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Battle of the Books

Round 2, Match 1: The Cardturner vs. Countdown

The Card Turner by Louis Sachar Delacorte Books/Random House Countdown by Deborah Wiles Scholastic Press Judged by Laura Amy Schlitz THE JUDGE Let me make one thing clear: I’m not going to be dispassionate about this. I agreed to be a judge, but I refuse to be judicious; I’m not going to nitpick and split […]

Round 1, Match 8: Trash vs. Will Grayson, Will Grayson

Trash by Andy Mulligan David Fickling/Random House Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan Dutton/Penguin Judged by Mitali Perkins I was assigned novels featuring two unforgettable trios of guys: Raphael, Gardo, and Rat in Trash, and Tiny, Will, and Will in Will Grayson, Will Grayson. I loved all six of these boys. […]

Round 1, Match 7: A Tale Dark and Grimm vs. They Called Themselves the K.K.K.

A Tale Dark and Grimm by Adam Gidwitz Dutton/Penguin They Called Themselves the K.K.K. by Susan Campbell Bartoletti Houghton Mifflin Judged by R.L. Stine A TALE DARK & GRIMM by Adam Gidwitz When I was in elementary school, I was already fascinated by the worlds of fantasy and magic and horror. I read every book […]

Round 1, Match 6: The Ring of Solomon vs. Sugar Changed the World

The Ring of Solomon by Jonathan Stroud Hyperion Books Sugar Changed the World by Marc Aronson and Marina Budhos Clarion Books/Houghton Mifflin Judged by Adam Rex I’ve been asked to decide which book is better–The Ring of Solomon by Jonathan Stroud, or Sugar Changed the World by Marc Aronson and Marina Budhos. That is, I’ve […]

March 19th 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. Roger Sutton thinks our first judge is a ….well, go see for yourself! Slightly Addicted to Fiction appears addicted to us too. The Brain […]

Round 1, Match 5: The Odyssey vs. One Crazy Summer

The Odyssey by Gareth Hinds Candlewick One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia Amistad/HarperCollins Judged by Karen Hesse In the summer of 1968, eleven-year-old Delphine boards a plane in New York, along with her younger sisters, Vonetta, and Fern, to spend a month in California with the mother who abandoned them shortly after Fern’s birth. Though […]

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 […]

Round 1, Match 2: A Conspiracy of Kings vs. Countdown

A Conspiracy of Kings by Megan Whalen Turner Green Willow Books/HarperCollins Countdown by Deborah Wiles Scholastic Press Judged by Dana Reinhardt I should begin with the admission that this was never really a fair fight. When these books arrived in my mailbox, despite the old adage about how one should never do so, I confess […]

Round 1, Match 1: As Easy as Falling off the Face of the Earth vs. The Card Turner: A Novel about a King, a Queen, and a Joker

As Easy as Falling off the Face of the Earth by Lynne Rae Perkins Green Willow Books/HarperCollins The Card Turner by Louis Sachar Delacorte Books/Random House Judged by Francisco X. Stork Suppose you want to torture me, what do you do? You give me two excellent books and you ask me to pick one. What […]