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The Winner of the 2015 Undead Poll
It was amazing watching this year’s Undead Polling. Every contender had their champions which makes us happy. And then, throughout the voting period, three were neck and neck — Brown Girl Dreaming, El Deafo, and We Were Liars. Following close after them were The Crossover and The Family Romanov, with all the other titles earning a healthy numbers of votes.
By the time the poll closed the contender with the most votes was ….El Deafo! And since she is already a finalist, the next contender with the most votes and this year’s Undead Contender is….
Are you kidding me?! I guess, if not because We Were Liars was one of the favorites, it was because people expected Brown Girl Dreaming to make it through. I think I’m still in denial that Brown Girl got eliminated and wasn’t resurrected, because this is unbelievable. If you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go mourn the loss of Brown Girl Dreaming as I stand over its shed blood.
— Kid Commentator NS
I’m not that surprised at We Were Liar’s win – I knew it was popular – but, boy, I wish Brown Girl Dreaming had come through with just a few more votes. Of course, a better outcome would have been for Magoon to pick Brown Girl, and El Deafo to rise from the dead! At least we have a YA book left, but it’s the wrong one – Grasshopper Jungle or Owen would have been amazing. Anyways, I’d also be perfectly fine with three MG books in the Finals (Port Chicago, Brown Girl, and Deafo.)
— Kid Commentator RGN
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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