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Now v Wonderstruck

School Library Journal Battle of the Books, Round 1, Match 8. Okay for Now v Wonderstruck. Judge: Jeff Kinney

Jeff Kinney is an audiobook reader! Who knew! These are the types of gems that make SLJsBob so much fun.

Just as important is Kinney’s handy-dandy list of what to look at when deciding between two books:

Jane Eyre references
From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler references
Didn’t-see-that-coming secrets
Emotional impact

Kinney used these to decide that the winner is . . . Wonderstruck!

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