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Battle of the Books

WINNER OF THE 2011 BATTLE OF THE KIDS’ BOOKS

THE RING OF SOLOMON BY JONATHAN STROUD published by Hyperion Books

Big Kahuna Round

The Ring of Solomon by Jonathan Stroud Hyperion A Conspiracy of Kings by Megan Whalen Turner Greenwillow/HarperCollins Keeper by Kathi Appelt Atheneum/Simon & Schuster Judged by Richard Peck Kahuna Kudos Her Ladyship, Katherine Paterson, said last year she found herself in a pickle over three fine finalists.  It appears to be an annual issue, and […]

April 2nd Peanut Gallery

Here’s what we’ve come across this week. Let us know what we’ve missed in the comments. Here’s Book Nut on Week Two. Mr. H is sad. Sondy’s thoughts on Round Two and Round Two. Josephine Cameron is catching up (and finding new books to read). Gail Gauthier is pleased with Bartimaeus’ progress and has some […]

Winner of the 2011 Undead Poll

As the voting opened, A CONSPIRACY OF KINGS raced to a huge lead, commanding nearly half of the votes.  As the days went by, however, that lead was whittled down to 18%, still good enough to win, but never in doubt.  A TALE DARK AND GRIMM, THEY CALLED THEMSELVES THE KKK, and WILL GRAYSON, WILL […]

Round 3, Match 2: Trash vs. The Ring of Solomon

Trash by Andy Mulligan David Fickling/Random House The Ring of Solomon by Jonathan Stroud Hyperion Books Judged by Karen Cushman When I first saw the two titles that were coming my way, I assumed that one would deal with serious contemporary issues and the other be a fairy tale. I was right, but I put […]

Round 3, Match 1: Keeper vs. The Cardturner

Keeper by Kathi Appelt Atheneum/Simon & Schuster The Cardturner by Louis Sachar Delacorte Books/Random House Judged by Grace Lin When I was asked to be a Battle of the Books judge I hurriedly became acquainted with all the original titles, as I was unsure which two books I would be choosing from. To save time, […]

Round 2, Match 4: A Tale Dark and Grimm vs. Trash

A Tale Dark and Grimm by Adam Gidwitz Dutton/Penguin Trash by Andy Mulligan David Fickling/Random House Judged by Pete Hautman Two tales, dark and grim: one, a retelling of the Brothers Grimm’s “brother and sister” stories, the other a thriller sent in shameful, hellacious underbelly of a third world city. I felt a little uncomfortable […]

Round 2, Match 3: The Odyssey vs. The Ring of Solomon

The Odyssey by Gareth Hinds Candlewick The Ring of Solomon by Jonathan Stroud Hyperion Books Judged by Patricia Reilly Giff I read THE ODYSSEY by Gareth Hinds first. Based on Homer’s epic poem, it tells of the terrible efforts King Odysseus must make to return home to Ithaca.Even holding the book is a joy, the […]

March 26th Peanut Gallery

Here’s what we’ve come across this week.  As always, if we missed yours, let us know in the comments and we’ll add it in here or in next week’s Peanut Gallery. Judge Rex did some fretting last Sunday night. Book Nut on the first week of the competition. Eric Carpenter has a Leader Board and […]

Round 2, Match 2: The Good, The Bad, and the Barbie vs. Keeper

The Good, The Bad, and the Barbie by Tanya Stone Viking/Penguin Keeper by Kathi Appelt Atheneum/Simon & Schuster Judged by Naomi Shihab Nye Forgive the personal note, but if one is going to read something for a contest, being thunderstruck by illness right beforehand may not be the worst occurrence. It’s reminiscent of some beloved […]