Wednesday, January 6, 2010

The Cybils 2009 YA Finalists - My Judges Reading List!

I'm very excited that I finally get to sit down and read the 7 finalists for the Cybils Award for Young Adult Fiction. And then do my judging thing with the other amazing second round YA judges.

And if you want to grab seven Young Adult novels that are sure to be amazing reads, here they are in alphabetical order:

Blue Plate Special by Michelle D. Kwasney

Carter Finally Gets It by Brent Crawford

Cracked Up To Be by Courtney Summers

How To Say Goodbye In Robot by Natalie Standiford

Into The Wild Nerd Yonder by Julie Halpern

North Of Beautiful by Justina Chen (formerly Justina Chen Headley)

Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson

Who'll be the winner? I don't know yet... but one thing I do know: There's happy reading ahead, for all of us!



Charlie said...

Sounds like fun, but it's a little bit disappointing that almost all of the books are aimed at girls. I've noticed this a lot when reading book blogs (yours is a great exception). BTW, do you know what happened to "Worth the trip"? said...

Thanks for the reminder, Lee. I've got four more to read. Time to get cracking!

Misty said...


I am a newbie to your site (saw the link from Em's bookshelf blogspot) and I appreciate the amount of amazingness it is! I'm in a YA book group and we're doing a queer theme for a round of 5 books and I noticed you don't have one title reviewed that I've heard killer things about: Almost Perfect. Check it out. It's about a transgender and I think it'd be right up your blog's alley.

Happy reading!

kittens not kids said...

i'm very eager to hear what other readers think of *WINTERGIRLS*. I read it several months back, and was very impressed, but I haven't really read/heard a lot of other people's opinions.

Lee Wind, M.Ed. said...

thanks for the second heads-up of the day about "Almost Perfect" - I'll post on it in the next couple of weeks!

Kittens not kids,
I'm glad you read Wintergirls - though I'm not allowed to talk about what I think of any of these books until the final decision is made...

Namaste to all,

Madelyn said...

I really admire how much reading you all do for this (especially first round judges --the quantity! whew!) I have faith that the people reading and reviewing would fall for a good male protagonist, but Charlie's comment definitely has me thinking.

Brimful Curiosities said...

Excitedly awaiting the results. I haven't read much YA lately but will try to pick up at least one of these titles at some point. I've seen several reviews of Wintergirls but the others aren't quite as familiar to me.

Sandra Stiles said...

That is a great list of book. I have read only two of them and have the others on my TBR pile (along with the 146 on my shelves at home) Good luck with your hard decision. I have to say that Wintergirls was one of my favorites of last year and I have not been able to keep it on my shelves. Loved "North of Beautiful". If the others are as good as those too I wouldn't want to be in your shoes.

Unknown said...

I thought Blue Plate Special was an extremely interesting book thematically and structurally - at first I was frustrated because I couldn't figure out what these girls had in common (though I did really like their individual stories). When enough hints were finally dropped that I got the connection I was seriously impressed!

Into the Wild Nerd Yonder was one of my favorite books of the year - the gaming group is so much like my group of gaming friends in college I was laughing constantly. It also got major props from me for not having totally ridiculous parents.

I also read Wintergirls awhile back, when it first came out, and didn't see much on the blogs about it, so I was kind of surprised when I saw it getting nominated for all sorts of honors. I know I thought it was a great book, but no one else seemed to be talking about it!

Good luck with your Cybil's reading, and thanks for co-hosting the comment challenge!

Stella said...

Look what the Comment Challenge brought to my attention! Another great blog to follow and a list of books I am dying to read. You are right...there is a happy ending, no matter what. :)

Shelf Elf said...

I've read 3/7 of these, and 2 of those would make it onto my list of the strongest books I read all year (North of Beautiful & Into the Wild Nerd Yonder). I will not tell you which was book #3 because it was one that everyone else thought was fantastic and I thought was overdone. This said, I'm super curious to see what wins and I'd love to be a fly on the wall for your judge discussions. Enjoy the books!