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Vote, Vote, Vote! Says Jonathan
Roger asked why we run the Undead Poll before anything even gets eliminated. It’s a very good question and the very simple answer is that we want to give our Big Kahuna judge enough time to read three books for the final decision, and since all but two of them are going to be eliminated anyway, why not run the poll now under the assumption that any book could get eliminated.
You probably want a little hint about what’s currently leading the poll. I can say that one title has distanced itself from the pack, but I’m not sure I can describe it as a surprise—at least not to the same degree that The Frog Scientist was. I’m tempted to say a lot more, but don’t want to give the game away. So I’ll simply encourage you to vote if you have not already done so.
— Commentator Jonathan Hunt
About Battle Commander
The Battle Commander is the nom de guerre for children’s literature enthusiasts Monica Edinger and Roxanne Hsu Feldman, fourth grade teacher and middle school librarian at the Dalton School in New York City and Jonathan Hunt, the County Schools Librarian at the San Diego County Office of Education. All three have served on the Newbery Committee as well as other book selection and award committees. They are also published authors of books, articles, and reviews in publications such as the New York Times, School Library Journal, and the Horn Book Magazine. You can find Monica at educating alice and on twitter as @medinger. Roxanne is at Fairrosa Cyber Library and on twitter as @fairrosa. Jonathan can be reached at email@example.com.
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