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Battle of the Books

2012 Judge: Sy Montgomery

Sy Montgomery is an award-winning author for children and adults. During her research Sy has endured being chased by an angry silverback gorilla in Zaire and bitten by a vampire bat in Costa Rica. She has worked in a pit crawling with 18,000 snakes in Manitoba and handled a wild tarantula in French Guiana. Her […]

2012 Judge: Gayle Forman

Gayle Forman is an award-winning author and journalist whose articles have appeared in numerous publications, including Seventeen, Cosmopolitan, The Nation, and The New York Times Magazine. She lives in Brooklyn with her family.

A Few Recent Peanuts and Tweets

These Peanut Gallery posts are where we highlight responses to the latest BoB activity. And so here are some recent ones related to this year’s contest that we came across. If we missed yours, let us know in the comments and we’ll add them in here. Paula over at Pink Me will be following along […]

2012 Judge: Chris Lynch

Chris Lynch is the Printz Honor Award–winning author of several highly acclaimed young adult novels, including Inexcusable, which was a National Book Award finalist and the recipient of six starred reviews, and Angry Young Man. He is also the author of Freewill, Gold Dust, Iceman, Gypsy Davy, and Shadowboxer (all ALA Best Books for Young […]

2012 Judge: Jewell Parker Rhodes

Jewell Parker Rhodes received the Coretta Scott King Author Honor for Ninth Ward- her first novel for young readers. She is also an award-winning author of adult literature. Her books, including Voodoo Dreams and Douglass’ Women, have won awards such as the American Book Award and the Black Caucus of the American Library Award for […]

2012 Judge: Marc Aronson

Marc Aronson is a veteran of book battles. While earning his Ph.D.– by researching the career of an editor who worked closely with Edith Wharton and Henry James (just because all partes were polite in the early 1900s does not mean they were not ferocious) — he began working as an editor in the children’s […]

2012 Judge: Sarah Weeks

SARAH WEEKS has written more than fifty picture books and novels for children and young adults including the best selling novel, So B. It. Two of her most recent contributions are MAC AND CHEESE (an I CAN READ book) and PIE, a novel published by Scholastic.  In addition to writing, Sarah is an adjunct faculty […]

2012 Judge: Sara Zarr

Sara Zarr is the acclaimed author of four novels for young adults: Story of a Girl (National Book Award Finalist), Sweethearts (Cybil Award Finalist), Once Was Lost (a Kirkus Best Book of 2009, Utah Book Award winner, INSPY winner) and How to Save a Life (Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal, and L.A. Public Library Best […]

BOB vs. Printz

Since our list is always due to School Library Journal by December 1st of the preceding year, we never know how it will match up with the ALSC/YALSA awards announced in late January.  As I mentioned in my last post, we haven’t always included the National Book Award and the Newbery Medal and Honor books, […]

2012 Judge: Maggie Stiefvater

Maggie Stiefvater is a writer, artist, and musician and the New York Times bestselling author of Shiver, hailed by Publishers Weekly in a starred review as, “a lyrical tale,” and by BookPage as, “beautifully written, even poetic at times, and a perfect indulgence for readers of all ages.” There are more than 1.7 million copies […]