Monday, February 16, 2009

Cybils awards announced

In an attempt to spend less time on the computer and more time with my family on the weekends, I failed to post that the winners of the Cybils awards were announced on Valentine's Day.

This was my first year being a panelist on the Cybils, and I served on the Middle Grade/Young Adult Nonfiction panel. It was a great experience working with other bloggers and narrowing down nearly 60 nominations to the 8 finalists, and I was very pleased to see Cylin and John Busby's The Year We Disappeared: A Father-Daughter Memoir win the top award in that the Non-Fiction MG/YA category. Here's a description from the Cybils site:

"This gripping page turner quickly stood out as the favorite of the judging panel. In alternating chapters, Cylin Busby and her father John tell the story of what happened when someone tried to kill John and how it affected their family. Some readers will identify with Cylin's pain and confusion, some will enjoy John's discussion of life as a policeman, and the drama of the man suspected of the attempted murder, as well as his motives for trying to kill John Busby. Many teens will enjoy this joint memoir that gives readers multiple sides of the same story."

In case any of you haven't heard the full list of winners, here they are:

Easy Readers

I Love My New Toy
written by Mo Willems

Fantasy & Science Fiction

Middle Grade

The Graveyard Book
written by Neil Gaiman

Young Adult

The Hunger Games
written by Suzanne Collins

Fiction Picture Books

How to Heal a Broken Wing
written and illustrated by Bob Graham
Candlewick Press

Graphic Novels

Elementary/Middle Grade

Rapunzel's Revenge
written by Shannon Hale and Dean Hale
illustrated by Nathan Hale
Bloomsbury USA

Young Adult

Emiko Superstar
written by Mariko Tamaki
illustrated by Steve Rolston

Middle-Grade Fiction

The London Eye Mystery
written by Siobhan Dowd
David Fickling Books

Non-Fiction MG/YA

The Year We Disappeared: A Father-Daughter Memoir
written by Cylin Busby
and John Busby
Bloomsbury USA

Non-Fiction Picture Books

Nic Bishop Frogs
written and illustrated by Nic Bishop
Scholastic Nonfiction


written by Naomi Shihab Nye

Young Adult Fiction

Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, The
written by E Lockhart

Congratulations to all of the winners, and a huge thank you to all of the panelists, judges, and organizers for a fantastic competition! Can't wait until next year!


  1. Ahhhh! I know that feeling of needing to spend less time on the computer and more time with the fam. How DO we Mom's manage everything? :)

    I LOVED the Year We Disappeared! The special on TV was really good, but it was hard for them to squeeze everything into an hour. I'm glad I read the book!


  2. Hi Lori,
    It's a balancing act I've yet to perfect. Usually, the house suffers more than anything.

    I didn't get a chance to see the special. I can't imagine trying to tell the story in an hour. There's just too much!