Cybils Snapshot: 3 from MG

Since I’m a MG Fiction judge for the 2008 Cybils Awards, I’m not supposed to review titles that have been nominated until the first round judges have decided on finalists. This makes my life a little tricky, since of course, I’m trying to read as many of the nominated titles as I can, just to be informed, but I’m not allowed to review them. Curses. A girl has to have something she can blog about, and there are only so many hours in the day to read books. So I’ve decided there’s no harm in giving readers a snapshot look at some of the Cybils- nominated titles as I read my way along. Not reviews, think of these as three-sentence summaries of some of the books up for consideration for the MG fiction prize this year. Perhaps you’ll be inspired to read a couple:

Addy McMahon wants to be a writer and she’s been creating her “autobiogra-strip” and her trademark interviews in order to get better and better with words. One problem – she’s pretty sure she’s cursed and all sorts of things start going wrong at home and at school to prove it. For aspiring artists and kids who like stories that capture real-life.

Set in Louisiana in the desperate years of the Depression, Tennyson is the moody and dreamy tale of the mysterious, long-suffering Fontaine family and their once-grand plantation, Aigredoux. After a family crisis, Tennyson Fontaine and her sister Hattie end up living at Aigredoux, discovering its secret history, and Tennyson learns that it could be her fate to restore her family’s fortunes. For readers who love mystery and history and family stories.

The Willoughby children detest their parents and their parents detest them. Desperate to become orphans, the children hatch a plan to make their dream come true, proving themselves resourceful and winsome and every bit as worthy as the characters they admire from old-fashioned books. Made for quirky and clever readers who gobble up stories by Lemony Snicket and Roald Dahl.

Those are just 3 of the titles nominated for a Cybils award in the MG Fiction category this year. View the rest here.

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