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Battle of the Books

Round 3, Match 2: Drawing from Memory vs Life: An Exploded Diagram

  Drawing from Memory by Allen Say Scholastic Life: An Exploded Diagram by Mal Peet Candlewick Judged by Ron Koertge Pen vs. Brush I drop two books on the table in the Turf Club. No big surprise. Bobby and I are always bringing things to read. We’re at the races four days a week, but we’re not […]

Round 3, Match 1: Between Shades of Gray vs. Chime

  Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys Philomel/Penguin Chime by Franny Billingsley Dial/Penguin Judged by Maggie Stiefvater When I first agreed to be a judge for this, I thought it would be straightforward, but just in case, I immediately read up on previous battles. Strangely, many of the judges said things like “this was […]

Round 2, Match 3: Drawing from Memory vs Inside Out and Back Again

  Drawing from Memory by Allen Say Scholastic Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai HarperCollins Judged by Jewell Parker Rhodes Memory & Resilience: Inside Out & Back Again and Drawing from Memory Oh, my! What a terrific, imaginative battle! Both books completely captivated me—evoking foreign landscapes, traumatic wars, immigration, and the extraordinary resilience of […]

Round 3, Match 2: Trash vs. The Ring of Solomon

Trash by Andy Mulligan David Fickling/Random House The Ring of Solomon by Jonathan Stroud Hyperion Books Judged by Karen Cushman When I first saw the two titles that were coming my way, I assumed that one would deal with serious contemporary issues and the other be a fairy tale. I was right, but I put […]

Round 3, Match 1: Keeper vs. The Cardturner

Keeper by Kathi Appelt Atheneum/Simon & Schuster The Cardturner by Louis Sachar Delacorte Books/Random House Judged by Grace Lin When I was asked to be a Battle of the Books judge I hurriedly became acquainted with all the original titles, as I was unsure which two books I would be choosing from. To save time, […]

Round 3 Match 2 Marching for Freedom vs Tales from Outer Suburbia

Marching for Freedom by Elizabeth Partridge Viking Tales from Outer Suburbia by Shaun Tan Arthur A. Levine Books Judged by Walter Dean Myers Shaun Tan invites the reader to go along with him on a journey full of surprises. It is soon clear as we go through these very brief stories, illustrated by Tan with […]

Round 3 Match 1: Charles and Emma vs The Lost Conspiracy

Charles and Emma by Deborah Heiligman Henry Holt The Lost Conspiracy by Frances Hardinge HarperCollins Judged by Megan Whalen Turner So I am not good with suspense.  I’ll save you others who are like me from skipping several paragraphs to see who the winner is and I’ll tell you right out.  I picked The Lost […]