It's finally here! February 14th is a very special day to me and not for the reasons you might think. It isn't that I really love the color pink (although I do). It's not because I will be buying discounted chocolate tomorrow (although I will). It's not even due to the fact that my students both baked me a cake and serenaded me with Bruno Mars today (although they did). No, the reason that I am filled with glee today is that the winners of the 2012 Cybils have finally been announced!
That's right, people. The dozens of reviews you suffered through have all paid off. Graphic novels have been split into two age groups (Young Adult and Middle Grade) so there are two winners and I couldn't be more pleased with the results. And as your resident geek, can I say how excited I am to see both science fiction and fantasy represented among the winners?
Anya's Ghost by Vera Brogsol won the YA Graphic Novel award. I read this one way back before award season started and absolutely loved it. It's got everything--ghosts, body image issues, and a snarky but delightful protagonista that I would love to befriend.
Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke won the MG Graphic novel award. Zita is a spunky tomboy
who ends up sucked into a far away universe where she must save her best friend from evil robots and find her way home. And that's just the start of her adventures.
Of course, Cybils is about more than just graphic novels. They gave awards to picture books, nonfiction, and general fiction. To see a complete list of winners, check out the Cybils website.
And another sincere thanks to the authors, bloggers, and publishers who made participating in this year's Cybils awards a joy. You're the best!