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Roxanne Feldman

About Roxanne Feldman

Roxanne Hsu Feldman is the Middle School (4th to 8th grade) Librarian at the Dalton School in New York City. She served on the 2002 and 2013 Newbery Committees. Roxanne was also a member of 2008-2009 Notable Books for Children, 2015 Best Fiction for Young Adults, and the 2017 Odyssey Award Committees. In 2016 Roxanne was one of the three judges for the Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards. You can reach her at at roxannefeldman@gmail.com.

Big Kahuna Round

The Ring of Solomon by Jonathan Stroud Hyperion A Conspiracy of Kings by Megan Whalen Turner Greenwillow/HarperCollins Keeper by Kathi Appelt Atheneum/Simon & Schuster Judged by Richard Peck Kahuna Kudos Her Ladyship, Katherine Paterson, said last year she found herself in a pickle over three fine finalists.  It appears to be an annual issue, and […]

Winner of the 2011 Undead Poll

As the voting opened, A CONSPIRACY OF KINGS raced to a huge lead, commanding nearly half of the votes.  As the days went by, however, that lead was whittled down to 18%, still good enough to win, but never in doubt.  A TALE DARK AND GRIMM, THEY CALLED THEMSELVES THE KKK, and WILL GRAYSON, WILL […]

Round 3, Match 2: Trash vs. The Ring of Solomon

Trash by Andy Mulligan David Fickling/Random House The Ring of Solomon by Jonathan Stroud Hyperion Books Judged by Karen Cushman When I first saw the two titles that were coming my way, I assumed that one would deal with serious contemporary issues and the other be a fairy tale. I was right, but I put […]

Round 3, Match 1: Keeper vs. The Cardturner

Keeper by Kathi Appelt Atheneum/Simon & Schuster The Cardturner by Louis Sachar Delacorte Books/Random House Judged by Grace Lin When I was asked to be a Battle of the Books judge I hurriedly became acquainted with all the original titles, as I was unsure which two books I would be choosing from. To save time, […]

Round 2, Match 4: A Tale Dark and Grimm vs. Trash

A Tale Dark and Grimm by Adam Gidwitz Dutton/Penguin Trash by Andy Mulligan David Fickling/Random House Judged by Pete Hautman Two tales, dark and grim: one, a retelling of the Brothers Grimm’s “brother and sister” stories, the other a thriller sent in shameful, hellacious underbelly of a third world city. I felt a little uncomfortable […]

Round 2, Match 3: The Odyssey vs. The Ring of Solomon

The Odyssey by Gareth Hinds Candlewick The Ring of Solomon by Jonathan Stroud Hyperion Books Judged by Patricia Reilly Giff I read THE ODYSSEY by Gareth Hinds first. Based on Homer’s epic poem, it tells of the terrible efforts King Odysseus must make to return home to Ithaca.Even holding the book is a joy, the […]

Round 2, Match 2: The Good, The Bad, and the Barbie vs. Keeper

The Good, The Bad, and the Barbie by Tanya Stone Viking/Penguin Keeper by Kathi Appelt Atheneum/Simon & Schuster Judged by Naomi Shihab Nye Forgive the personal note, but if one is going to read something for a contest, being thunderstruck by illness right beforehand may not be the worst occurrence. It’s reminiscent of some beloved […]

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 […]