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Battle of the Books

Round 1, Match 6: The Ring of Solomon vs. Sugar Changed the World

The Ring of Solomon by Jonathan Stroud Hyperion Books Sugar Changed the World by Marc Aronson and Marina Budhos Clarion Books/Houghton Mifflin Judged by Adam Rex I’ve been asked to decide which book is better–The Ring of Solomon by Jonathan Stroud, or Sugar Changed the World by Marc Aronson and Marina Budhos. That is, I’ve […]

Round 1, Match 5: The Odyssey vs. One Crazy Summer

The Odyssey by Gareth Hinds Candlewick One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia Amistad/HarperCollins Judged by Karen Hesse In the summer of 1968, eleven-year-old Delphine boards a plane in New York, along with her younger sisters, Vonetta, and Fern, to spend a month in California with the mother who abandoned them shortly after Fern’s birth. Though […]

Round 1, Match 4: Hereville: How Mirka Got Her Sword vs. Keeper

Hereville: How Mirka Got Her Sword by Barry Deutsch Amulet/Abrams Keeper by Kathi Appelt Atheneum/Simon & Schuster Judged by Susan Patron For me, the first Battle was in being assigned a book, Keeper, whose author Kathi Appelt had six months earlier provided a gorgeous blurb for my own new book. Some of her Acknowledgment read […]

Round 1, Match 3: The Dreamer vs. The Good, The Bad, and the Barbie

The Dreamer by Pam Munoz Ryan, illus. by Peter Sis Scholastic Press The Good, The Bad, and the Barbie by Tanya Stone Viking/Penguin Judged by Barry Lyga BATTLE! OF! THE! BOOKS! a review in One Act [We open at Barry Lyga’s home. There is a knock at the door. Barry rises from a comfortable sofa […]

Round 1, Match 2: A Conspiracy of Kings vs. Countdown

A Conspiracy of Kings by Megan Whalen Turner Green Willow Books/HarperCollins Countdown by Deborah Wiles Scholastic Press Judged by Dana Reinhardt I should begin with the admission that this was never really a fair fight. When these books arrived in my mailbox, despite the old adage about how one should never do so, I confess […]

Round 1, Match 1: As Easy as Falling off the Face of the Earth vs. The Card Turner: A Novel about a King, a Queen, and a Joker

As Easy as Falling off the Face of the Earth by Lynne Rae Perkins Green Willow Books/HarperCollins The Card Turner by Louis Sachar Delacorte Books/Random House Judged by Francisco X. Stork Suppose you want to torture me, what do you do? You give me two excellent books and you ask me to pick one. What […]

A Walk Down Memory Lane: The 2011 Opening Ceremony

Author Elizabeth Partridge’s exemplary use of archival materials for last year’s winner Marching for Freedom inspired the Battle Commander (both halves of her) to spend some enjoyable hours poking around in the BoB’s vast attic of old stuff (the official BoB term for primary sources) to find a selection for use in this year’s Opening […]

“Guess the Judge” Game Winners

Congratulations to Kelly Bono, a youth services specialist at the St. Louis County Library, and Doret Canton, a bookseller at Borders in Atlanta, GA, for guessing the most judges correctly—six each! Kelly and Doret will each receive autographed copies of One Crazy Summer and The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: The Hidden Gallery by Maryrose […]

Guess the Judges! (And Win a Prize.)

We know that you have been wondering who the 2011 BoB Judges are. We can tell you that, all fifteen of them have arrived at the judges booth!  And some of them even have started reading the books! There are nine women and six men. Seven of them are Newbery winners or honor recipients in […]

And the First 15 T-Shirts Go To…

..the following folks who blogged about the Battle in its first week.  Be sure to email us your mailing addresses so we can send you your prizes! Next week, in addition to bloggers, we will also be awarding t-shirts to those of you who comment so thoughtfully and often on the Battle posts. The Brain […]