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Archives for March 2015

Announcing the 2015 BoB Guessing Game Winner

We are pleased to announce the winner for the 2015 BoB guessing game: Robin Lindquist Out of dozens of BoB followers who participated, Robin is the only one who guessed all eight titles correctly. A school librarian who works with 375 students and 60 faculty members at Wooster School in Danbury, Connecticut, Robin’s favorite part of being […]

Round 2, Match 1: Brown Girl Dreaming vs Egg and Spoon

JUDGE – JASON REYNOLDS Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson Nancy Paulsen Books/Penguin Egg and Spoon by Gregory Maguire Candlewick Press Here’s the thing. It was never my intention to be a novelist, because when I was a kid, novels just seemed way too long and way too boring for me to care about. So since […]

Round 1, Match 8: We Were Liars vs. West of the Moon

JUDGE – KELLY BARNHILL We Were Liars by E. Lockhart Delacorte/Random House West of the Moon by Margi Preus Harry Abrams Once upon a time, there were two books, each alike in beauty and strength and faithfulness. They each had clear eyes and nimble feet and clever fingers. They each had strong backs and sturdy […]

Round 1, Match 7: The Volcano Beneath the Snow vs. This One Summer

JUDGE – NATHAN HALE A Volcano Beneath the Snow by Albert Martin Knopf/Random House This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki & Jillian Tamaki FirstSecond/Macmillan COVER BATTLE THIS ONE SUMMER: The cover of This One Summer is absolutely gorgeous. It’s a drawing of two adolescent girls caught midair as they jump into rolling blue waves. Both […]

Round 1, Match 6: The Port Chicago 50 vs The Story of Owen

JUDGE – RACHEL HARTMAN The Port Chicago 50 by Steve Sheinkin Roaring Brook/Macmillan The Story of Owen by E.K. Johnston Carolrhoda Welcome, darlings, to this exciting instalment of Battle of the Books, wherein we watch Speculative Fiction heavyweight, The Story of Owen: Dragon-Slayer of Trondheim, take on Non-fiction champ, The Port Chicago 50. I was […]

Round 1, Match 5: The Madman of Piney Woods vs Poisoned Apples

JUDGE – G. NERI The Madman of Piney Woods by Christopher Paul Curtis Scholastic Poisoned Apples by Christine Heppermann Greenwillow/HarperCollins I was once asked to compare some homemade jams cooked up by twin sisters I knew. One had made an apple butter jam, the other, an orange marmalade. When asked which was better, I declined […]

This Week’s Peanut Gallery

These Peanut Gallery posts are where we put up whatever we’ve found responding to the latest BOB news. Be sure to let us know in the comments if we’ve missed yours and we will either add it here or put in our next Peanut Gallery post. Around the web: readsforkeeps predictions On Twitter (a smattering […]

Round 1, Match 4: Grasshopper Jungle vs The Key That Swallowed Joey Pigza

JUDGE – JO KNOWLES Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith Dutton Books/Penguin The Key That Swallowed Joey Pigza by Jack Gantos FSG/Macmillan As seems to be the tradition with Battle of the Books, I’ve been tasked to pit two books against one another that have almost nothing in common, so please bear with me as I […]

Round 1, Match 3: El Deafo vs The Family Romanov

JUDGE – ELIZABETH RUSCH El Deafo by Cece Bell Abrams The Family Romanov by Candace Flemming Schwartz & Wade/Random House Shoot me now! That was my first reaction when I was told I would have to choose between El Deafo by Cece Bell, a stunning graphic novel memoir about growing up with severe hearing loss, […]

Round 1, Match 2: The Crossover vs Egg & Spoon

JUDGE –  ISABEL QUINTERO The Crossover by Kwame Alexander Harcourt Brace and Company Egg & Spoon by Gregory Maguire Candlewick Press It wasn’t easy picking a winner for this round of Battle of the Books. Here’s the thing: I had to choose between poetry (good poetry-and yes, I believe there is bad poetry) and fairytales. Two of my […]