Cybils Awards!

The 2006 Cybils are as follows:
Fantasy & Science Fiction:
Ptolemy’s Gate by Jonathan Stroud (HURRAH!!!)
Fiction Picture Books:
Scaredy Squirrel by Melanie Watts. (Which has a sequel that is coming out soon or just released)
Graphic Novels:
Ages 12 and Under:
Amelia Rules! Volume 3: Superheroes by Jim Gownley.
Ages 13 and Up:
American Born Chinese by Gene Yang
Middle Grade Fiction:
A Drowned Maiden’s Hair by Laura Amy Schlitz
Non-Fiction Middle Grade and Young Adults:
Freedom Walkers by Russell Freedman
Non-Fiction Picture Books:
An Egg Is Quiet by Dianna Aston (HURRAH! I adored this picture book and am SOOO looking forward to their next effort, A Seed Is Sleepy out next week!)
Poetry:
Butterfly Eyes and Other Secrets of the Meadow by Joyce Sidman.
Young Adult:
Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan. (HURRAH! Oh wait, I was a judge…) 🙂

Cybil Winners Announced Today

Make sure you check out the winners of the Cybils today, 2:00 pm central time.  I am very thrilled to have been a judge on the YA committee.  We picked a great book as the winner and did it with a real shared spirit of love of books and appreciation for teen readers.  It was so much fun to participate! 

If you didn’t sign up to be on a nominating committee or judging committee this year, make sure you join us next year.  And if you don’t blog, this is a great reason to get started.  🙂

Readergirlz

A gorgeous website is at the heart of a new online book community, readergirlz.  Starting on March 1st, they will be featuring one book a month with at least one strong female character.  Hurrah! 

The divas behind this are four authors of teen books, Dia Calhoun, Janet Lee Carey, Lorie Ann Grover, and Justina Chen Headley.  Visit their MySpace page and leave comments. 

This is a great idea by a great group of strong females.  My only request is an RSS feed for new content. 

Being

I love it when a publisher goes all out and really builds a site around a book.  This is especially effective for teen readers.  The new thriller by Kevin Brooks has gotten this treatment with a debate, large excerpts from the book, news, and promises of more content as the March release date gets closer.