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Battle of the Books

2012 Judge: Chris Lynch

Chris Lynch is the Printz Honor Award–winning author of several highly acclaimed young adult novels, including Inexcusable, which was a National Book Award finalist and the recipient of six starred reviews, and Angry Young Man. He is also the author of Freewill, Gold Dust, Iceman, Gypsy Davy, and Shadowboxer (all ALA Best Books for Young […]

2012 Judge: Jewell Parker Rhodes

Jewell Parker Rhodes received the Coretta Scott King Author Honor for Ninth Ward- her first novel for young readers. She is also an award-winning author of adult literature. Her books, including Voodoo Dreams and Douglass’ Women, have won awards such as the American Book Award and the Black Caucus of the American Library Award for […]

2012 Judge: Marc Aronson

Marc Aronson is a veteran of book battles. While earning his Ph.D.– by researching the career of an editor who worked closely with Edith Wharton and Henry James (just because all partes were polite in the early 1900s does not mean they were not ferocious) — he began working as an editor in the children’s […]

2012 Judge: Sarah Weeks

SARAH WEEKS has written more than fifty picture books and novels for children and young adults including the best selling novel, So B. It. Two of her most recent contributions are MAC AND CHEESE (an I CAN READ book) and PIE, a novel published by Scholastic.  In addition to writing, Sarah is an adjunct faculty […]

2012 Judge: Sara Zarr

Sara Zarr is the acclaimed author of four novels for young adults: Story of a Girl (National Book Award Finalist), Sweethearts (Cybil Award Finalist), Once Was Lost (a Kirkus Best Book of 2009, Utah Book Award winner, INSPY winner) and How to Save a Life (Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal, and L.A. Public Library Best […]

BOB vs. Printz

Since our list is always due to School Library Journal by December 1st of the preceding year, we never know how it will match up with the ALSC/YALSA awards announced in late January.  As I mentioned in my last post, we haven’t always included the National Book Award and the Newbery Medal and Honor books, […]

2012 Judge: Maggie Stiefvater

Maggie Stiefvater is a writer, artist, and musician and the New York Times bestselling author of Shiver, hailed by Publishers Weekly in a starred review as, “a lyrical tale,” and by BookPage as, “beautifully written, even poetic at times, and a perfect indulgence for readers of all ages.” There are more than 1.7 million copies […]

2012 Judge: Jonathan Stroud

Jonathan Stroud lives in England with his wife, two children and assorted domestic animals, one or two of which have never passed judgement on his work. He has written eight novels, and is at this moment scribbling frenziedly at a new one while he types these words with his feet. He is best known as […]

2012 Judge: Lauren Myracle

Lauren Myracle is the author of the New York Times bestselling Internet Girls series (ttyl, ttfn, and l8r, g8r), Rhymes with Witches, Bliss, the Flower Power series, and Shine, which was one of the most talked about books of 2011, among many other books for teens and young people. She lives in Colorado with her […]

2012 Judge: Matt Phelan

Matt Phelan is the illustrator of many books including Flora’s Very Windy Day by Jeanne Birdsall, I’ll Be There by Ann Stott, and The Higher Power of Lucky by Susan Patron. His first graphic novel, The Storm in the Barn, won the 2010 Scott O’Dell Award. Storm was also a contender in that year’s BoB. […]