Monday, January 1, 2018

Happy New Year! The 2017 Cybils Are Here!

2017 Cybils Finalists Reading List


Once again the amazing people on the Cybils team have prepared my yearly reading list. Despite the fact that I lazed around this year and haven't finished last years list, this year I'm going to try harder. And I'll try to blog more so I can apply to be a judge, which will mean reading and blogging more.

Looking over the list, I've read two already, so I'm starting with a bang.

There, I've started a reading challenge and made a New Years Resolution. I'm clearly doing Monday right so far this year. The list of books is below; as usual I've attempted to preserve the links that give an Amazon kickback to the Cybils team but sometimes I mess up.

Young Adult Speculative Fiction








  1. Scythe (Arc of a Scythe)by Neal Shusterman. In the future, DEATH has been banned and the government refuses to control the winnowers. Only our protagonists are willing to stand up against to corruption in their ranks. It's fun but moves to a familiar rhythm. I did like how the two protagonists played against each other, even after they were separated.


Song of the Currentby Sarah Tolcser
Bloomsbury USA
Nominated by: Miss Print

The Hearts We Soldby Emily Lloyd-Jones
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Nominated by: Brittney

They Both Die at the Endby Adam Silvera
HarperTeen
Nominated by: Jen Petro-Roy

Wonder Woman: Warbringerby Leigh Bardugo
Random House Books for Young Readers
Nominated by: Jennifer Schultz


Young Adult Fiction







  1. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. Great voice, timely book. Was a bit too by-the-numbers, but still an affecting and fresh book. (read in May 2017)
A Short History of the Girl Next Doorby Jared Reck
Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
Publisher/ Author Submission

Moxie: A Novelby Jennifer Mathieu
Roaring Brook Press
Nominated by: Jennifer W

Piecing Me Togetherby Renée Watson
Bloomsbury USA
Nominated by: Becky L.

Saints and Misfits
by S. K. Ali
Simon & Schuster
Nominated by: wpolking
The Inexplicable Logic of My Lifeby Benjamin Alire Saenz
Clarion Books
Nominated by: Maureen E

The Lake Effectby Erin McCahan
Dial Books
Nominated by: SteveL



Young Adult Graphic Novels




  1. New Super-Man Vol. 1: Made In China (Rebirth) (Super-Man – New Super-Man (Rebirth)) by Gene Luen Yang. I liked that I was rarely confused about who was who, but I don't like pulling against the narrative so much. I disliked the friendship between the heroes, which ignored the kidnapping and torture, I disliked the government agency that sponsored said crimes (even though in a surprise reveal it turned out to be bad! or at least ambiguous!), and the home life reveals seemed a bit emotionally cheap. But this is one of my first DC comics so maybe it works better with more context?


Buddha: An Enlightened Lifeby by Kieron Moore; Illustrated by Rajesh Nagulakonda
Campfire books
Publisher/ Author Submission

Soupy Leaves Homeby Cecil Castellucci, illustrated by Jose Pimienta
Dark Horse
Nominated by: Cylin Busby

Spill Zoneby Scott Westerfeld, ‎ illustrated by Alex Puvilland
First Second Books
Nominated by: Anne@HeadFullofBooks

Spinningby Tillie Walden
First Second Books
Nominated by: Pat Zietlow Miller

Tyson Hesse’s Diesel: Ignitionby Tyson Hesse
BOOM! Box
Publisher/ Author Submission



Older Non-Fiction


Senior High Non-Fiction









  1. A Dog in the Cave: The Wolves Who Made Us Human by Kay Frydenborg. I was fascinated by the ideas presented in this book. I love the idea of humans and dogs co-evolving, and enjoyed the archeological, genetic and social information put forward. A few times I was left unsure where the information came from (including, unfortunately, in the first few pages) and at the end I wanted more but the bibliography didn't help me find it.
  2. How Dare the Sun Rise: Memoirs of a War Child by Sandra Uwiringiyimana. I had a mixed reaction. The parts about her early life were interesting, the description of the massacre and life as a refugee heartbreaking but fascinating, and her integration in America and struggles with American racisms maddening but effective. But I'm a curmudgeonly parent and found her teen rebellions and fights with her parents a bit dull, which is unfair but there it is. I assume actual teen readers would not have that reaction.

