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Battle of the Books

Archives for February 2016

The Undead Poll is Now Open

Worried about your favorite contender’s chances in the Battle? Here’s what you can do to help. Online Poll @… Survey Software by FluidSurveys The previously-eliminated contender that receives the most votes will be dug out of the grave to join the two other finalists for the closing round judged by the Honorable Ann M. Martin. So […]

2016 Brackets, This Time With Judges

With the judges all announced it is time to let  you know just what they are judging. So here you are. Now, what do you think? How do YOUR brackets look? Round One M1 Judge: Michael Buckley The Boys Who Challenged Hitler vs Challenger Deep M2 Judge: Maris Wicks Drowned City vs Echo M3 Judge: Melanie Crowder Gone […]

2016 Judge: Ann M. Martin (the Closer)

Ann M. Martin is the author of the New York Times bestseller Rain Reign, Everything for a Dog, and other titles. She won a Newbery Honor for A Corner of the Universe, and is the author of the beloved Baby-sitters Club series. She lives in upstate New York.​ Ann’s next project with Feiwel and Friends/Macmillan […]

2016 Judge: Maris Wicks

Maris Wicks is the author behind Human Body Theater, as well as the illustrator of New York Times bestselling Primates, with Jim Ottaviani. Wicks has also created comics for Spongebob Comics, DC, and Marvel.  When she’s not making comics, Wicks works as a program educator at the New England Aquarium. She is quite fond of […]

The 2016 Brackets

And here we are with this year’s brackets. (We will let you know about the judges’ assignments once we’ve revealed them all –on 2/24.) Being traditionalists, we stayed with our mostly-usual alphabetical order by title. So, what do you all think? Which eight will advance to Round 2? For those of you who registered for the previous […]

2016 Judge: Padma Venkatraman

Padma Venkatraman is an oceanographer by training and an author by choice. Her latest novel, A TIME TO DANCE (Nancy Paulsen Books, Penguin) was released to 5 starred reviews (Kirkus, Booklist, SLJ, VOYA and BCCB) and received numerous awards: ALA Notable, IRA Notable, Kirkus Best Book, NYPL Top 25, IBBY outstanding, etc. Her two earlier […]

2016 Judge: Pamela S. Turner

Pamela S. Turner is the author of award-winning books for young readers, including Hachiko: The True Story of a Loyal Dog, The Dolphins of Shark Bay, A Life in the Wild, and former Battle of the Books contender The Frog Scientist. Her 2016 releases are Samurai Rising: The Epic Life of Minamoto Yoshitsune and Crow […]

2016 Judge: Mariko Tamaki

Mariko Tamaki made ALA award history when This One Summer (the First Second/Macmillan graphic novel she co-created with her cousin Jillian Tamaki) won both a Printz and Caldecott Honor in 2015! In April 2016, Roaring Brook Press/Macmillan will publish Mariko’s Saving Montgomery Sole–a YA novel about an outcast girl who explores the mysteries of friendship, […]

The 2016 Downloadable Brackets

                      Just go here to register and you will be able to get them pronto!      

2016 Judge: Meg Medina

Meg Medina is an award-winning Cuban American author who writes picture books, middle grade, and YA fiction. She is the 2016 recipient of the Pura Belpré honor medal for her picture book, Mango, Abuela and Me, and the 2014 Pura Belpré Award winner for her young adult novel, Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass , […]