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2015 BoB: Top 8 Titles Guessing Game

Which of the sixteen contenders will move on to Round Two? Put your guesses in the comments and we will award the winners with prizes for you or your library!


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  1. I’m horrible at this-I always lose the NCAA tourney pool, even though I pay attention to college b-ball-but I’ll give it the old college try.

    Brown Girl Dreaming
    The Crossover
    The Family Romanov
    Grasshopper Jungle
    Poisoned Apples
    The Port Chicago 50
    This One Summer
    West of the Moon

  2. Brown Girl Dreaming
    Egg & Spoon
    The Family Romanov
    Grasshopper Jungle
    Poisoned Apples
    The Port Chicago 50
    This One Summer
    We Were Liars

  3. Hmmm, let’s see…

    Brown Girl Dreaming
    Egg & Spoon
    El Deafo
    Grasshopper Jungle
    Madman of Piney Woods
    Port Chicago 50
    This One Summer
    West of the Moon

  4. Seeing as I’ve read fewer this year than in previous years, many of these are going to be shots in the dark.

    Children of the King
    The Crossover
    The Family Romanov
    Grasshopper Jungle
    The Madman of Piney Woods
    The Port Chicago 50
    A Volcano Beneath the Snow
    West of the Moon

  5. Brown Girl Dreaming
    Egg and Spoon
    El Deafo
    The Key that Swallowed Joey Pigza
    Poisoned Apples
    Port Chicago 50
    This One Summer
    We were Liars

  6. Battle Commander Battle Commander says:

    Keep the guesses coming!!!

  7. Brown Girl Dreaming
    The Crossover
    El Deafo
    Grasshopper Jungle
    Poisoned Apples
    The Story of Owen
    This One Summer
    West of the Moon

  8. Brown Girl Dreaming
    Crossover
    El Deafo
    Grasshopper Jungle
    Poisoned Apples
    Port Chicago 50
    This One Summer
    We Were Liars

  9. Brown Girl Dreaming
    The Crossover
    The Family Romanov (this is the toughest one! I love them both.)
    The Key That Swallowed Joey Pigza
    The Madman of Piney Woods
    The Story of Owen
    This One Summer
    West of the Moon

  10. Brown Girl Dreaming
    The Crossover
    El Deafo
    The Key That Swallowed Joey Pigza
    The Madman of Piney Woods
    The Port Chicago 50
    This One Summer
    West of the Moon

  11. Brown Girl Dreaming
    The Crossover
    El Deafo
    The Key That Swallowed Joey Pigza
    The Madman of Piney Woods
    Port Chicago 50
    This One Summer
    We Were Liars

  12. Brown Girl Dreaming
    Crossover
    El Deafo
    Key that swallowed Joey Pigza
    Madman of Piney Woods
    Port Chicago 50
    This one Summer
    West of the moon

  13. Joan Raphael says:

    Brown Girl Dreaming
    Crossover
    El Deafo
    Key that swallowed Joey Pigza
    Madman of Piney Woods
    Story of Owen
    This one Summer
    West of the moon

    (The last one is more an opinion about the competition than this title which I haven’t read. I’ll work on getting it read!)

  14. BGD
    Crossover
    Romanov
    Pigza
    Piney Woods
    50
    Summer
    Liars

  15. Brown Girl Dreaming
    The Crossover
    El Deafo
    Grasshopper Jungle
    Poisoned Apples
    The Port Chicago 50
    This One Summer
    We were liars

  16. Children of the King
    The Crossover
    The Family Romanov
    The Key that Swallowed Joey Pigza
    The Madman of Piney Woods
    The Port Chicago 50
    A Volcano Beneath the Snow
    West of the Moon

  17. Anne Phillips says:

    Brown Girl Dreaming
    The Crossover
    El Deafo
    Grasshopper Jungle
    The Madman of Piney Woods
    The Story of Owen
    This One Summer
    We Were Liars

  18. I’m going to choose based on which of the pair is checking out more in our March Madness push:
    Children of the King
    Crossover
    Family Romanov
    Grasshopper Jungle
    Poisoned Apples
    Story of Owen
    This One Summer
    We were Liars

  19. Chelsea C. says:

    Brown Girl Dreaming
    The Crossover
    El Deafo
    Grasshopper Jungle
    The Madman of Piney Woods
    The Port Chicago 50
    This One Summer
    We Were Liars

  20. Brown Girl Dreaming
    The Crossover
    The Family Romanov
    The Grasshopper Jungle
    Poisoned Apples
    The Story of Owen
    This One Summer
    We Were Liars

  21. Battle Commander Battle Commander says:

    So far, no one has guessed all eight matches correctly but some of you came mighty close!

