Congrats, Cybils Award Winners!

The 2011 Cybils Award winners have been announced!

The Children and Young Adult Bloggers’ Literary Awards (aka Cybils) are selected every year by teams of bloggers who read over hundreds of books covering several genres.  They accept nominations for the awards every year from October 1 to October 15. From there, the titles are sorted into genres and handed off to a panels who read the titles in their genre and choose a shortlist of 5-7 books they feel are top picks. From there, an official team of judges reads every book on the shortlist and selects a winner which is announced on February 14.

For young adults, there are four categories: Young Adult Fiction, Graphic Novels, Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction, and Young Adult Nonfiction.

Now that THAT’S out of the way, let’s see who the 2011 finalists were!

Finalists for Young Adult Fiction were:
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
Bunheads by Sophie Flack
Everybody Sees the Ants by A.S. King
Frost by Marianna Baer
Leverage by Joshua C. Cohen
Stupid Fast by Geoff Herbach

…and the winner is…. *drumroll*




My name is Felton Reinstein, which is not a fast name. But last November, my voice finally dropped and I grew all this hair and then I got stupid fast. Fast like a donkey. Zing!

Now they want me, the guy they used to call Squirrel Nut, to try out for the football team. With the jocks. But will that fix my mom? Make my brother stop dressing like a pirate? Most important, will it get me girls¬-especially Aleah? 

So I train. And I run. And I sneak off to Aleah’s house in the night. But deep down I know I can’t run forever. And I wonder what will happen when I finally have to stop.”

Finalists for Young Adult Graphic Novel:
Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol
Bad Island by Doug TenNapel
Feynman by Jim Ottaviani
Level Up by Gene Luen Yang
Page by Paige by Laura Lee Gulledge


From“Anya could really use a friend. But her new BFF isn’t kidding about the “Forever” part… 

Of all the things Anya expected to find at the bottom of an old well, a new friend was not one of them. Especially not a new friend who’s been dead for a century.

Falling down a well is bad enough, but Anya’s normal life might actually be worse. She’s embarrassed by her family, self-conscious about her body, and she’s pretty much given up on fitting in at school. A new friend—even a ghost—is just what she needs.

Or so she thinks.”

Finalists for Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction:
Angelfall by Susan Ee
Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake
Blood Red Road by Moira Young
Misfit by Jon Skovron
Red Glove by Holly Black
Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson
The Shattering by Karen Healey


From “Saba has spent her whole life in Silverlake, a dried-up wasteland ravaged by constant sandstorms. The Wrecker civilization has long been destroyed, leaving only landfills for Saba and her family to scavenge from. That’s fine by her, as long as her beloved twin brother Lugh is around. But when four cloaked horsemen capture Lugh, Saba’s world is shattered, and she embarks on a quest to get him back. 

Suddenly thrown into the lawless, ugly reality of the outside world, Saba discovers she is a fierce fighter, an unbeatable survivor, and a cunning opponent. Teamed up with a handsome daredevil named Jack and a gang of girl revolutionaries called the Free Hawks, Saba’s unrelenting search for Lugh stages a showdown that will change the course of her own civilization.”

Finalists for Young Adult Nonfiction:
Amelia Lost: The Life and Disappearance of Amelia Earhart by Candace Fleming
How They Croaked: The Awful Ends of the Awfully Famous by Georgia Bragg
Into the Unknown: How Great Explorers Found Their Way by Land, Sea, and Air by Stewart Ross & Stephen Biesty
The Many Faces of George Washington: Remaking a Presidential Icon by Carla Killough McClafferty
The Notorious Benedict Arnold: A True Story of Adventure, Heroism & Treachery by Steve Sheinkin


From “From the acclaimed author of The Great and Only Barnum—as well as The Lincolns, Our Eleanor, and Ben Franklin’s Almanac—comes the thrilling story of America’s most celebrated flyer, Amelia Earhart. In alternating chapters, Fleming deftly moves readers back and forth between Amelia’s life (from childhood up until her last flight) and the exhaustive search for her and her missing plane. With incredible photos, maps, and handwritten notes from Amelia herself—plus informative sidebars tackling everything from the history of flight to what Amelia liked to eat while flying (tomato soup)—this unique nonfiction title is tailor-made for middle graders.”

Congratulations to all the winners! If you’d like to learn more about the Cybils, head to their website for a complete list of winners from all the different categories.


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