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Battle of the Books

2012 Judge: Sy Montgomery

Sy Montgomery is an award-winning author for children and adults. During her research Sy has endured being chased by an angry silverback gorilla in Zaire and bitten by a vampire bat in Costa Rica. She has worked in a pit crawling with 18,000 snakes in Manitoba and handled a wild tarantula in French Guiana. Her books with collaborator and photographer Nic Bishop have won Sibert Honors (The Tarantula Scientist, Quest for the Tree Kangaroo) and the Sibert Medal (Kakapo Rescue). Sy’s next book, Temple Grandin, is an authorized biography about the remarkable life of scientist and autism advocate, Dr. Temple Grandin.



  1. YES! Sy, I love you! (I kind of think you should find a way to have Nic Bishop take photographs on Sy’s match… don’t know how that would work, exactly, but it would be awesome)

  2. I first became familiar with Sy Montgomery’s work when she did a reading at my college during my senior year. After the reading, when the Q & A started, an 8-year-old in the audience blurted out, “Did you really do all of those things?” I was deeply impressed by her thoughtful, sensitive response to a question that many others would have brushed off. That respect for children’s intellect is very apparent in her books.

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