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Battle of the Books

Round 1 Match 3: The Frog Scientist vs The Last Olympian

The Frog Scientist by Pamela S. Turner Houghton Mifflin The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan Hyperion Judged by Candace Fleming Here’s just about the only thing these two books have in common: both feature main characters that are good swimmers. I read both titles while teaching writing at the American School in Singapore. One afternoon, […]

Round 1 Match 2: The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate vs Fire

Fire by Kristin Cashore Dial Books The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kerry Henry Holt Judged by Nancy Farmer It is perhaps unfair to judge Fire and The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate in the same contest. The first is clearly a YA book and the second is for a younger audience. I took this […]

Round 1 Match 1: Charles and Emma vs Claudette Colvin

Charles and Emma: The Darwins’ Leap of Faith by Deborah Heiligman Henry Holt Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice by Phillip Hoose Melanie Kroupa Books Judged by Jim Murphy I noticed that last year several Judges opened with confessions of one sort or another. I thought I would follow suit. Confession No. 1: when I first […]