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More Speculation and One More Official Kid Commentator

With four more matches to go, Round One will end this coming Thursday.  We would really like to see your predictions and reasons for them!  Consider the strengths and flaws of the books — and consider who the judges are and their potential preferences.  Will the set for younger readers advance or are the young adult titles going to have an edge?  Comment away!

And, starting next Friday with Round Two, you should be seeing our other Official Kid Commentator’s views on the remaining matches.  Here she is, introducing herself:

Why I follow BoB

Ever since I was very little, I always had a passion for writing. I have loved writing fiction, plays, reviews, anything that I could share my opinions about I would turn it into a piece of literature. Last year I became involved with a club at my school that would enhance, challenge, and polish my writing through an easygoing and fun environment called Book Bloggers. Through this club I learned about Battle of the Books, and instantaneously became infatuated with the concept. I followed, commented, and blogged about the competition vigorously until one book came out victorious. Ever since, I have been counting down the days until March 13th, 2012, the commence of a brand new Battle. I am excited to see which books last in this tournament and which are eliminated, and with the outstanding judges chosen for this year I am certain that it will be a very thrilling competition.

— Official Kid Commentator, GI.

GI is a sixth grader in NYC who loves reading and writing.


  1. Welcome, GI. I look forward to seeing your first novel in the Battle someday!

  2. Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy – it’s almost time for the battles to begin again! This week I’m cheering for Drawing from Memory, Heart and Soul, A Monster Calls, and Okay for Now. But I’m MOST excited for Friday… Amelia vs Lina! Come oooooon, Between Shades of Gray!

  3. Gayle Rogers says

    I am 0 for four. Dead End in Norvelt was so funny and eccentric. The romance in Daughter of Smoke so artificial. Will my personal preference continue to be the loser of each match? We shall see.

  4. 4 for 4 oh yeah

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