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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

CYBIL Awards Honor Children’s Lit

Written by Jon Williams

On Valentine’s Day last week, the 2012 CYBIL Award winners were announced. For those of you who are unfamiliar, the Children’s and Young Adult Bloggers’ Literary Awards are given to the best books published in the U.S. and Canada in a given year. Titles are nominated mostly by the public, and judged by a panel of volunteers who write for blogs dedicated to children’s and young adult literature.

Here’s a look at some of this year’s winners:

The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen (Fantasy & Science Fiction): The first book in a planned trilogy, this book deals with a precocious orphan named Sage who is thrust into the middle of a brewing war engulfing his medieval kingdom.

Seraphina by Rachel Hartman (Fantasy & Science Fiction): In the kingdom of Goredd, the decades-long peace treaty between humans and dragons is nearing its anniversary, and tensions are high as Seraphina, a court musician, is drawn into a murder mystery.

Wonder by R.J. Palacio (Middle Grade Fiction): Auggie is a youngster who has always been homeschooled due to illness and a facial deformity. How will he react—and how will others react to him—when he starts going to a mainstream school?

Bomb by Steve Sheinkin (Nonfiction): Sheinkin details the thrilling true-life story of the race by Germany, the United States, and the Soviet Union to be the first to develop nuclear weapons during World War II.

For these winners and a list of other great titles nominated for this year’s CYBIL Awards, click here.

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