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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…. […]

Round 2 Match 2: The Last Olympian vs The Lost Conspiracy

The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan Hyperion Press The Lost Conspiracy by Frances Hardinge HarperCollins Judged by Angela Johnson Okay, I have to admit I didn’t have a stellar beginning with all of this. Sometimes I actually wonder how I get myself into these predicaments. I don’t of course mean the fun predicament of reading […]

Round 2 Match 1: Charles and Emma vs The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate

Charles and Emma by Deborah Heiligman Henry Holt The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly Henry Holt Judged by M.T. Anderson DARWIN VS. TATE: MANO A MANO (with opposable thumbs) In last year’s Battle of the Books, judges fretted about comparing apples to oranges. That’s not my problem. I’m forced to compare apples to […]

Round 1 Match 8: Tales from Outer Suburbia vs When You Reach Me

Tales from Outer Suburbia by Shaun Tan Arthur A. Levine Books When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead Wendy Lamb Books Judged by Julius Lester Reading is subjective. What one experiences in a book, how much of a book one understands depends on what one brings to the act of reading. This is often illustrated […]

Round 1 Match 7: The Storm in the Barn vs Sweethearts of Rhythm

The Storm in the Barn by Matt Phelan Candlewick Press Sweethearts of Rhythm by Marilyn Nelson Dial Books Judged by Anita Silvey Choosing between the two books in this bracket—The Storm in the Barn by Matt Phelan and Sweethearts of Rhythm by Marilyn Nelson—at first seemed like deciding between an apple and an artichoke. But […]

Round 1 Match 6: Peace, Locomotion vs A Season of Gifts

Peace, Locomotion by Jacqueline Woodson Putnam A Season of Gifts by Richard Peck Dial Books Judged by Cynthia Kadohata If you could count the subject matter of every novel ever written, I’d wager that the subject of family would come in first place.  Maybe not, but that’s where I’d put my money.  Family dynamics are […]