Yay for the Cybils Winners, 2008 and every blogger who worked so hard on this year's selections. Party it up, kidlitosphere! It's a wonderful accomplishment for both writers and bloggers.
Here are the YA winners from their site, rgz, and the quoted summaries:
The Hunger Games
written by Suzanne Collins
The Hunger Games wins for its broad crossover appeal, complicated moral issues, and sociopolitical satire. In a richly imaginative twist on a familiar dystopian landscape, Suzanne Collins creates a deadly game using child combatants to explore the dehumanizing effects of war and violence. Katniss struggles against overwhelming odds while being groomed and polished for what could be her televised fight to the death. At each agonizing choice or fearful alliance, the reader is confronted with the same questions Katniss faces. How far would you go to save yourself? Can you meet violence with violence, yet preserve your humanity?
Nominated by Heather Doss.
written by Mariko Tamaki
illustrated by Steve Rolston
“This title rises above a traditional outsider/teen angst tale because of its protagonist's interest in her local performance artists, a subject that hasn't been done to death in YA. The story is also novel simply because it's about a teen exploring art and find how it can change you. Ralston’s art is an important aspect of the story, working in tandem with Tamaki’s unique story.”
Nominated by Cecil Castellucci.
The Year We Disappeared: A Father-Daughter Memoir
written by Cylin Busby
and John Busby
Young Adult Fiction
Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, The
written by E Lockhart
It's a setting we know. It's a theme we're familiar with. But with The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, E. Lockhart takes common features of teen fiction and turns them into a smart, fun, multi-layered, action-filled, coming-of-age story with a unique treatment and fresh voice. Frankie's feminist-fueled and P.G. Wodehouse-inspired antics at boarding school are hilarious, but also tinged with the sometimes-harsh truths of growing up. A book complex and clever enough that wildly diverse readers will each take, and love, something different out of the narrative.Nominated by Stacy Dillon