These suggestions are made up of mostly Cybils nominees published in 2008. They should be available in your local bookstore or online from Amazon or Barnes and Noble. (You can get to Amazon anytime by clicking on any of the book cover pictures in any of my posts.)
For those with a penchant for the piratical:
Roger the Jolly Pirate by Brett Helquist (Reviewed at A Tuesday Story.), Sea Queens: Women Pirates Around the World by Jane Yolen (Carol’s Corner review), Pirates by David Harrison.
For pre-adolescent princesses: Clementine’s Letter by Sara Pennypacker (Semicolon review here), Up and Down the Scratchy Mountains by Laurel Snyder.
For middle school boys in search of adventure: Bringing the Boy Home by N.A. Nelson, Island of Mad Scientists by Howard Whitehouse (Melissa’s Book Nut review).
For Christmas-lovers: Forever Rose by Hilary McKay (Semicolon review here).
For World War II buffs: Jimmy’s Stars by Mary Ann Rodman (Semicolon review here with a list of other WW II homefront books), Don’t Talk to Me About the War by David Adler.
For mystery lovers: The Diamond of Drury Lane by Julia Golding, The London Eye Mystery by Siobhan Dowd, The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey by Trenton Stewart (Melissa’s Book Nut review).
For astronomers and moon-gazers: Every Soul a Star by Wendy Mass,
For animal lovers: Dog Lost by Ingrid Lee, The Underneath by Kathi Appelt (Semicolon review here), Stella Unleashed: Notes from the Doghouse by Linda Ashman.
These are just a few of the books nominated for the Middle Grade Fiction Cybil Award. For more, with links to reviews, look here.