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Guess the Judges! (And Win a Prize.)

We know that you have been wondering who the 2011 BoB Judges are.

We can tell you that, all fifteen of them have arrived at the judges booth!  And some of them even have started reading the books!

There are nine women and six men.
Seven of them are Newbery winners or honor recipients in the last two decades.
We have a poet and several masters of historical fiction.
One judge writes monologues, while a few others create fantastic or futuristic worlds.
Several let us peek into different cultures.
Some make us ponder the real world of teens, and
one of them has been scaring young readers since 1992.

Now, let the guessing game begin!

Put together a panel of 15 judges from today’s working authors for children and teens in the comment below for a chance to win some prizes!

Let’s see which entries match most closely to the actual list of the 2011 BoB Judges!

Remember: the authors for this year’s contenders are not eligible and there is no overlapping from the past two years of judges.

Roxanne Feldman About Roxanne Feldman

Roxanne Hsu Feldman is the Middle School (4th to 8th grade) Librarian at the Dalton School in New York City. She served on the 2002 and 2013 Newbery Committees. Roxanne was also a member of 2008-2009 Notable Books for Children, 2015 Best Fiction for Young Adults, and the 2017 Odyssey Award Committees. In 2016 Roxanne was one of the three judges for the Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards. You can reach her at at


  1. Cruse you Battle Commanders! Don’t you know that I have tons of work to do today! Now I will be thinking of nothing else.

  2. You never said how many write non-fiction. I think we deserve to be thrown one more bone.

  3. Since I’m good for nothing else here goes:

    Laura Amy Schlitz
    Laurie Halse Anderson
    Suzanne Collins
    Kate DiCamillo (I hope)
    Rebecca Stead
    Grace Lin
    Jennifer Holm
    Randa Abdel-Fatta
    Libba Bray (Say yes, ok?)
    R. L. Stine
    Richard Peck
    Francisco X. Stork
    Jack Prelutsky
    Sherman Alex (Please, please, please!)

  4. Here’s my crack at it. Time to go bemoan MT Anderson’s absence from this year’s battle of the books.

    1 RL Stine
    2 Lee Bennett Hopkins
    3 Gary Paulson
    4 Richard Peck
    5 Scott Westerfeld
    6 Terry Pratchett
    7 Laura Amy Schlitz
    8 Jennifer Holm
    9 Grace Lin
    10 Kristin Cashmore
    11 E. Lockhart
    12 Sharon Creech
    13 Laurie Halse Anderson
    14 An Na
    15 Gennifer Choldenko

  5. Hmmm….. Heres my list:

    1. Neil Gaiman
    2. Terry Pratchett
    3. R.L Stine
    4. Monica Edinger (for Historical Fiction)
    5. Mary Hoffman
    6. Catherine Fisher (please!)
    7. Rebecca Stead
    8. Ally Condie
    9. Jack Prelutsky
    10. Clare Vanderpool
    11. Laura Amy Schiltz
    12. Louis Sachar
    13. Christopher Paul Curtis
    14. Russel Freedman
    15. Lynn Rae Perkins

  6. Am not only going to try and list an accurate 15, am also going for the brownie points by making sure I spell all the names correctly!

    1. Avi
    2. Jennifer L. Holm
    3. R.L. Stine
    4. Laura Amy Schlitz
    5. Rodman Philbrick
    6. Ellen Hopkins
    7. Suzanne Collins
    8. Rick Riordan
    9. Cassandra Clare
    10. Susan Cooper
    11. Jerry Spinelli
    12. Laurie Halse Anderson
    13. Grace Lin
    14. Jacqueline Woodson
    15. Scott Westerfeld

  7. Well, here goes nothin’:

    1. Sharon Creech
    2. Laura Amy Schlitz
    3. Jacqueline Woodson
    4. Kate DiCamillo
    5. Grace Lin
    6. Marilyn Nelson
    7. Russell Freedman
    8. Maureen Johnson
    9. Kristin Cashore
    10. R. L. Stine
    11. Laurie Halse Anderson
    12. Scott Westerfeld
    13. Francisco X. Stork
    14. Gene Luen Yang
    15. Rick Riordan

  8. Ok,
    1. Gennifer Choldenko
    2. Frances O’Roark Dowell
    3. Rebecca Stead
    4. Jennifer Holm
    5. Robin McKinley
    6. Margarita Engle
    7. Sharon Creech
    8. Kristin Cashore
    9. Mitali Perkins
    10. Richard Peck
    11. RL Stine
    12. Gary Paulsen
    13. Russell Freedman or Philip Hoose (hedge?)
    14. David Levithan
    15. Francisco X. Stork

    No marking down for spelling, k?

