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Cybil Winners 2016

Here is a full list of the Cybil Winners of 2016! I was a judge last year and enjoyed it immensely. Here are some overlaps with other youth awards that have happened.

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The Inquisitor’s Tale by Adam Gidwitz won for audiobook, it was also a Newbery Honor book this year.

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Giant Squid by Candance Fleming won for elementary non-fiction, it was also a Sibert Honor this year.

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Ghost by Jason Reynolds won for middle grade fiction (which was my category last year).

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Sachiko by Caren Stelson won for middle grade non-fiction, it was also a Sibert Honor like Giant Squid.

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March : book three by John Lewis won for young adult graphic novel. I won’t even try and tell you everything else it won this year, there are too many.

 

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Traveling Book Club Jan-Feb

I’m going to have to go back and look at what Nov-Dec was. Whoops. Let me tell you about the ones I currently have at my house before I forget them too. Specifics on the inner workings of the traveling book club are here.

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A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini. You may know him as the author of the Kite Runner, which became a movie. I have not read it or seen the movie. My best friend has been raving about this book for years. I never wanted to read it. It’s not my thing. But now that she’s part of the book club and this is the one she chose I felt obligated. I just finished and will review it soon. Spoiler: I will not be raving about it for years.

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Winter’s Bone by Daniel Woodrell. Also a movie. Not only that, I feel like it might be the first real blockbuster that featured Jennifer Lawrence. This sounds like a True Grit kind of book and I can’t say whether or not I’ll pick it up. It did win the Audie Award in 2011 so I may try it on audiobook.

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Love Does by Bob Goff. A lot of the women in this group had already read this book. Apparently I missed the boat because I’d never heard of it. I think this will be a pick and choose chapters kind of book. But I will open it.

 

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SLJ Battle of the Books

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HelloooO! Battle of the Books contenders have arrived! These are the ones. I haven’t read ANY of them. What on Earth does that say about me?

ANNA AND THE SWALLOW MAN by Gavriel Savit

FREEDOM IN CONGO SQUARE by Carole Boston Weatherford and R. Gregory Christie

FREEDOM OVER ME by Ashley Bryan

GHOST by Jason Reynolds – want to read!

THE GIRL WHO DRANK THE MOON by Kelly Barnhill

THE LIE TREE by Frances Hardinge – have checked out ONE MILLION TIMES

MAKOONS by Louise Erdrich

MARCH BOOK THREE by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell – read book 1

THE PASSION OF DOLSSA by Julie Berry – have checked out HALF A MILLION TIMES

SAMURAI RISING by Pamela Turner and Gareth Hinds

SOME WRITER! by Melissa Sweet

THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR by Nicola Yoon

THUNDERBOY JR. by Sherman Alexie and Yuyi Morales

WHEN GREEN BECOMES TOMATOES by Julie Fogliano and Julie Morstad

WHEN THE SEA TURNED TO SILVER by Grace Lin – read book 1

WET CEMENT by Bob Raczka

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National Book Award Winners 2016

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National Book Award has announced their winners. No surprise that The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead was the adult fiction winner. He had Oprah behind him after all and she’s basically God. I have Underground Railroad on my Kindle from a long time ago via Netgalley and should probably get to reading it. I also just got the first and last books in the March series so I can feed educated on that, waiting on book two. I’m not sure the other two peak my interest. But there are a few on the short / long list that did.

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News of the World by Paulette Jiles was a finalist. I bought it a few weeks ago and was going to give it to my best friend for Christmas but she asked for something else instead so I guess it’s mine.

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Miss Jane by Brad Watson was on the longlist. It is a book I checked out a few months ago and then didn’t open, per usual. I adore the cover. Isn’t it so beautiful? This would be a good paperback purchase.

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Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo was a finalist for the youth selection. I read it back in April. I didn’t love it.

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The Sun is also a Star by Nicola Yoon was a finalist as well. I believe I have it at my house right now. It’s getting lots of buzz and I even heard them talking about it on the All the Books podcast this morning.

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PW Best Books of 2016

Best book lists are here y’all. Get excited! Get those credit cards ready and start your Christmas shopping. Or self shopping..

Publishers Weekly has released their list. Here it is for Children’s / YA. Books of note in their choices that I agree with are as follows.

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The Best Man by Richard Peck – it’s at my house right now. Must read immediately.

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Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier. My review here.

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Scythe by Neal Shusterman. I literally put this on my hold list 30 minutes ago. Comes out 11/22/16.

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The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge won the Boston Horn Book Award this year. I checked it out back in June when that happened but never opened it. Per usual. Must try again.

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2016 Horn Book Awards

Just when you think award season has died down The Boston Globe comes out with the Horn Book Award winners.

Congratulations to:

Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War by Steve Sheinkin, The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge and Jazz Day: The Making of a Famous Photograph written by Roxane Orgill, illustrated by Francis Vallejo

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Check out this link for past years and their winners

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John Adams by McCullough

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I had visitors here from Texas this weekend and we had a great time going in to the city and walking the Freedom Trail! It was very timely considering I just finished listening to John Adams by David McCullough. I had started listening to 1776 because I was misinformed. I thought 1776 was the book that John Adams the HBO series was based on. Turns out it was based on John Adams. Shocking, since they have the same name. *slaps head* This one is wonderful and won the Pulitzer in 2002.

Anyway, I loved walking around Boston seeing lots of the buildings and places that were talked about during the time John Adams lived. I also genuinely loved the audio narrator, Edward Herrmann (grandfather of Rory Gilmore, may he rest in peace). I will admit, I listened to the abridged version. I’m a bad person and wanted to sum it up in 9 DISCS instead of 26. Oy.

I am now going to listen to the biography of Abigail Adams by Woody Holton OR a biography of both of them such as First Family by Joseph J. Ellis or Abigail and John by Edith B. Gelles. Suggestions on which is best? It may just come down to getting whichever is available at my library..

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2016 Reading Challenge: a New York Times bestseller

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