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The Closing Match: El Deafo vs The Port Chicago 50 vs We Were Liars

The Closing Match: El Deafo vs The Port Chicago 50 vs We Were Liars

THE CLOSER – CLAIRE VANDERPOOL El Deafo by Cece Bell Harry Abrams The Port Chicago 50 by Steve Sheinkin Roaring Brook/Macmillan We Were Liars by E. Lockhart Delacorte/Random House I’ve always considered myself to be a fairly eclectic reader so I wasn’t particularly intimidated by the diversity in the three titles I received for this […]

The Winner of the 2015 Undead Poll

The Winner of the 2015 Undead Poll

It was amazing watching this year’s Undead Polling. Every contender had their champions which makes us happy. And then, throughout the voting period, three were neck and neck — Brown Girl Dreaming, El Deafo, and We Were Liars. Following close after them were The Crossover and The Family Romanov, with all the other titles earning a healthy numbers of votes. By the […]

This Week’s Peanut Gallery

These Peanut Gallery posts are where we put up whatever we’ve found responding to the latest BOB news.     Around the web: All Mark Tuchman’s awesome graphics in one place here. Brandy’s thoughts on Round Two. Karen MacPherson does a terrific Battle post. On Twitter: Reads for Keeps ‏Joey Pigza with his bunny-suited baby brother gets […]

Fantasy BoB 2015 and the Undead Guessing Game

Fantasy BoB 2015 and the Undead Guessing Game

On this spring Saturday, we bring you two final Sideline Activities, a Farewell, and a couple of Forecasts: Sideline Activities: 1. As in the Fantasy Sport Games, our young commentators have conjured up their own dream teams and banked on the win of certain players throughout the Battle.  We asked them to give us their […]

Round 3, Match 2: The Port Chicago 50 vs West of the Moon

Round 3, Match 2: The Port Chicago 50 vs West of the Moon

JUDGE – MARCUS SEDGWICK The Port Chicago 50 by Steve Sheinkin Roaring Brook/Macmillan West of the Moon by Margi Preus Harry Abrams Chalk and cheese. Apples and Oranges. I know I’m not the only judge to wonder how on Earth to put two novels into direct competition with each other and pronounce one to be the […]

Round 2, Match 4: This One Summer vs West of the Moon

Round 2, Match 4: This One Summer vs West of the Moon

JUDGE – ALAYA DAWN JOHNSON This One Summer by Albert Martin Knopf/Random House West of the Moon by Margi Preus Harry Abrams 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 […]

Round 2, Match 3: The Madman of Piney Woods vs The Port Chicago 50

Round 2, Match 3: The Madman of Piney Woods vs The Port Chicago 50

JUDGE – ELIZABETH WEIN The Madman of Piney Woods by Christopher Paul Curts Scholastic The Port Chicago 50 by Steve Sheinkin Roaring Brook/Macmillan 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 […]

Round 2, Match 2: El Deafo vs The Key That Swallowed Joey Pigza

Round 2, Match 2: El Deafo vs The Key That Swallowed Joey Pigza

JUDGE – CAT WINTERS El Deafo by Cece Bell Abrams The Key That Swallowed Joey Pigza by Jack Gantos FSG/Macmillan On the surface, there are two notable differences between the books in my assigned bracket: Cece Bell’s El Deafo is a graphic novel featuring people who look like rabbits, whereas Jack Gantos’s The Key That […]

This Week’s Peanut Gallery

These Peanut Gallery posts are where we put up whatever we’ve found responding to the latest BOB news. Be sure to let us know in the comments if we’ve missed yours and we will either add it here or put in our next Peanut Gallery post (which will be after the Battle commences!). Around the […]

Announcing the 2015 BoB Guessing Game Winner

Announcing the 2015 BoB Guessing Game Winner

We are pleased to announce the winner for the 2015 BoB guessing game: Robin Lindquist Out of dozens of BoB followers who participated, Robin is the only one who guessed all eight titles correctly. A school librarian who works with 375 students and 60 faculty members at Wooster School in Danbury, Connecticut, Robin’s favorite part of being […]

Round 2, Match 1: Brown Girl Dreaming vs Egg and Spoon

Round 2, Match 1: Brown Girl Dreaming vs Egg and Spoon

JUDGE – JASON REYNOLDS Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson Nancy Paulsen Books/Penguin Egg and Spoon by Gregory Maguire Candlewick Press Here’s the thing. It was never my intention to be a novelist, because when I was a kid, novels just seemed way too long and way too boring for me to care about. So since […]

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

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

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

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

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 […]

This Week’s Peanut Gallery

These Peanut Gallery posts are where we put up whatever we’ve found responding to the latest BOB news. Be sure to let us know in the comments if we’ve missed yours and we will either add it here or put in our next Peanut Gallery post. Around the web: readsforkeeps predictions On Twitter (a smattering […]

Round 1, Match 4: Grasshopper Jungle vs The Key That Swallowed Joey Pigza

JUDGE – JO KNOWLES Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith Dutton Books/Penguin The Key That Swallowed Joey Pigza by Jack Gantos FSG/Macmillan As seems to be the tradition with Battle of the Books, I’ve been tasked to pit two books against one another that have almost nothing in common, so please bear with me as I […]

Round 1, Match 3: El Deafo vs The Family Romanov

Round 1, Match 3: El Deafo vs The Family Romanov

JUDGE – ELIZABETH RUSCH El Deafo by Cece Bell Abrams The Family Romanov by Candace Flemming Schwartz & Wade/Random House Shoot me now! That was my first reaction when I was told I would have to choose between El Deafo by Cece Bell, a stunning graphic novel memoir about growing up with severe hearing loss, […]

Round 1, Match 2: The Crossover vs. Egg & Spoon

JUDGE –  ISABEL QUINTERO The Crossover by Kwame Alexander Harcourt Brace and Company Egg & Spoon by Gregory Maguire Candlewick Press It wasn’t easy picking a winner for this round of Battle of the Books. Here’s the thing: I had to choose between poetry (good poetry-and yes, I believe there is bad poetry) and fairytales. Two of my […]