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Sheila Ruth
Wands and Worlds - fantasy and science fiction for children and teens
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What a great, detailed overview of both opportunities! Thanks for helping to spread the word.
That's such a great story! I keep hearing about how many schools are cutting school librarian positions, so it's wonderful that her school has a great librarian. I still remember my elementary school librarian, too.
That's great news, Gwenda! I loved Girl on a Wire, and I look forward to reading the next one. Magic is cool, and how great that your protagonist is a female magician!
Toggle Commented Jan 7, 2015 on Book News! at GWENDA BOND
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What a beautiful story. I know exactly how she feels! I'm glad the book did come that day. It would have been horrible to have to wait another day!
I love these lists! Congratulations to all the finalist authors, illustrators, and publishers!
Toggle Commented Jan 2, 2014 on The 2013 Finalists at Cybils
Great review - I love this! What a fabulous and intelligent group of reviewers!
Toggle Commented Nov 6, 2013 on Review of Giant Dance Party at Cybils
Thanks so much, Anne and everyone else! I'm crying right now. This was so nice. Thank you.
Toggle Commented Oct 22, 2013 on Happy Birthday, Sheila! at Cybils
It's corrected now. Sorry, Bridget!
Toggle Commented Sep 16, 2013 on 2013 Poetry Judges at Cybils
Yay Charlotte! Glad to have you on the organizing team. Thank you for lightening my load!
Hi Shannon, Thank you for letting us know. The form has been corrected, and we certainly won't hold it against you. Best of luck.
I LOVE this post! I'll definitely remind my family how hard I'm working and how important it is that I not be disturbed. I'm excited to be starting another Cybils season!
Toggle Commented Aug 5, 2013 on Heads Up! The Cybils are Coming! at Cybils
Good analysis! Now that I've written my review, I came back to read yours. (I don't like to read reviews before I write mine). I'd be interested in hearing your questions sometime. I had a few minor issues which I didn't mention in my review because there was no way to mention them without spoilers. But overall I thought this was a terrific book. @Melissa: I'm with you on that. I often find I'm disappointed with books or movies that are too buzzed about. In this case, I'm a huge fan of Rick Yancey, so I was pretty sure I would like it, buzz or not, and I was happy that it didn't disappoint me!
That's awesome! Congratulations!
Matilda is one of my favorites, too. I read a bio of Roald Dahl some years ago, and apparently Matilda wasn't the only book that was drastically changed from his first draft. Apparently his editor (I've forgotten the name) had a lot to do with helping to shape the books that we know and love.
Thanks so much for posting this, Sarah!
Toggle Commented Jan 15, 2013 on A Project from our Publisher Liaison at Cybils
@Megan: The 2010 edition of Violet Mackerel's Brilliant Plot was an Australian edition. As far as we could tell, the first U.S. edition was 2012. That makes it eligible under our rules.
Toggle Commented Jan 2, 2013 on The 2012 Cybils Finalists at Cybils
I'm sorry that your book didn't make the shortlist, With over 1300 books nominated overall, and over 200 books in some categories, you can imagine that narrowing that down to just 7 per category was difficult. There were many excellent books that didn't make the list. We actually go out of our way to evaluate every book fairly and look for hidden gems. You'll see books on the Cybils shortlists that you won't see on other awards lists, and sometimes "big" books don't make the shortlist. We judge each book on its own merits, regardless of publisher, according to our twin criteria of kid appeal and literary merit. Yes, there are quite a few big publisher books on the shortlists, but there are also a fair number of independently published books, and at least one self-published. If I could offer one recommendation to self-publishers (not you specifically, but just in general) it would be strive for a high standard in production values. Good writing, professional editing, and professional design (especially the cover) are essential to the success of any book, whether traditionally published or self-published.
Toggle Commented Jan 2, 2013 on The 2012 Cybils Finalists at Cybils
Cybils Finalist Day and Cybils Winner Day are my two favorite holidays of the year! A big thanks to all the hardworking Round 1 judges, who read and read and read, sometimes forgoing family events or even sleep in relentless pursuit of the best books of the year.
Toggle Commented Jan 1, 2013 on The 2012 Cybils Finalists at Cybils
I am totally in awe of how many books and pages some of the panelists have read. A huge thank you to ALL our hardworking panelists. You guys rock!
Toggle Commented Nov 15, 2012 on Cybils Midterm Progress Report at Cybils
Glad to have you both on the team!
Toggle Commented Sep 17, 2012 on The 2012 Fantasy & Science Fiction Judges at Cybils
The Cybils are lucky to have the multi-talented Sarah on the team! It's great to be working with you again.
Toggle Commented Sep 14, 2012 on Meet Sarah Stevenson, Cybils Blog Editor at Cybils
Oh, Anne, we miss you! I hope those 6th graders know what a good thing they've got.
Love the photo, Jone! Pretty in pink! It's great to be working together again.
Toggle Commented Sep 14, 2012 on Meet Jone MacCulloch, Poetry Chair at Cybils
Brevity is a virtue! Here we go again with another Cybils season! It's going to be a great year!
Yay for the Literacy Evangelist! You do a great job of spreading the word! I often discover new Cybils blog posts from your tweets. I'm glad to be working with you again.
Toggle Commented Sep 14, 2012 on Meet Jen Robinson, Literacy Evangelist at Cybils