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Battle of the Books

2016 Judge: Kelly Loy Gilbert

Despite being really quite opinionated, Kelly Loy Gilbert has nevertheless been a lifelong waffler when it comes to any decision ever, so Battle of the Books sounded like a solid way to trade hours of sleep for hours spent agonizing over a difficult choice.  (Choices about books being, of course, the most difficult of all.)  Kelly’s other favorite ways of losing sleep include: writing fiction about complex characters and moral gray areas, serving on the NaNoWriMo Associate Board, and teaching fiction writing. Her debut novel, CONVICTION (which, actually, now that she thinks about it, centers around a character having to make an impossible choice–write what you know, they say), was an American Booksellers Association Indies Introduce and Indie Next selection, a Booklist Top Sports Book for Youth 2015, a Chicago Public Library, Kirkus Reviews and School Library Journal Best Book of 2015 and a YALSA Morris Award finalist.  Her next novel, about an Asian American teen who begins to suspect his undocumented parents are hiding much more than he ever realized, is forthcoming from Disney-Hyperion, and she’s definitely working on that super diligently and not reading all the BoB books instead.  She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and tweets at @KellyLoyGilbert.



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