The CYBIL Award, which recognizes children and young adult authors whose books combine literary merit and popular appeal, announced its 2017 finalists. There are three categories for young adult CYBILs finalists: graphic novels, speculative fiction, and fiction.
Nominated graphic novels include Spill Zone written by Scott Westerfeld and illustrated by Alex Puvilland; New Super-Man Vol. 1: Made in China (Rebirth) written by Gene Luen Yang and illustrated by Viktor Bogdanovic; Buddha: An Enlightened Life written by Kieron Moore and illustrated by Rajesh Nagulakonda; Soupy Leaves Home written by Cecil Castellucci and illustrated by Jose Pimienta; Spinning by Tillie Walden; and Diesel: Ignition by Tyson Hesse. All are incredibly beautiful books and I’m excited to see what the CYBILs committee decides.
Angie Thomas’ The Hate U Give has won several awards since its publication, and I believe it will win the category for young adult fiction. Other finalists are A Short History of the Girl Next Door by Jared Reck, Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu, Piecing Me Together by Renée Watson, Saints and Misfits by S.K. Ali, The Inexplicable Logic of My Life by Benjamin Alire Saenz, and The Lake Effect by Erin McCahan.
Well-written and timely, I’d like to see Scythe by Neal Shusterman win the category of speculative fiction. Other finalists include They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera, Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo, Song of the Current by Sarah Tolcser, The Hearts We Sold by Emily Lloyd-Jones, and The Rules and Regulations for Mediating Myths and Magic by F.T. Luken.
Nominations for the award are chosen by readers in the book community, and the winners are selected by a group of judges in the book blogging community. The winners will be announced in February.
For more on the award and the finalists, visit the CYBILs website.