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SLJ BoB: The Winner

And now, the final match.

There can be only one.

BigKahuna round The Big Kahuna Match: Between The Fault in Our Stars, No Crystal Stair, and Code Name VerityThe contenders: The Fault in Our Stars vs No Crystal Stair vs Code Name Verity, Judged by Frank Cottrell Boyce.

My prediction had been: The Fault in our Stars v. The One and Only Ivan v. the Undead Winner (my prediction, Code Name Verity), Judge Frank Cottrell Boyce. Prediction: Code Name Verity.” Hey! I had two of the three, and my guess for winner is one of the two I had.

Which one was it? What did Boyce decide?

Well, in the “all about me” camp, Boyce did not pick Code Name Verity.

He did not pick the other title I’d selected to get this far, The Fault In Our Stars.

Yes, that leaves — No Crystal Stair, the book that I did not guess even making it this far; and the book I haven’t read.

I guess I know what will be on the top of the pile when I get home from vacation!

Congratulations to all involved in the SLJ Battle of the Kids’ Books. Once again, I had a lot of fun, so thank you!

But it would have been a bigger THANK YOU had Verity won.




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’m so with you, Liz. A big thank you to all who made the Battle happen — but it would have been a bigger THANK YOU if Code Name Verity had won! :)

  2. Elizabeth Burns says:

    Sondy, yes!