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Archives for March 2012

Round 1, Match 6: Heart and Soul vs Inside Out and Back Again

  Heart and Soul by Kadir Nelson Balzer & Bray Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai HarperCollins Judged by Sarah Weeks   I like to think of myself as a nice person. True, I sometimes fantasize about throwing rotten fruit at the children from the Montessori school across the street who use my neighbor’s […]

Round 1, Match 5: Drawing from Memory vs The Grand Plan to Fix Everything

  Drawing from Memory by Allen Say Scholastic The Grand Plan to Fix Everything by Uma Krishnaswami Atheneum/S&S Judged by Barbara O’Connor   First up: The Grand Plan to Fix Everything by Uma Krishnaswami. This book tricked me. I looked at the cover. I read the title (which for some reason I have a hard […]

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 […]

This Week’s Peanut Gallery

Blog Posts of the Week  (As always, let us know in the comments about any we missed and we’ll either add them in here or in next week’s Peanut Gallery) Katie’s witty ‘Twas the Night Before BoB: Predictions. Liz B’s got her picks here as well as posts on Lost v Ghost, Between v Bootleg, Cheshire v […]

Round 1, Match 4: Daughter of Smoke and Bone vs Dead End in Norvelt

  Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor Little, Brown Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos FSG/Macmillan Judged by Sara Zarr   When I found out the titles I’d be judging for the Battle, I tried to guess which I’d wind up choosing—Laini Taylor’s highly-acclaimed Daughter of Smoke & Bone, or Newbery winner […]

Round 1, Match 3: The Cheshire Cheese Cat vs. Chime

  The Cheshire Cheese Cat by Carmen Agra Deedy and Randall Wright Peachtree Chime by Franny Billingsley Dial Books Judged by Sy Montgomery   The Cheshire Cheese Cat: A Dickens of a Tale by Carmen Agra Deedy and Randall Wright. Drawings by Barry Moser Aficionados of Dickens will be delighted. But not all children are fans […]

Round 1, Match 2: Between Shades of Gray vs. Bootleg

    Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys Philomel/Penguin Bootleg by Karen Blumenthall Flash Point/Macmillan Judged by Gayle Forman   When I hear the word “historical” in the vicinity of the word “book,” especially when we are talking about a young-person’s book, I tend to react like your average 12-year-old reluctant reader: eye-rolling, yawning, […]

Round 1, Match 1: Amelia Lost vs. Anya’s Ghost

Amelia Lost by Candace Fleming Random House Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol First Second Judged by Matt Phelan Going strictly alphabetical is a pretty good idea for BoB and creates interesting contests. As luck would have it, I have more than a passing interest in both comics and around-the-world adventurers (with a particular fondness for […]

The Eve of the Battle…

…and all is quiet. We just wrapped up the voting in the Undead Poll and after consecutive years when it wasn’t even close–you’ll remember THE FROG SCIENTIST and A CONSPIRACY OF KINGS had huge insurmountable leads–we are happy to report that it was a very competitive field with no fewer than five books in serious […]

Introducing… Official Kid Commentators!

A new addition to the 2012 BoB: we have two official Kid Commentators who will follow and comment on the Matches along with our veteran commentator Jonathan Hunt.  We are so pleased to be able to gain some insights directly from the young readers for whom these books are intended. Here’s Official Kid Commentator Number […]