The winners of the 2019 Cybils were announced on Friday. Here they are:
Jump by Tatsuhide Matsuoka
EARLY CHAPTER BOOKS
Frankie Sparks and the Class Pet by Megan Frazer Blakemore, illustrated by Nadja Sarell
Yasmin the Superhero by Saadia Faruqi, illustrated by Hatem Aly
Nine Months: Before a Baby Is Born by Miranda Paul, illustrated by Jason Chin
ELEMENTARY/MIDDLE GRADE GRAPHIC NOVELS
New Kid by Jerry Craft
ELEMENTARY/MIDDLE GRADE SPECULATIVE FICTION
Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky by Kwame Mbalia
FICTION PICTURE BOOKS
One Fox: A Counting Book Thriller by Kate Read
JUNIOR HIGH NON-FICTION
The First Dinosaur: How Science Solved the Greatest Mystery on Earth by Ian Lendler
MIDDLE GRADE FICTION
The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise by Dan Gemeinhart
MIDDLE GRADE NON-FICTION
It’s Trevor Noah: Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah
Ink Knows No Borders: Poems of the Immigrant and Refugee Experience edited by
SENIOR HIGH NON-FICTION
Playlist: The Rebels and Revolutionaries of Sound by James Rhodes, illustrated by Martin O’Neill
YOUNG ADULT FICTION
Heroine by Mindy McGinnis
YOUNG ADULT GRAPHIC NOVELS
This Place: 150 Years Retold by David A. Robertson, Jen Storm, Katherena Vermette, Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair, Rachel Qitsualik-Tinsley, Richard Van Camp, Sean Qitsualik-Tinsley, and Sonny Assu
YOUNG ADULT SPECULATIVE FICTION
Fireborne by Rosaria Munda
Chirp by Kate Messner (9781547602810)
Mia is moving to Vermont where her grandmother has a cricket farm. Her arm is still recovering from being broken after a fall from a balance beam, but her mother insists that she go to summer camps. Mia chooses to attend a maker camp and also a warrior camp that will have her climbing rock walls and swinging from rings. As Mia makes new friends and finds new fans for her grandmother’s cricket treats, she is also helping by making a business plan for her grandmother’s farm. There are strange things happening at the farm though as disaster after disaster befalls the delicate crickets. Her grandmother insists that she is being sabotaged, but could her grandmother actually be losing her memory? Mia and her friends tackle the mystery, build up the business, and learn to speak out along the way too.
Messner writes a middle grade novel that neatly embeds sexual harassment and abuse information into the story. In fact, that is at the heart of Mia’s injury and also at the heart of many women and girls that are in the book too. This book is deeply about survival as a girl, a woman and as a cricket. It’s about finding your voice, using your power and finding ways to get justice. It is also about the incredible bravery it takes to be a survivor, whether you have spoken out yet or not.
Messner has written a compelling mystery to solve alongside the social justice. There are great suspects, more than one potential reason for the problems, and finally a dramatic resolution as well. Add in a science competition and you have one amazing Vermont summer filled with the crunch of crickets.
A great look at friendship, speaking out and taking back power. Appropriate for ages 9-12.
Reviewed from ARC provided by Bloomsbury Children’s Books.