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Archives for February 2013

Who Do YOU Want in the Finale? The Undead Poll is Open!

Worried that your favorite won’t make it to the finals?  Here’s your chance to make it happen.  Starting today you can vote in our Undead Poll for the contender you most want in the final round. The previously-eliminated contender that receives the most votes will be pulled out of the grave and brought out to join […]

Brackets (Now with Judges) Revealed! (And a Few Other Announcements)

So there you are, our 2013 judges. Awesome, right?  And below are the updated brackets with just what they are judging revealed. What do you think? Let us know in the comments! Tomorrow the Undead Poll opens so start preparing to lobby, tweet, and otherwise get the vote out for your favorites! Then we’ve got a […]

2013 Judge: Frank Cottrell Boyce

Frank is extremely excited about being The Big Kahuna,  as it is the first time in his entire life that he has ever been referred to as “big” anything.  His own younger brother is much much taller than he is so that all the way through school he was referred to as “Little Frankie”  (even […]

2013 Judge: Lynne Rae Perkins

Lynne Rae Perkins is the author/illustrator of six picture books and three novels for older readers.    Her picture books Home Lovely and Snow Music were Horn Book Honor Books, and her novel Criss Cross was awarded the 2006 Newbery Medal. Most recently, she illustrated Seed by Seed, the Legend and Legacy of John “Appleseed” Chapman, a picture book written by Esme Raji […]

2013 Judge: James Patterson

James Patterson’s bestselling books for young readers, such as the Middle School books, Confessions of a Murder Suspect and the Maximum Ride and Witch & Wizard series, are aimed at giving kids exciting books that make reading fun. His passion to get kids to love books led him to found the #1 pro-reading not-for-profit website on the internet, ReadKiddoRead.com. […]

2013 Judge: Kenneth Oppel

Kenneth Oppel is the Printz-Honor winning author of Airborn, Silverwing, This Dark Endeavor, and numerous other books for children and young adults. His novel Half Brother was the first book to win both the Canadian Library Association’s Book of the Year for Children, as well as its Book of the Year for Young Adults. Oppel’s Silverwing trilogy, told entirely from the […]

2013 Judge: Donna Jo Napoli

Donna Jo Napoli did not grow up wanting to be a writer.  She loved books and she loved writing, but she loved just about everything else, too.  School was a haven, particularly school libraries.  It was after a personal tragedy that she came to writing, almost as a kind of whacked-out therapy.  It worked; she […]

2013 Judge: Marie Lu

Marie Lu is the author of the New York Times bestselling Legend trilogy. Before she became a full-time writer, she worked as an art director in the video game industry. She can usually be found writing, reading, drawing, yelling at other Mario Kart players, and getting stuck in traffic.  

2013 Judge: Martine Leavitt

Martine Leavitt has written eight novels for young adults, most recently My Book of Life by Angel, a Junior Library Guild Selection and a Booklist best book of the year. Other titles include Keturah and Lord Death, a finalist for the National Book Award, Tom Finder, winner of the Mr. Christie Award, and Heck Superhero, […]

2013 Judge: Thanhha Lai

Thanhha Lai has written exactly one novel, Inside Out & Back Again, so to fill up this bio space she is retyping her name to include its diacritical marks: Thanhhà Lại.  Such a change has no meaning for English readers but it does thrill her mother because a Lại mustn’t ever be mistaken for a […]