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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 www.melaniecrowder.com.
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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