Queer, There, and Everywhere: 23 People Who Changed the Worldby Sarah Prager
HarperCollins
Nominated by: DLacks

Uprooted: The Japanese American Experience During World War IIby Albert Marrin
Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
Nominated by: Lackywanna

Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothersby Deborah Heiligman
Henry Holt
Nominated by: Becky L.



Junior High Non-Fiction


Bound by Ice: A True North Pole Survival Storyby Sandra Neil Wallace
Calkins Creek Books
Nominated by: RebeccaGAguilar

Isaac the Alchemist: Secrets of Isaac Newton, Reveal’dby Mary Losure
Candlewick Press
Nominated by: Lackywanna

Locked Up for Freedom: Civil Rights Protesters at the Leesburg Stockadeby by Heather E. Schwartz
Millbrook Press
Publisher/ Author Submission

Poison: Deadly Deeds, Perilous Professions, and Murderous Medicinesby Sarah Albee
Crown Books for Young Readers
Nominated by: Celebrate Science

The Whydah: A Pirate Ship Feared, Wrecked, and Foundby Martin W. Sandler
Candlewick Press
Nominated by: Linda Baie

Undefeated: Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle Indian School Football Teamby Steve Sheinkin
Roaring Brook Press
Nominated by: Heidi G.

Younger Non-Fiction


Middle Grade Non-Fiction


Beauty and the Beak: How Science, Technology, and a 3D-Printed Beak Rescued a Bald Eagleby Deborah Lee Rose and ‎ Jane Veltkamp
Persnickety Press
Nominated by: Becky
Fred Korematsu Speaks Up (Fighting for Justice)by Written by Laura Atkins and Stan Yogi; Illustrated by Yutaka Houlette
Heyday
Nominated by: Mike Jung

Lost in Outer Space (Lost #2): The Incredible Journey of Apollo 13by Tod Olson
Scholastic Nonfiction
Nominated by: Becky L.

Pathfinders: The Journeys of 16 Extraordinary Black Soulsby Tonya Bolden
Harry N Abrams
Nominated by: Shelley Diaz

Red Cloudby S.D. Nelson
Abrams Books for Young Readers
Publisher/ Author Submission

Two Truths and a Lie: It’s Alive!by Ammi-Joan Paquette and‎ Laurie Thompson,‎ illustrated by Lisa Weber 
Walden Pond Press
Nominated by: Flowering Minds

Zoo Scientists to the Rescueby Patricia Newman
Millbrook Press
Nominated by: Melissa Fox

Elementary Non-Fiction


Adrift at Sea: A Vietnamese Boy’s Story of Survivalby Written by Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch with Tuan Ho, illustrated by Brian Deines
Pajama Press
Publisher/ Author Submission

Danza!: Amalia Hernández and Mexico’s Folkloric Balletby Duncan Tonatiuh
Harry N Abrams
Nominated by: Kate B.

Dazzle Ships: World War I and the Art of Confusionby Chris Barton, illustrated by Victo NgaiMillbrook Press
Nominated by: Jen Robinson

Hatching Chicks in Room 6by Caroline Arnold
Charlesbridge
Nominated by: Claire Annette Noland

Once Upon a Jungleby Laura Knowles, illustrated by James Boast  
Firefly Books Ltd.
Nominated by: Charlotte

Shark Lady: The True Story of How Eugenie Clark Became the Ocean’s Most Fearless Scientistby Jess Keating, illustrated by Marta Alvarez Miguens 
Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
Nominated by: Jessica



Elementary/Middle-Grade Speculative Fiction


  1. Miss Ellicott’s School for the Magically Minded by Sage Blackwood. I really like Sage Blackwood's books, and this one is no exception. She's always willing to work in shades of gray -- the good guys make bad choices, the bad guys have their own reasons. People mean well but fall short, and the children must differentiate between what they can do, what they should do, and what they must do. And the magic and dragons and cross-boy wielding barbarians are fun too!


