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Battle of the Books

2016 Judge: Carolyn Mackler

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Carolyn Mackler’s latest novel for teens, Infinite in Between, has already garnered several starred reviews. She is also the author of the popular YA novel, The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things (A Michael L. Printz Honor Book), and six other novels for children and teenagers. Carolyn loves drinking coffee. She is also […]

2016 Judge: Frances Hardinge

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Frances Hardinge is the author of several books for children, including Cuckoo Song (five starred reviews, short-listed for the Carnegie Medal), The Lost Conspiracy (five starred reviews, Los Angeles Times Book Award Finalist), Fly by Night (short-listed for the Guardian Children’s Book prize), Well Witched (SLJ Best Book of 2008), and Fly Trap (short-listed for […]

2016 Judge: Kelly Loy Gilbert

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Despite being really quite opinionated, Kelly Loy Gilbert has nevertheless been a lifelong waffler when it comes to any decision ever, so Battle of the Books sounded like a solid way to trade hours of sleep for hours spent agonizing over a difficult choice.  (Choices about books being, of course, the most difficult of all.) […]

2016 Judge: Tim Federle

Tim Federle

Tim Federle grew up in Pittsburgh before moving to New York to dance on Broadway. His debut novel for kids, Better Nate Than Ever —described as “Judy Blume as seen through a Stephen Sondheim lens” by Huffington Post—was named a New York Time’s Notable Children’s Book of 2013 and a best book of the year by Amazon, Publishers Weekly, and Slate.com. […]

2016 Judge: Erin Entrada Kelly

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Erin Entrada Kelly is the author of Blackbird Fly and The Land of Forgotten Girls. She wrote her first novel, “The Two Orphans,” in fourth grade. The story followed two orphan-BFFs who are adopted by separate families and forced to live apart. Eventually one of their houses burns down and they get to live together […]

2016 Judge: Jennifer Donnelly

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Jennifer Donnelly is the author of three adult novels—The Tea Rose, The Winter Rose, and The Wild Rose—as well as the young adult novels Revolution and A Northern Light, winner of Britain’s prestigious Carnegie Medal, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Young Adult Literature, and a Michael L. Printz Honor Book Award. Her most […]

2016 Judge: Melanie Crowder

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There are few things judge Melanie Crowder enjoys more in this life than a well-drawn tournament bracket. While most adults leave their athletic obsessions on the verdant playing fields of their youth, Crowder has yet to relinquish her reverse chinlock on all things competitive. A beast on the [adult rec] tennis court, a public menace […]

2016 Judge: Michael Buckley

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Michael Buckley writes books. He’s not proud of it but he has to make a living somehow. Not everyone gets to be a rock star or play in the NBA or be a prima ballerina. Some folks have to do the heavy lifting this society requires to keep it from falling into chaos. Still, he’s […]

2016 Judge: Cece Bell

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Cece Bell is the author of the Newbery Honor Book and Eisner winner El Deafo. She is also the author of Rabbit and Robot, winner of a Geisel Honor. She lives in Virginia with her husband, author Tom Angleberger (who was a judge in last year’s Battle of the Kids’ Books).    

Titles We Also Loved

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  We all had favorites that we were unable to include on this year’s Contender List (completed by the beginning of December) for one reason or another. Here are three from each of us: