Pretty Sweet News IV: Sex & Violence named a CYBILS Young Adult Fiction finalist
The Cybils are a very cool literary award, I think, because they are run by book bloggers who seek books that “combine the highest literary merit and ‘kid appeal.'” This goal hits the sweet spot I like as a reader myself: a story that is literary but also readable, one I can imagine a kid with ADHD, for example, reading and enjoying.
(ASIDE: I had a kid with ADHD read Sex & Violence prior to submitting it for publication, in fact. This kid is my nephew and godson and he’s read only two books his entire high school career (mine and Divergent). The only reason he read my book is because I printed him off a chapter at a time, telling him to stop coming over for the next chapter when he got bored. It was a kind of test to see if I could sustain his attention with the plot. I wonder if I should hire him out sometimes, but he’s not really into reading. Also, he’s never read the book since I revised it. This is nothing he loses sleep over, I assure you.)
Anyway, I’m very proud to be named a finalist and appreciate the work the people behind the Cybils do. The judges and panelists are teachers, librarians and bloggers (sometimes all three) who love books and love talking about books with others. And if this world needs more of anything, it’s people who love books.
I want to live in a world where everyone reads for pleasure, no matter if their job is intellectual or academic. Kids like my non-reader nephew just haven’t found the right book yet, I’m convinced, and it’s people like the ones who run the Cybils awards who help them find it.