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The Classroom Bookshelf
by Erika Thulin Dawes
Teen Librarian Toolbox
by Amanda MacGregor
Good Comics for Kids
by Esther Keller
100 Scope Notes
by Travis Jonker
March 23, 2017 by Battle Commander
JUDGE – JAVAKA STEPTOE Freedom in Congo Square by Carole Boston Weatherford illustrated by R. Gregory Christie Little Bee When Green Becomes Tomatoes by Julie Fogliano illustrated by Julie Morstad Macmillan I like to think of these two books as pieces of music: One is like a work song, the other a classical concerto. In this way they are […]
March 24, 2016 by Battle Commander
"I was fortunate to have two great books to read and select from. I thoroughly enjoyed both." Which does Judge Mariko Tamaki choose?
March 23, 2016 by Battle Commander
Which of the two page-turner books about boys on internal and external quests, with beautiful language and strong reader appeal will move on to the semi-finals?
March 22, 2016 by Battle Commander
In the second match of Round 2, High school theater of the absurd goes against the final installment of the sibling saga set against the backdrop of the tumultuous 60s America.
March 21, 2016 by Battle Commander
Judge Donnelley has to make a choice between two stories that drive her "out to the borderlands – a lawless patch of literary scrub – and boot me out of the car with no GPS, no tattered road atlas, not even a cheap plastic compass."
March 25, 2015 by Battle Commander
One of the joys of first person narratives is being able to share, for a moment, the intimacy of another person's perspective. It isn't just the knowledge of their private lives or secrets that brings that richness--plenty of third-person narratives have those. It is that by filtering every aspect of the story through the narrator's thoughts and feelings, we find ourselves, in a fundamental way, behind their eyes.
March 24, 2015 by Battle Commander
Every year, as the Battle Commander gears up for the School Library Journal Battle of the Books, I think I’m going to read all these books. It’s only sixteen and I have three months. For the past two years my own books have been contenders, which makes me a sort of honorary participant anyway (though only as a lurker, too self-conscious to comment except to congratulate the winners), plus that means I really only have fifteen books to read.