Once again I am participating in the Cybils Awards as a judge. I’ve broken from graphic novels this year to participate in the Middle Grade fiction panel. My reasons are varied, but I was torn between the two and really felt more… invested, for lack of a better explanation.
What I mean is, I’ve just spent the better part of two years writing, rewriting, and learning how to write a middle grade novel. That deep exposure, coupled with the fact that I will have graduated from my MFA program at Vermont College right when I would need to hunker down with the finalists gives me something to fill the postpartum of being out of school in a sucky economy. I’ll be able to focus all my attentions on the finalists and pretend like the outside world doesn’t exist. I’ll miss the graphic novels (I already do!) but I’m feeling more Middle Grade this year.
What are the Cybils? Go here.
Who else is down with the Middle Grade books? Here you go.