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Battle of the Books

The Closing Match: The Marvels vs Gone Crazy in Alabama vs Nimona


On this last day of March, let’s find out which book becomes the 2016 SLJ Battle of the Kids’ Books winner! We hope you have enjoyed this wild ride with us.

Announcing — Winner of the 2016 BoB Undead Poll


You voted! You waited! You hoped!
Now find out which book is the 2016 Undead Winner!

Round 3: Match 2: The Marvels vs Nimona


This is definitely not by design — but by pure chance and circumstances: two heavily illustrated novels are paired against each other in another highly anticipated semifinal match!

Round 3, Match 1: Echo vs Gone Crazy in Alabama


Having advanced to the semi-finals, two middle grade historical novels face off in a nail-biter of a match!

This Week’s Peanut Gallery


These Peanut Gallery posts are where we put up whatever we’ve found responding to the latest BOB events.

Mock Battle Report

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This week we hear from school librarian Melanie Mubarak on her mock battle.

Round 2, Match 4: Nimona vs Symphony for the City of the Dead


“I was fortunate to have two great books to read and select from. I thoroughly enjoyed both.” Which does Judge Mariko Tamaki choose?

Round 2, Match 3: The Marvels vs The Nest


Which of the two page-turner books about boys on internal and external quests, with beautiful language and strong reader appeal will move on to the semi-finals?

Round 2, Match 2: I Crawl Through It vs Gone Crazy in Alabama


In the second match of Round 2, High school theater of the absurd goes against the final installment of the sibling saga set against the backdrop of the tumultuous 60s America.

Round 2, Match 1: Challenger Deep vs Echo


Judge Donnelley has to make a choice between two stories that drive her “out to the borderlands – a lawless patch of literary scrub – and boot me out of the car with no GPS, no tattered road atlas, not even a cheap plastic compass.”