Jonathan Stroud lives in England with his wife, two children and assorted domestic animals, one or two of which have never passed judgement on his work. He has written eight novels, and is at this moment scribbling frenziedly at a new one while he types these words with his feet. He is best known as the creator and voice of Bartimaeus the djinni, an arrogant, abusive and thoroughly prejudiced character, with a strong line in ripe sarcasm. This naturally makes Jonathan a terrific choice to be an impartial judge in this year’s competition.
(Stroud forgot to mention that his Ring of Solomon, a fourth tale of the much beloved Bartimaeus, was the big winner of last year’s Battle of the Kids’ Books. Read the Big Kahuna round judge’s statement by Richard Peck HERE.)