- Easy Readers & Early Chapter Books
- Fantasy & Science Fiction (Middle Grade)
- Fantasy & Science Fiction (Young Adult)
- Fiction Picture Books
- Graphic Novels (Middle Grade)
- Graphic Novels (Young Adult)
- Middle Grade Novels
- Nonfiction Books (Middle Grade & Young Adult)
- Nonfiction Picture Books
- Young Adult Novels
I served as a final round judge in the Young Adult Novels category which was both real honor and great fun. Here are a few things I loved about being a Cybils judge:
- I got to read seven terrific books.
- I got to work under a deadline (I miss deadlines).
- If my family wanted me to do something/fetch something/cook something/launder something, I simply said, "I can't--I really HAVE to read this." (They don't usually let me get away with that.)
- I got to participate in interesting and thoughtful and passionate discussions with other book lovers who read the same books as I did. It was like being in a super cool book club and made me think about the books from new perspectives.
- I learned to love e-books. I read all but one of the finalist books on the Kindle app on my iPad, and I will think really hard about buying a printed book anytime soon. I loved the e-reading experience and this was a big surprise to me.
The other YA Novel judges and I chose SPLIT by Swati Avasthi (an SCBWI member) as the winning book in our category.
|SPLIT won the 2010 Cybil's YA Novel category|