Some of the most dearly loved children's books of all time fall into the Middle Grade Fiction category: Ramona, Harriet the Spy, From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, Bridge to Terabithia… The middle grade years represent a golden time for readers. It's the time when you figure out what you like, what makes you laugh and cry, what makes you wonder. Perhaps these are some reasons why it's often the books we read between the ages of 8-12 that we remember as our best books ever.
In the Middle Grade Fiction Cybils category, we're looking for the 2009/2010 novels that capture real life in all of its messiness. So we're not talking magic or superheroes or werewolves or elves. (We mean it! Head on over to Science Fiction & Fantasy if the book you wish to nominate contains the following: time travel, magical anything or talking animals, unless one of these things exists solely in a character's imagination or in a story within a story). In this category, we're after adventures and school stories, mysteries and stories about families, and tales that tell kids of life across the globe. Time to share which of the newly published Middle Grade fiction titles you think kids will remember when they're all grown up.
–Kerry Millar, category organizer
To view an up-to-the-minute list of what's already been nominated for this category, click here.
To check out last year's finalists in this category, click here.