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And the 2013 BoB Undead Winner Is…


Our money was on THE FAULT IN OUR STARS and WONDER as the winners of the Undead Poll, and those books fared quite well, coming in second and third respectively. SERAPHINA came in fourth, THE ONE AND ONLY IVAN fifth, and BOMB sixth.

What came in first? Well, it’s a book that captured 27% of the vote, and held a commanding lead from start to finish. It is such a great book that, for the first time, I think the Undead Poll winner might win the whole thing. Could it be SPLENDORS AND GLOOMS? LIAR & SPY? MOONBIRD? STARRY RIVER OF THE SKY? Nah, it’s …


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Congratulations, Code Name Verity!  See you on Monday, April 1st!


  1. Hooray! I’m so happy!

  2. I am breathing a huge sigh of relief for Code Name Verity!! It is, in my mind, clearly the best book in the match. I just hope Frank Cottrell Boyce feels the same way. (if so, it would be the second time an undead winner won — Okay for Now won last year).

  3. Finally, something makes sense around here.

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  5. Suzanne C says

    I was so excited that I hit the publish button before expanding. But what is there to expand?. Now I am once again totally emotionally engaged. But to be totally fair I shall have to sit right down and read (by Monday) the only book I haven’t yet – No Crystal Stair. Since it has made it this far with such great comments, I’m really looking forward to it. However It will have to be really something to trump CNV. Just saying!

  6. YES!!!!!!!

  7. Ahhhhhhhh! **sigh of relief***

  8. Huzzah! Win, Code Name Verity, win!

  9. Woo hoo!!

  10. Woo Hoo!!! It was with great trepidation that I opened this page but this is great news. Code Name Verity grab a hold of my heart while I was reading it and never let go. I love this book like I haven’t loved a book in a long time.

    My requested library copy of No Crystal Stair finally came in so, like Suzanne C, I’ll be reading it this weekend. As a confirmed bookworm, I’ve been looking forward to reading this book since I’ve heard about it and even more so now that I’ve read all the great things about written during this contest.

  11. Yes! Yes! Yes Yes Yes!!! *happy dance*

    Honestly, I was afraid to open this. I had a program to run this morning, so I just kept putting it off…

    And if we can’t bring Julie back, at least we can bring her book back!

  12. Ahhhh! I never doubted.

    But what do mean “for the first time, I think the Undead Poll winner might win the whole thing.”?

    I remember Zombie Doug shambling across the victory line a mere year ago.

    I’m confident Julie and Maddie will pull their rotting gumption from the grave and snatch victory from the living.

  13. maryclareog says

    I’m so, so excited that Code Name Verity is back, as I was right with all those whose interest was dwindling at the match-up between TFIOS and NCS. Both were fine books– I can see how appealing John Green’s book would be to teens and Lewis Michaux’s little-known story is Worth Reading. But, having read all three finalists, I am simply haunted by Code Name Verity. Augustus and Hazel were great characters, but let’s face it, Julie and Maddie truly embody The Greatest Generation. Fingers crossed and absolution granted to myself for missing the deadline to vote for the Undead.

  14. YES.

  15. It’s an awfully mature trio for a “Battle of Kids” Books. Two for ages 14 and up and one for 12 and up. By my count the book for older readers won 11 of 14 battles. Mo and Ivan never stood a chance.


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