January 1, 2013

Cybils Finalists

The Cybils finalists are up now!  Below are the graphic novels on the short list.  I've included the blurbs that I wrote and please feel free to ask me for details on any of the titles.

Middle Grade:
Annie Sullivan and the Trials of Helen Keller by Joseph Lambert
Giants Beware! by Jorge Aguirre and Rafael Rosado
   "Claudette wants to be a warrior like her father was, before a dragon ate his legs and arm, so she sets out to slay the local giant with the help of her best friend and little brother. Their fathers each set out to protect the children, although they just might have the skills to protect themselves. Rafael Rosado's bright, kinetic art is the perfect match for the action and humor of Giants Beware! Fans of fantasy and adventure will both flock to this tale of friends, family, and the ultimate unimportance of fame."
Hilda and the Midnight Giant by Luke Pearson
Little White Duck: A Childhood in China by Na Liu and Andrés Vera Martínez
   "Na Liu recounts eight stories from her childhood in communist China shortly after the death of Mao Zedong. Her memoir is a funny, sad and magical exploration of Chinese history, mythology and culture. Liu's words pair perfectly with her husband Andrés Vera Martínez's art to fully evoke the time and place. The context might be unfamiliar to readers, but the emotions of a child dealing with change are very easy to relate to."
Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales: Big Bad Ironclad! by Nathan Hale

Young Adult:
Darkroom: A Memoir in Black and White by Lila Quintero Weaver
Drama by Raina Telgemeier
Friends with Boys by Faith Erin Hicks
Ichiro by Ryan Izana
Marathon by Boaz Yakin and Joe Infurnari 


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