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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 […]

And the First 15 T-Shirts Go To…

..the following folks who blogged about the Battle in its first week.  Be sure to email us your mailing addresses so we can send you your prizes! Next week, in addition to bloggers, we will also be awarding t-shirts to those of you who comment so thoughtfully and often on the Battle posts. The Brain […]

This Week’s Peanut Gallery

So here’s what we’ve come across this week. Let us know if we’ve overlooked your post and we’ll be sure to add it on.  (We will announce the t-shirt winners tomorrow.) Laura championed Fire fiercely here and here, Her thoughts about that match and others from this week are here,  here, and here. Last year’s […]

Round 1 Match 5: Marcelo in the Real World vs Marching for Freedom

Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco X. Stork Arthur Levine Books Marching for Freedom by Elizabeth Partridge Viking Judged by Gary Schmidt Many, many thanks for having me be a part of this wonderful contest. But I think that sometime in the past, I must have done something awful to you, to have you […]

Round 1 Match 4: Lips Touch vs The Lost Conspiracy

Lips Touch: Three Times by Laini Taylor Arthur Levine Books The Lost Conspiracy by Frances Hardinge HarperCollins Judged by Helen Frost If I had come across these two books side-by-side on a table in a library or bookstore, I might have chosen the wrong one. Page 1 of Lips Touch: Three Times is seductive, exquisite, […]

Round 1 Match 3: The Frog Scientist vs The Last Olympian

The Frog Scientist by Pamela S. Turner Houghton Mifflin The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan Hyperion Judged by Candace Fleming Here’s just about the only thing these two books have in common: both feature main characters that are good swimmers. I read both titles while teaching writing at the American School in Singapore. One afternoon, […]