The Nominations
Middle Grade Fiction

When we began setting up The Cybils and seeking coordinators for the various prize categories, selecting a chairperson for the Middle Grade Fiction category was, as the kids say, a no-brainer.

Betsy, author of A Fuse #8 Production and a librarian at The Donnell Central Children’s Room in NYC, reviews a book a day, most often in the Middle Grade or Picture Book categories.  She’s a woman who knows her stuff and we’re fortunate to have her serve on the nominating committee for Middle Grade fiction as well.  That’s a good thing, as there are 63 titles nominated for a Middle Grade Fiction Cybil.

Now on to the list…

Alabama Moon
Watt Key
Farrar, Straus & Giroux

All of the Above
Shelley Pearsall
Little, Brown & Co.

Ashley Enright Investigations
Lauren E. Smith
Publish America

Battle Cry
Jan Neubert Schultz
Carolrhoda Books

Black Duck
Janet Taylor Lisle

Joyce Moyer Hostetter
Calkins Creek Books

Bread and Roses Too
Katherine Paterson

Cliff McNish
Orion Children’s Books

Caddy Ever After
Hilary McKay
Margaret K. McElderry

Charlotte In Paris
Annie Bryant
Beacon Street Girls

Sara Pennypacker

Clue In the Linoleum Lederhosen, The
M.T. Anderson

Cornelia and the Audacious Escapades of the Somerset Sisters
Lesley M.M. Blume
Knopf Books

Desperate Journey
Jim Murphy

Drowned Maiden’s Hair, A
Laura Amy Schlitz

Fairies of Nutfolk Wood, The
Barb Bentler Ullman
Katherine Tegen Books

Finding Day’s Bottom
Candice Ransom
Carolrhoda Books

Tony Abbot
Little, Brown & Co.

Fly By Night
Frances Hardinge
Harper Collins

Frank Cottrell Boyce
Harper Collins

Georgie’s Moon
Chris Woodworth
Farrar, Straus & Giroux

Goodnight Mrs. Dinglewall
JoAn Martin
Great American Books

Green Glass Sea, The
Ellen Klages
Viking Juvenile

Half-Moon Investigations
Eoin Colfer

Happy Kid
Gail Gauthier
Putnam Juvenile

Mike Lupica

Here Lies the Librarian
Richard Peck

Higher Power of Lucky
Susan Patron

Holbrook: A Lizard’s Tale
Bonny Becker
Clarion Books

Home In a Wilderness Fort: Copper, 1844
Charlotten Otten
Arbutus Press

Home and Other Big Fat Lies
Jill Wolfson
Henry Holt & Co.

Hugging the Rock
Susan Taylor Brown
Tricycle Press

Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life
Wendy Mass
Little, Brown & Co.

Julia’s Kitchen
Brenda Ferber
Farrar, Straus & Giroux

Kichi In Jungle Jeopardy
Lila Guzman
Blooming Tree Press

Kiki Strike
Kirsten Miller

Larger-Than-Life Lara
Dandi Mackall
Dutton Juvenile

Loud Silence of Francine Green, The
Karen Cushman
Clarion Books

Manny Files, The
Christian Burch

Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, The
Kate DiCamillo

Misadventures of Millicent Madding: Bully-Be-Gone
Brian Tacang
Harper Collins

Mystery of the Hats, The
Eddie Lay
Publish America

Out of Patience
Brian Meehl
Delacorte Books For Young Readers

Penelope Bailey Takes the Stage
Susanna Reiche
Marshall Cavendish Children’s Books

Penny From Heaven
Jennifer L. Holm
Random House

Quest For the Dragon Stone
Ami Blackford
Red Cygnet Press

Ruby Lu, Empress of Everything
Leonore Look

Cynthia Lord

Secret of the Three Treasures
Janni Lee Simner
Holiday House

Jenny Han
Simon & Schuster

Strictest School In the World, The
Howard Whitehouse
Kids Can Press

Swan Town: The Secret Journal Of Susanna Shakespeare
Michael J. Ortiz
Harper Collins

That Girl Lucy Moon
Amy Timberlake

Toys Go Out
Emily Jenkins
Schwarz & Wade

Uncharted Waters
Leslie Bulion
Peachtree Publishers

Vanishing Act
Jon Feinstein
Knopf Books

Susan Cooper
Margaret K. McElderry

Vive la Paris
Esme Codell

Cynthia Kadohata

Wright 3
Blue Balliett

Year of the Dog
Grace Lin
Little, Brown & Co.

Yellow Star
Jennifer Roy
Marshall Cavendish Children’s Books

Younguncle Comes To Town
Vandana Singh 
Viking Juvenile