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Battle of the Books

Round 1, Match 4: Daughter of Smoke and Bone vs Dead End in Norvelt

  Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor Little, Brown Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos FSG/Macmillan Judged by Sara Zarr   When I found out the titles I’d be judging for the Battle, I tried to guess which I’d wind up choosing—Laini Taylor’s highly-acclaimed Daughter of Smoke & Bone, or Newbery winner […]

Round 1, Match 3: The Cheshire Cheese Cat vs. Chime

  The Cheshire Cheese Cat by Carmen Agra Deedy and Randall Wright Peachtree Chime by Franny Billingsley Dial Books Judged by Sy Montgomery   The Cheshire Cheese Cat: A Dickens of a Tale by Carmen Agra Deedy and Randall Wright. Drawings by Barry Moser Aficionados of Dickens will be delighted. But not all children are fans […]

Round 1, Match 2: Between Shades of Gray vs. Bootleg

    Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys Philomel/Penguin Bootleg by Karen Blumenthall Flash Point/Macmillan Judged by Gayle Forman   When I hear the word “historical” in the vicinity of the word “book,” especially when we are talking about a young-person’s book, I tend to react like your average 12-year-old reluctant reader: eye-rolling, yawning, […]

Round 1, Match 1: Amelia Lost vs. Anya’s Ghost

Amelia Lost by Candace Fleming Random House Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol First Second Judged by Matt Phelan Going strictly alphabetical is a pretty good idea for BoB and creates interesting contests. As luck would have it, I have more than a passing interest in both comics and around-the-world adventurers (with a particular fondness for […]

The Eve of the Battle…

…and all is quiet. We just wrapped up the voting in the Undead Poll and after consecutive years when it wasn’t even close–you’ll remember THE FROG SCIENTIST and A CONSPIRACY OF KINGS had huge insurmountable leads–we are happy to report that it was a very competitive field with no fewer than five books in serious […]

Introducing… Official Kid Commentators!

A new addition to the 2012 BoB: we have two official Kid Commentators who will follow and comment on the Matches along with our veteran commentator Jonathan Hunt.  We are so pleased to be able to gain some insights directly from the young readers for whom these books are intended. Here’s Official Kid Commentator Number […]

What BoB Means to Brandy Painter

Basketball, Books, and Brandy I have lived most of my adult life in the south, for many years in North Carolina, home of the great Duke vs. UNC rivalry. I now reside in Knoxville, Tennessee, home of the University of Tennessee, Pat Summitt, and the Lady Vols. I also grew up in the home of […]

What BoB Means to Kathy Burnette

Let’s Get Ready to RRRUUMMBBLLEE! About 2 ½ years ago, in the summer of 2009, I was interning at the wonderful St. Joseph County Public Library, and Kris, the children’s librarian, had me working on the list for that year’s Mock Newbery club. I was so excited, because I’d always wanted to run a Mock […]

What BoB Means to Sam Bloom

An Ode to BoB I don’t know about all of you, but I start to get the blahs after the YMAs are announced at ALA Midwinter. The excited buzz of the awards season pretty much vanishes into thin air, and February with all its dreariness soon descends upon Cincinnati. Thankfully, some enterprising folks – our […]

What BoB Means to Paige Ysteboe

I have been a school librarian for twenty-two years and in all of that time, I have never felt up-to-date on children’s and young literature.  I read constantly, but I simply can’t keep up.  I received this year’s big book order when we got back from winter break.  I marked 222 books to read.  I […]