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YA High Fantasy

My list of ten recommended young adult high fantasy novels is up on the Cybils blog, just in time for the season premiere of Game of Thrones!
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Here's a great list of fun and funny fantasy books for the family, drawn from the Cybils Awards archives. List created by Brandy Painter, Random Musings of a Bibliophile.
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Cybils Interview: Melissa Stewart and Sarah Brannen

Really interesting interview with Cybils Awards Elementary/Middle Grade Nonfiction winners Melissa Stewart and Sarah Brannen, author and illustrator of _Feathers: Not Just for Flying._

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First off, congrats! We were all very excited Feathers won. Can you tell us a bit about how you came up with the idea for this book? MS: Thanks so much! Sarah and I were…
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The 2014 Nebula and Andre Norton Award Nominees
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They are going to have a SUPER tough year this year. Whoa.
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My review of The Last Wild and The Dark Wild, a thrilling and darkly comic middle-grade series with particular interest for animal fiction lovers.
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Speculative Fiction Finalists for the 2014 Cybils Awards

I'm Category Chair and a first round judge for YA Speculative Fiction for the 2014 Cybils Awards. We announced our finalists on January 1. Here are the finalists for both Young Adult and Elementary/Middle-Grade Speculative Fiction, and a link to view the finalists in all categories. 

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So you want to write a children's book?

My response to a "make money by writing a simple children's book" marketing email I received. 
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On the Cybils blog: an Interview with Maxwell Eaton III, author of 2014 Easy Reader winner Okay, Andy! http://bit.ly/1xegCYI #kidlit #cybils
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Smek for President

My review of the hilarious middle-grade science fiction book, Smek for President, sequel to The True Meaning of Smekday.

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Yup. I was so excited when I found out.
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This is too funny not to share. I remember those days!
 
Somehow I sort of miss the old way... When we were forced to think. 
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It did work, LOL. Although somehow it seems that there's more information to sift through now than there was then.
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Cybils Nomination Suggestions

Don't forget that Wednesday is the last day to nominate your favorite children's and teen books of the year for the Cybils Awards. If you're looking for books to nominate, here are some suggestions for YA Speculative Fiction, YA Fiction, and Elementary/Middle-Grade Speculative Fiction.
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Hello!

I am preparing to release a new Christmas Children's Book called - The Night Before The Night Before Christmas - on November 7! I'd love for you to take a look and thought it might be a good fit for the readers of your blog.

You can see more information here:

- www.ElfiesChristmas.com
- facebook.com/ElfiesChristmas

Please let me know if you're interested. I'd be happy to send you a free copy for review, as well as one for you to give away to readers. Thanks so much for your consideration and for doing what you do! It's a huge help to authors!

Jay

Book Blurb:
At Santa's workshop, the night before the night before Christmas is hardly a time to rest. The elves work tirelessly to get the final toys made before Christmas Eve, but Elfie just can't keep pace. He spends too much time making his toys perfect, and when Santa comes to check on production, everyone is surprised by his reaction.
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    Website designer & publishing consultant, present
  • Imaginator Press
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  • Atlis Publishing Services
  • Villa Julie College
  • U.S. Government Accountability Office
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Sheila Somerlock
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A lifetime reader of speculative fiction, I've been involved in the children's literature community since 2005. I share my passion for YA and Middle-Grade science fiction and fantasy on this blog, and I'm also one of the organizers of the Cybils Awards for children's literature. I have a small press publishing company, Imaginator Press.

For my day job, I'm a freelance web developer. Even there I have strong ties to the children's book community: my biggest client is the Mom's Choice Awards. If you have a website or web application project you need help with, please contact me at sruth@imaginatorpress.com or through my LinkedIn Profile. 

Note: review requests should not be sent to the email address above. Please see my Review Policy.) Review requests not abiding by the review policy will be ignored.


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Creator of the Cybils Awards database
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  • Villa Julie College
    Liberal Arts and Technology, 1995
  • University of Maryland
  • Glenelg High School
    1977 - 1980
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