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Battle of the Books

Round 1 Match 2: The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate vs Fire

Fire by Kristin Cashore Dial Books The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kerry Henry Holt Judged by Nancy Farmer It is perhaps unfair to judge Fire and The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate in the same contest. The first is clearly a YA book and the second is for a younger audience. I took this […]

Round 1 Match 1: Charles and Emma vs Claudette Colvin

Charles and Emma: The Darwins’ Leap of Faith by Deborah Heiligman Henry Holt Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice by Phillip Hoose Melanie Kroupa Books Judged by Jim Murphy I noticed that last year several Judges opened with confessions of one sort or another. I thought I would follow suit. Confession No. 1: when I first […]

This Week’s Peanut Gallery

Here’s what we’ve come across this week. Be sure to let us know if we’ve overlooked your post and we’ll be sure to add it on. (And check out our giveaway over on the sidebar. Starting next Friday, fifteen of you who post about the Battle will receive specially designed t-shirts. So start working on […]

The Great T-shirt Giveaway

Hey there. Have we got a contest for you!  Involving t-shirts.  You see, we’ve got a bunch of them for this year’s Battle of the Kids’ Books.  Pretty snazzy looking too.  And starting Friday we are going to give out fifteen to the fifteen bloggers who do the best posts (or, for that matter, videos) […]

The Opening Ceremony

“Scheming Yet?” asks our Commentator. “Hope so.”

You want leaks?  I’ll give you leaks . . . I’m keeping an eye on the Undead Poll as it winds down this week.  If the current leader is able to hold its position until Sunday, it will be an upset of stunning proportions.  The surprise leader has 36% of the vote while the next […]

Hunger Games Visits the Rest of the 2010 Contenders

The Victory Tour Begins

Pre-Pre-Game Peanut Gallery

As a reminder, this is our weekly round-up of Battle posts.  If we have overlooked yours, please let us know and we’ll add it in. This is awesome — Eric Carpenter is running a Battle of the Books bracket contest! Laura’s geeked up as she champions her favorite. Sarah Wones Tomp highlights our contest in […]

Omissions and Alternatives Jonathan Hunt Style

I thought there would be more discussion about books that missed our shortlist so let me list several obvious omissions. ALMOST ASTRONAUTS won the Sibert Medal, was a Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Honor book, and a finalist for the YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction.  It received three starred reviews and made one best of […]