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Battle of the Books

2016 Judge: Melanie Crowder

There are few things judge Melanie Crowder enjoys more in this life than a well-drawn tournament bracket. While most adults leave their athletic obsessions on the verdant playing fields of their youth, Crowder has yet to relinquish her reverse chinlock on all things competitive. A beast on the [adult rec] tennis court, a public menace on her cruiser bike and the person everyone wishes they could disinvite from a friendly game of pinochle, the author has been following a strict training regimen to prepare for this year’s battle. Off the playing field, Melanie writes acclaimed novels for young readers including AUDACITY, A NEARER MOON, and PARCHED. Visit her online at

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  1. I was so happy to see that AUDACITY made it on YALSA’s Best Fiction for Young Adults’ Top Ten! Both her books from last year were outstanding, and each so different from one another.

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