First of all, Happy New Year!! I have high hopes that 2009 is going to be an awesome year!
And seeing the announcement of the Cybils finalists is a great way to kick off the year!! I'm so proud of our YA fiction shortlist. I hope you like it.
I'm really happy to see Savvy on the MG fantasy list and A Curse Dark as Gold, Graceling, and The Hunger Games on the YA fantasy list (I haven't read The Explosionist, Airman, or Wake, but I've heard great things and that is looking to be one heck of a shortlist!!).
Rapunzel's Revenge made it onto the MG graphic novel list (woo!). And I love the shortlist for MG Fiction. I loved Alvin Ho and Every Soul a Star (my review for this is coming soon!). The London Eye Mystery has been highly recommended to me by some of my colleagues and I'm also looking forward to checking out Diamond Willow.
Thanks to all the panelists who put in a LOT of hard work to eke out these shortlists. I look forward to reading the books I haven't yet read and I'm excited to see what the next round of judges will think! The winners will be announced on February 14.