A Cybils Graphic Novel Nominee for #TBT

We are going to close our Cybils-centric series of Throwback Thursday selections with the Graphic Novel category. In 2009, Matt Phelan’s The Storm in the Barn was a nominee in the Elementary / Middle Grade subcategory. The Storm in the Barn written by Matt Phelan illustrated by Matt Phelan Candlewick Press, 2009 It is a miserable summer for Jack Clark and his family. As if the parched land and dying cattle and “dust dementia” aren’t enough, Jack is the target of local bullies and his dad’s frustration. Jack spots something in the Talbot’s Barn, but that’s off limits. Since when has that ever stopped a young boy? But what if it turns out to be bigger than him? This is … Read more

Nickel Bay Nick by Dean Pitchford #TBT

Wow! We are already halfway through the nomination period for this year’s Children’s and Young Adult Bloggers’ Literary Awards. Have you nominated any books yet? All month long, our Throwback Thursday review will feature a Cybils-nominated book. We’re not going too far back for this review so that we can represent lots of different Cybils categories. So this week we have last year’s finalist (and ultimate winner in the Middle Grade Fiction category: Nickel Bay Nick by Dean Pitchford. If you’ve read this title – or any book by Dean Pitchford – be sure to include a link to your review! Nickel Bay Nick by Dean Pitchford G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2013 Merry Christmas. Not hardly. Sam Brattle (11) doesn’t have much to … Read more

a Pirate #TBT Review – Alex and the Ironic Gentleman

Ahoy matey! It’s Thursday already, and this week we’ve pulled one of our favorite girl power – actually girl pirate! – stories from the review archive. Do you have a favorite Adrienne Kress book? Add your link to our weekly MEME so that more readers can find it. Alex and the Ironic Gentleman by Adrienne Kress Weinstein Books, 2007 Alexandra Morningside never liked the Wigpowder-Steele Academy … until sixth grade, that is. When Alex learns that Mr. Underwood, her teacher, is a descendant of the Infamous Wigpowder, founder and pirate, she volunteers to help him claim his inheritance. Not as easy as it sounds, especially when Mr. Underwood is kidnapped! And so her journey toward finding (and becoming) a pirate … Read more