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Round One: Dreamer v Barbie

MatchThe Dreamer by Pam Munoz Ryan v The Good, the Bad, and the Barbie by Tanya Lee Stone

Judge: Barry Lyga

Leave it to Barry Lyga to literally argue with himself. No, really. Barry-A and Barry-B duked it out. And then, blamed the librarians for having to make a decision.

It’s not so easy, is it, Barry-A and Barry-B?

This is another round where it turns out that I have not read either of the contenders; but having read the opinions of the Barrys, I cannot wait to read both.

What did Barry pick? Well, they do say that gentlemen prefer Blondes.

About Elizabeth Burns

Looking for a place to talk about young adult books? Pull up a chair, have a cup of tea, and let's chat. I am a New Jersey librarian. My opinions do not reflect those of my employer, SLJ, YALSA, or anyone else. On Twitter I'm @LizB; my email is


  1. I loved both of these books, but I adored The Dreamer. It’s a book I would have never picked up if it hadn’t been on the Battle of the Books, but I’m so glad I did.

  2. I have to get my hands on a copy of Dreamer