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 Jennifer Chambliss Bergman. Middle Grade Fiction finalist.
2. Footer Davis Probably Is Crazy by Susan Vaught. Middle Grade Fiction finalist.
3. In a Village by the Sea by Muon Van. Fiction Picture Book finalist.
4. Sidewalk Flowers by JonArno Lawson. Fiction Picture Book finalist.
5. Mars Evacuees by Sophia McDougall. Middle Grade Speculative Fiction finalist.
6. The Dungeoneers by John David Anderson. Middle Grade Speculative Fiction finalist.
7. The Fog Diver by Joel Ross. Middle Grade Speculative Fiction finalist.
8. One Plastic Bag: Isatou Ceesay and the Recycling Women of the Gambia by Miranda Paul. Elementary/Middle Grade Nonfiction finalist.
9. Ranger in Time #1: Rescue on the Oregon Trail by Kate Messner. Early Chapter Book finalist.
10. Big Bad Detective Agency by Bruce Hale. Early Chapter Book finalist.
11. Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone. Young Adult Fiction finalist.
12. The Six by Mark Alpert. Young Adult Speculative Fiction finalist.
13. House Arrest by K.A. Holt. Poetry finalist.
Among the others that I have read, I recommend:
Symphony for the City of the Dead by M.T. Anderson.
Courage & Defiance: Stories of Spies, Saboteurs, and Survivors in World War II Denmark by Deborah Hopkinson.
Give Me Wings: How a Choir of Former Slaves Took on the World by Kathy Lowing.
I Will Always Write Back: How One Letter Changed Two Lives by Martin Ganda and Caitlin Alifirenka.
Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War by Steve Sheinkin.
Tommy: The Gun That Changed America by Karen Blumenthal.
The Blackthorn Key by Kevin Sands.
Emmanuel’s Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah by Laurie Ann Thompson.