Happy New Year! What better way to begin here in blog-land than to salute the best of ’07. 3 cheers, because… the Cybils finalists are beginning to pop up over at Cybils Headquarters.
I am immensely excited about all of this, in part because I was one of the Middle Grade panelists. Boy was it a challenge to whittle so many worthy books down to only 8. It was almost painful. After much reading (much, I tell you, much), some careful scoring, hours of discussion, a little defending, and some tears (kidding), the lovely crew shook hands and settled on these beauties:
Leap of Faith – Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
Cracker – Cynthia Kadohata
Miss Spitfire – Sarah Miller
Wild Girls – Pat Murphy
My first year of involvement with the Cybils could not have been more fun. And this was, in large part, due to my excellent fellow panelists, whom I wish to thank:
I think that all of the nominated titles deserve congratulation. It was a treat to discover many authors that were new to me, and to marvel at so much great talent. (I’m glad I don’t have to choose the winner. Too hard).