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Battle of the Books

2017 Judge: Cynthia Kadohata

Cynthia Kadohata is the author of the Newbery Medal–winning book Kira-Kira, the National Book Award winner The Thing About Luck, the Jane Addams Peace Award and Pen USA Award winner Weedflower, Cracker!, Outside Beauty, A Million Shades of Gray, and several critically acclaimed adult novels, including The Floating World. She lives with her son and […]

2017 Judge: Varian Johnson

Varian Johnson is the author of six novels, including the Jackson Greene middle-grade caper series. The first novel in the series, The Great Greene Heist, was named an ALA Notable Children’s Book Selection and Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year among other accolades. In addition to middle grade, Varian writes novels and short stories […]

2017 Judge: Sara Farizan

Sara Farizan is the author of the Lambda award winning If You Could Be Mine and the non-award winning but super fun Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel. She lives in Massachusetts, misses Prince and George Michael, and thanks you for reading her work.You can follow her on twitter @SaraFarizan even though tweeting […]

2017 Judge: Lulu Delacre

Lulu Delacre was born in Río Piedras, Puerto Rico. She studied art at L’Ecole Supérieure d’Arts Graphiques in Paris, France, and released her first title, Arroz con Leche (Scholastic) in 1989. Since then, she has written and illustrated many titles for children and young adults, striving to create quality literature incorporating her own life experiences […]

2017 Judge: James Dashner

James Dashner is the author of many books, including the Maze Runner series, and the Mortality Doctrine series, some of them read by people. When he dies, he wants to be buried in between Stephen King and Charles Dickens. Books are his everything, and judging a battle over books has been the ultimate goal of […]

2016 Judge: Ann M. Martin (the Closer)

Ann M. Martin is the author of the New York Times bestseller Rain Reign, Everything for a Dog, and other titles. She won a Newbery Honor for A Corner of the Universe, and is the author of the beloved Baby-sitters Club series. She lives in upstate New York.​ Ann’s next project with Feiwel and Friends/Macmillan […]

2016 Judge: Maris Wicks

Maris Wicks is the author behind Human Body Theater, as well as the illustrator of New York Times bestselling Primates, with Jim Ottaviani. Wicks has also created comics for Spongebob Comics, DC, and Marvel.  When she’s not making comics, Wicks works as a program educator at the New England Aquarium. She is quite fond of […]

2016 Judge: Padma Venkatraman

Padma Venkatraman is an oceanographer by training and an author by choice. Her latest novel, A TIME TO DANCE (Nancy Paulsen Books, Penguin) was released to 5 starred reviews (Kirkus, Booklist, SLJ, VOYA and BCCB) and received numerous awards: ALA Notable, IRA Notable, Kirkus Best Book, NYPL Top 25, IBBY outstanding, etc. Her two earlier […]

2016 Judge: Pamela S. Turner

Pamela S. Turner is the author of award-winning books for young readers, including Hachiko: The True Story of a Loyal Dog, The Dolphins of Shark Bay, A Life in the Wild, and former Battle of the Books contender The Frog Scientist. Her 2016 releases are Samurai Rising: The Epic Life of Minamoto Yoshitsune and Crow […]

2016 Judge: Mariko Tamaki

Mariko Tamaki made ALA award history when This One Summer (the First Second/Macmillan graphic novel she co-created with her cousin Jillian Tamaki) won both a Printz and Caldecott Honor in 2015! In April 2016, Roaring Brook Press/Macmillan will publish Mariko’s Saving Montgomery Sole–a YA novel about an outcast girl who explores the mysteries of friendship, […]