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The 2011 Battle of the Kids’ Books Contenders

As announced today, one by one, on twitter, here are this year’s contenders:

  2. THE CARDTURNER by Louis Sachar
  3. A CONSPIRACY OF KINGS by Megan Whalen Turner
  4. COUNTDOWN by Deborah Wiles
  5. THE DREAMER by Pam Munoz Ryan
  6. THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE BARBIE by Tanya Lee Stone
  8. KEEPER by Kathi Appelt
  9. THE ODYSSEY by Gareth Hinds
  10. ONE CRAZY SUMMER by Rita Williams-Garcia
  11. THE RING OF SOLOMON by Jonathan Stroud
  12. SUGAR CHANGED THE WORLD by Marc Aronson and Marina Budhos
  13. A TALE DARK AND GRIMM by Adam Gidwitz
  14. THEY CALLED THEMSELVES THE K.K.K. by Susan Campbell Bartoletti
  15. TRASH by Andy Mulligan
  16. WILL GRAYSON, WILL GRAYSON by John Green and David Levithan



  1. The Brain Lair says


  2. Yeah, how exciting!

  3. I can’t wait. Next to Heavy Metal, this is my favorite thing to read.

  4. Oh man, awesome. I’m playing catch up and reading the last few of these I haven’t yet read.

  5. Oh man, once again I’m super far behind in my reading (I missed out on voting over at Heavy Medal’s online mock by several titles) with only 3 out of 16 of these read. I guess I better get started, huh? Keeper here I come!

  6. Huzzah! Just the thing to lift the spirits during a snow-bound winter.

  7. I’m already nervous!

    (But honored to be included in such company!)

  8. Battle Commander says

    Barry, hope Mirka’s off at the gym pumping iron! But don’t push her too hard — she needs sleep, three hearty kosher meals a day, and no steroids please.

  9. The difficulty is going to land one favorite to root for. It doesn’t help that some of my favorites are up against each other.

    CARDTURNER and AS EASY AS, couldn’t be better matched.

    Then CONSPIRACY and COUNTDOWN – two of my favorites of favorites, and nothing like each other. Sheesh what’s a fan to do?

    Another toughie will be KEEPER and HEREVILLE, Toll-fighter or meremaid-hunter? I ask you – which would you root for?

  10. The Brain Lair says

    wait, are you telling me this is the bracket order!!!!!???? How did I miss that?

  11. I’m looking forward to seeing the brackets and judges. I know C of Kings is a book 2. Are any other titles part of a series (but not book 1)?

  12. Brain Lair,
    The Brackets pages doesn’t appear to be updated yet, but if you go to the FAQ page, it tells you how the brackets are organized:
    “We determine the bracketing strategy (the books are matched up alphabetically by title) and then hand the list over to our colleagues at School Library Journal who recruit and assign the judges.”

    So I think we can already figure out who’s up against who, even if it hasn’t been *officially* announced. ūüôā

  13. And does it say anywhere (I can’t find it) when this Battle actually begins? I’m a little perplexed that this info wouldn’t play front & center on your site…February sometime? March?

  14. Jonathan Hunt says

    I don’t have the schedule in front of me, Kris, but I think it starts the first week of March. It definitely ends the first week of April . . .

  15. How is it possible that I have only read ONE of these books???

  16. Actually, I have only read one of these books in full. (WILL GRAYSON, WILL GRAYSON)I tried to read CONSPIRACY, TRASH, and KEEPER, but couldn’t get through. I’ll try again, though, so I’ll have read all of them.


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