Congratulate me, first of all, for overcoming laziness and finally being able to pay for my library fees. And so, there I was, one sunny Friday afternoon, walking briskly back and forth the teen and children’s sections of the library. Utilizing the local library surely saved me a bunch of dollar bills. Here are a few of the Cybils contenders and winners that I hope to feature until end of this month. Enjoy browsing! Let me know if any of the titles are familiar to you! =) **All book photos are taken by me.
Middle Grade Fiction and Fantasy
The Brixen Witch by Stacy DeKeyser | Earwig and the Witch by Dianna Wynne Jones
Both books were nominated in the 2012 Cybils for the fantasy category. I finished reading both and the reviews will follow.
May B by Caroline Starr Rose | A Greyhound of a Girl by Roddy Doyle
May B was nominated in the 2012 Cybils middle grade fiction, while Roddy Doyle’s book was nominated in the 2012 Cybils for middle grade fantasy. I started reading A Greyhound of a Girl but only made it to Chapter 3 because I wanted to finish The Brixen Witch first so I could knock out three reviews at once.
Crow by Barbara Wright | The Lions of Little Rock by Kristin Levine |
The Mighty Miss Malone by Christopher Paul Curtis
All these books were nominated in the 2012 Cybils for middle grade fiction. I was glad to find The Mighty Miss Malone in the list because I had encountered her character in Bud, Not Buddy. Crow and The Lions of Little Rock look like promising reads.
Artemis Fowl The Graphic Novel by Eoin Colfer and Andrew Donkin,
art by Giovanni Rigano, color by Paolo Lamanna |
Rapunzel’s Revenge by Shannon and Dean Hale, illustrated by Nathan Hale
Artemis Fowl won the 2007 Cybils for middle grade graphic novel, while Rapunzel’s Revenge won the 2008 Cybils for middle grade graphic novel. I loved the Artemis Fowl series but it’s taking me a while to finish the graphic novel, and I don’t know why. I finished reading Rapunzel’s Revenge last week, and review will be posted soon. I’m hoping to make progress with Artemis Fowl this week.
This Is Just to Say: Poems of Apology and Forgiveness
by Joyce Sidman, illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski |
Mirror Mirror: A Book of Reversible Poems by Marilyn Singer, illustrated by Josée Masse
This Is Just to Say won the 2008 Cybils for poetry, while Mirror Mirror – which I have recently featured in Poetry Friday – won the 2008 Cybils for poetry. Both books were such a delight to read, and I’m hoping to feature This Is Just to Say in one of the upcoming Poetry Fridays!
Young Adult Fiction
(Ah, here I allowed myself to borrow titles and covers which I find interesting. It’s quite exciting, really, to explore more YA novels than I normally would.)
The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart |
Emiko Superstar by Mariko Tamaki, art by Steve Rolston |
The Boy on Cinammon Street by Phoebe Stone
The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks won the 2008 Cybils for YA fiction. Emiko Superstar won the 2008 Cybils for YA graphic novel. The Boy on Cinammon Street was nominated in the 2012 Cybils for YA fiction. I finished Emiko Superstar, but I was really interested on The Boy on Cinammon Street.
The Difference Between You and Me by Madeline George |
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz |
The Disenchantments by Nina LaCour
All these books were nominated in the 2012 Cybils for YA fiction. I am dying to get my hands on these babies.
Miscellaneous Books from the Library
(Books I borrowed just because.)
Return of the Dapper Men by Jim McCann and Janet Lee |
Lies, Knives, and Girls in Red Dresses by Ron Koertge, illustrated by Andrea Deszo
Both books are simply gorgeous.
Are We There Yet? by David Levithan | There is No Long Distance Now by Naomi Shihab Nye
First reads from both authors. I’m pretty excited. I guess it’s safe to say that these are my featured books for today as well.