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Battle of the Books

The Undead Poll is Now Open!

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Wondering how your favorite is going to fare in this year’s Battle? Here’s your chance to help. Vote in the Undead Poll for the contender you most want to see in the final Big Kahuna round. The previously-eliminated contender that receives the most votes will be taken out of the grave to join the two […]

Mock BoB 2014: Round 2 Results & Round 3 Matches Start

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Ready to see the results of Mock BoB 2014, Round 2, Matches 1 to 4? Here they are: Total Voters: 92 The title that won the most votes: Boxers & Saints.   Which two of these four advancing titles will emerge as the finalists according to you, the enthusiastic BoB followers? All the Truth That’s […]

This Week’s Peanut Gallery

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  These Peanut Gallery posts are where we put up whatever we’ve found around the web responding to the latest BOB news. Be sure to let us know in the comments if we’ve missed yours and we will add it in here.   Tales from a Loud Librarian is going all out with her Mock BoB. […]

Mock BoB 2014: Round 1 Results and Round 2 Starts

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Starting 2014, Sideline Activities will officially be part of the SLJ’s Battle of the Kids’ Books.  These activities offer opportunities for our followers, adults and young readers alike, to be more involved with the Battle. We especially would love to hear more from young readers. Librarians, teachers, parents, please encourage the young people you know […]

Judges’ Brackets Revealed

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So how do you like them judges? Certainly, we at the Command Center are thrilled. And now finally, something else you’ve been waiting for, their brackets!

2014 Judge: Jennifer Holm

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Jennifer L. Holm is a New York Times bestselling children’s author and the recipient of three Newbery Honors for her novels Our Only May Amelia, Penny from Heaven, and Turtle in Paradise.  Jennifer collaborates with her brother, Matthew Holm, on two graphic novel series — the Eisner Award-winning Babymouse series and the bestselling Squish series. […]

2014 Judge: Sheila Turnage

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Sheila Turnage lives on a farm in North Carolina with her husband, their finicky dog, a dozen chickens and a flock of hysterical guineas. In between driving into town for chicken feed and cooking for the dog, she writes novels for middle grade readers. Her first, Three Times Lucky, features Miss Moses LoBeau and Dale […]

This Week’s Peanut Gallery

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  These Peanut Gallery posts are where we put up whatever we’ve found around the web responding to the latest BOB news. Be sure to let us know in the comments if we’ve missed yours and we will add it in here. Our SLJ person-on-the-ground Shelley Diaz produced two terrific BOB pieces this week: Title Match: […]

2014 Judge: Lauren Oliver

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Lauren Oliver is likely composing this bio on her Blackberry while standing in line at the airport, a Starbucks, or possibly the airport Starbucks. For this reason, she is the last person on earth to still own a Blackberry. Her single greatest passion, other than writing, is sleeping; had she been able to make a […]

2014 Judge: Patrick Ness

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Patrick Ness is the author of the critically acclaimed and best-selling Chaos Walking trilogy, as well as the Carnegie Medal–winning A Monster Calls, inspired by an idea from Siobhan Dowd. Among the numerous awards he has received are the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize, the Booktrust Teenage Prize, and the Costa Children’s Book Award. His 2013 […]