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Battle of the Books

Round 2, Match 1: The Animal Book vs Boxers and Saints

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JUDGE – TONYA BOLDEN The Animal Book by Steve Jenkins Houghton Mifflin Boxers & Saints by Gene Luen Yang FirstSecond/Macmillan Ah . . . the joys of reading!—especially when the reading includes Gene Luen Yang’s Boxers & Saints and Steven Jenkins’s The Animal World: A Collection of the Fastest, Fiercest, Toughest, Cleverest, Shyest—and Most Surprising—Animals […]

Round 1, Match 8: True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp vs What The Heart Knows

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JUDGE – SHEILA TURNAGE True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp by Kathy Appelt Atheneum Books for Young Readers What the Heart Knows by Joyce Sidman Houghton Mifflin Books for Children Comparing Joyce Sidman’s What the Heart Knows – Chants, Charms & Blessings to The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp by Kathi Appelt is […]

Round 1, Match 7: Rose Under Fire vs The Thing About Luck

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JUDGE – MALINDA LO Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein Hyperion/Disney The Thing About Luck by Cynthia Kadohata Atheneum Books for Young Readers Since SLJ’s Battle of the Kids Books is known for its wacky pairings, I’ll skip the whole “these two books are so different!” hand-wringing. It’s true, Elizabeth Wein’s Rose Under Fire is […]

Round 1, Match 6: Midwinterblood vs P.S. Be Eleven

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JUDGE – MAC BARNETT Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick Roaring Brook Press P.S. Be Eleven by Rita Williams-Garcia Amistad/HarperCollins In P.S. Be Eleven, the sequel to Rita Williams-Garcia’s Newbery Honor-winning One Crazy Summer, the Gaither girls are back in Brooklyn after a few months with their mother in California. It’s the late 60s and the various cultural […]

Round 1, Match 5: Hokey Pokey vs March, Book One

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JUDGE – TOM ANGLEBERGER Hokey Pokey by Jerry Spinelli Knopf Books for Young Readers March, Book One by John Robert Lewis and Andrew Aydin Top Shelf Productions Look, I don’t know what the other judges in this Battle are up against, but I think I’ve got the most outrageously unfair bracket since the invention of brackets […]

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.   On the eve of […]

Round 1, Match 4: Far Far Away vs Flora and Ulysses

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JUDGE – SARAH MLYNOWSKY Far Far Away by Tom McNeal Knopf/Random House Flora & Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo Candlewick Press Once upon a time, on a couch in my apartment, there were two books, Flora & Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo and Far Far Away by Tom McNeal. One book I liked. The other I loved. […]

Round 1, Match 3: Doll Bones vs Eleanor and Park

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JUDGE – LAUREN OLIVER Doll Bones by Hollly Black Margaret K. McElderry Books Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell Saint Martin’s Press Somehow, despite the buzz, the plethora of positive reviews, the online chatter and endorsements from authors as venerated as John Green, Eleanor & Park had slipped beneath my radar until very recently. It’s not that I […]

Round 1, Match 2: Boxers and Saints vs A Corner of White

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JUDGE – Yuyi Morales  Boxers & Saints by Gene Luen Yang FirstSecond/Macmillan A Corner of White by Jaclyn Moriarty Arthur Levine Books/Scholastic A CORNER OF WHITE vs BOXERS AND SAINTS. One a 373 page fantasy novel, the other a two volume graphic novel. Where do I start? Actually, I know a good place. Let’s begin experiencing […]

Round 1, Match 1: All the Truth That’s In Me vs The Animal Book

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JUDGE – VAUNDA NELSON All The Truth That’s In Me by Julie Berry Viking/Penguin The Animal Book by Steve Jenkins Houghton Mifflin When I learned I had to choose between Steve Jenkins’ nonfiction The Animal Book and Julie Berry’s teen novel, All the Truth That’s In Me, I winced. It’s challenging enough to compare two […]