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Battle of the Books

Winner of the 2014 BoB

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The Big Kahuna Match: Between Boxers & Saints, P.S. Be Eleven, and Eleanor & Park

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JUDGE – JENNIFER HOLM Boxers & Saints by Gene Luen Yang FirstSecond/Macmillan Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell Saint Martin’s Press  P.S. Be Eleven by Rita Williams-Garcia Amistad/HarperCollins I’m one of five kids. Children from big families have a habit of asking their mother: “Who do you love most?” Mothers generally hem and haw and say […]

The Winner of the 2014 Undead Poll Is…

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So was this year’s Undead Winner a dark horse? Did a scientist come along and cause his or her favorite to win? Or did perhaps a certain famous conservative radio commentator-and-now-best-selling-children’s-author get his followers to vote often and well for his favorite? (Sorry, couldn’t resist.)  Nope, not to worry. This year’s winner started out in […]

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 either add it here or put in our next Peanut Gallery post. The PFTSTA students have spoken! […]

Round 3, Match 2: P.S. Be Eleven vs The Thing About Luck

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  JUDGE – ROBIN LAFEVERS P.S. Be Eleven by Rita Williams-Garcia Amistad/HarperCollins The Thing About Luck by Cynthia Kadohata Atheneum Books for Young Readers I was so excited to be invited to be a judge in School Library Journal’s Battle of the Books! If there is one thing I know how to do, it is […]

Round 3, Match 1: Boxers and Saints vs Far Far Away

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JUDGE – PATRICK NESS Boxers & Saints by Gene Luen Yang FirstSecond/Macmillan Far Far Away by Tom McNeal Knopf/Random House What should we demand of YA literature?  Is that even an answerable question?  YA has grown into such a gorgeous, vast country that to narrow it down seems impossible, and probably undesirable.  It has any genre you’d like, […]

Round 2, Match 4: The Thing About Luck vs The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp

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JUDGE – KATHERINE MARSH The Thing About Luck by Cynthia Kadohata Atheneum Books for Young Readers The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp by Kathy Appelt Atheneum Books for Young Readers Sugar and wheat: two staples of the American diet; two unlikely subjects for children’s books.  And yet sugar and wheat, or sugar versus […]

Round 2, Match 3: Hokey Pokey vs P.S. Be Eleven

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JUDGE – JOSEPH BRUCHAC Hokey Pokey by Jerry Spinelli Knopf Books for Young Readers P.S. Be Eleven by Rita Williams-Garcia Amistad/HarperCollins One of the joys of reading a well-written book is that you can be transported by it to a reality that is other than your own. You find yourself totally immersed in another place, […]

Round 2, Match 2: Eleanor & Park vs Far Far Away

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JUDGE – RAE CARSON Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell Saint Martin’s Press Far Far Away by Tom McNeal Knopf/Random House I read Eleanor & Park by the phenomenally gifted Rainbow Rowell first. The narrative is a strongly voiced tight third, rotating between Eleanor, the chubby, wild-haired, fashion-challenged new girl in town, and Park, the half-Korean […]

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 either add it here or put in our next Peanut Gallery post.   Reads for Keeps explores the […]