We featured Middle Grade/Teen Non-Fiction panelist Carol Wilcox a bit earlier in the nominations process, and she's continued faithfully reviewing a whole slew of Cybils titles on her site, Carol's Corner–just take a gander and check it out if you're in the market for some post-holiday nonfiction shopping!
If you know of any young writers in your circle of family and friends–or any writers who are young at heart–Victoria Hanley's Seize the Story: A Handbook for Teens Who Like to Write might be just the thing. It's packed with quotes, writing exercises, sections on the writing craft, and interviews with well-known YA authors including T.A. Barron and Chris Crutcher, among others. Says Carol:
I have been using the chapter on "Showing, Not Telling," as mini-lessons in a fourth grade classroom this week, and have gotten some really nice stuff from kids. The chapter on conflict taught me some things I can use in my own writing.
Click here for the full review.