie Berry
The Sisters of Straygarden Place. by Hayley Chewins
Over the Woodward Wall by Seanan McGuire
The Secret Life of Sam, by Kim Ventrella
Spindlefish and Stars, by Christiane M. Andrews
The Silver Arrow, by Lev Grossman
The Daring of Della Dupree, by Natasha Lowe
Twilight Hauntings, by Angie Sage
A Storm of Wishes, by Jacqueline West
Homerooms and Hall Passes: Heroes Level Up, by Tom O'Donnell
Rise of ZomBert, by Kara LaReau
Seekers of the Wild Realm, by Alexandra Ott
Thieves of Weirdwood, by Christian McKay Heidicker
The Clockwork Crow, by Catherine Fisher
The Way Past Winter, by Kiran Millwood Hargrave
A Pinch of Magic, by Michelle Harrison
Voyage of the Frostheart, by Jamie Littler
Embassy of the Dead, by Will Mabbitt
Gargantis, by Thomas Taylor
Nevertell, by Katharine Orton
The Midnight Hour, by Benjamin Read and Laura Trinder
All the Colors of Magic (aka A Tangle of Magic), by Valija Zinck
The Mutant Mushroom Takeover, by Summer Rachel Short

So please show these authors some love, and nominate their great books! Or, of course, nominate other books you love because I haven't listed everything eligible....


  1. Thanks for reminding me for getting my nominations in.

  2. Oh, gosh, is it that time already??! And look at all those books I haven't read yet ...


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