CYBILS 2018 and a few more good ones!

Well, after 117 elementary/middle grade speculative titles, I can say that being away from this blog has not been boring! My fellow CYBILS 2018 round one judges and I have narrowed the 117 down to 7 (no easy task!) and our picks were announced on January 1 (as is tradition).

Inkling by Kenneth Oppel
Love Sugar Magic: A Dash of Trouble by Anna Meriano
Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow
by Jessica Townsend
Snared: Escape to the Above by Adam Jay Epstein
Sweep: The Story of a Girl and her Monster by Jonathan Auxier
The Stone Gil's Story by Sarah Beth Durst
Thisby Thestoop and the Black Mountain by Zac Gorman

I was so thrilled to be back judging for the CYBILS