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October 18, 2006



I've been waiting for this! "The Tide Knot," by Helen Dunmore. The only one title I'm sure of so far this year.

Cynthia Leitich Smith of Cynsations

The Wall and the Wing by Laura Ruby (HarperCollins, 2006).

Jennifer Smith

Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer (sci-fi, but very realistic)


"The King of Attolia" by Megan Whalen Turner. It blew me away. And I'm a pretty sturdy person, so that's really saying something.

Little Willow

Oh, here we go - one of my favorite genres, and everything that comes to mind is a sequel, the last volume of a trilogy, or otherwise part of an ongoing series. In other words, the book doesn't stand on its own as strongly as it would with the previous book(s) being read first - and those books came out prior to 2006. Example: May Bird by Jodi Lynn Anderson, a trilogy, book one last year, book two last month, book three next year.

Little Willow

. . . unless you'll allow The Book Thief by Markus Zusak in this category. Depends on how you view the use of the narrator.


Do the nominating committee get more than one nomination ? If not, I'm going to have to think long and hard before I make my nomination...


Fairest, by Gail Carson Levine.

Jennifer Schultz

The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor. Cannot wait for the next book. Suspense, some romance, Victorian London, a kingdom in chaos-what more could you ask for?

Sheila Ruth

Little Willow: I haven't read The Book Thief, but from what I've heard, it does sound like it's a gray area. But since it's already been nominated in YA, let's leave it there.

I think that sequels are ok to nominate; those of us on the committee so far are fairly widely read in the genre and may have read the earlier book(s).

Michele: My understanding is that it is really one book per person, including the nominating committee. :-( I'm going to have a hard time choosing which one to nominate, also!


I would like to nominate "New Moon" by Stephenie Meyer. This book is a mix between Realistic Fiction and Fantasy for Young Adults.

Ellen Scordato

The Sisters Grimm: The Problem Child (Amulet, 2006) by Michael Buckley.

Nixie Knox

I would like to nominate "Larklight" by Philip Reeve. A Victorian melodrama set in space? Fabulous!


Devilish by Maureen Johnson

Paul Acampora

The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan is my nominee for top fantasty of 2006. And it doesn't have vampires, wizards or even a garden troll.


"River Secrets" by Shannon Hale

It is third in a series but stands on its own.


Cosdarnit ! I thought I'd get more nominations being on the nominating committe! OK then: Charles Butler - "The Lurkers".

Laura Atkins

A Darkling Plain by Philip Reeve (which I preferred to Larklight, personally).

Richard Nash

I's like to nominate The Good Fairies of New York by Martin Millar, with an introduction by Neil Gaiman

Judy Freeman

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo

Elizabeth Bird

Here Be Monsters by Alan Snow. Funny, oddly touching, and just so out-and-out original that it deserves a LOT more attention.


The Sea of Monsters, by Rick Riordan. This book turned my son into a serious reading machine and that is a wonderful accomplishment.

Jonathan Hunt

Since KING OF ATTOLIA has already been mentioned, I'm going to nominate PTOLEMY'S GATE by Jonathan Stroud.

Kurtis Scaletta

"The Shadow Thieves" by Anne Ursu.

Beverly Bixler

Angie Sage
Septimus Heap #2: Flyte

Beverly Archer

The Book of Story Beginnings by Kristin Kladstrup.


Not one of my usual categories (we all have our foibles!), but The Beasts of Clawstone Castle by Eva Ibbotson.


"Voices" by Ursula Le Guin. It's about a ravaged civilization where reading is prohibited, and a 17-yr-old girl risks her life for a library. A great book for us bibliophiles.


The Beast of Noor by Janet Lee Carey. I was completely absorbed!

Kelly Fineman

Golden by Jennifer Lynn Barnes


I'd like to nominate Monster Blood Tattoo: The Foundling by DM Cornish.

Little Willow

Sheila: Thank you for the response. I am going to wait a few more weeks to see if a new book smacks of fantastic, just in case.

Jennifer Wardrip, aka "The Genius"

The best fantasy/sci-fi/ action-adventure/coming of age/emotional book of 2006: PUCKER by Melanie Gideon

The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan.


Horse Passages by Jennifer Macaire
Coolest book I read all year.
Found this link through a friends blog. Thanks for posting.


Annmarie Ortega

I want to nominate Stones of Abraxas by K Osborn Sullivan.


I want to nominate The Fetch by Chris Humphreys. Dark, sensational and thrilling!


Gideon: The Cutpurse by Linda Buckley-Archer


Wintersmith by Terry Pratchett

Alkelda the Gleeful

Peter Pan in Scarlet-Geraldine McCaughrean

Jen Robinson

I don't read a ton of fantasy and science fiction, but I'd like to add Anatopsis by Chris Abouzeid.


Privilege of the Sword by Ellen Kushner, definitely YA


Corbenic by Catherine Fisher. It's a modern day retelling of the Grail Kings and has been horribly overlooked. I love love loved this book -

Is that too much gushing?

Jenny Williams

Horns & Wrinkles by Joseph Helgerson
You'll never look at the Mississippi River the same way again! A great read!

Sherry Early

Shadow in the Deep by L.B. Graham

Rebel14 (From Squeetus)

River Secrets and Princess Academy by Shannon Hale.


And New Moon by Stephenie Meyer.

Sheila Ruth

Sorry, Rebel14, only one nomination per person allowed. Luckily for you, River secrets and New Moon have already been nominated, so I'll take Princess Academy as your nomination.

Sheila Ruth

Oops, my bad. Princess Academy was published in 2005, so it's not eligible. So Rebel14, would you like to nominate another book? Just one, please!


THE PINHOE EGG by Diana Wynne Jones

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