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Battle of the Books

Winner of the 2010 Battle of the Kids’ Books

MARCHING FOR FREEDOM by ELIZABETH PARTRIDGE published by Viking Children’s Books Penguin Young Readers

Big Kahuna Round

The Lost Conspiracy by Frances Hardinge HarperCollins The Frog Scientist by Pamela S. Turner Houghton Mifflin Marching for Freedom by Elizabeth Partridge Viking Judged by Katherine Paterson If you have been following the Battle, you know what a pickle I found myself in. As I told one of the Battle Commanders when I learned the […]

This Week’s Peanut Gallery

Here’s what we’ve come across this week: Kara Schaff Dean caught up with the Battle here, considers the finalists here and also reflects on how the Battle brings new readers to the contenders.  “As the 2010 edition draws to a close, I look forward to the opportunity to pass on the results with the same […]

Winner of the Undead Poll

Well, the winner of the Undead Poll is sure to be a big surprise.  During the first week of polling, WHEN YOU REACH ME opened with a comfortable lead, FIRE was gaining ground, but then . . . the post.  Scientist PZ Myers posted a glowing review of THE FROG SCIENTIST followed by a plug […]

Round 3 Match 2 Marching for Freedom vs Tales from Outer Suburbia

Marching for Freedom by Elizabeth Partridge Viking Tales from Outer Suburbia by Shaun Tan Arthur A. Levine Books Judged by Walter Dean Myers Shaun Tan invites the reader to go along with him on a journey full of surprises. It is soon clear as we go through these very brief stories, illustrated by Tan with […]

Round 3 Match 1: Charles and Emma vs The Lost Conspiracy

Charles and Emma by Deborah Heiligman Henry Holt The Lost Conspiracy by Frances Hardinge HarperCollins Judged by Megan Whalen Turner So I am not good with suspense.  I’ll save you others who are like me from skipping several paragraphs to see who the winner is and I’ll tell you right out.  I picked The Lost […]

Round 2 Match 4: The Storm in the Barn vs Tales from Outer Suburbia

The Storm in the Barn by Matt Phelan Candlewick Press Tales from Outer Suburbia by Shaun Tan Arthur A. Levine Books Judged by Shannon Hale First up: Matt Phelan’s graphic novel Storm in the Barn. I loved the feel of this book. It’s 200 pages, and they flow effortlessly. The washed out blues, grays, and […]

Round 2 Match 3: Marching for Freedom vs A Season of Gifts

Marching for Freedom by Elizabeth Partridge Viking A Season of Gifts by Richard Peck Dial Books Judged by Christopher Paul Curtis Richard Peck gives readers another glimpse into the life of Grandma Dowdel, the wonderfully quirky heroine of his Newbery recognized novels A Year Down Yonder and A Long Way From Chicago.  In this story […]

And This Week’s T-Shirts Go To…

… bloggers and commenters alike. Be sure to email the Battle Commander with your mailing address so we can get your t-shirt to you! Julie Larios Peter Sieruta Joel Singerman This Grrl Reads Jessica Leader Christina Rodriguez Danae Miriam Genevieve M.anda Sam Kris Marie1163 Karn Tricia (Miss Rumphius) Lisanne

This Week’s Peanut Gallery

Julie Larios got in a tad late for last week, but she’s paying attention! Peter Sieruta thinks that next year “Fuse #8 and the BOB folks should join forces and run competitions to select the top Newbery title of all time.”  He suggests some intriguing matches and a lot of the competitors would be Undeads….hmmm…. […]