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Battle of the Books

Round 1, Match 6: My Seneca Village vs Nest

Read Judge Frances Hardinge’s detailed and thoughtful descriptions and analyses of both My Seneca Village and The Nest. Find out which title moves on to face The Marvels in the next round!

Round 1, Match 5: The Marvels vs Most Dangerous

Find out which of these two amazing books received 270,199 bonus points from this match’s judge Tim Federle!

Round 1, Match 4: The Hired Girl vs I Crawl Through It

Judge Erin Kelly Entrada says she won’t go into the whole “OMG-these-books-couldn’t-be-more-different-and-it’s-like-apples-and-oranges spiel” and that at least both of these titles are YA novels. But, we agree that they are indeed incredibly different and a tough pair to compare and choose from! What will the outcome be?

Round 1, Match 3: Gone Crazy in Alabama vs Goodbye Stranger

Judge Melanie Crowder must choose a winner between two beloved middle grade novels: both featuring well realized characters but very distinct and different in their tones. Which will she favor: the boisterous or the quiet?

Round 1, Match 2: Drowned City vs Echo

Judge Maris Wicks confessed that she has not done a “book report” in decades but “when you don’t have school or homework or assignments for so long, they seem… sort of appealing.”

Round 1, Match 1:The Boys Who Challenged Hitler vs Challenger Deep

Read Judge Michael Buckley’s “challenging” decision between two books about WAR — physical and psychological!

Round 1, Match 8: We Were Liars vs. West of the Moon

JUDGE – KELLY BARNHILL We Were Liars by E. Lockhart Delacorte/Random House West of the Moon by Margi Preus Harry Abrams Once upon a time, there were two books, each alike in beauty and strength and faithfulness. They each had clear eyes and nimble feet and clever fingers. They each had strong backs and sturdy […]

Round 1, Match 7: The Volcano Beneath the Snow vs. This One Summer

JUDGE – NATHAN HALE A Volcano Beneath the Snow by Albert Martin Knopf/Random House This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki & Jillian Tamaki FirstSecond/Macmillan COVER BATTLE THIS ONE SUMMER: The cover of This One Summer is absolutely gorgeous. It’s a drawing of two adolescent girls caught midair as they jump into rolling blue waves. Both […]

Round 1, Match 6: The Port Chicago 50 vs The Story of Owen

JUDGE – RACHEL HARTMAN The Port Chicago 50 by Steve Sheinkin Roaring Brook/Macmillan The Story of Owen by E.K. Johnston Carolrhoda Welcome, darlings, to this exciting instalment of Battle of the Books, wherein we watch Speculative Fiction heavyweight, The Story of Owen: Dragon-Slayer of Trondheim, take on Non-fiction champ, The Port Chicago 50. I was […]

Round 1, Match 5: The Madman of Piney Woods vs Poisoned Apples

JUDGE – G. NERI The Madman of Piney Woods by Christopher Paul Curtis Scholastic Poisoned Apples by Christine Heppermann Greenwillow/HarperCollins I was once asked to compare some homemade jams cooked up by twin sisters I knew. One had made an apple butter jam, the other, an orange marmalade. When asked which was better, I declined […]