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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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Aviary Wonders Inc. Spring Catalog and Instruction Manual by Kate Samworth

Posted by Sherry on 10/18/2014 in 2014, Children's Fiction, Cybil Awards, Fantasy Fiction, General |

Not for the usual picture book crowd of preschoolers and early readers, Aviary Wonders is beautiful, funny, and carries a good message without beating it into the ground. The lavishly illustrated book is the work of a fine artist. But to whom would I recommend it? Artists. Bird-lovers. Environmentalists. Fan of steampunk sci-fi and robotics? […]

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The Eighth Day by Dianne K. Salerni

Posted by Sherry on 10/16/2014 in 2014, Children's Fiction, Cybil Awards, Fantasy Fiction, General |

If you can handle spell-casting, human sacrifice,and lots of violence in your children’s middle grade fantasy, then this book might be just up your alley. I actually found it riveting, while I skimmed some of the witch-y, creepy parts. You may not know it, but there are actually eight days in a week, with one […]

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Cybils: Poetry

Posted by Sherry on 10/9/2014 in Cybil Awards, Poets and poetry |

Nominations are open through October 15th for the Cybils, the book awards for children’s and young adult literature that are administered, judged, and awarded by kid lit bloggers. The category description: What belongs in Poetry? Anthologies and poetry collections written by various authors or a single author should be nominated. They can include illustrations or […]

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He Laughed With his Other Mouths by M.T. Anderson

Posted by Sherry on 10/9/2014 in 2014, Children's Fiction, Cybil Awards, Fantasy Fiction |

I considered NOT reviewing this little volume since it’s just not the kind of humor that tickles my funny bone. Humor is strange and hard to write, I think. Not all of us laugh at the same things, and we’re not always in the mood for the same kind of humor. It must be very […]

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Cybils: Elementary/Middle Grade Nonfiction

Posted by Sherry on 10/8/2014 in 2014, Cybil Awards, General, Nonfiction |

Nominations are open through October 15th for the Cybils, the book awards for children’s and young adult literature that are administered, judged, and awarded by kid lit bloggers. The category description: We’re looking for titles that are suitable for reading aloud or independently, including picture books and early chapters. We love text and illustrations or […]

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Cybils: Picture Books

Posted by Sherry on 10/7/2014 in 2014, Children's Fiction, Cybil Awards, General, Picture Book Preschool |

Nominations are open through October 15th for the Cybils, the book awards for children’s and young adult literature that are administered, judged, and awarded by kid lit bloggers. The category description for Picture Book Fiction says: The category contains titles for toddlers and third graders, funny stories and moving tales, history and fantasy, traditions and […]

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Cybils: Young Adult Speculative Fiction

Nominations are open through October 15th for the Cybils, the book awards for children’s and young adult literature that are administered, judged, and awarded by kid lit bloggers. The category description for YA Speculative Fiction says: Magic, aliens, ghosts, alternate universes, time travel, space travel, high fantasy, dystopian, post-apocalyptic futures, horror, and sentient animals are […]

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