2020 Cybils Finalists and Ones that Got Away

The Cybils finalists have been announced!  

Here is the list of the finalists in my category, Elementary/Middle Grade Speculative Fiction – as always, it was hard to narrow things down, and especially hard this year with so many other things dragging our attention away from the books.  Still, digging deep into so many good books was an excellent distraction!

The individual titles below are linked to my own reviews where available, but click above to see a beautiful blurb for each of the books written by my fellow panelists.

A Wish in the Dark by Christina Soontornvat

Curse of the Night Witch (Emblem Island) by Alex Aster (I nominated this one myself! It’s rare and exciting to have books I nominate make it to this round!)

Eva Evergreen, Semi-Magical Witch by Julie Abe 

In the Red by Christopher Swiedler

Mulan: Before the Sword by Grace Lin

Rival Magic by Deva Fagan

Thirteens by Kate Alice Marshall

But as always, there were books that I loved that didn’t make it.  Here are some of my other favorites: 

The Clockwork Crow by Catherine Fisher

A Game of Fox and Squirrels by Jenn Reese

The Girl and the Ghost by Hanna Alkaf

The Girl Who Speaks Bear by Sophie Anderson

The Magic in Changing Your Stars by Leah Henderson

Paola Santiago and the River of Tears by Tehlor Kay Mejia

Skunk and Badger by Amy Timberlake – no review yet, but this book, strongly reminiscent of Frog and Toad for slightly older readers, and with good openings to discuss racism and unconscious bias, was funny and heartwarming, with the potential to make a great read aloud.

When You Trap a Tiger by Tae Keller

Now I’m off to read a couple of adult fantasy books I had on hand waiting to be read – The City We Became by N.K. Jemisin and Daughters of Nri by Reni K. Amayo. But I definitely want to read some of the finalists in other categories. I’m already partway through teen speculative fiction Legendborn on audio and have graphic novel finalist Class Act on hand as well. So many books!

What are you reading right now?

About Katy K.

I'm a librarian and book worm who believes that children and adults deserve great books to read.
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4 Responses to 2020 Cybils Finalists and Ones that Got Away

  1. I’m excited to see Eva Evergreen on the list. I’ve heard great things about it and Julie’s a follower of my blog. I read a lot of YA too and right now I’m reading The Good Girls by Claire Eliza Barlett.

    • Katy K. says:

      I really enjoyed Eva Evergreen! And it’s always exciting to have authors (especially authors you like!) follow your blog! I hope you’re enjoying the Good Girls, too (or probably finished it right now, as I’m getting back to this so slowly!)

  2. Ahh yes it’s very exciting when a book you nominated makes it the shortlist – I always think “Thank goodness, it’s not just me who thought this book was amazing”, haha. I am not reading any MG right now, though I have checked out Ana on the Edge and will probably start it this week.

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