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Battle of the Books

This Week’s Peanut Gallery

So here’s what we’ve come across this week. Let us know if we’ve overlooked your post and we’ll be sure to add it on.  (We will announce the t-shirt winners tomorrow.) Laura championed Fire fiercely here and here, Her thoughts about that match and others from this week are here,  here, and here. Last year’s […]

Round 1 Match 5: Marcelo in the Real World vs Marching for Freedom

Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco X. Stork Arthur Levine Books Marching for Freedom by Elizabeth Partridge Viking Judged by Gary Schmidt Many, many thanks for having me be a part of this wonderful contest. But I think that sometime in the past, I must have done something awful to you, to have you […]

Round 1 Match 4: Lips Touch vs The Lost Conspiracy

Lips Touch: Three Times by Laini Taylor Arthur Levine Books The Lost Conspiracy by Frances Hardinge HarperCollins Judged by Helen Frost If I had come across these two books side-by-side on a table in a library or bookstore, I might have chosen the wrong one. Page 1 of Lips Touch: Three Times is seductive, exquisite, […]

Round 1 Match 3: The Frog Scientist vs The Last Olympian

The Frog Scientist by Pamela S. Turner Houghton Mifflin The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan Hyperion Judged by Candace Fleming Here’s just about the only thing these two books have in common: both feature main characters that are good swimmers. I read both titles while teaching writing at the American School in Singapore. One afternoon, […]

Round 1 Match 2: The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate vs Fire

Fire by Kristin Cashore Dial Books The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kerry Henry Holt Judged by Nancy Farmer It is perhaps unfair to judge Fire and The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate in the same contest. The first is clearly a YA book and the second is for a younger audience. I took this […]

Round 1 Match 1: Charles and Emma vs Claudette Colvin

Charles and Emma: The Darwins’ Leap of Faith by Deborah Heiligman Henry Holt Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice by Phillip Hoose Melanie Kroupa Books Judged by Jim Murphy I noticed that last year several Judges opened with confessions of one sort or another. I thought I would follow suit. Confession No. 1: when I first […]

This Week’s Peanut Gallery

Here’s what we’ve come across this week. Be sure to let us know if we’ve overlooked your post and we’ll be sure to add it on. (And check out our giveaway over on the sidebar. Starting next Friday, fifteen of you who post about the Battle will receive specially designed t-shirts. So start working on […]

The Great T-shirt Giveaway

Hey there. Have we got a contest for you!  Involving t-shirts.  You see, we’ve got a bunch of them for this year’s Battle of the Kids’ Books.  Pretty snazzy looking too.  And starting Friday we are going to give out fifteen to the fifteen bloggers who do the best posts (or, for that matter, videos) […]

The Opening Ceremony

“Scheming Yet?” asks our Commentator. “Hope so.”

You want leaks?  I’ll give you leaks . . . I’m keeping an eye on the Undead Poll as it winds down this week.  If the current leader is able to hold its position until Sunday, it will be an upset of stunning proportions.  The surprise leader has 36% of the vote while the next […]