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2017 Judge: Eliot Schrefer

Eliot Schrefer is a longtime fan of the Battle of the Books. He’s written many novels for young readers, including two installments of the New York Times-bestselling Spirit Animals series and the “Great Ape Quartet” of young adult books, two of which have been finalists for the National Book Award in Young People’s Literature. His novel Endangered was once a Battle of the Books contender, until it suffered the misfortune of going up against The Fault in Our Stars. (RIP, bonobos!) Eliot is also the children’s book reviewer for USAToday. He is a friend among apes and an ape among friends. Find him at

EliotAuthorPhoto_credit Priya Patel

Photo credit: Priya Patel


  1. Other Meredith says

    I love Endangered. That book is how I first heard about bonobos, which are now my favorite animal. And Rescued, the book about orangutans, made me cry so much, and also pray for Jesus to come and save the orangutans from us.

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