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2012 Judge: Jonathan Stroud

Jonathan Stroud lives in England with his wife, two children and assorted domestic animals, one or two of which have never passed judgement on his work. He has written eight novels, and is at this moment scribbling frenziedly at a new one while he types these words with his feet. He is best known as […]

2012 Judge: Lauren Myracle

Lauren Myracle is the author of the New York Times bestselling Internet Girls series (ttyl, ttfn, and l8r, g8r), Rhymes with Witches, Bliss, the Flower Power series, and Shine, which was one of the most talked about books of 2011, among many other books for teens and young people. She lives in Colorado with her […]

2012 Judge: Matt Phelan

Matt Phelan is the illustrator of many books including Flora’s Very Windy Day by Jeanne Birdsall, I’ll Be There by Ann Stott, and The Higher Power of Lucky by Susan Patron. His first graphic novel, The Storm in the Barn, won the 2010 Scott O’Dell Award. Storm was also a contender in that year’s BoB. […]

Here Come the Judges!

Starting today we will be doing regular posts on our judges — one at a time — until all are revealed.  Four were already named here, but the rest are still secret.  So are you ready?  Here we go then!

Why We Picked What We Did

AMELIA LOST by Candace Fleming . . . Four starred reviews, three best of the year lists.  One of the best nonfiction books of the year and arguably the best book not to pick up some kind of award this past year which makes me want to root for it here all the more. ANYA’S GHOST by Vera Brosgol . . […]

Contenders Announcement Peanut Gallery

These Peanut Gallery posts are where we highlight responses to the latest BoB activity. And so here are some celebrating this week’s announcement of the 2012 Contenders. If we missed yours, let us know in the comments and we’ll add them in here. Our lovely School Library Journal did a bang-up article (with a couple […]

Twittering the Contenders

Thanks to all for tweeting and retweeting yesterday’s announcement of this year’s contenders. Then there were those of you who managed not only to tweet the announcement but squeeze in something more, all within 140 characters! (If we missed some, our apologies. These are the ones we caught.) laurajspangler  Battles of the Books announced! battleofthebooks.slj.comGreat list, @SLJsBoB Love Ness […]

Our 2012 Contenders!

The Battle Commander and the Commentator read furiously throughout 2011, reread, looked at what others were admiring, read more, argued, reread, agreed, disagreed, read some more, and by early December (in order to give time for our SLJ man-behind-the-curtain to begin recruiting judges) came up with our contenders. Then we had to keep it a secret from all […]