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2015 Judge: Jason Reynolds
When Jason Reynolds was a kid, one of his favorite things to do was pour himself a huge bowl of Rice Crispies for breakfast. Then, after six or seven scoops of sugar, he’d lean over with his ear close enough to the bowl to hear the cereal crackle in the milk. He’d pretend the crispies were begging and pleading for him not to eat them. And then…he would…well… eat them. So it comes as no surprise that now as a writer he sprinkles six or seven scoops of sugar on his characters, and right when they become sweet and lovable — CHOMP! He swears they beg him to not do it, to not chew them up, but Jason uncontrollably nibbles on his computer screen anyway. He literally bites the screen. Like…bites it. Kidding, kidding. That would be so weird. He doesn’t really do that (he totally does.)
About Battle Commander
The Battle Commander is the nom de guerre for children’s literature enthusiasts Monica Edinger and Roxanne Hsu Feldman, fourth grade teacher and middle school librarian at the Dalton School in New York City and Jonathan Hunt, the County Schools Librarian at the San Diego County Office of Education. All three have served on the Newbery Committee as well as other book selection and award committees. They are also published authors of books, articles, and reviews in publications such as the New York Times, School Library Journal, and the Horn Book Magazine. You can find Monica at educating alice and on twitter as @medinger. Roxanne is at Fairrosa Cyber Library and on twitter as @fairrosa. Jonathan can be reached at email@example.com.
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