And here they are, this year’s Middle Grade Speculative Fiction Finalists!!!
Amari and the Night Brothers (Supernatural Investigations #1) by B.B. AlstonCece Rios and the Desert of Souls (Cece Rios #1) by Kaela RiveraKiki Kallira Breaks a Kingdom by Sangu MandannaThe Last Cuentista by Donna Barba HigueraOphie’s Ghosts by Justina IrelandToo Bright to See by Kyle LukoffThe Troubled Girls of Dragomir Academy by Anne Ursu
Here are the blurbs for each of these, over at the Cybils website (where you can find all the other category’s short-lists).
This is the most diverse group of EMG SF Cybils finalists ever, and it turned out that way just because these were the books the seven 1st round panelists agreed (after much struggle, gnashing of teeth, wailing etc, because there were So Many really good books that we loved) best fit the two criteria of literary merit and kid appeal.
Thanks so much to the first round team, and good luck to the second round folks who have to pick just one of these to be the winner!
And please do consider applying to be a panelist yourself next year! look for the announcement next August! If you’re interested, feel free to ask my questions and feel free to start reading now! There are lots of great books published and publishing between Oct 16 2021 and Oct15 2022, and it will be just as hard/rewarding to pick just seven next year!