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October 01, 2008



Here's one: I want to nominate Lewis Buzbee's Steinbeck's Ghost in middle grade fiction, though the presence of the ghost slides it a tiny bit into magical realism territory. I'd really resist calling it fantasy, but if the organizers want to move it...


I'd like to nominate George Washington Carver by Tanya Bolden, but I'm not sure if it'd be considered a NF picture book or MG/YA... it's less than 48 pages but I think the content's aimed at MG readers.

Kim Baccellia

I'd like to nominate DEAD GIRL WALKING by Linda Singleton for the fantasy/sci-fi category.

Kim Baccellia

I'd like to nominate Rembrandt and the Boy Who Drew Dogs A Story about Rembrandt van Rijn by Molly Blaisdell for the non-fiction picture books category.

Laura Manivong

MAYBELLE GOES TO TEA by Katie Speck is my nomination for easy reader (it's a 64-page chapter book from Henry Holt).

Thank you!

Laura Manivong

A CURSE DARK AS GOLD by Elizabeth C. Bunce is my nomination for either your Fantasy or YA Fiction category.

Thanks again!

Kim Baccellia

I nominated IN THE SMALL by Michael Hague for the graphic novel category.

Maureen Eichner

Robin McKinley's Chalice? It's definitely fantasy, but it's definitely YA too.

Jan Fields

I would like to nominate
Man in the Moon
by Dotti Enderle

I think it's probably middle grade fantasy but there is some open-endedness about whether "magic" really happened or whether it's in the perception of the main character, so maybe it's middle grade fiction.


I would like to nominate The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey by Trenton Lee Stewart.

I am thinking this book would be a middle grade fantasy...

thanks! Jenn


I'd like to nominate Daniel Waters' Generation Dead. I would be tempted to place it in the fantasy genre - due to the impossible happening, and all that - but it might skirt the line a bit. Wherever it goes, it was a fantastic book that left a lasting impression.

Linda Joy Singleton

I'd like to nominate HOME OF THE BRAVE by Katherine Applegate in the middle-grade fiction category.


This isn't really a question, but I don't see any other "contact us" area...

I notice that the sidebar area "nominations by genre" links to the 2007 nomination lists, rather than to the current 2008 posts that allow a person to nominate a title in the comments. I think it would be much easier to navigate the site if the sidebar brought you directly to the current nominations, rather than having to go back to the main page and scroll through all of the posts in order to find the category you would like to nominate a book in.

Thank you.


Thanks, Alys. I'm working on updating that today. The links couldn't be updated until the nominations posts were up, which happened automatically at midnight. I work an overnight shift at my job and it had to wait until I woke up today.

Unfortunately, I woke up to find all h--l had broken loose with many people paying no attention whatsoever to the genres. So that's had to be fixed first. I'm getting to the links right now, though, and you'll see those soon.

Thanks for your patience.

Kim Baccellia

Oops, Anne. I couldn't find a place to post this morning and saw some entries. I'll change this right now.


I was wondering about Masterpiece by Elise Broach. Middle grade (real kid, real problems) or sf/f (talking beetle, although the beetle doesn't talk to the boy, only other beetles. he does, however, draw like Durer).

Cheryl Rainfield

I nominated The Hunger Games as my favorite YA. But then I was looking through Fantasy, and I saw it there. So perhaps moderators will move it? I'm not sure which it belongs under more. (I was thinking it belonged in YA, but some people may disagree....).


I've got an actual question and not a nomination in disguise :) I wasn't quite sure if Lady Liberty counted as poetry, or it would be nonfiction. I nominated it in poetry, and nominated something else in nonfiction. If there's a problem with the classification of Lady Liberty, I'll nominate something else in poetry. (I don't want to change my nonfiction vote from The Trouble Begins at 8.)


Kelly Fineman

BECKY: Lady Liberty stays in poetry. She was also nominated in NFPB, but between Fiona and I, we've worked out that it stays in poetry. Thanks for asking.


Where does The Compound by SA Bodeen fall in? I'm waffling between YA and SF/F.

Robert Ranson

I'd like to nominate Saving Juliet by Suzanne Selfors (Walker Books) but am unsure if it fits into YA or Fantasy.


Is I HEART YOU, YOU HAUNT ME considered strictly YA, o would it be appropriate for poetry?

It's a novel in free verse.




Here goes:

What do I do with a book like Eric Kimmel's McElderry Book of Greek Myths? It's 90 pages and obviously fiction...so is it MG fiction? It's so different from what you think of as fiction that I wasn't sure.

A Bierman

Bonnie Dobkin's YA book, Neptune's Children, takes place in a Disney-type theme park after biological warfare kills anyone over the age of puberty. The kids build a society on the theme park, which eventually decays. The book is excellent--SLJ says "This thriller has gripping writing that makes it hard to put down"-- but lives somewhere in between reality in sci-fi. In what category should it be nominated?


Here's another question-

Lesley M.M. Blume's Tennyson

Fantasy? MG? It's not typical fantasy or MG, so where does it fall?



I would like to nominate the young adults chapter book, "The Rollicking Adventures of Tam O'Hare," by author & illustrator, Scotty Roberts.

At first brush, one might think "fantasy." However, while the book is anthropomorphic (animals as humans), it is set in real history (Tudor England). There are spiritual/fantasy elements, such as The Good People and magick, but there is also a back story that revolves around the conflict between Mary Queen of Scots and Elizabeth of England. The book is steeped in history, but includes some mystical elements.

I would like to nominate this book in the Young Adults Fiction category.

Any comments or opinions?


You can view the book at these sites:

Linda Aksomitis

I would like to nominate the middle grade time slip fantasy, Dinosaur Blackout, by Judith Silverthorne. It's the fourth in the popular Dinosaur series by Silverthorne, and in this story it's the end of their rule on earth.

Kelly Fineman

LK: Verse novels go with the correct novel category (SFF, YA or MG)


Hey Anne, I have a question about double nominations. A lot of people are either not reading the rules or just forgot not to nominate a book that has already been nominated. If this occurs, is the book totally canceled out? For instance, in the YA category, Identical by Ellen Hopkins was nominated twice...does that mean it needs to be nominated a third time by someone else to even count?

Elysabeth Eldering

If someone were to nominate my book, State of Wilderness, I am curious as to where it would fall. It is one of fifty of the geography, mystery, trivia series. The clues are all facts; the characters are fictional and their interactions are done based on the clues the game give them. Like a silly law still on the books in the state (in State of Wilderness, the law says it is illegal to give another person a box of candy weighing more than 50 pounds - the boys playing the game in this book both like the same girl and so their exchange is on the lines of them giving her a box maybe weighing a pound but not 50 pounds).

Where would this book fall since it is geared towards middle graders, but it is a cross between fiction and facts (faction is what I have heard it classified as before). Thank you - E :)

Marcus Riedner

Here is one for next year. I work for the online publisher Sharing Books, we publish exclusively online content. eBooks only.

Do our books count for submission for the Cyblis award?

sharlya gold

what happened to the book i nominated earlier today, CEMETERY STREET by Brenda Seabrooke?

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