A Face Like Glassby Frances Hardinge
Amulet
Nominated by: Sam Musher

A Properly Unhaunted Placeby William Alexander
Margaret K. McElderry
Nominated by: Maureen E

Last Day on Mars (Chronicle of the Dark Star)by Kevin Emerson
Walden Pond Press
Nominated by: Debbie Tanner

Spirit Huntersby Ellen Oh
HarperCollins
Nominated by: Deb

The Countdown Conspiracyby Katie Slivensky
HarperCollins
Nominated by: Pat Zietlow Miller

The Dragon with a Chocolate Heartby Stephanie Burgis
Bloomsbury USA
Nominated by: Heidi G.



Middle-Grade Fiction








  1. Amina’s Voice by Hena Khan. Easy middle grade read about a girl stumbling over the higher social expectations of junior high. She's a bit immature for her age and it shows. She's also Muslim, painfully shy, intimidated by her more devout uncle, and scared by an attack on her Mosque, making her an interesting and realistic character.
Armstrong and Charlieby Steven B. Frank
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Nominated by: Greg Pattridge

Caleb and Kitby Beth Vrabel
Running Press Kids
Nominated by: Mrs. Shh!

Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactusby Dusti Bowling
Sterling Publishing
Nominated by: Heidi G.

Refugeeby Alan Gratz
Scholastic
Nominated by: Wendy

Restartby Gordon Korman
Scholastic
Nominated by: Deb

The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamoraby Pablo Cartaya
Viking Books for Young Readers
Nominated by: Melissa Fox



Elementary/Middle Grade Graphic Novels








  1. Pashmina by Nidhi Chanani. I liked the illustrations and the realistic story -- amazingly for me, I could usually tell who was who from page to page. I was a bit disappointed with the resolution of the fantastic pashmina parts; it didn't seem integrated with the emotional themes of the rest of the book.


Real Friendsby Shannon Hale, ilustrated by LeUyen Pham
First Second Books
Nominated by: Becky L.

Suee and the Shadowby Written by Ginger Ly. Illustrated by Molly Park
Harry N Abrams
Publisher/ Author Submission

The Big Bad Foxby Benjamin Renner
First Second Books
Nominated by: Mel Schuit

The Dam Keeperby Robert Kondo and Dice Tsutsumi First Second Books
Nominated by: Corrina Allen

Where’s Halmoni?by Julie Kim
Little Bigfoot
Nominated by: Anamaria (bookstogether)



Poetry





  1. Bull by David Elliott. The different styles of poetry differentiated the different voices telling the story of Crete during King Minos's rule, with the Minotaur, his parents, his sister, his captor and his killer all chiming in. I don't particularly like the hip-hop style but it did suit Poseidon, and I'd gladly push this on kids interested in Greek Mythology (even if through Percy Jackson).

Fresh-Picked Poetry: A Day at the Farmers’ Marketby Michelle Schaub, illustrated by Amy Huntington
Charlesbridge
Nominated by: Jeff

I’m Just No Good at Rhyming: And Other Nonsense for Mischievous Kids and Immature Grown-Upsby Chris Harris, illustrated by Lane Smith
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Nominated by: Jen N.

Keep a Pocket in Your Poem: Classic Poems and Playful Parodiesby J. Patrick Lewis, illustrated by Johanna Wright
Wordsong
Nominated by: Jonemac

Miguel’s Brave Knight: Young Cervantes and His Dream of Don Quixoteby Margarita Engle, illustrated by Raúl ColónPeachtree
Nominated by: Charlotte

One Last Word: Wisdom from the Harlem Renaissanceby Nikki Grimes
Bloomsbury USA
Nominated by: Becky L.

Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poetsby Kwame Alexander, Chris Colderley,‎ and Marjory Wentworth,‎ and ilustrated by Ekua Holmes
Candlewick Press
Nominated by: Bridget Wilson


Easy Readers and Early Chapter Books

Early Chapter Books

Barkusby Patricia MacLachlan, illustrated by Marc Boutavant
Chronicle Books
Nominated by: Valerie Byrd Fort

Dragons and Marshmallows (Zoey and Sassafras)by Asia Citro, illustrated by  Marion Lindsay
Innovation Press
Nominated by: Jennifer W

Heartwood Hotel, Book 2 The Greatest Giftby Kallie George, illustrated by Stephanie Graegin
Disney-Hyperion
Nominated by: Jaymie Dieterle

My Fantástica Family (Sofia Martinez)by Jacqueline Jules, ‎ illustrated by Kim Smith
Picture Window Books
Nominated by: aquafortis

Overboard! (Survivor Diaries)by Terry Lynn Johnson, illustrated by Jani Orban
Houghton Mifflin Books for Children
Nominated by: Patricia Tilton

Princess Cora and the Crocodileby Laura Amy Schlitz, illustrated by Brian Floca
Candlewick Press
Nominated by: Heidi G.

The Princess in Black Takes a Vacationby Shannon Hale and Dean Hale, illustrated by LeUyen Pham
Candlewick Press
Nominated by: Ami Jones

Wedgie & Gizmoby Suzanne Selfors, illustrated by ‎ Barbara Fisinger 
HarperCollins Childrens
Nominated by: Ms. Yingling


Easy Readers

Charlie & Mouse & Grumpy: Book 2by Laurel Snyder, illustrated by Emily Hughes
Chronicle Books
Nominated by: MGWriter

I Like the Farmby Shelley Rotner
Holiday House
Nominated by: Pat Zietlow Miller

King & Kayla and the Case of the Secret Code (King and Kayla)by Dori Hillestad Butler, illustrated by Nancy Meyers
Peachtree
Nominated by: Jennifer W

There’s a Pest in the Garden! (The Giggle Gang)by Jan Thomas
HMH Books for Young Readers
Nominated by: Becky L.

Tooth Fairy’s Night (Step into Reading)by Candice Ransom
Penguin USA
Nominated by: Jen N.
We Need More Nuts! (Penguin Young Readers, Level 2)by Jonathan Fenske
Penguin Young Readers
Nominated by: Sheila Ruth

What Is Chasing Duck? (The Giggle Gang)by Jan Thomas
HMH Books for Young Readers
Nominated by: Valerie Byrd Fort


Fiction Picture Books






  1. After the Fall (How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again) by Dan Santat. Gentle pictures show Humpty dealing with a fear of heights after his crack-up, and triumphing. The final scenes are beautiful, with all the feathers. (Read Oct 2017)

Baabwaa and Wooliamby David Elliott, illustrated by ‎ Melissa Sweet
Candlewick Press
Nominated by: Michelle Leonard

Big Cat, Little Catby Elisha Cooper
Roaring Brook Press
Nominated by: Adrienne Gillespie

Creepy Pair of Underwear!by Aaron Reynolds, illustrated by Peter Brown  
Simon & Schuster
Nominated by: Amy

Escargotby Dashka Slater, illustrated by Sydney Hanson 
Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Nominated by: Melissa Fox

Flowers for Sarajevoby John McCutcheon, illustrated by Kristy Caldwell
Peachtree
Publisher/ Author Submission

The Book of Mistakesby Corinna Luyken
Dial Books
Nominated by: Sarah Sammis


Board Books


  1. Peek-a Moo! by Nina Laden. It is easy to imagine sharing this book with a baby -- the short, patterned words, the bright pictures, the fun of peeking through the pages all make for an energetic read.



Bears Are Bigby Douglas Florian,  illustrated by Barbara Bakos
little bee books
Nominated by: Jennifer W

Changing Faces: Meet Happy Bearby Nathan Thoms, illustrated by Carles Ballesteros
Harry N Abrams
Nominated by: Charlotte

Circle, Triangle, Elephant: A Book of Shapes and Surprisesby Kenji Oikawa and Mayuko Takeuc
Phaidon
Nominated by: Tiffa

Hair (Leslie Patricelli board books)by Leslie Patricelli
Candlewick Press
Nominated by: aquafortis

One Happy Tigerby Catherine Rayner
tiger tales
Publisher/ Author Submission

When Your Lion Needs a Bathby Susanna Leonard Hill, illustrated by Daniel Wiseman
Little Simon
Nominated by: Julie Rowan-Zoch


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