  22. Benji Martin says:

    BGD
    crossover
    El Deafo
    Grasshopper jungle
    madman of piney woods
    Port Chicago 50
    This one summer
    We were liars

  23. BGD
    Crossover
    The Family Romanov
    Grasshopper Jungle
    Poisoned Apples
    Port Chicago 40
    This One Summer
    We Were Liars

  24. Brown Girl Dreaming
    Crossover
    Family Romanov
    Key That Swallowed Joey Pigza
    Madman of Piney Woods
    Port Chicago 50
    This One Summer
    West of the Moon

  25. BGD
    The Crossover
    The Family Romanov
    Grasshopper Jungle
    Madman
    Port Chicago
    This one Summer
    We Were Liars

  26. Brown Girl Dreaming
    The Crossover
    The Family Romanov
    The Key That Swallowed Joey Pigza
    Madman of Piney Woods
    Port Chicago 50
    This One Summer
    West of the Moon

  27. Brown Girl Dreaming
    Egg & Spoon
    El Deafo
    The Key that Swallowed Joey Pigza
    Madman of Piney Woods
    Port Chicago 50
    This One Summer
    West of the Moon

  28. Heather J. says:

    Children of the King
    The Crossover
    The Family Romanov
    Grasshopper Jungle
    The Story of Owen
    The Port Chicago 50
    This One Summer
    West of the Moon

  29. Brown Girl Dreaming
    The Crossover
    The Family Romanov
    Grasshopper Jungle
    Poisoned Apples
    Port Chicago 50
    This One Summer
    We Were Liars

  30. So much depends on what the judge has for breakfast.

    CHILDREN OF THE KING (Just to be contrary and make Cecile proud)
    THE CROSSOVER (Baba Yaga how I adore you. Too bad you were in such a bloated book and up against literary perfection)
    EL DEAFO (Cruelest of pairings)
    JOEY all the way (I’m going to take the chance the judge will be more impressed with svelte brevity over repetitious libido-driven excess)
    MADMAN (Hard call, both books could have been shorter. But I’ll take Curtis’s characters over the indulgent beating of the dead horse over the horrors of being a girl.)
    PORT CHICAGO 50 (Will need to go with the one I’m mostly finished with over the one yet to read. Thrugood Marshall will back me up in court)

    Total Apathy over last two brackets

    SUMMER
    LIARS

  31. How can we say until we see the judges?!

    • Battle Commander Battle Commander says:

      We will finish announcing the judge next week and then will reveal what they are judging next Thursday, 2/26!

  32. Oops! We had snow days and I forgot to check the Battle!

    My guesses:
    Children of the King
    Egg and Spoon
    The Family Romanov
    The Key that Swallowed Joey Pigza
    Poisoned Apples
    The Story of Owen
    A Volcano Beneath the Snow
    West of the Moon

    This does not reflect my favorites. I just thought I’d go with the Newbery curse. ūüôā I’ve only read 4 of the books anyway, and this time I decided not to vote for the ones I’ve read.

  33. Brown Girl Dreaming
    Crossover
    Family Romanov
    Grasshopper Jungle
    Poisoned Apples
    Port Chicago 50
    This One Summer
    West of the Moon

  34. I’m guessing:
    Brown Girl Dreaming
    The Crossover
    El Deafo
    Grasshopper Jungle
    Poisoned Apples
    The Port Chicago 50
    This One Summer
    We were Liars

  35. Brown Girl Dreaming
    The Crossover
    El Deafo
    The Key that Swallowed Joey Pigza
    Madman of Piney Woods
    The Story of Owen
    A Volcano Beneath the Snow
    We Were Liars

  36. Jill Ferguson says:

    I’ll give it a go:

    Brown Girl Dreaming
    The Crossover
    El Deafo
    The Key that Swallowed Joey Pigza
    The Madman of Piney Woods
    The Port Chicago 50
    A Volcano Beneath the Snow
    West of the Moon

  37. Brown Girl Dreaming
    The Crossover
    The Family Romanov
    The Key that Swallowed Joey Pigza
    Poisoned Apples
    The Story of Owen
    A Volcano Beneath the Snow
    We Were Liars

  38. Brown Girl Dreaming
    The Crossover
    The Family Romanov
    Grasshopper Jungle
    Poisoned Apples
    The Port Chicago 50
    A Volcano Beneath the Snow
    We Were Liars

  39. Ceane Willis says:

    Brown Girl Dreamig
    The Crossover
    Family Romanov
    Grasshopper Jungle
    Madman of Piney Woods
    Port Chicago 50
    This One Summer
    West of the Moon

  40. Okay, here goes and it really often depends on the judge and whether they drink coffee, tea or probiotics.
    Brown Girl Dreaming
    Egg and Spoon
    Family Romanov
    Key that Swallowed Joey Pigza
    Madman of Piney Woods
    Story of Owen
    This One Summer
    West of the Moon

    Keep in mind these are not necessarily what I would pick, but my guess at what a judge would pick.