  9. 1. RL Stine
    2. Rebecca Stead
    3. Terry Pratchett
    4. Naomi Shihab Nye
    5. Patricia Reilly Giff
    6. Laurie Halse Anderson
    7. Jerry Spinelli
    8. Jacqueline Woodson
    9. Cynthia Lord
    10. Laura Amy Schlitz
    11. Philip Reeve
    12. Sherman Alexie
    13. Rick Riordan
    14. Kathi Appelt
    15. An Na

    hoping, hoping!

  10. The Commander says

    So far, most of you only guessed about 1/3 of the judges correctly! But all the lists look GREAT and we would LOVE to include many of the named authors in the future battles! (Reminder: If the book is a contender, the author cannot serve as a judge of that same year.)

  11. Here’s goes:

    Laura Amy Schlitz
    Sharon Creech
    R.L. Stine
    Ellen Hopkins
    Patrick Ness
    Laurie Halse Anderson
    Walter Dean Myers
    Jennifer Donnelly
    Marcus Sedgwick
    Richard Peck
    Rodman Philbrick
    Jacqueline Woodson
    Grace Lin
    A.S. King
    Mitali Perkins

    That was a TON of work but a lot of fun!

  12. Battle Commander says

    Another reminder— so far, judges have only served once.

  13. Impossible task, but here’s my attempt:

    Rebecca Stead
    Grace Lin
    Chambers Stevens
    Neil Gaiman
    Jacqueline Woodson
    Susan Patron
    Kate DiCamillo
    Laurence Yep
    Paul Fleischman
    Barbara Griffiths
    David Klass
    Sharon Creech
    Gayle Forman
    Laurie Halse Anderson

  14. laura schlitz
    grace lin
    laurie halse anderson
    rebecca stead
    an na
    suzanne collins
    gennifer choldenko
    sherman alexie
    sharon creech
    gayle forman
    paul fleischman
    cynthia lord

    tough but fun

  15. I’ve been cooking up this list for hours! I crossed some good candidates off the list (pain, pain!) and came up with these names:

    Naomi Shihab Nye
    Laura Amy Schlitz
    Laurie Halse Anderson
    Karen Cushman
    Jacqueline Woodson
    Karen Hesse
    Jennifer Holm
    Margaret Peterson Haddix
    An Na
    Richard Peck
    Tony DiTerlizzi
    Scott Westerfeld
    R L Stein
    Blake Nelson

  16. Yowza, this is tough. Well, here are my best guesses:

    Mary Ann Hoberman
    Laura Amy Schlitz
    Jerry Spinelli
    Linda Sue Park
    Gary Paulsen
    Lois Lowry
    Rebecca Stead
    Richard Peck
    Paul Fleishman
    Grace Lin
    Terry Pratchett
    Mitali Perkins
    Ellen Hopkins
    Margaret Peterson Haddix
    R.L. Stine

  17. Since the Goosebumps series began in 1992, I’m going to say one obvious judge will be:

    1. R.L. Stine

    I also feel very strongly that I’ve got these folks right:

    2. Rebecca Stead
    3. Elizabeth Partridge
    4. Francisco Stork
    5. Laura Amy Schlitz

    However then I am very, very unsure of my guesses, so let’s just toss out some hopefuls:

    6. Jennifer Holm
    7. Jacqueline Woodson
    8. Cynthia Lord
    9. Suzanne Collins
    10. Gennifer Choldenko
    11. Linda Sue Park
    12. Avi
    13. Gary Paulsen
    14. Richard Peck
    15. Jordan Sonnenblick

    Not sure I’ve tackled poetry or teen very well, but either way, there’s my 15!

  18. Doret – I spent way too much time on this

    R.L. Stine
    Peg Kehert
    Grace Lin
    Mitali Perkins
    Marilyn Nelson
    Karen Cushman
    Sarah Dessen
    Ricard Peck
    Gail Carson Levine
    Phillip Hoose
    Coe Booth
    Neal Shusterman
    Michael Grant
    Patricia Reilly Giff
    Jay Asher

  19. Battle Commander says

    Wow! So far you’ve identified over 2/3s of the judges!

  20. Shoot. I didn’t follow this site its first year, and didn’t realize that two of my hopefuls have already been judges: Linda Sue Park and Elizabeth Partridge.

    Already down to 13 out of 15. Rats!

  21. Battle Commander says

    Mr. H, We’ll give you a second chance here — you may swap those two judges out with new guesses — and don’t forget: if an author has a book in the Battle, he/she cannot be the judge, too!

  22. I would then like to replace Linda Sue Park and Elizabeth Partridge with Grace Lin and Lynne Rae Perkins! Thanks!

  23. Battle Commander says

    Haha.. Lynn Rae Perkins has a book in this year’s Battle!


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