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Battle of the Books

“Scheming Yet?” asks our Commentator. “Hope so.”

You want leaks?  I’ll give you leaks . . . I’m keeping an eye on the Undead Poll as it winds down this week.  If the current leader is able to hold its position until Sunday, it will be an upset of stunning proportions.  The surprise leader has 36% of the vote while the next […]

Hunger Games Visits the Rest of the 2010 Contenders

The Victory Tour Begins

Pre-Pre-Game Peanut Gallery

As a reminder, this is our weekly round-up of Battle posts.  If we have overlooked yours, please let us know and we’ll add it in. This is awesome — Eric Carpenter is running a Battle of the Books bracket contest! Laura’s geeked up as she champions her favorite. Sarah Wones Tomp highlights our contest in […]

Omissions and Alternatives Jonathan Hunt Style

I thought there would be more discussion about books that missed our shortlist so let me list several obvious omissions. ALMOST ASTRONAUTS won the Sibert Medal, was a Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Honor book, and a finalist for the YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction.  It received three starred reviews and made one best of […]

“Vote for Me!” quaver our contenders. “Please.”

As The Battle of the Kids’ Books follows a single-elimination model, once a book is knocked off, it has to stay in the metaphorical Land of the Dead, until the final two are left standing, facing each other off. However, there is hope yet, for one of the previously eliminated title to come back from […]

A Word (or Two or Three or More) from Our Commentator

I know many of you must be wondering how we chose the shortlist, so let me shed some light on that subject.  The three of us—Monica Edinger, Roxanne Feldman, and I— read widely this past year, exchanged e-mails throughout the fall, and came up with an eclectic, diverse list with a mix of popular and […]


Welcome, welcome, welcome.  On March 15th, two weeks from today, the 2010 Battle begins.  Don’t know about all of you spectators, but we cannot wait!  While you have known about our contenders and judges for a week (thank you Ms. Fuse for your delightful announcement), we’ve been sitting on all of it for a whole […]

2009 Matches

The 2009 Battle has been archived for the moment and is not accessible, but for those interested here are all the judges’ statements and Jonathan Hunt’s commentary for all the matches. The brackets can be downloaded here. Round 1 Match 1 Ways to Live Forever (Sally Nicholls, Arthur A. Levine Books) vs The Astonishing Life […]