Nominations for this year’s Cybils awards are now in progress. I’m on the YA Fiction panel, and there are about 70 books nominated so far, and I think last year’s total was about double that. I’ve started collecting books from the library to read, and tripping over said books. I like this category for all the unique stories they have to tell, from mystery to historical fiction, to Gay YA, romance, crime, human rights and mental illness.
The world as it was and is. Not as it could, or would, or should be. Send the dystopias and space operas, the fairies and angels, the blood-suckers, zombies, and alternate realities to SFF. In YA Fiction we are looking for realistic fiction, be it contemporary or historical, funny or mysterious, romantic or adventurous. We want the real world of the past and present with all of its flaws and pain and humor and beauty. We want books published for young adults ages 12-18 that are not only well-written, but which will expose the world and open a window to self-discovery. Books that respect their audience; books that teens will press into their friends’ hands with fervor in their eyes and say, “You HAVE to read this.” We are looking for the handful that can call themselves the greatest teen novels of 2013.
Hope you will vote for your favorite books before the October 15 deadline and make your voice heard! Books published from Oct. 16, 2012- Oct. 15, 2013 are eligible. Follow this link to nominate the books you think are the best of the year. And maybe one of the books you nominate will be the winner!