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Sheila Ruth
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Attended Villa Julie College
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Website Developer, Publisher, Publishing Technology Expert
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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
Education
  • Villa Julie College
    Liberal Arts and Technology, 1995
  • University of Maryland
  • Glenelg High School
    1977 - 1980
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My review of YA anthology Brave New Girls: Tales of Girls and Gadgets
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Recommended Book: Lois Lane Fallout

A fun and fantastic YA book. Lois Lane exceeds expectations, and then some! 

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Pottermore Relaunch

I'm liking what they're saying about the redesigned Pottermore. A move away from the linear, gamified elements and instead a focus on free-exploring content relating to the world, including a platform for Rowling to write more about the world but not specifically tied to the books, plus responsive design for a mobile world.

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Five Reasons to Apply as a Cybils Awards Judge

If you blog about children's or YA books, please consider applying to be a Cybils Awards judge. Here are some good reasons to apply, and my criteria for choosing judges as YA Speculative Fiction Category Chair.
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Jet Blue has started a promising reading pilot program in Washington DC, but the selection of books lacks diversity. Please see the link for more information and a link where you can sign and share the open letter to Jet Blue. #kidlit   #diversity   #weneeddiversebooks  
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YA Speculative Fiction from the Cybils Awards

Each year, the Cybils honor the best children's and YA books of the year selected by book bloggers. We recently announced finalists, and these are some great books that I loved, but which didn't make the finalist cut.

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KidLitCon Last Chance to Register

Registration for KidLitCon has been extended to noon EST today. We're meeting with the hotel at 1:30 to give them the headcount, so this is the last call.

#kidlitcon   #kidlit   #yalit   #blogging  
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Cybils Awards Call for Judges

Kidlit and YA book bloggers, this is your change to help select the best children's and YA books of the year. Not only is being a Cybils judge fun, but it's rewarding knowing that you're helping to identify good books that will keep kids reading! Only three more days to get your application in.

#kidlit   #blogging   #yabooks  
If you haven't seen the calls out on Twitter or Facebook, consider this one last reminder: The deadline for applying to be a Cybils judge is fast approaching. And we want you! We want people…
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My review of YA fantasy The Temple of Doubt, by Anne Boles Levy
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