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I’m doing a little happy dance and definitely shouting out loud for this Sunday Shout Out!
Alyssa, over at The Shady Glade, is hosting her 2012 Book Battle, and has chosen me to be one of the first round judges! The “theme” this year is Retold Fairy Tales, which any of my regular readers will know is right up my alley.

She received 71 nominations, and first round judges have until the end of June to read as many as possible in order to pass on their recommendations to the second round judges. Confused? Check out Alyssa’s blog for details by clicking the button above. This is going to be my home post regarding the book battle, where you can check back to see what books I’ve read and find all my reviews. My first thought when I see this list… how did I miss so many? The list? Well, here it is, straight from The Shady Glade:

2012 Battle Nomination Long List

Updated July 8, 2012
A Curse Dark As Gold by Elizabeth C. Bunce
A Tale Dark and Grimm by Adam Gidwitz
Abandon by Meg Cabot
Avalon High by Meg Cabot
Beastly by Alex Flinn
Between Two Ends by David Ward
Book of a Thousand Days by Shannon Hale
Bound by Donna Jo Napoli
Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu
Cindy Ella by Robin Palmer
Cloaked by Alex Flinn
Damosel by Stephanie Spinner
Dark of the Moon by Tracy Barrett
Darkness Becomes Her by Kelly Keaton
Destined by Jessie Harrell
Don’t Expect Magic by Kathy McCullough
East by Edith Pattou
Entwined by Heather Dixon
Golden by Cameron Dokey
Goose Chase by Patrice Kindl (review coming soon)
Half Upon a Time by James Riley
Ice by Sarah Beth Durst
Inside the Walls of Troy by Clemence McLaren
Into the Woods by Lyn Gardner
Just Ella by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Lightbringer by K.D. McEntire
My Fair Godmother by Janette Rallison
My Very UnFairy Tale Life by Anna Staniszewski
Nobody’s Princess by Esther Frisner
Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George
Princess of the Wild Swans by Diane Zahler
Rapunzel’s Revenge by Shannon Hale
Seven Daughters and Seven Sons by Bahija Lovejoy and Barbara CohenShadows on the Moon by Zoe Marriott
Shifting by Bethany Wiggins
Sirenz by Charlotte Bennardo
Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce
Sleeping Beauty: Vampire Slayer by Maureen McGowan
Snow by Tracy Lynn
Snow in Summer: Fairest of Them All by Jane Yolen
Starcrossed by Jospehine Angelini
Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow by Jessica Day George
Sweet Venom by Tera Lynn Childs
Sweetly by Jackson Pearce
The Amaranth Enchantment by Julie Berry
The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly
The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter
The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale
The Merchant’s Daughter by Melanie Dickerson
The Night Dance by Suzanne Weyn
The Poison Apples by Lily Archer
The Princess Curse by Merrie Haskell
The Rumpelstiltskin Problem by Vivian Vande Velde
The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
The Shadow of the Bear by Regina Doman
The Sisters Grimm: The Fairy Tale Detectives by Michael Buckley
The Swan Kingdom by Zoe Marriott
The Third Eye by Mahtab Narsimhan
The Thirteenth Princess by Diane Zahler
The Wager by Donna Jo Napoli
The Wide-Awake Princess by E.D. Baker
Thornspell by Helen Lowe
Touch of Frost by Jennifer Estep
Violet Eyes by Debbie Viguié
Waking Rose by Regina Doman
Water Song by Suzanne Weyn
Wild Orchid by Cameron Dokey
Wildefire by Karsten Knight
Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier
Wondrous Strange by Lesley Livingston

While I’m grateful that ther are only 71 titles on the list (did I just say ONLY 71 titles?) I’m kind of surprised that the list isn’t longer, considering the explosion of fantasy fiction over the last couple of years. Nominations were open to retold fairy tales (books that re-imagines a fairy tale/legend/myth) published between Jan. 2001 and Dec. 2011. Do you know of anything that didn’t make the list that you would have nominated? What is your favorite out of this list? Which one should I read next?

Speaking of lists, two more recommended reading lists where readers can vote on their favorite were also released recently. Tower Hamlets Schools Library Services in London, England has released their book award lists for Primary and Middle School. Because of how colorful the brochures are, I’m not sure how many libraries can mass produce them. But it’s still a cool way to see what other countries are reading and valuing in youth and teen literature.

A little closer to home (at least for me) is the Michigan Library Association’s Thumbs Up! Award nominees. They’ve revamped the entire award this year (with a little bit of input from yours truly ^_^ along with some other connected individuals) and are running it more like YALSA’s Teen Top Ten, allowing students an opportunity to get their hands on the books over the summer before requiring a vote by August 31, 2012. As always, there’s a little bit of overlap between the two lists, but having served on the committee before, I know how much work is involved. The list and a short synopsis of each book can be downloaded from MLA’s website.

Does your state, organization, library, or school create your own “Best of” lists, either for the summer or for the end of the calendar year?

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