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Cheshire v Chime

School Library Journal Battle of the Books, Round 1, Match 3. The Cheshire Cheese Cat v Chime. Judge: Sy Montgomery

Well, buy me a cupcake and call me Aunt Martha, but I did not see that coming. I loved Chime but knew it wasn’t for everyone. I am happy as can be that Montgomery shares the love for this terrific book.

As Montgomery explains, “Billingsley casts a spell more powerful than any witch.”

But that’s not why Montgomery chose Chime. She was equally dazzled by The Cheshire Cheese Cat.. No, Montgomery ruined my brackets because she tossed a coin.

A coin.

The good news is, yay Chime!

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 was 2 for 2 before this Match. Out of all the first round matches this was the hardest to pick. And I really had my fingers crossed for The Cheshire Cheese Cat. Though there’s still the undead pick.

  2. Coin toss. Hmmf.

  3. Doret, I’m about 50/50 but what really destroys my bracket is I had Cheshire Cheese Cat going to the final round.

    Anon, I understand loving both books — but yes, a coin toss?!?!