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Tuesday, January 2, 2018

CYBILS Junior/Senior Nonfiction Short List


I recently had the wonderful opportunity to serve as first round panelist for Junior/Senior High Nonfiction for the Children's and Young Adult Bloggers' Literary Awards or CYBILS. 

For months I read, read and re-read the nominated titles. There were five panelists in my group with each person living in a different part of North America and each panelist hosting their own book review blog. Email and Google Docs were our primary modes of communication as we evaluated each book using the CYBILS criteria: literary merit and kid appeal.

After weeks of evaluating, discussing, and debating the nominated titles, our work is complete. Here is the short lists for junior/senior high nonfiction titles. (I linked each title that I reviewed in 2017) Click here to see it on the CYBILS blog

CYBILS Short List: Junior/Senior High Nonfiction (in alphabetical order)

A Dog in the Cave: the Wolves Who Made Us Human by Kay Frydenborg

How Dare the Sun Rise: Memoirs of a War Child by Sandra Uwiringlyimana

Isaac the Alchemist: Secrets of Isaac Newton Reveal'd by Mary Losure

Locked Up for Freedom: Civil Rights Protesters at the Leesburg Stockade 
by Heather E. Schwartz

March Against Fear : the Last Great Walk of the Civil Rights Movement 
and the Emergence of Black Power by Ann Bausum

Posion: Deadly Deeds, Perilous Professions, and Murderous Medicines 
by Sarah Albee

Queer There and Everywhere: 23 People Who Changed the World 
by Sarah Prager

Undefeated: Jim Thorp and the Carlisle Indian School Football Team
by Steve Sheinkin

Uprooted: the Japanese American Experience During World War II
by Albert Marrin

by Deborah Heiligman

The Whydah: a Pirate Ship Feared, Wrecked & Found
by Martin W. Sandler

The books on the short lists are now being evaluated by round two judges, and the winners will be annonced on Valentine's Day.
Click here to view all of the CYBILS short lists

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for all the recs! I've read many of them, but more to read now :)