February 21, 2013

Missed Cybils

It was a very difficult job selecting the final list of Cybil nominees.  I must say, there were some very good books that were left off the list.  Here's a few that I really enjoyed, but might have been better suited to a Young Adult list.

Dear Blue Sky by Mary Sullivan is the story of Cassie, who's older brother Sef is off fighting in Iraq.  Since Sef was the glue that held her family together, Cassie watches as her family starts to come apart.  A class project leads her to an unusual source of comfort, a young Iraqi girl who blogs under the name Blue Sky.

Fire in the Streets by Kekla Magoon is about Maxie, who wants to help the Black Panthers even though she is young. She discovers there is a traitor in their midst and figures that, if she could discover who it was, it would be her ticket into the Panthers. As she discovers the truth, it's much more than she bargained for.

My Sister Lives on the Mantlepiece by Annabel Pitcher tells about ten year old Jamie who's family fell apart when they lost his sister Rose in a terrorist attack. When he moves to a new school, he forms a strained friendship with a classmate named Sunya, who is Muslim. Realistic and tragic, funny yet poignant. A great book to read.

See You at Harry's by Jo Knowles is about twelve year old Fern who's strained family must deal with a horrific tragedy. I can't say too much without giving away major plot details, but this is a wonderfully captivating story of dealing with loss.

Until next time, bon voyage and happy reading! 

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