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Battle of the Books

Commentator Jonathan Hunt Considers this Year’s Contenders

The most interesting thing to me about this year’s crop of Battle of the Kids’ Books contenders is how there is virtually no overlap with ALA’s Youth Media Awards.  ONE CRAZY SUMMER is the most obvious exception: with a Newbery Honor and the Coretta Scott King Award, not to mention a National Book Award nomination […]

Winner of the Undead Poll

Well, the winner of the Undead Poll is sure to be a big surprise.  During the first week of polling, WHEN YOU REACH ME opened with a comfortable lead, FIRE was gaining ground, but then . . . the post.  Scientist PZ Myers posted a glowing review of THE FROG SCIENTIST followed by a plug […]

“Scheming Yet?” asks our Commentator. “Hope so.”

You want leaks?  I’ll give you leaks . . . I’m keeping an eye on the Undead Poll as it winds down this week.  If the current leader is able to hold its position until Sunday, it will be an upset of stunning proportions.  The surprise leader has 36% of the vote while the next […]

Omissions and Alternatives Jonathan Hunt Style

I thought there would be more discussion about books that missed our shortlist so let me list several obvious omissions. ALMOST ASTRONAUTS won the Sibert Medal, was a Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Honor book, and a finalist for the YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction.  It received three starred reviews and made one best of […]

A Word (or Two or Three or More) from Our Commentator

I know many of you must be wondering how we chose the shortlist, so let me shed some light on that subject.  The three of us—Monica Edinger, Roxanne Feldman, and I— read widely this past year, exchanged e-mails throughout the fall, and came up with an eclectic, diverse list with a mix of popular and […]