This past year I’ve posted more than 60 reviews of middle grade books and read many more. With the new year just a wink away, its time to present my coveted golden cup award. Okay, I got it at a garage sale, but it’s filled with my favorite middle grade moments of 2015, limited of course to what I reviewed. Past celebrations have included book giveaways from the list, but after discovering I’d already given them away, here’s the new plan:
I have like new hardback copies of three nominated books from the 2015 Cybils Middle Grade Fiction category.
I have yet to post reviews on these but they are the last books I read in 2015. I’m also throwing in a $15 STARBUCKS gift card. The winner will receive the books and gift card! All you have to do is post a comment stating your favorite in one of the categories (MG or otherwise) or just state a favorite book you read this past year. I’ll draw the winner on January 3rd at 7 pm Eastern Time. You’ll have a beverage and a trio of fine books to start off your new year. Good luck!
Without further delay, on to my Golden Cup Awards:
FAVORITE SETTING: (tie) Destiny, Florida (THE WAY TO STAY IN DESTINY) & Cove, a city built within a mountain (MYSTERIES OF COVE – FIRES OF INVENTION)
FAVORITE FEMALE PROTAGONIST: Talia (WAITING FOR UNICORNS)
FAVORITE MALE PROTAGONIST: Julian Twerski (FINDING THE WORM)
FAVORITE CHARACTER NAME: Ronan Truelove (THE GLASS GAUNTLET)
FAVORITE OPENING LINE: “The day my brother climbed into the cat box was the day I knew my life would never be normal again.” (TEDDY MARS: ALMOST A WORLD RECORD BREAKER)
FAVORITE PARENTS: Dash Gibson’s parents (SPACE CASE)
FAVORITE ENDING: CONFESSIONS OF AN IMAGINARY FRIEND
FUNNIEST READ: CHARLIE JOE JACKSON’S GUIDE TO MAKING MONEY
FAVORITE FRIENDSHIP: Trent and Fallon (LOST IN THE SUN)
A lot more excitement begins this Friday with the announcement of the Cybils finalists. I’ll then be hunkered down helping pick an overall winner in the Middle Grade Fiction category by February 14th.
Have a safe and happy 2016 full of reading and writing.