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Archives for February 2013

2013 Judge: Paul Griffin

Paul Griffin writes books, lots of books.  He sells few, very few.  He likes dogs, books about dogs and living with dogs.  He likes cats too.  If his wife weren’t allergic to cats, Paul would be one of those crazy old cat ladies.  If he were old.  And a lady.  Crazy he has covered.  You […]

2013 Judge: Catherine Gilbert Murdock

Catherine Gilbert Murdock is rather surprised to find herself in a Battle of the Books, as her weapon of choice is usually a short-handled shovel. When not shoveling, she’s found time to author the award-winning Dairy Queen trilogy, about a football-playing farm girl in rural Wisconsin, and the fantasy duo Princess Ben and Wisdom’s Kiss. Her new novel Heaven is Paved with Oreos (fall 2013) […]

2013 Judge: Adam Gidwitz

Adam Gidwitz’s first novel, A Tale Dark and Grimm, is a New York Times bestseller, and was named one of the best children’s books of the year by School Library Journal and Publishers Weekly. His second book, In a Glass Grimmly, also a New York Times bestseller, was named a best book of the year by Publishers Weekly, Kirkus, and School Library Journal—which wrote, “Gidwitz […]

2013 Judge: Margarita Engle

Margarita Engle is the Cuban-American author of The Surrender Tree, which received the first Newbery Honor ever awarded to a Latino/a.  Her other novels in verse about the island include The Poet Slave of Cuba, Hurricane Dancers, The Firefly Letters, Tropical Secrets, and The Wild Book.  She has received two Pura Belpré Awards, two Pura […]

2013 Judge: Deb Caletti

Deb Caletti is the award-winning author of nine young adult novels, including Honey, Baby, Sweetheart, The Nature of Jade, Stay, and The Story of Us.  In addition to being a National Book Award finalist, Deb’s work has gained other distinguished recognition, including the PNBA Best Book Award, the Washington State Book Award, and School LibraryJournal’s […]

2013 Judge: Franny Billingsley

Franny writes middle-grade and young-adult fantasies.  Her most recent novel, Chime, was nominated for the National Book Award. Her novel The Folk Keeper won the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award and the Mythopoeic Award.  She’s written one picture book, Big Bad Bunny, and would like to write more because they consist of so few words, but that’s also the problem: The words are […]

2013 Judge: Kathi Appelt

Twice Kathi Appelt’s books have duked it out here, and both times they went down to worthy challengers.  But she is not bitter.  Instead, she has focused her energies on her next novel, The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp, which features raccoons, pirates, an alligator wrestler, and a giant rattlesnake named Gertrude.  When she […]

Our Distinguished Judges…

will be announced, one every weekday, starting this Wednesday, February 6th.  And they are awesome! Just wait and see.

The First Peanut Gallery for the 2013 Battle

These Peanut Gallery posts are where we highlight responses to the latest BoB activity. And so here are some celebrating the announcement of the 2013 Contenders and the Brackets. If we missed yours, let us know in the comments and we’ll add them in here. First of all,  if you didn’t see it, be sure […]