Trends and Themes in Middle Grade Speculative Fiction 2016

Posted by Sherry on 2/1/2017 in 2016, Children's Fiction, Cybil Awards, Fantasy Fiction, General |

Settings where (fantasy) stories come true The town of Fortune Falls, where superstitions are the laws of nature. An alternate universe/earth where mythological creature are real. A congenital condition in which the words that people use to describe you appear in print on your arms and legs. A Dream Shop in which dreams are bought […]


School of the Dead by Avi

Posted by Sherry on 10/13/2016 in 2016, Children's Fiction, Cybil Awards |

I’ve read and enjoyed other books by prolific children’s author Avi, but none were remotely like this horror story of a boy named Tony who sees ghosts or maybe zombies (although they are never called that), lots of them. It’s certainly not for everyone. If you don’t like horror and occultic elements, you’ll want to […]


Cybils Nominations Are Open

Posted by Sherry on 10/1/2016 in Cybil Awards, Fantasy Fiction, General |

The 2016 Cybils nominations are now live! What are Cybils? The Cybils awards are given each year by bloggers for the year’s best children’s and young adult titles. Nominations open to the public on October 1st. What are the categories? An award will be given in each of the following categories: Audiobooks Easy Readers and […]


Baker’s Dozen: 13 Cybils Finalists I Want to Read

Posted by Sherry on 1/6/2016 in Booklists, Cybil Awards, General |

The short lists of finalists in all of the Cybils categories came out on January 1st, and although I would love to read all of them, I thought 13 books from the finalist lists was a good goal. These are the ones that I haven’t already read that caught my interest: 1. Book Scavenger by […]


Elementary and Middle Grade Nonfiction: Cybils Suggestons

Posted by Sherry on 10/8/2015 in Cybil Awards, General, Nonfiction |

Do you need a suggestion for a book to nominate for the Cybils in the category of Elementary and Middle Grade Nonfiction? Nominations are open through October 15th, and anyone can nominate a book, as long as the book was published between October 15, 2014 and October 15, 2015. And here’s a link to the […]


Middle Grade Speculative Fiction: What’s In, What’s Out

What’s IN North, Norse mythology, Northerness “I was uplifted into huge regions of northern sky. I desired with almost sickening intensity something never to be described, except that it is cold, spacious, severe, pale and remote.” ~C.S. Lewis Thrones and Bones: Frostborn by Lou Anders. Gabriel Finley and the Raven’s Riddle by George Hagen. Odin’s […]


Semicolon Speculative Fiction Awards 2014

Posted by Sherry on 1/2/2015 in 2014, Children's Fiction, Cybil Awards, Fantasy Fiction, General |

In reading for the Cybils, I could not resist awarding my own special prizes: The Jabberwocky Meets Rocky Horror on the Farm Weirdness Award: Fat & Bones and Other Stories by Larissa Theule. Illustrations by Adam S. Doyle. Best Speculative Fiction with a British Flair: The Children of the King by Sonya Hartnett. The Extremely […]


Wit and Wisdom from (Mostly) Cybils Nominees 2014

Posted by Sherry on 11/18/2014 in 2014, Children's Fiction, Cybil Awards, General |

I am a collector of aphorisms, a gatherer of proverbs, and a dispenser of words of wisdom. If we could all remember and act upon these kidlit maxims, the world would be a better place, or at least a more innocent and childlike place. 1. “Just because doing the right thing can be prickly, that […]


Spell Robbers by Matthew J. Kirby

Posted by Sherry on 11/13/2014 in 2014, Children's Fiction, Cybil Awards, Fantasy Fiction, General |

Book One of The Quantum League is a spies and robbers story encapsulated in magical abilities to manipulate matter and pseudo-physics and topped with double-crosses and triple agents and lots of anguished decisions about whom to trust and whom to betray. When Ben goes to science camp at the college where his mother is a […]


The Shark Whisperer by Ellen Prager

Posted by Sherry on 11/3/2014 in 2014, Children's Fiction, Cybil Awards, Fantasy Fiction, General |

When Tristan accidentally falls into a shark tank, the sharks, instead of attacking him, seem to be trying to communicate with him. Then when Tristan gets to go to sea camp in the Florida Keys, he learns that he may be specially gifted in communicating with ocean creatures. And his gifts are in demand as […]

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