Jan 012011

For the third time in five years, I am on the judging committee of the Cybils awards, an honor bestowed upon the best books of the year by a loose affiliation of kidlit bloggers. (Somehow they keep letting me participate even though this blog has been in low gear for quite a while now.) As usual, I asked to be placed on the Middle Grade Novel panel. Today, moments ago, the finalists for 2010 were announced. Here are the books I’ll be reading and thinking about in the next few weeks:

Because of Mr. Terupt by Rob Buyea
Belly Up by Stuart Gibbs
Betti on the High Wire by Lisa Railsback
Crunch by Leslie Connor
Milo: Sticky Notes and Brain Freeze by Alan Silberberg
The Kneebone Boy by Ellen Potter
The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger

Congrats to all the finalists! I am looking forward to reading these and PASSING JUDGEMENT UPON THEM. Well, okay, that sounded harsh. But since I don’t generally have time to belong to a real-and-true book club, I really enjoy these brief forays where I get to discuss and argue about children’s literature with my Cybils co-panelists. I expect to enjoy it again this time around… as soon as I’ve read these books. Guess how I’m spending my long New Year weekend?

  2 Responses to “My New Year’s Reading List”

  1. The spelling “judgement” is becoming more and more common, and I hope that soon it takes over for good. There is absolutely no reason for the English language to have held on to that abomination “judgment” for as long as it has.



  2. That’s right — it’s not that I misspell words. I’m a rebel.


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