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Battle of the Books

2014 Judge: Vaunda Nelson


A children’s librarian and author, Vaunda Micheaux Nelson blames her life in books on a mother and father who read relentlessly to her. Through her work she hopes to give young people some of what her parents gave her — opportunities to grow through story. Nelson’s No Crystal Stair came out on top in last […]

2014 Judge: Sarah Mlynowski


Sarah Mlynowski is the author of Don’t Even Think About It (March 2014, Delacorte Press), the Magic in Manhattan and Whatever After series, as well as Gimme a Call, Ten Things We Did (and Probably Shouldn’t Have), Milkrun, and more. Her books have been translated into twenty-two languages and Bras & Broomsticks was optioned to […]

2014 Judge: Yuyi Morales


Born and raised in Mexico, Yuyi Morales has been a radio producer and children’s book creator since coming to the United States. Her books which have won numerous awards and honors include Little Night and its Spanish edition, Nochecita, a 2008 ALA Notable Children’s Book, and Just in Case: A Trickster Tale and the Spanish […]

Predictions and Guesses

Battle Commander (with words)

So which Round One contenders do YOU think are are going on to Round Two? There is a small book-related prize for whoever gets the most correct!  Submit your guesses here.  

2014 Judge: Katherine Marsh


Katherine Marsh’s latest young adult novel Jepp, Who Defied the Stars, lost its round in the 2013 Battle of the Books to another book with a celestial title (don’t get too excited nerdfighters, the heavyweight in question was by the talented Grace Lin). She consoled herself by doing what all gracious non-winners do–used her abject […]

2014 Judge: Malinda Lo


Malinda Lo is the author of several young adult novels including most recently the sci-fi duology Adaptation and Inheritance. Adaptation was a Bank Street College Best Children’s Book of 2013 and a Lambda Literary Award finalist. Her first novel, Ash, a retelling of Cinderella with a lesbian twist, was a finalist for the William C. […]

2014 Battle Plans Revealed


Behold, the blueprint of the 2014 BoB Battle Plan. This year, we went with the traditional alphabetical order by title. Now, predictions can start – which eight will advance to Round 2? The commenter who predicts all eight (or the most) correctly will receive a small book-related prize.  To download a high resolution (11′ x […]

2014 Judge: Robin LaFevers


While Robin LaFevers has never trained as an assassin or joined a convent, she is a recovering Catholic who has fired a bow, drawn a knife, and grown up to be hopelessly enamored of life’s mysteries, thus perfectly preparing her to participate in SLJ’s Battle of the Books. She is also not ashamed to admit […]

2014 Judge: Rae Carson


Rae Carson is the award-winning author of the New York Times bestselling Girl of Fire and Thorns fantasy trilogy. Rae’s next book is due to her publisher in a few months, so she is short on time. She really shouldn’t indulge in reading for fun. Naturally, she jumped at the chance to judge Battle of […]

2014 Judge: Joseph Bruchac


An award-winning author of over 120 books, a professional storyteller and a member of  the Abenaki Indian nation, Joseph Bruchac says that one of the most important lessons he’s learned from Native traditions is that the best stories are both interesting and instructive. When you enjoy a story you’ll want to remember it. So, whether […]