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Battle of the Books

Round 1, Match 7: Anna and the Swallow Man vs The Lie Tree

JUDGE – NOVA REN SUMA  Anna and the Swallow Man by Gavriel Savit Random House The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge Abrams After I finished the two books up in this round, I was left excited by the depths of imagination both of these authors created on the page. I’ll tell you what I look for as […]

Round 1, Match 6: Wet Cement vs When the Sea Turned to Silver

  JUDGE – JANE YOLEN Wet Cement by Bob Raczka Macmillan When the Sea Turned to Silver by Grace Lin Little Brown Bob Raczka’s concrete poetry collection Wet Cement begins with a pun (concrete/cement, get it?) and ends with a copyright notice that is itself a concrete piece, though not an actual poem. The spreads are constantly and […]

Round 1, Match 5: Samurai Rising vs Some Writer!

JUDGE – TANYA LEE STONE Samurai Rising by Pamela S. Turner illustrated by Gareth Hinds Charlesbridge Some Writer! by Melissa Sweet Houghton Mifflin Harcourt   When I was 8, my Dad built me an L-shaped reading nook, which hung about three feet below a corner of our family-room ceiling. It was accessible only by ladder rungs narrow enough for […]

Round 1, Match 4: Makoons vs March, Book Three

JUDGE – VARIAN JOHNSON Makoons by Louise Erdrich HarperCollins March, Book III by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell Top Shelf On the surface, this looks to be a match-up between David and Goliath. Spartans vs. Xerxes. The Rock against Kevin Hart. On one side we have Makoons, a short, quiet historical novel about an […]

Round 1, Match 3: Ghost vs The Girl Who Drank the Moon

JUDGE – JAMES DASHNER Ghost by Jason Reynolds Simon & Schuster The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill Algonquian I want you to know that I say the following with all the love I can muster in my heart: School Library Journal is an evil, devious, monstrous entity. When they asked me to participate […]

Round 1, Match 2: Thunder Boy Jr. vs When Green Becomes Tomatoes

JUDGE – LULU DELACRE THUNDER BOY, JR. by Sherman Alexis illustrated by Yuyi Morales Little, Brown WHEN GREEN BECOMES TOMATOES by Julie Fogliano illustrated by Julie Morstad Macmillan It’s been ten days now. Ten days that the two titles have been battling each other in my head. The first time I placed the two books next to each other, […]

Round 1, Match 1: Freedom in Congo Square vs. Freedom Over Me

JUDGE – DUNCAN TONATIUH Freedom in Congo Square by Carole Boston Weatherford illustrated by R. Gregory Christie Little Bee Freedom Over Me by Ashley Bryan Simon & Schuster I took several writing workshops in college. A student would share a story they wrote with the rest of the class and we all critiqued it. One of my professors […]

On the Eve of the 2015 Battle Let’s Hear from Some Texas HS Students!

Donna Cook has been running a Mock BoB at her Plano, Texas, for many years. We here at SLJ have been wowed by what she has done and have therefore featured in several articles. There is “Texas High School Celebrates Battle of the Books” from 2013 and “How Do You BOB?: Librarians, Parents Share the Ways They’re […]

The First Ever #SLJBoBCast!

Shelley Diaz (our SLJ connection), Mark Tuchman (who does all the awesome graphics), Monica Edinger (one third of the Battle Commander), Rocco Staino (KidLitTV host), and Kiera Parrott (SLJ’s Review editor and cue card manager) had a blast doing the first ever #SLJBoBCast with Kid Lit TV. Check out predictions, Mark discussing the graphics (and […]

Fantasy Battle of the Kids’ Books & The Guessing Game!

FANTASY BoB REPORT Roxanne & Monica started hosting Fantasy BoB last year at our school, with members of the faculty book club.  This year, 6-8 grade students are added to the mix.  The student judges’ statements will be added to the comment area for each corresponding Match for Round 1 and Round 2. The teachers […]