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Battle of the Books

Round 2, Match 2: Chime vs Daughter of Smoke and Bone

  Chime by Franny Billingsley Dial Books Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor Little, Brown Judged by E. Lockhart There is a romantic fantasy common to both adult and YA fiction in which a man who is impossibly beautiful, wildly powerful, possibly evil, and deeply damaged is tamed by the love of a good […]

This Week’s Peanut Gallery

Many passionate posts and tweets in response to this week’s upsets! As always, let us know in the comments about any we missed and we’ll either add them in here or in next week’s Peanut Gallery. Posts of the Week  Paula’s Bracket Predictions and a bonus one for Life to boot. The Card Catalog has […]

Round 2, Match 1: Amelia Lost vs Between Shades of Gray

    Amelia Lost by Candace Fleming Schwartz & Wade/Random House Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys Philomel/Penguin Judged by Marc Aronson Last year Sugar Changed the World, which I co-wrote with my wife, Marina Budhos, was entered into this battle, and Adam Rex struggled to evaluate it against Jonathan Stroud’s compelling Ring of […]

Round 1, Match 8: Okay for Now vs Wonderstruck

Okay for Now by Gary Schmidt Clarion/HMH Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick Scholastic Judged by Jeff Kinney Oh, the delicious irony. A guy who draws stick-figure cartoons gets to judge which book is better on its literary merits… the one written by the Caldecott-winning author or the one written by the two-time Newbery Honor winner. Perhaps the […]

Round 1, Match 7: Life: An Exploded Diagram vs A Monster Calls

Life: An Exploded Diagram by Mal Peet Candlewick A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness Candlewick Judged by Lauren Myracle Oh, Lordy. When I was approached about being a judge for this year’s Battle of the Kids’ Books, I said “Sure! Sounds fun!” And the reading part—hell yeah, tons of fun. Although I cried while I read […]

Round 1, Match 6: Heart and Soul vs Inside Out and Back Again

  Heart and Soul by Kadir Nelson Balzer & Bray Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai HarperCollins Judged by Sarah Weeks   I like to think of myself as a nice person. True, I sometimes fantasize about throwing rotten fruit at the children from the Montessori school across the street who use my neighbor’s […]

Round 1, Match 5: Drawing from Memory vs The Grand Plan to Fix Everything

  Drawing from Memory by Allen Say Scholastic The Grand Plan to Fix Everything by Uma Krishnaswami Atheneum/S&S Judged by Barbara O’Connor   First up: The Grand Plan to Fix Everything by Uma Krishnaswami. This book tricked me. I looked at the cover. I read the title (which for some reason I have a hard […]

More Speculation and One More Official Kid Commentator

With four more matches to go, Round One will end this coming Thursday.  We would really like to see your predictions and reasons for them!  Consider the strengths and flaws of the books — and consider who the judges are and their potential preferences.  Will the set for younger readers advance or are the young […]

This Week’s Peanut Gallery

Blog Posts of the Week  (As always, let us know in the comments about any we missed and we’ll either add them in here or in next week’s Peanut Gallery) Katie’s witty ‘Twas the Night Before BoB: Predictions. Liz B’s got her picks here as well as posts on Lost v Ghost, Between v Bootleg, Cheshire v […]

Round 1, Match 4: Daughter of Smoke and Bone vs Dead End in Norvelt

  Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor Little, Brown Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos FSG/Macmillan Judged by Sara Zarr   When I found out the titles I’d be judging for the Battle, I tried to guess which I’d wind up choosing—Laini Taylor’s highly-acclaimed Daughter of Smoke & Bone, or Newbery winner […]