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Battle of the Books

Round 1, Match 4: Hereville: How Mirka Got Her Sword vs. Keeper

Hereville: How Mirka Got Her Sword by Barry Deutsch Amulet/Abrams Keeper by Kathi Appelt Atheneum/Simon & Schuster Judged by Susan Patron For me, the first Battle was in being assigned a book, Keeper, whose author Kathi Appelt had six months earlier provided a gorgeous blurb for my own new book. Some of her Acknowledgment read […]

Round 1, Match 3: The Dreamer vs. The Good, The Bad, and the Barbie

The Dreamer by Pam Munoz Ryan, illus. by Peter Sis Scholastic Press The Good, The Bad, and the Barbie by Tanya Stone Viking/Penguin Judged by Barry Lyga BATTLE! OF! THE! BOOKS! a review in One Act [We open at Barry Lyga’s home. There is a knock at the door. Barry rises from a comfortable sofa […]