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March 2, 2015

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This Week’s Peanut Gallery

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. (A bit sparse this week, but we figure things […]

2015 Brackets with Judges Revealed!

2015 Brackets with Judges Revealed!

So now that we have announced all our awesome judges, here are their assignments. Wish them luck!

Vote for Your Favorite to Come Back from the Dead!

Vote for Your Favorite to Come Back from the Dead!

Worried about how your favorite is going to fare in this year’s Battle? Here’s your chance to help. Vote in the Undead Poll for the contender you most want to see in the final round. The previously-eliminated contender that receives the most votes will be dug out of the grave to join the two other […]

2015 Judge: Clare Vanderpool

2015 Judge: Clare Vanderpool

Clare Vanderpool lives in Wichita, KS with her husband and four children.  As a huge fan of March Madness, she was thrilled to be asked to participate in SLJ’s Battle of the Books because it combines two of her favorite things:  brackets and books!  Clare has been a life-long reader who has been known to […]

2015 Judge: Cat Winters

2015 Judge: Cat Winters

Cat Winters was born and raised in Southern California, near Disneyland, which may explain her love of haunted mansions, bygone eras, and fantasylands. She received degrees in drama and English from the University of California, Irvine, and formerly worked in publishing. Her critically acclaimed debut novel, In the Shadow of Blackbirds, was named a 2014 […]

2015 Judge: Elizabeth Wein

2015 Judge: Elizabeth Wein

Elizabeth Wein is the highly opinionated author of Code Name Verity, which won the acclaimed Undead Vote in SLJ’s 2013 BoB. After Rose Under Fire’s ignominious BoB defeat in 2014, Elizabeth cunningly spent the year procrastinating to ensure she wouldn’t have a book eligible for combat in 2015. She is utterly delighted to be involved […]

This Week’s Peanut Gallery

This Week’s Peanut Gallery

These Peanut Gallery posts are where we put up whatever we’ve found around the web 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. Thank you, TeachingBooks, for created a […]

2015 Judge: Marcus Sedgwick

2015 Judge: Marcus Sedgwick

Marcus Sedgwick has always been fascinated with spirals, which occur throughout nature from the microscopic to the interstellar. Fundamentally elegant and mesmerizing, many cultures and individuals have ascribed a special meaning to the form. Sedgwick is the author of more than a dozen books for young adults including the Printz Award-winning Midwinterblood, She is Not […]

2015 Judge: Jason Reynolds

2015 Judge: Jason Reynolds

When Jason Reynolds was a kid, one of his favorite things to do was pour himself a huge bowl of Rice Crispies for breakfast. Then, after six or seven scoops of sugar, he’d lean over with his ear close enough to the bowl to hear the cereal crackle in the milk. He’d pretend the crispies […]

2015 Judge: Elizabeth Rusch

2015 Judge: Elizabeth Rusch

Elizabeth Rusch once confessed on a panel that her interests have a curious case of ADHD. Her wide-ranging passions include astronomy, volcanology, art, music, history, nature, waves, jokes, crayons, and mud — anything that catches her fancy. Elizabeth’s award-winning books for young readers include Eruption!, The Mighty Mars Rovers, Electrical Wizard, For the Love of Music, A Day with No […]

2015 Judge: Isabel Quintero

2015 Judge: Isabel Quintero

Isabel Quintero was born and raised in Southern California. Her love of reading and writing comes from her mother reading to her before she went to bed, and from the teachers and professors who encouraged her to keep writing. Her love of chorizo and carne asada tacos comes from her dad grilling on Sundays during […]

2015 Judge: G. Neri

2015 Judge: G. Neri

G. Neri is the Coretta Scott King honor-winning author of Yummy: the Last Days of a Southside Shorty and the recipient of the Lee Bennett Hopkins Promising Poet Award for his free verse novella, Chess Rumble. His novels include Surf Mules and the Horace Mann Upstander Award-winning Ghetto Cowboy. His latest books include the YA […]

This Week’s Peanut Gallery

This Week’s Peanut Gallery

These Peanut Gallery posts are where we put up whatever we’ve found around the web 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. Our very own Shelley Diaz has […]

2015 BoB: Top 8 Titles Guessing Game

2015 BoB: Top 8 Titles Guessing Game

Which of the sixteen contenders will move on to Round Two? Put your guesses in the comments and we will award the winners with prizes for you or your library!

2015 Judge: Kekla Magoon

2015 Judge: Kekla Magoon

Kekla Magoon is the author of five young adult novels: How It Went Down, Camo Girl, 37 Things I Love, Fire in the Streets, and The Rock and the River, for which she received the ALA Coretta Scott King New Talent Award and an NAACP Image Award nomination. She also wrote X: A Novel with […]

2015 Judge: Jo Knowles

2015 Judge: Jo Knowles

Jo Knowles is the award-wining author of See You at Harry’s, Jumping Off Swings, Living with Jackie Chan and other books for teens. Her new novel, Read Between The Lines, has been described as “masterfully woven” in a starred review from Kirkus and will be published in March 2015.  Jo is a pacifist by nature […]

The 2015 Battle Plans

The 2015 Battle Plans

And here we are with this year’s battle plans. I know some of you are going to scream (as you already begged us to not do this:), but we stayed with the traditional alphabetical order by title. Sorry!  So, what you do you all think? Which eight will advance to Round 2? Will the Newbery […]

2015 Judge: Alaya Dawn Johnson

2015 Judge: Alaya Dawn Johnson

Alaya Dawn Johnson’s first novel for young adults, The Summer Prince, received three starred reviews, was longlisted for the National Book Award, and was a Kirkus Best Book of the Year. She grew up in Washington, D.C., attended Columbia University, and now lives in New York City.

2015 Judge: Rachel Hartman

2015 Judge: Rachel Hartman

Rachel Hartman was born in Kentucky, but has lived a variety of places including Chicago, Philadelphia, St. Louis, England, and Japan. She has a BA in Comparative Literature, although she insists it should have been a BS because her undergraduate thesis was called “Paradox and Parody in Don Quixote and the satires of Lucian.” She […]

Our Fabulous Contenders

Our Fabulous Contenders

Our fabulous contenders as presented by SLJ’s fabulous creative director, Mark Tuchman: