Thursday, January 1, 2009

Cybils - NonFiction Middle Grades/YA Finals

Here are the finalists in the Cybils NonFiction MG/YA category:

King George: What Was His Problem? Everything Your Schoolbooks Didn't Tell You About the American Revolution by Steve Sheinkin
Historian and textbook author Steve Sheinkin provides a factual, fun chronicle that traces the American Revolution from start to finish.Humorous chapter titles and illustrations, entertaining facts, and labeled maps make learning history lots of fun.
-Jill Tullo (The Well-Read Child)

We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball by Kadir Nelson
Kadir Nelson connects with readers in his history of Negro League baseball told from the first person point of view of an "everyman"player. The engaging narrative combined with stunning oil paintings capture the joy and passion of the players who were surrounded by hatred and inequality.
-Jill Tullo (The Well-Read Child)

Ain't Nothing but a Man: My Quest to Find the Real John Henry by Scott Reynolds Nelson with Marc Aronson
A field trip into the mind of a historian. Historian Scott ReynoldsNelson invites readers to follow him as he uses artifacts,photographs, and other documents to put together the pieces of a real-life historical mystery.
-Carol Wilcox (Carol's Corner)

Swords: An Artist's Devotion by Ben Boos
Ben Boos' well written and visually stimulating book was a pleasure to read. The illustrations were detailed and the history fascinating. Children of all ages will pore over this book as they trace the sword designs through the ages. Ben relayed the use of the sword throughout the ages including the Middle Ages and the age of the Samurai. Ben's drawings illuminated not only the variety of swords used but his love for this "formidable tool".
-Kathy Burnette (The Brainlair)

Body Drama: Real Girls, Real Bodies, Real Issues, Real Answers by Nancy Amanda Redd
Leave your embarrassment at the door, because this book combines refreshing candor with no-holds barred topics, untouched photos, andinformation backed by a leading physician to help empower teen girls. The photos are somewhat shocking, but important for girls to see sothey know their body is normal. Don't let your teens get the wrong information from their friends...let them get empowered with realinformation and love the body they're in.
-Vivian Mahoney (HipWriterMama)

Lincoln Through the Lens by Martin Sandler
John F. Kennedy may have been the first television president, but Lincoln Through the Lens makes a strong case for recognizing AbrahamLincoln as the first photographic president. From the earliest known photo of Lincoln to the only one taken after his death, Martin Sandlershows how the sixteenth president was captured on film, and how he used the images to his advantage.
-Sarah Rettger (Archimedes Forgets)

11 Planets: A New View of the Solar System by David Aguilar
My Very Exciting Magic Carpet Just Sailed Under Nine Palace Elephants (10-year-old Maryn Smith's winning entry for the National GeographicChildren's Book Planetary Mnemonic Contest). So begins this engaging introduction to the newly classified solar system. Stunning artwork,cool facts on how the planets are named after different gods and goddesses, simple explanations and an informative glossary make this abook young astronomers will enjoy reading.
-Vivian Mahoney (HipWriterMama)

The Year We Disappeared: A Father-Daughter Memoir by Cylin Busby and John Busby
In summer, 1979, Cylin Busby was nine years old, living with her parents and two older brothers on Cape Cod, Massachusetts when herlife changed in a matter of minutes. Cylin's father, John Busby, a policeman, was on his way to work when a car pulled up next to him andshot off the bottom half of his jaw. THE YEAR WE DISAPPEARED is a memoir, told by Cylin Busby and her father John, in alternatingchapters, of the terrible year following Busby's shooting. A terrific real life crime read!
-Carol Wilcox (Carol's Corner)

1 comment:

  1. Wahoo! This was fun putting together this list!

    Have a great New Year!


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