Follow This Blog: RSS feed
Battle of the Books

Archives for January 2013

So How Did the BoB Contenders Do With ALA’s Youth Media Awards?

In case you’re wondering, BOB contenders fared pretty well at the YMAs.  I’m sure some of you think we may have had the inside track on the Newbery with Roxanne being on the committee and all, but I can assure you that was not the case. BOMB . . . This title now becomes the […]

The Brackets Revealed!

In the comments of the Contenders Announcement we mentioned that we’d decided to go for a different bracket configuration this year and asked you to speculate a bit on what that might be. You came up with some great ideas which we will keep in mind for the future. Meanwhile, we were tickled to see […]


ALL THE FANTASY? There was so much good stuff out there this year.  We steered away from sequels this time around which left BITTERBLUE and DAYS OF BLOOD & STARLIGHT out of the mix.  THE DIVINERS and THE RAVEN BOYS were series starters and it was especially difficult to leave them off knowing we were […]

Wondering why we chose what we did?

Here’s the skinny. BOMB . . .  Five starred reviews, three best lists, National Book Award finalist, and YALSA Nonfiction Award finalist.  The most buzzed nonfiction title of the year, BOMB is a thrilling cloak and dagger story that virtually reads like a novel. CODE NAME VERITY . . . Six starred reviews, six best […]

And the 2013 Contenders Are…

  Bomb by Steve Sheinken (Macmillan) Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein (Hyperion) Endangered by Eliot Schrefer (Scholastic) Fault in Our Stars, The by John Green (Penguin) Jepp, Who Defied the Stars by Katherine Marsh (Hyperion) Liar & Spy by Rebecca Stead (Random House) Moonbird by Philip Hoose (Macmillan) No Crystal Stair by Vauda Micheaux […]

So When Exactly Are You Announcing this Year’s Contenders?

On Thursday, January 24th, a week from today.

BOB 2013 is Coming!

The contenders have been selected and we will be announcing them later this month, giving BOB followers ample time to read. So, watch this space!