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On Valentine’s Day, the Cybils winners were announced. Full information on each title is at the Cybils website.

For YA, the winners were:

Non-fiction: The Secret of the Yellow Death: A True Story of Medical Sleuthing by Suzanne Jurmain, Houghton Mifflin

Graphic Novels:  Yummy; The Last Days of a Southside Shorty by G. Neri, illustrated by Randy duBurke, Lee & Low Books. My review.

Fantasy & Science Fiction: Rot & Ruin by Jonathan Maberry, Simon & Schuster

Young Adult Fiction: Split by Swati Avasthi, Knopf

About Elizabeth Burns

Looking for a place to talk about young adult books? Pull up a chair, have a cup of tea, and let's chat. I am a New Jersey librarian. My opinions do not reflect those of my employer, SLJ, YALSA, or anyone else. On Twitter I'm @LizB; my email is


  1. Congratulations, Swati and SPLIT! This book deserves this award and all the praise it’s getting. Months after reading it, the characters haunt me–in all the right ways. They’re so real I wonder what they are doing now. Beautiful prose, too, throughout a well-paced story.
    KUDOS to all the Cyblils winners.

  2. Split was a fantastic story, one I hope everyone has the opportunity to enjoy. In fact, pull out all of the books on the shortlists and give them a try. Wonderful all of them!

  3. Rebecca & Michelle, I have SPLIT set aside and hopefully will get to read it soon.