The 2015 Cybil Awards, a blogger-nominated award that honors the children’s and young adult authors and illustrators with the highest literary merit and popular appeal, announced their 2015 winners.
Cybils divided the young adult category into three major nomination categories: fiction, speculative fiction, and non-fiction. YA graphic novels and YA novels written in verse are eligible, respectively, for the graphic novel list and the poetry lists.
Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone won for best general YA fiction. Samantha McAllister looks just like the rest of the popular girls in her junior class. But Sam has Purely-Obsessional OCD and is consumed by a stream of dark thoughts and worries that she can’t turn off. When Sam meets Caroline, who introduces her to a tight-knit group of misfits, Sam is drawn to them immediately. Slowly, she begins to feel more “normal” than she ever has as part of the popular crowd… until she finds a new reason to question her sanity and all she holds dear.
The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma won for best speculative YA fiction. On the outside, there’s Violet, a dancer days away from the life of her dreams. On the inside, within the walls of a girls’ juvenile detention center, there’s Amber. She can’t imagine freedom.
Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War by Steve Sheinkin, which on the YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults, won for best YA nonfiction. Most Dangerous tells the story of how Daniel Ellsberg went from an obscure government analyst to exposing the government’s deceit and earning the nickname “the most dangerous man in America.”
Nimona by Noelle Stevenson won for best YA graphic novel. Nimona follows a shapeshifting teen girl named Nimona in a medieval-meets-modern world, where knights use cellphones, swords and hoverboards. She teams up with the evil Lord Ballister Blackheart to take down a group called the Corporation.
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