One of my favorite parts about New Year's Day is the announcing of the Cybils short-lists. The Cybils is a grass-roots award that's given by the children's and YA book-blogging community for books that have that just right mix of literary merit and kid/teen appeal. The winners will be announced on February 14. Here are some of the teen books that made this year's short lists (more tomorrow.)
Here's the fiction short list:
Boy21 by Matthew Quick. In their senior year of high school, Finley and Russ form a friendship as they navigate their relationships, tragedies, and issues of class and race on and off the basketball court.
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein. After being caught behind enemy lines in WWII, a British spy writes her final confession.
Endangered by Eliot Schrefer. While visiting her mother's bonobo sanctuary, Sophie is caught in the violence and war in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga. Raised and taught by his serial killer father, Jazz will use all his skills and knowledge of the trade to hunt down a new murderer.
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews. Social misfit Greg has one friend, Earl, until his mom forces him to hang out with a girl with cancer.
The Storyteller by Antonia Michaelis (translated from the German by Miriam Debbage). In this dark and heartbreaking story, well-off Anna falls in love with the school drug-dealer (and possible murderer) who is desperately trying to take care of his young sister.
The Theory of Everything by JJ Johnson. After a freak accident kills her best friend, Sarah tries to deal with the grief and guilt by working at a Christmas tree farm.
Here's the Science Fiction/Fantasy short list:
And All the Stars by Andrea K. Host. When Earth is attacked by Spires (fountains of dust that may be aliens, or germ warfare-- no one's really sure) Madeline and her friends must try to survive in the post-apocalyptic landscape.
Every Day by David Levithan. Every day A wakes up in a new body. A tries not get too attached until meeting Rhiannon, and then spends every day trying to get back to her.
Planesrunner by Ian MacDonald. Everett Singh must use the key his kidnapped father left him to unlock parallel universes and save his dad. The first in a series, the second title, Be My Enemy, is already out.
Seraphina by Rachel Hartman. On the eve of the anniversary of the Dragon/Human peace treaty, a Prince is murdered and it looks like a Dragon did it. Seraphina becomes entangled in the investigation, but must hide the face that she is half-Dragon.
The Curiosities: A Collection of Stories by Brenna Yavanoff, Maggie Stiefvater, and Tess Gratton. These three authors shared and critiqued their short fiction on their site The Merry Sisters of Fate. In that spirit, this collection of short stories includes the others' comments in the margins, adding humor and insight into the process.
The Drowned Cities by Paolo Bacigalupi. In this companion novel to his Printz-winning Ship Breaker, Mahlia and Mouse live in the jungles surrounding the Drowned Cities, where they must help Tool (a bio-engineered human weapon from Ship Breaker) escape the armies that are hunting him.
Vessel by Sarah Beth Durst. Liyana has spent her life preparing for the day a goddess will overtake her body. When the day arrives, but the goddess doesn't, she must set off to rescue the imprisoned deity.
What are your favorites of the year that didn't make the list?
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