It's also a much better way to spend Valentine's Day than stressing out about what to get your valentine. (A book! Preferably a Cybils book!)
And so, without further ado, the winner of the category I'm most invested in (and have actually read the entire shortlist...) is (the blurb is from the blog):
The Strange Case of Origami Yoda
By Tom Angleberger
Nominated by: Sarah Stevenson
Ultra-nerd Dwight wears a small finger puppet and uses a funny voice. But oddly enough, his Origami Yoda doles out advice that seems much wiser that Dwight. "The big question: is Origami Yoda real?" Tommy has a lot riding on the question: he's desperate to know if he can trust Yoda's advice about a certain girl. So he and his friends set out in search of scientific evidence, gathering anecdotes from everyone who's ever consulted the paper oracle.
Angleberger deftly pens authentic voices, and depicts the humorous way middle schoolers become hooked on a weird idea, build on it, believe it and talk about it endlessly. This story is, in essence, about kids trying to figure out how to be social. We love the creative premise, the clever dialogue and the surprising way it unfolds. But in the end, it's the humor and the heart of this book that make it so great.