  41. All right, I’ll give it a shot, though I’ve read only half the titles.

    BROWN GIRL DREAMING
    THE CROSSOVER
    EL DEAFO
    GRASSHOPPER JUNGLE
    POISONED APPLES
    THE STORY OF OWEN
    THIS ONE SUMMER
    WEST OF THE MOON

  42. Brown Girl Dreaming
    Crossover
    El Deafo
    The Key That Swallowed Joey Pigza
    Madman of Piney Woods
    The Port Cgicgo 50
    A Volcano Beneath the Snow
    West of the Moon

  43. We’ve made BoB a mid-day activity with 25 very vocal and opinionated 7th graders! We did not have consensus on every battle, but here were the top contenders:

    Brown Girl Dreaming
    Crossover
    El Deafo
    Grasshopper Jungle
    Madman of Piney Woods
    Story of Owen
    This One Summer
    We Were Liars

  44. Brown Girl Dreaming
    The Crossover
    El Deafo
    Grasshopper Jungle
    Poisoned Apples
    The Port Chicago 50
    This One Summer
    We Were Liars

  45. Brown Girl Dreaming
    Egg & Spoon
    El Deafo
    The Key That Swallowed Joey Pigza
    Poisoned Apples
    The Port Chicago 50
    Volcano Beneath the Snow
    We Were Liars

  46. Brown Girl Dreaming
    Crossover
    El Deafo
    Key That Swallowed Joey Pigza
    Madman of Piney Woods
    Port Chicago 50
    This One Summer
    West of the Moon

  47. Anne Clasper says:

    Brown Girl Dreaming
    The Crossover
    El Deafo
    Grasshopper Jungle
    Madman of Piney Woods
    Story of Owen (I LOVED this book!)
    This One Summer
    West of the Moon

  48. Ashleigh says:

    Brown Girl Dreaming
    The Crossover
    El Deafo
    Grasshopper Jungle
    Madman of Piney Woods
    Port Chicago 50
    This One Summer
    We Were Liars

  49. Lori the Librarian says:

    Ok For Now by Gary Schmidt was my favorite BOB winner ever, but for this year I’m going with these 8:
    Brown Girl Dreaming
    The Crossover
    El Deafo
    Key That Swallowed Joey Pigza
    Poisoned Apples
    Port Chicago 50
    This One Summer
    We Were Liars

  50. Samantha Tai says:

    Brown Girl Dreaming
    The Crossover
    El Deafo
    The Key That Swallowed Joey Pigza
    The Madman of Piney Woods
    The Story of Owen
    This One Summer
    We Were Liars

  51. Brown Girl Dreaming
    The Crossover
    El Deafo
    Grasshopper Jungle
    Madman of Piney Woods
    Story of Owen (because I really loved this book)
    This One Summer
    West of the Moon

  52. Brown Girl Dreaming
    The Crossover
    El Deafo
    The Key That Swallowed Joey Pigza
    The Madman of Piney Woods
    The Story of Owen
    This One Summer
    We Were Liars

  53. Danielle says:

    Brown Girl Dreaming
    The Crossover
    The Family Romanov
    Grasshopper Jungle
    Poisoned Apples
    The Port Chicago 50
    This One Summer
    West of the Moon

  54. Jennifer says:

    The Children of the King
    The Crossover
    El Deafo
    The Key that Swallowed Joey Pigza
    The Madman of Piney Woods
    The Port Chicago 50
    A Volcano Beneath the Snow
    We Were Liars

  55. I finished reading the last of the contenders just in time to get my prediction in before judging begins. Here’s who I hope will win each battle. I made a post explaining my reasoning over on my blog http://auldschoollibrarian.blogspot.com/2015/03/school-library-journals-2015-battle-of.html

    Brown Girl Dreaming
    The Crossover
    El Deafo
    The Key That Swallowed Joey Pigza
    The Madman of Piney Woods
    The Story of Owen
    A Volcano Beneath the Snow
    West of the Moon

  56. Brown Girl Dreaming
    The Crossover
    El Deafo
    The Key That Swallowed Joey Pigza
    Poisoned Apples
    The Port Chicago 50
    This One Summer
    We Were Liars

  57. Here goes nothing:

    BGD
    Crossover
    El Deafo
    Joey Pigza
    Madman
    Port 50
    Volcano
    West of the Moon